Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
A typical Scottish summer saw the weekly weather go from one end of the spectrum to the other. However, for those who mastered the conditions, or hit the right weather window, results were very positive. The Ovens party fished the Boathouse Pool and were main contributors to a six-angler total of 53.50lb. Individual anglers also did well with Mr Riddicks returning 20 fish; Mr Burnett returned 15; Mr Kirk 13 and Mr McKinney had 4 fish for 11lb and returned a further 5. Small dries (CdC variations, Yellow Owl, Sugar Cube Shipman) and Buzzers took the majority of fish. The Burnside Pool again fished well to dries and Buzzers, although the fish were quite difficult to catch on several days, with numbers of fish rising to the dry fly but refusing to take it. Mr Watson returned 16 fish and Joe Westland returned 14 fish.
The Bankside Pool has seen fewer numbers of anglers than the other fly ponds but some decent returns have been recorded, topped by George Birse who returned a dozen fish.
Floatfished Powerbait has again been the top method on the Woodside Pool (any legal method) although spinning has produced several larger than average fish. On Monday 17 anglers took 21 fish for a total of 42lb. This was followed on Sunday by 23 anglers taking 37 fish for 62.50lb.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
The fishing remained good for the time of year with water temperature sitting at 14C and water clarity very good apart from a brief spell on Thursday when the heavy rain in the morning coloured the water. It was clear again by the evening and conditions remained good for the rest of the week. The golds are still proving very popular, particularly in the small ponds where they are easily targeted. In general, the fish are in the top 2 feet of the ponds and are usually looking for something to chase, although some anglers were having success with static Buzzers. Other patterns doing well this week included Hare’s Ear, Cormorant, Montana, Daiwl Bach, Kate McLaren, Muddler, Damsel and Dancer. For the avoidance of doubt, there is no limit on catch and release on any of the ponds at Swanswater. However, we do expect people to be courteous and allow other anglers into hotspots by moving after they have caught a number of fish. The Fishery opening hours are now 8am to 9pm
Nan Morrison, from Stirling, in two visits, caught 5 fish for 13lb 12oz; Willie Nyguist, Stirling, 5 for 12lb 12oz, plus 6 caught and released; Jim Milne, Alloa, 4 for 12lb; David Aitken, East Kilbride, 4 for 12lb; Tam Rodgerson, Alloa, 4 for 11lb 8oz; Eddie A’Hara, Glasgow, 3 for 10lb, plus 3 caught and released; Frank Barr, Falkirk, 3 for 9lb plus 7 caught and released; Alex Knox, Glasgow, 2 for 6lb 4oz; Jim Craig, Balloch, 2 for 6lb; Robert Smith, Falkirk, 2 for 6lb; Jim McInnes, Falkirk, 2 for 6lb; Cameron McFarlane, 2 for 5lb 12oz, plus 4 caught and released; Graeme Watt, Airdrie, kept one fish and returned 5; John Gillies, Stuart Wallace and Peter Kerr caught and released 18 between them in two visits, fishing from a float-tube and a boat; Brian Lockie, Alva, caught and released 7; Darren Meier, Livingston, caught and released 7.