Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
Once again weather conditions have varied considerably. However, there have been some excellent catches on dries in amongst the Buzzers, Squirmies and FABs. On Saturday Kingennie hosted the Scottish National Stillwater Championship Final 2017 (SANA) in which 24 contestants fished a variety of pegs on both the Boathouse and Burnside Pools. Congratulations to the winner, Kevin Andrews who caught 27 for 37 points. Second was Willie Riddicks, 26 fish, 35 points; 3rd Gregor Hannen, 21 fish, 29 points; 4th Grant McCauley; 5th Stuart Crockett; 6th John Johnstone; 7th Greg McLaren (reserve). An average of 11.90 fish/rod was returned with a variety of methods and patterns proving useful. Thanks to all who participated in the event in any way whatsoever and best wishes to the team and all associated staff/members for the 2017/18 season.
The Boathouse Pool has generally fished well this last week. Jock Leslie returned 30 fish, Mr Barrowman returned 27, Mr Lafferty released 13 and the Ovens party took four fish for 17lb whilst releasing a further 15. Davie Simpson returned a fine rainbow estimated at 9lb in his catch of six fish. On the Burnside Pool there were some decent returns on dry flies with George Birse releasing 12 fish, Mr Gray returned 16 and Mr Kydd released nine. Buzzers also performed well fished either freelined or under a bung. David Ferrell from the USA fished here for the first time and returned four nice rainbows (up to 4lb 8oz) and a well-proportioned blue, all taken on a Apps’ Bloodworm.
Although numbers of anglers were lower on the Bankside Pool, some excellent fish were caught. Jock Leslie returned 16 including two superb browns of 9lb 8oz and 6lb 8oz. Mr Petrie returned a rainbow estimated at 10lb in his five-fish catch. Nick Soave took five fish for a total of 13lb. The Martins and Rennies took four fish each for 12lb 8oz/12lb and both returned a further five, Floating Fry patterns being very effective.
Powerbait took the majority of fish on the Woodside Pool (any legal method). The Henderson group had 10 fish for a combined weight of 17lb while Rossie School took four fish for 7lb 4oz.
Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
A great week for top of the water fishing as fish were very active on the surface. Lots of beetles around, along with hatches of hawthorn and smaller flies. Many fish were hooked and lost as some anglers were surprised at how hard they fight. The blue trout are in great condition and just don't give up! Chris Johnston hooked and returned a blue of 12lb and he ended with 21 fish for the session. Slater Scott had 26 fish, Bob Mann had 16 in four hours, Rob Scorer caught 15 on Snatchers, Tom Anderson and Barry Ward had 12 each, Blair MacDonald had 15, Archie Miller had 10, Michael Chisholm and Martin Duff had 18. One young angler caught a nice 6lb 3oz fish from the bait loch. No blanks this week and best of the flies have been Beetle patterns in sizes 14 and 16, Hawthorn, Black and Peacock Spiders, Cat’s Whiskers and Yellow Dancers. The key when fish are active like this is the smaller the better unless conditions are really windy in which case lures may be better but that's not set in stone.
The Kids Academy held their second outing and a great time was had by all with plenty of fish caught. Young Jack, who had a sore hand, was determined to fish and learned to use his other hand to cast, which even adults find difficult. He did very well and for his determination was rewarded with a prize.
Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian
A lot of great sport to be had on the surface with the abundant hatch of flies, especially during the evening periods. Fish are actively feeding hard so Cormorants, Diawl Bachs, Beetles, Hawthorn fly and CdCs are all worth trying. Good returns coming in with good browns being caught and also fighting-fit blues so don’t fish too light a leader. Evening sessions now 4.30pm to 10pm.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
As the wind shifted so did the fish. Some days behind the island was best, other days the far bay and the area around the dam were seeing most fish caught. The fish were generally in the top three feet and because of the bright sun they were feeding in an intermittent pattern, this meant anglers had quieter spells whilst waiting for the fish to begin feeding again. Many anglers are reporting fish, especially browns, chasing their flies with some commenting that they “couldn’t retrieve fast enough”. With buzzers, alders and daddies now around and the start of the mayfly hatches the message this week was, if all else fails try a dry fly. This worked for quite a few anglers with Hoppers, Daddies, Suspender Buzzer and Sedge all working well along with Snatcher, Buzzer, Kate McLaren, Black Pennell, Cormorant and various other lures. Some exceptional brown trout continue to be caught, although the warmer weather has seen fewer featuring in the catches. The fishery will be stocking a ratio of one brown for every two rainbows over the next few months.
Danny Doherty, from Denny, caught five fish for 13lb 4oz; David Aitken, Glasgow, four for 11lb 12oz including a 4lb 8oz gold; Frank Barr, Falkirk, four for 11lb; Robert Smith four for 10lb 12oz; George Kochanek, Tullibody, four for 10lb 8oz plus four caught and released; John Hay, GDPL club, four for 9lb 12oz; Callum Bisset, Kirkintilloch, three for 8lb 12oz; John White, GDPL club, three for 8lb 8oz; Stewart Cameron, GDPL club, three for 8lb; Malcolm McDonald, GDPL club, three for 7lb 12oz; Alan Whitton, Stirling, three for 7lb 8oz; Donald Williamson, Falkirk, and James Henderson, Stirling, each with two fish for 6lb 2oz; Stephen Murphy, Glasgow, 11 caught and released; Brian Scullion, Glasgow, eight caught and released; Stephen Brown, seven caught and released; Geoff Gilbert, Isle of Man, 23 caught and released in four visits.