Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
Changing weather patterns were again the order of the week. The more productive conditions combined a gentle westerly breeze with fairly overcast skies – while any easterly wind had a somewhat detrimental effect on the fishing. There is a substantial amount of natural food in the water at present, resulting in good numbers of fish cruising happily on the surface but not necessarily in any mood to chase a fly. Others are sulking somewhat as the water temperature is still on the high side for trout. On the Boathouse Pool Jock Leslie made the most of surface activity landing 9 rainbows on dries. Mr Tidcombe took 4 fish for a total weight of 10lb 8oz. Catch and release numbers were steady on the Burnside. Messrs. Roy and Nugent returned 13 fish each; George Birse returned 12; Mr Wales 11; Mr McCabe 10 and Alan Gray returned 6 with one estimated at 10lb. A variety of patterns succeeded including Floating Fry, Black Beetle, emerger patterns and Hothead Damsels.
Angling numbers were generally lower on the Bankside Pool but some decent fish up to around 5lb were returned. Lar Findlay took top spot returning 5 fish in a short session, with the Zonker being particularly useful. The Fotheringhams took 4 fish for 10lb 8oz and Messrs. Short and Kinney shared 4 fish for 9lb 8oz.
On the any legal method pool (Woodside) there were excellent results to float-fished Powerbait. On Monday seven anglers took 27 fish for a combined weight of 52lb. This was followed on Saturday by 11 anglers taking 29 fish for a total of 64lb.
The coarse pool (Blawearie Basin) is producing good numbers of small roach and perch and is ideal as a starter pool for youngsters or beginners.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
A drop in water temperature at this time of year always switches the fish on and that is what happened to a certain extent this week leading to improved fishing, although there were still spells when the fish proved hard to tempt. Water temperature is now sitting at 13oC and water clarity remains very good. The fish are generally in the top 2 feet of the water with a large number of big browns being seen cruising and clearing the water, especially in the far bay. Most fish were taken on wet flies or nymphs with a reasonably fast retrieve working best. Most anglers favoured floating or midge-tip lines, although a few were having success fishing lures on an intermediate line. Once again, the golds were good indicators as to what speed of retrieve was needed or whether it was time to change the fly and try something different. Favourite patterns included Cormorant, Diawl Bach, Buzzer, Damsel, Bibio, Kate McLaren, Spider and Black Pennell
Kevin Aird, from Kincardine, in two visits, caught 4 fish for 16lb 10oz, including a 7lb 10oz rainbow and a Gold, plus two fish caught and released; Danny Doherty, Denny, 4 for 15lb 3oz including a 7lb 3oz rainbow; Frank Barr, Falkirk, 3 for 13lb 8oz including a 6lb 8oz rainbow; Billy Weir, Bannockburn, and Alan Whitton, Stirling, each caught 4 for 11lb; Barry Hamilton, Muirhead, 4 for 10lb 8oz; Gary Waugh, Cumbernauld, 4 for 10lb 4oz; George Dobbie, Glasgow, 3 for 8lb 8oz; Mike Bolton, Stirling, 3 for 8lb 8oz; Tam Baillie, Kincardine, 3 for 8lb; Steven Devlin, Coatbridge, 2 browns for 8lb 2oz; Kyle Crossan, Stirling 2 for 6lb 8oz; Tom Pate, Alloa, 2 for 5lb 8oz; Mark Sullivan, caught and released 9; Brandon Coulter, Valleyfield, caught and released 9; Robert Cummings, Valleyfield, caught and released 8; Tom Clark, Stirling, caught and released 8; Steve Irwin, caught and released 7; Blane O’Donnell, caught and released 6; Shaun Smith, caught and released 5.