Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
The weather has been very variable recently but there are sure signs that Spring is on the way. Evenings are drawing out but the afternoon sessions still finish at 1700hrs at this stage. Surprisingly several fish from various ponds were caught on dry flies when conditions were favourable. The Boathouse Pool has good water clarity now and is generally fishing well. Perhaps the most favoured method is the bung with Buzzers fished beneath it. Millennium Bug and various Bloodworm patterns have also had success. Scott Pozzi returned a superb rainbow estimated at 11lb, taken on a Cat’s Whisker. Mr Lawson took two fish for 7lb 8oz and returned a further five; most fell to Black Buzzers.
On the deeper Burnside Pool John Brown returned a magnificent rainbow of 11lb taken on a Pink Blob. Joe Westland also did extremely well returning three excellent fish around the 9 -10lb mark all in the same session and Ian Barlow returned 10 on Buzzers. Bloodworm patterns and white lures also had some decent success.
Most fish taken on the Bankside were caught by fishing somewhat deeper than normal, with small Cormorants and Diawl Bachs being prominent. Mr. Donaldson took a rainbow and a blue trout for a total of 6lb 8oz and returned three. The Woodside Pool has been a bit more moody but the best fish have again fallen to Powerbait. Spinning with a small bladed spinner has also produced positive results. Messrs. Campbell and Brown took four fish for 8lb and the Clarks had three fish for 8lb 4oz.
Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
Storm Doris didn't effect Moray as much as elsewhere but the strong winds made it hard casting for a couple of days. Those who fished reported some nice fish among catches. Wotsits, Ace of Spades, Diawl Bachs and Buzzers are the best flies. Jamie McKillop had a nice fish just over 10lb, Billy Campell had one of 8lb, Willie McRobbie 5lb 11oz, Chris Johnston 4lb 5oz, Dylon Collinson had fish of 4lb 8oz and 4lb 4oz, Mark Morrison had 11 fish, Nathan Connell eight fish, Neill Smith nine fish and Jimmy Rhind had 10 fish. The first signs of spring arrived with the first of the oyster catchers at the fishery. The Glenbuies Flyfishers Club held their final competition which decided the club champion. It was all down to the wire and so close between Jimmy Rhind, Gary Gormley and others who could have taken the trophy. Willie Mcrobbie won on the day and Chris Johnston was second. But the points tally over the year saw Jimmy and Gary lie equal and it was decided that the heaviest three fish over the year when added up would take the prize. Jimmy Rhind took it by ounces, Gary Gormley was second and also took the heaviest fish trophy from the year. Third was Neil Smith. Anyone wishing to join the club is more than welcome with club membership now payable before the first competition on March 26.
Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian
The lochs will shortly be open for fishing and the fishing should be exceptional with plenty of browns, blues and rainbows which will be well overwintered. Tackle up accordingly as these will not just roll over and give up easily! We look forward to welcoming anglers back to the water where they can enjoy the scenic beauty and tranquil peace the lochs offer. It is boat fishing only, no bank fishing is allowed.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
Snow, heavy rain, dirty water, strong winds and fluctuating water temperatures have all been a factor in the fishing this week. Despite this those few anglers who have ventured out have generally had good success. Most productive areas were either the island or at the dam as the water temperatures changed throughout the week, ranging from 7 degrees at the start of the week to 3 degrees after the snow. On the wild windy days the smaller ponds especially the meadow pond has seen lots of fish caught. Lures have been most successful with the best patterns having been black or black and green, with most fish being taken in the top three feet. Ian Whitelaw, from Dunipace, caught five fish for 10lb including three from the Meadow Pond, plus five caught and released; Frank Barr, Falkirk, four for 11lb including a blue, plus five caught and released; Nan Morrison, Stirling, four for 9lb 8oz, plus a brown returned; Andy Tervit, Paisley, three for 9lb; Henry Fulton, Greenock, three for 8lb 4oz; Tom Clark, Stirling, three for 7lb from the Meadow Pond; Pavol Svac three for 6lb 12oz from the Meadow Pond; Alan Burke, Falkirk, caught a 4lb rainbow; Steve Banks, Lochwinnoch, caught and released 11 including a brown; Harry Haggarty, Glasgow, caught and released seven fish.