Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
Changeable weather was again the story of the week with anglers having to adapt as conditions changed. However, the sun shone on for the Forbes of Kingennie Open Day on Sunday, with Grant Osler, the Sports Manager, giving fishing demonstrations on the Blawearie Basin (coarse fishing pool). Good numbers of parents and juniors attended and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. Fishing techniques and fish-handling skills were imparted and plenty of perch and roach were landed (all on barbless hooks), admired and returned safely to the water. Hopefully we will see some increase in the number of younger anglers using the fishery in future.
The Boathouse Pool again fished well, mainly to small dries (Shipman’s, Yellow Owl) and Buzzers. Bruce Thomson returned 14 fish, Joe Westland 12 and John Barr 11. Mr Lafferty took 4 rainbows for a total of 9.5lb, as did Mr Wallace. On the deeper Burnside Pool there was plenty of surface activity but the fish were not easy to tempt. George Birse returned 14, Jock Leslie 13 and young Jake Gilchrist returned 11. Several anglers found fish feeding somewhat deeper than most would normally fish at this time of year.
The Bankside Pool was quite difficult to fish in the windier conditions but at the right time it produced some excellent results. Mr Boni took pride of place returning 14 fish taken mainly on an Olive Damsel. Frank Sherriff also did very well returning 11.
The any legal method pool (Woodside) had some very up and down results but the weekend certainly produced. On Saturday 10 anglers took 19 fish for a total of 41lb; on Sunday there were 29 fish taken for 58.25lb and last Monday saw 18 anglers land 35 fish for 73lb, giving an average weight on those three days of just over 2lb per fish.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
The changeable weather this week meant that the fishing was challenging at times, but those anglers willing to persevere with different tactics still enjoyed some fantastic sport. The golds continue to be stocked and the brightly coloured fish can often be seen cruising just below the surface. When the fish were feeding best a floating line was usually all that was necessary, fishing around 2 feet dow n with a moderate retrieve. Although during tougher periods the key was to go deeper with a slower retrieve. The usual flies accounted for most fish this week with Damsels, Dancers and some nymphs including Diawl Bach and Cruncher having the most success. Great sport was also had with dry flies.
Danny Doherty, from Denny, caught 5 fish for 14lb 8oz plus 2 caught and released; Gregor Hunter, Inchinnan, 4 for 12lb 8oz; Donald McMurchy, Fallin, 4 for 10lb 12oz including 2 golds; Frank Barr, Falkirk, 3 for 8lb 12oz plus 1 caught and released; George Dobbie, Glasgow, 3 for 8lb 4oz; Henry Fulton, Glasgow, 3 for 8lb including a gold; Tom Martin, 3 for 8lb including a gold; William Brandon, Ireland, a 6lb rainbow; Eric Wilson, 2 for 6lb; Ian Munroe, Stirling, 6 caught and released; Robert Smith, Stirling, 4 caught and released including an estimated 8lb rainbow.
Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside