Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
Fishing really well this past week with reasonably settled weather and not too warm temperatures, the fish have been very active and excellent returns have been had from all the ponds. The Boathouse, as well as the other ponds, has cleared well and the water clarity is now very good with fish seen cruising around all over the pond. Tactics have varied from angler to angler but the normal methods of dries, Buzzers and pulling lures have been producing most fish. Mr Leslie had a good day on the dries landing 15 fish. Mr Wright and his son had three fish for 8lb and put back another 11. Mr Kirk put back 12 on FABs and Buzzers with one around 9lb. Scottish youth team member Mr Gibson had nine fish up to 10lb on Blobs and nymphs.
The Burnside is also very clear now with at least four feet of visibility. This has helped with the smaller flies taking a good number of fish. Dries have been the best method with the fish looking up most of the time. Mr Birse has had some really good days landing 20, 12 and 10 fish in consecutive trips fishing a small Black Beetle on the surface. Mr Anderson had five for 12lb on a Bibio. Mr Lawrence returned 13 on a mix of dries and nymphs with one around 11lb.
The Bankside has seen the least pressure which is surprising as it has had the most fish on the surface and the water is gin clear. Mr Sheppard had 12 on a mix of flies of the surface. Mr Jones had eight on Buzzers. Mr Walters had eight on Damsels with one around 7lb.
The Woodside has been fishing really well with lots of fish getting caught. The main method is still a bubble float with Powerbait but all the other usual baits are working as well as spinners. Mr Clark had the best fish of the week with a fish of 8lb 8oz on Powerbait.
Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
A decent week apart from when it was raining which didn't make it pleasant but still plenty of fish around. Andrew More had a cracking brown of 6 to 7lb returned. This fish had not been stocked as the browns are wild. Best flies have been Buzzers and dries, with lures such as Yellow Dancer, WSW and black patterns also taking well when required. Slater Scott had 19 fish, Gavin Addison on two trips had 12 and 18 on lime tag Suspender Buzzers, Rob Harding had 21 on dries, George Stewart had 11, Graham Knoll had 12, Daniel More had 13, Derek More had 14, Paul Keir caught 25, Graeme Hartly landed 11 with a fish of around 15lb returned, Gordon Grant had 23 with a double and a fish of 5lb returned, Eddie Kane caght a 6lb fish, and Chris Johnston had a fish of 7lb 10oz which was in pristine condition.
Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian
Water is in tip top condition and clear with plenty of fish moving on the surface which is great for dries. Both the lochs are weed-free and fishing well.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
It was ladies’ week at Swanswater this week, with the three biggest fish landed by two of our regular lady anglers. Heather Johnstone from Neilston had a great outing at the weekend landing a 9lb 4oz rainbow followed a couple of casts later by one at 7lb. She finished with three fish for 19lb 8oz. On Friday, Nan Morrison from Stirling landed a cracking 8lb 4oz rainbow on a day when the fishing was not easy. Throughout the week conditions varied and so did the fishing. Fish were seen all week feeding and turning on the surface but they were sometimes a bit choosy as to what they were taking. At the weekend a number of big fish were showing just off the island. Despite all the surface activity one angler did well from the boat fishing a lure about six feet down. There is a huge amount of small fly life going about at the moment so natural imitations are usually doing better than lures. Favourite patterns included Diawl Bach, Damsel, Buzzer, Kate McLaren, Black Pennel, Black Spider, Yellow Owl and Klinkhamer. Those fishing deeper had success with Ally McCoist and Pink Fritz.
Other good catches this week went to George Kochanek, from Tullibody, with four fish for 10lb including one from the Meadow Pond; Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, three for 10lb including a brown; Willie Torrance, Glasgow, three for 9lb 8oz; Frank Barr, Falkirk, three for 8lb; Conn Dillon, Glasgow, two for 7lb including a brown; Danny Doherty, Denny, David Alexander, Currie, and Willie Nyguist, Stirling, all with two fish for 6lb 8oz; Jim Allan, Kilsyth, two for 6lb; Lee Petale, Stirling, a 4lb brown; Robert Park, Glasgow, 3lb 8oz brown; Jamie Sutherland and Tim Gellaitry each caught and released five; Robert Cochrane caught and released four fish including three browns.