Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
Temperatures fluctuated during the week as did the winds, with easterlies still being decidedly cold. However, some decent spells also occurred and those who made use of them were generally rewarded.
The Troutmasters fish-off, fished on the Boathouse, was won by Alec Bowler who took two fish for 4lb and returned a further 18. The Boathouse also produced for Jock Leslie who returned 17 fish taken mainly on dries. Mr Lafferty took four fish for 16lb including a nice rainbow of 8lb 12oz. The Burnside produced some stunning results this week with Mr McLelland returning 33 fish and Mr Galloway returning 32 on the same day. Ken Jones returned 15 fish including two rainbows estimated at 8lb and 5lb. Liam Kirk found the correct method on the day to return 14 fish while Mr Anderson took two for 8lb 8oz including a lovely blue weighing 6lb. Favoured patterns included Buzzers (red/black or olive), Apps’ Bloodworm and Diawl Bachs.
Although not heavily fished the Bankside produced some decent returns. Ken Jones used Buzzers and returned 11 fish; Ian Gordon returned eight (including a beautiful rainbow estimated at 10lb) and Mr Ward returned seven fish with the best being a stunning rainbow estimated at 12lb. On the Woodside Pool (any legal method) it was again a case of Powerbait or spinners producing the best results. Sebastian and his group took 10 fish for 16lb 8oz; the Jaffrey group took eight fish for 13lb 12oz; Mr McElhinney took four for 8lb and Mr Duncan had four for 7lb.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
Another monster brown trout was caught at Swanswater this week, this time topping the scales at 8lb 7oz caught by John Whitelaw, from Lanark. Along with this exceptional fish there have been a large number of other outstanding brown trout caught with a few being returned, and also reports of other big browns being lost. Some anglers’ methods led to them only catching browns. Most of the week with the rising temperatures, the fish have been in the top three feet, often downwind right on the surface while feeding. The fish have been very active with chases and follows becoming common. A few fish were taken on dries, but more were taken on wets, fished just under the surface with a fairly fast retrieve. Lures and the occasional Buzzer also had success. Many fish were still being taken and missed right in at the bank with stories of startled anglers seeing gaping mouths where their fly had just been.
Frank Barr, from Falkirk, caught nine fish for 21lb 18oz plus seven caught and released in two visits; Nan Morrison, Stirling, four browns for 10lb 4oz; Jim McInnes, Falkirk, four for 10lb 4oz plus five caught and released; Kyle Crossan, Stirling, four for 10lb including two browns; Darren Hill, Alva, four for 10lb; Pavel Svac four for 9lb 12oz including two browns; David Devine, Stirling, three for 9lb 4oz including a 4lb rainbow; Jim Craig, Balloch, three browns for 7lb; Stephen Mullen and son Liam, Pitlochry, shared five for 13lb 12oz including a brown plus five caught and released; Andy Tervit, Paisley, two for 5lb 8oz including a brown; David Ball, Newton Mearns, caught and released 11 including three browns; Alan Stewart, Stirling, caught and released 10 fish; Blair Fergus, Stirling, caught and released nine.