Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
The weather has been very changeable over the past week and water clarity has likewise changed. High winds have made fishing very difficult on some days but some decent catches have still been recorded. On the Boathouse Pool most of the fish have been taken on Buzzers or small lures. Mr Foster took three rainbows for 7lb 4oz and returned six, all taken on small Cormorants. Mr Monk and Mr Connell both returned 12 each. The Burnside Pool has witnessed some quality fish with a superb rainbow, estimated at 12lb, caught and returned by Keith Kydd, being the outstanding fish. Bob Anderson also had a magnificent rainbow of 9lb 12oz while the Church group returned fish estimated at 8lb and 6lb. Further good numbers on catch-and-release were taken by Ian Barlow and Bruce Thomson (nine each). With high winds being fairly constant the open nature of the Bankside has seen fewer anglers fish it than normal. Ed Valentine returned 10 and Mr Campbell took two for 4lb 4oz on Ace of Spades and Yellow Dancer.
On the any legal method pool, Woodside, Powerbait and spinners have again produced the best results. Messrs. Taylor and Balfour took six rainbows for a total weight of 10lb 8oz. Mr. Lafferty took six fish for 11lb and Mr. Hamilton had four for 6lb 8oz.
After the clocks change the evening fishing sessions will be extended beyond 1700hrs.
Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
Steady fishing for most of the week with most fish taken on Yellow Dancers, Wotsits, and Orange Fritz. Slater Scott had 20 fish and Tom Anderson recorded 11. Some days it would have been well to fish a small Suspender Buzzer as fish fed just below the surface and even working a Buzzer on an intermediate line was a successful tactic. It’s worth noting that Blobs under an indicator does not work all the time and if you want to catch fish you sometimes need to use other methods.
Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian
Opening day weekend saw plenty of fish caught and there was a good mix of browns, blues and rainbows. best fish for the day was Sandy Stronach with a brownie of around 7lb which was returned safely. Jim Mitchell took a day on the water and had a fish of 6lb. Damsels and Cormorants along with traditionals did very well. A great start to the season and both lochs fishing well.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
The brown trout season started in spectacular style with a specimen at 8lb 2oz caught on the opening day by Jim Spiers from Falkirk. Some other fantastic browns have also been caught with several being released. Once again browns are not being caught by anglers fishing static, as they are looking to chase small lures and wets. Some top of the water action has been enjoyed already, with Black Spider and Muddler working well. Last week was dominated by wind and some heavy rain resulting in coloured water for part of the week. This led to fish being harder to tempt, with lures, including Dancers and Cats, having most success. The fish were generally downwind, with many being caught close to the bank and dam wall. A few anglers reporting fish taking as flies were lifted out of the water. Later in the week the island was the place to be, with a lot of browns being seen in that area. Most fish are feeding in the top four feet, while on the small ponds they are much shallower.
Martin Watt, from Wishaw, caught a 7lb 13oz rainbow; Danny Doherty, Denny, five fish for 12lb; Joe France, five for 11lb; Frank Barr, Falkirk, in two visits, eight for 21lb, plus 11 caught and released; Tam Baillie, Kincardine, three for 8lb including a 3lb 8oz brown, the first of the 2017 season; Reg Hummel, three for 7lb; James McLeary, three for 6lb 8oz including two from the Meadow Pond; Eddie Aitken, three for 6lb 8oz including a brown from the Millpond; Stephen Irwin, three for 6lb 8oz from the small ponds, plus seven caught and released; Ted Hall, Greenock, two for 6lb 1oz; Alan Harrison, Dumbarton, two for 5lb 8oz including a 3lb 8oz brown; Nan Morrison, Stirling, two browns for 4lb 12oz in two visits, both overwintered browns; Kevin O’Brien, Camelon, 3lb brown from the Millpond; Graeme Arthur, Stirling, caught and released 11 fish; John Pringle, Alnwick, caught and released five fish including a rainbow estimated at 10lb and three browns.