Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
The weather this past week has been a bit of a change from recent weeks. After a long spell of no rain, all this water that has fallen has given a nice flush through of cooler water. The water coloured up when it first came but there is now a good push of clear water coming through the system. This has really helped with the fishing and the action has picked up with some great returns coming from the ponds. The Boathouse has been on great form as usual after a good downpour with the water clearing. Most methods have been working from lures, to the bung, to Buzzers and nymphs taking fish. On Saturday Mr Scott, Mr Waterston and Mr Aitkin had over 50 fish between them in an evening session. Mr Fleming had three for 8lb and Mr Purvis three for 7lb 8oz and returned a few on a mix of Blobs and Buzzers. Mr Cormack had two for 11lb with the biggest at 8lb.
The Burnside has been busy and anglers have been having great success on the more natural approach when the weather allows. Fishing into the wind with lures has been very effective when it gets wild. Mr Callum had 15 on a Cat’s Whisker. Mr Cowan had 14 on dries and Buzzers. Mr Barlow had 20-plus to 7lb on Buzzers. The Bankside has followed suit and is fishing really well with the fish high in the water and being caught on dries even in the unpleasant conditions. Mr Birse has taken nearly 40 fish in three sessions fishing Shipman’s Buzzers. Mr Petri and Mr Honeyman had four for 10lb and put back six. Mr McGowan had 10-plus on two consecutive visits on dry flies.
The Woodside has been busy most days even in the bad weather, there have been loads of fish getting caught as long as you are willing to move to get on top of them. This usually means fishing into the wind where the fish have gathered. Over the weekend alone the 32 anglers had a total of 72 fish for 129lb. Powerbait fished under the float has been the stand-out method.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
The weather was changeable this week with a lot of rain and some bright hot sunshine. Despite a wet week the water stayed quite clear and the fish remain in the top two feet. The rain and the cooler nights led to the water temperature dropping from 16C to 12C but this had very little effect on the fish and they remain very active. Once again the emphasis was on retrieving rather than static fishing, with a reasonably fast retrieve giving the fish something to chase being the best tactic, especially towards the end of the week. A wide variety of flies were taking fish with anything from Hoppers to Humungus catching; and dry flies taking several fish through the week. The biggest fish of the week, a cracking 7lb 12oz rainbow was landed by Nan Morrison on a home-tied, size 14 Kate McLaren. She finished the day with two fish for 10lb.
Danny Doherty, from Denny, caught four fish for 12lb 4oz; George Dobbie, Glasgow, four for 10lb 8oz plus one caught and released; Jim McInnes, Falkirk, four for 10lb 8oz plus two caught and released; Graeme Arthur, Stirling, three for 8lb 12oz; Billy Weir, Bannockburn, three for 8lb 4oz; Gregor McGregor, Falkirk, three for 8lb plus four caught and released; Colin Copeman, Falkirk, two for 7lb including a 4lb rainbow; Stephan Mills, Stirling, two for 6lb 12oz; Bill Mouat, Shotts, two for 6lb 4oz; Willie Martin, Stirling, a 5lb 8oz rainbow; Mark Tully, Camelon, a 5lb brown; John Fleming, Tullibody, caught and released six; Malcolm Rees, caught and released six; Stewart Marshall, Cambusbarron, caught and released three browns from the boat.