Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
The weather is continuing to improve, as has the fishing with lots of surface activity and fish moving around. The Boathouse has seen huge amounts of fish on the surface at times and has provided good dry fly and buzzer fishing with the water still very clear. Mr Leslie had a couple of good trips landing 14 and 20-plus fish on a mix of wee dries and Buzzers, his best fish was a brownie approaching 8lb. Mr Gowans had two for 5lb 8oz and put back 12 on a mix of dries and Damsels. Mr Watson had 16 on Buzzers and a FAB. The Burnside also has lots of fish moving at certain times when the cloud cover comes over. The majority of fish seem to be held in the four to five feet range when they are not in the top. Mr Watson had 12 on Buzzers and Bloodworm. Mr Thompson had 10 on Shipman’s Buzzers. Mr Kirk fished Diawl Bachs and put back 13 fish up to 7lb.
The Bankside hasn’t had the same numbers of fish on the surface but still very catchable on Buzzers as well as lures. Mr Polson had three fish for 13lb and put back nine. Mr Marshall had eight returned on Buzzers. Mr Soave had four for 11lb on black and green lures. The Woodside pool is still fishing well but has been very changeable from day to day on where the fish are sitting. The best method for the last week has been Powerbait under a float at about four feet. Mr Meek and his son had four fish for 7lb. Mr Lowe had four for 7lb. Mr Christie had two for 4lb.
Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
Really good fishing continued and feature of the week was the many comments from anglers on the hard-fighting blue trout and what cracking condition they are in. On days of high winds lures were the order of the day and Yellow Dancers, Damsels and Cats took their share of fish. On other days, small Buzzers and nymphs were needed. Many anglers were broken off on fish so check knots and leader material. Slater Scott had 30 fish, Damian Masson had a 6lb 9oz fish, Graham Hartley had 11, James Morrison 14, Rab Bell 25, Jim Eddie 10, Eddie Kane had a great day with 21 fish including specimens of 8lb and 7lb 10oz, Mark Feurst had 10, Martin Chisholm 18, Neil Smith had 26 to 6lb 13oz and two blues over 5lb, Jock Reid had a 7lb 13oz fish, Chris Johnston had 26, Willie McRobbie had 10 and Laura Gallagher had a great day out with her best day ever at 22 fish. The Glenbuies club will soon be off on their annual fishing trip to the north east where they will be fishing with some of England’s top internationals. Members are still welcome to join, application forms are at the fishery.
Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian
Fishing has again been very good on the lochs and sport on dries has been the tactic. Coupled together with the peace and tranquil surroundings of Millbuies and superb fishing what more could an angler ask for to spend a day out!
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
The fishing remained good for most of the week, despite the cool winds and cold nights. The rainbows were in the top three feet of the water and the browns were taking in the top 12 inches. Browns were looking for a faster retrieve nearer the surface and were usually after traditional wets, although some were taking small lures. Rainbows were slightly deeper and were looking for a slower retrieve. The water remains very clear and the current temperature is 9oC which is ideal for trout feeding. Hatches remain quite small because of the cold nights so fish are looking for artificial flies. Fish were starting to be caught behind the islands and up the roadside towards the end of the week with the far bay also being a popular area particularly for the browns. Favourite patterns included various lures and wets such as Kate McLaren, Bibio and Soldier Palmer. The fishery is now open every day from 8am to 8.30pm.
Ricky Goodwin, from Larbert, in three visits took eight fish for 25lb 12oz including two browns, bigger one at 7lb; Eddie McKillop, Glasgow, caught and released seven fish on Monday and took three for 8lb 8oz including two browns, plus three caught and released on his second visit on Thursday; Rab Bonar, Alloa, four for 11lb 8oz including three browns; Greig Donaldson, Alloa, four for 11lb 8oz including two browns, bigger one at 3lb 8oz; David Smith, Slammanan, three for 8lb 8oz including two browns, bigger one at 3lb 8oz; George Dobbie, Glasgow, three for 8lb 4oz; David McGhee, Kirkintilloch, three for 8lb; Alec Knox, Glasgow two browns for 7lb 4oz; Jim Craig, Balloch, two browns for 5lb; Conor Meiklejohn, caught and released 15 fish in two visits; Frank Barr, Falkirk, caught and released 12; Eddie McKillop, Glasgow, Ian McLean and Mark Ramage, all caught and released seven each.