Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
A week of hot weather saw a change in the fishes behaviour. As water temperatures rise they have been a bit fussy at times but when the cloud comes over and cools down the sport at times has been outstanding. Different ponds have been fishing better at different times so moving around has been essential for constant results. The Bankside pool has been the standout pond these last few days with lots of anglers having great returns in sometimes tricky conditions. The water has become very clear recently and really helped with the returns. Buzzers have been the top method fished either under the bung with an Egg or Squirmy on the point fished at five feet. The washing-line has also been effective when the fish are a bit higher in the water. Dry flies have also been worth a cast at points when they have been very active. Mr Kirk had 12 fish and 13 fish in two consecutive trips on FABs, Buzzers and Diawls Bachs. His best fish was estimated at around 12lb as well as others of 5lb and 7lb. Mr Jones had 12 on Black Buzzers under an indicator. Mr Birse had 13 on a Sugar Cube Shipman’s.
The Burnside has also been getting very clear with lots of fish visible on the surface cruising around. The fishing has been a little bit slower at times but fishing very well most evenings. Again the more natural approach has taken more fish, The washing-line with wee Buzzers is the ‘go to’ method. Dries are doing well in the right conditions when they come up. Mr Westland had 21 on size 14 Black Buzzers and FABs. Mr Wilson had two for 6lb and put back nine fishing Diawl Bachs.
The Boathouse has been a bit coloured but on the very sunny days it has been the best pond with huge amounts of fish taking off the surface in the shade. Mr Leslie had a great day returning around 20 fish on small dries and emergers. Mr Fulthorpe had a good morning landing eight fish up to 7lb on a Pink FAB and Diawl Bachs. Mr Whiteford kept his three fish for 8lb and put back six on a Damsel.
The Woodside pool has been really busy in the nice weather with many full bags being recorded. Green Powerbait and spinners have been the top bait of late. Over the weekend there was a total of 37 anglers landed 68 fish for weight of 115lb.
Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
A bit of an up and down week due to the hot weather but overall still plenty of fish caught. Buzzers and dries were the order of the day for most of the week. Sunday saw White Moths doing well, along with Buzzers and Suspender Buzzers. Only when the really hot weather came in on Friday and Saturday did the fish seek shelter deeper down and intermediate lines were needed. Then it was back to the floating lines after showers overnight which freshened everything up. Slater Scott caught 29 fish, Richard Rutherford 12, Brian Jackson 11, Martin Duff 10, Gary Gormley 21, Neill Smith 40 with a 6lb 6oz fish his best, Willie McRobbie had 11 and his best was 6lb15oz, Laura Gallagher had 10, Damian Masson had 18, and Jim Dalziel had a fish of 7lb 12oz. Averages were good with between five and eight fish and only one or two blanks.
Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian
Fishing has again been good with plenty of insect life about. Shipman’s, Kate Mclarens and Cormorant patterns all doing well. Water is clear and fish are lying close into shore but deeper up in the top loch. Weed has been sorted out and should clear in a week or so in the top loch where it shot up due to the heat. Two sessions in operation now: day and evening.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
The water temperature took a jump this week with the arrival of some unusually hot weather. On Thursday/Friday the surface temperature was 22oC; at two feet down it was 18oC; and at four feet deep it was 16oC. Despite this the fish were still readily coming up to surface although during the brightest spells they tended to be down to 2-3 feet where the water was a little cooler. Water temperature has now settled at 16.5oC and water clarity remains very good. The fish remain well spread out and were being taken in all areas of the main pond. The small ponds which are considerably shallower than Swanswater, also fished well. Dry flies, including CdCs and Yellow Owl, and wet flies, such as Kate McLaren, Bibio and Spiders, were attracting the browns this week with several featuring in the catch returns, both taken and released. Rainbows were taking a wide of flies, including the usual lures, Bloodworm, Buzzers and nymphs. The biggest fish landed this week, a 9lb 4oz rainbow, was taken on a Hare’s Ear. The Fishery is open every day from 8am to 10pm.
Ian Whitfield, from Denny, caught two fish for 11lb 8oz, including a 9lb 4oz rainbow; Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, four for 14lb including three browns, biggest one at 4lb 12oz; George Dobbie, Glasgow, four for 10lb plus six caught and released; Jim McInnes, Falkirk, four for 10lb plus four caught and released; Nan Morrison, Stirling, four for 9lb 12oz; Andy Henderson, Glasgow, three for 8lb; Marc Cameron, Glasgow, three for 7lb including two from the Meadow Pond, plus four caught and released; Robert Smith, Falkirk, two for 6lb plus four caught and released; Jim McMurdo, two for 5lb 4oz plus one caught and released; Billy Watt, Airdrie, 4lb 6oz brown plus three caught and released; Kyle Crossan, Stirling, 4lb brown; Brett Parkinson, caught and released seven; Martin Watt, Airdrie, kept one and returned six on the Millpond; Rab Cochrane, caught and released five from the boat.