Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
It’s been a real week of change from freezing cold wind and rain last week to a flat calm and bright sunshine this weekend. That didn’t make the fishing any easier but with the longer nights and temperatures rising there has been a lot more fish on the surface with dry flies really coming into their own at times now. On the Boathouse you really have to adapt a stealthy approach as the water is gin clear and the fish can see everything.
Smaller flies such as Buzzers and nymphs have done well but dry flies have been best. Lures have tempted fish but you need to keep changing to keep their interests up. Mr Leslie had a great day landing 17 fish on small black dries with the biggest fish a blue around 5lb. Mr Kirk did very well fishing the washing-line with two small Buzzers and a FAB landing 16 fish. Mr Lafferty had a good day landing four fish for 16lb with the biggest weighing 8lb 12oz.
The Burnside is clearing well and the use of small stuff is getting better returns. This pond has seen some great rises with lots of fish actively hunting out flies on the surface. Mr Milne did well landing nine fish in quick succession on a Hare’s Ear Suspender after struggling fishing under the surface. Mr Barlow had 14 on Buzzers on a midge-tip with the biggest around 8lb. Mr Kydd did well on one of the windy days landing six fish up to 11lb on white lures.
The Bankside has seen the least pressure but it has been fishing really well as the water continues to get clearer and some good hatches have been seen coming off. A good mix of methods have done well but Mr Sherriff had the best result with 14 fish on Buzzers and Damsels. Mr Gordon had 10 fish with the biggest around 10lb. Mr McIntosh had six fish with the biggest around 12lb.
The Woodside has been busy and some good returns have been had but some have been struggling. The fish seem to be very localised and if you can find a shoal they have been getting caught no problem. All the usual methods have worked but the spinner and green Powerbait have been best. Mr Wallace had two fish for 4lb 6oz. Mr Souter and his son had four fish for 7lb 12oz.
Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
A really good week which was finished off with warm sunshine which normally spells doom for fly anglers, but it went against the grain and produced excellent sport especially on Buzzers. Slater Scott had 25 fish; Gordon Grant had 21; Ricky Turner had nine; Martin Duff had 14; Michael Chisholm had 12; Mark Bell had 20; Jimmy Rhind had 21; Gavin Addison had 11; Tom Anderson caught 10; Neill Smith 13; Gary Gormley had 11 and Damian Masson had 17. Chris Johnston was among the bigger fish with a beauty of 7lb 1oz, Edward Dryden had a cracker at 7lb 12oz and Sandy Stronach returned a brown trout of around 7lb. Best flies have been small and Buzzers in black and red working well. Even dry flies took fish when they were feeding off the top. Lures such as Budgies and Damsels worked and with plenty of frogspawn around now it won’t be long before tadpoles are about. The Glenbuies club had a good day with over 103 fish taken between them. New members are always welcome to join in the fun.
Millbuies trout fishery
A good opening week on the loch with plenty of good fish caught and a good mix of browns, rainbows and blues. Anglers have hooked some of the overwintered specimens and they have said how hard they have fought so best not to fish too light here. Plenty of wildlife out and about and the red squirrels can be seen high in the trees.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
A crazy week’s weather saw every condition possible, from cold, windy days with heavy rain showers at the start of the week, frosty mornings coupled with driving snow during the middle of the week and beautiful calm sunny warm days over the weekend. The water temperature began the week at 8 degrees before plummeting back down to 4 degrees with the cold frosty nights midweek, leading to the fish taking their time to adjust to the changes and anglers were finding it difficult to locate feeding fish in the mornings. Once temperatures began to rise fish were feeding more freely and some were taken on wets and nymphs, including Diawl Bach and Kate McLaren. However most were taking a variety of lures including Cat, Dancer and Ally McCoist.
The island remained the most productive area, with the far bay and bridge areas holding a large number of browns. Most fish were feeding around three feet down with several being tempted to the surface by dry flies. Lots of fish have been seen feeding on the surface, many of which are our fantastic brown trout, which are now featuring in the catch returns including many at 3lb plus! With the clocks changing and the hopefully nicer weather the fishery will now be open till 8pm.
Tam Baillie, from Kincardine, caught four fish for 13lb 4oz including a 7lb rainbow; Danny Doherty, Denny, five for 12lb 12oz including a 3lb brown; Frank Barr, Falkirk, five for 11lb 8oz; Les Cooper, Dunblane, two browns for 6lb; Alan Whitton, Stirling, four for 10lb plus two caught and released; Donald McMurchy, Fallin, four for 9lb 12oz including a 3lb 2oz brown; Jack Lever, Glasgow, four for 9lb 12oz plus two browns returned; Kyle Crossan, Stirling, four for 9lb 8oz including a brown; Steven Mullen and son Liam, Pitlochry, five fish for 10lb 8oz from the small ponds; George Dobbie, Glasgow, two for 5lb 8oz including a brown; John Mackie, caught and released seven fish; Steven Murphy, Glasgow, caught and released 21.