Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
Fishing conditions were good this week with the water remaining very clear and any weeds being kept under control; the temperature rose from 14C to 15.5C. However, as is common at this time of year, the fishing was not easy despite the fish being very active and being seen moving on the surface of the water. Most were taken in the top two to three feet although the strong wind at the weekend put them down a bit deeper. A fast retrieve on a floating or intermediate line was the best tactic, with midge-tip lines proving popular and effective. Various dry flies were working well on the small ponds and in the evenings, with the usual nymphs, wets and occasional lure doing the business through the day on Swanswater. Favourite patterns included Dancer, Damsel, Buzzer, Diawl Bach, Cruncher, Bumble, Kate McLaren, Bibio, Black Spider, Gnat, and Hopper.
Eddie McKillop, from Glasgow, in two visits, caught four fish for 18lb 8oz including a 9lb 8oz rainbow; Martin Watt, Airdrie, a 5lb 10oz gold; John Kearney, Broxburn, five for 13lb 4oz; Danny Doherty, Denny, four for 10lb 8oz; George Dobbie, Glasgow, three for 10lb 4oz including a 4lb rainbow; Billy Weir, Bannockburn, three for 10lb 4oz; Frank Barr, Falkirk, three for 10lb; Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, three for 9lb; Tam McGarry, Dumbarton, three for 8lb 12oz; Alex Knox, Glasgow, two for 7lb; John Sneddon, Falkirk, two for 6lb 8oz; Jim Speirs, Falkirk, two for 6lb 4oz; Andy Tervit, Paisley, and Iain MacDonald, Alva, each with two fish for 6lb; Nan Morrison, Stirling, a 3lb 8oz brown; Alan and Richard Penrose caught and released six including three estimated at over 6lb.