Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
Sunday September 24 was probably the busiest day of the year so far for fishing at the resort, with all the ponds booked in advance by various organisations. Pride of place went to those involved with the Casting for Recovery event (which teamed up flyfishing guides with ladies recovering from cancer). The weather did us proud, as did all who were involved and a great day was enjoyed by all with every participant catching one fish or more. On the Boathouse 7 anglers from the Irvine Water Sports Club landed 14 fish for a total weight of 41lb (also returning two) and the Willis group took 20 fish for 64lb. Individual returns included Jock Leslie with 16 on catch/release; Mr Falconer had 3 fish for 11.50lb; Mr McKinney took 3 for 10.75lb and Mr Mudie had 3 for 10.50lb. CdCs, Sugar Cube Shipman, Buzzers, Cormorants and lures all scored well.
The Burnside again performed well on dries, Buzzers, nymphs and small lures. The Willis group had 26 fish for a total of 72lb; The Falconer group took 19 fish for 49lb; Jock Leslie returned 15 fish; Mr Wales returned 12 and Tam Costello had 6 on catch/release with the best being a stunning rainbow estimated at 9lb.
On Sunday, we were pleased to again host the Rosyth Civil Service Club who enjoyed a decent day on the Bankside Pool. They took 9 fish for 32lb and returned a further 62 fish. Their total included a fine rainbow of 7.50lb. Other notable catches were Messrs. Watson and Westland who returned 14 fish each and Mr Wales who returned 11 fish.
The Woodside Pool (any legal method) had two days which stood out above the rest. On one day 9 anglers shared 27 fish for 60lb and on the other 22 anglers took 46 fish for a total of 97lb. Several decent fish have been landed recently including a nice 4lb rainbow, taken on a spinner by Jamie Burgess. Powerbait beneath a float and small spinners were the preferred options.
Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
With no shortage of water over the last week it put fish down a little and they switched onto lures a bit more with the Yellow Dancer and Cat’s Whisker working well. On drier days it was more the norm of Kate Mclarens, Suspender Buzzers, Buzzers and dries which worked really well. Gordon Grant did well on the smaller flies hitting 49 fish, Slater Scott had 38, Chris Johnston 18, Stewart Hamilton had 12, Ricky Turner 10, with a lot of anglers reporting returns of 8 fish for a session. Fish can be seen all over the lochs which is always encouraging but without the right fly on the end it can get frustrating. Always best to ask and if advice is taken it can change your day. There has been some very good fish being caught, best of the week a beautiful blue rainbow of 8lb 1oz for Willie McRobbie and it was pristine in colour, tail and fins. Rob Haywood, who is returning to fishing, had a nice fish of 7lb 8oz, Alexander Morrison had one of 7lb 3oz and there were plenty returned around this size from anglers on sporting tickets. Next up is the Fritz ‘n’ Flies singles and doubles competition on October 8. Names to the fishery soonest if interested as names will not be taken on the day itself. The next Glenbuies club outing is to Newton Farm fishery on October 15.
Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian
Fishing is now down to day sessions only and as the light is fading in the evenings it won’t be long before Millbuies closes for the season, so make the most of it. Fish are hard on the top and good rises can be seen making fishing good for anglers especially now before the winter sets in.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
With water temperatures continuing to drop to more ideal feeding conditions for trout, Swanswater has seen another great week’s fishing. Despite the changeable weather conditions the fish have remained in the top 2 to 3 feet of water, with a few still being tempted to the surface. As we approach the end of a successful brown trout season there is still a good number of browns to be caught. Some beautiful examples have been featuring in the catch returns with more being released. Both golds and light blues have continued to entertain and frustrate anglers by showing an interest, chasing then turning away at the last moment on a lot of occasions. Nymphs and small lures have had most success, with Damsel, Dancer and Diawl Bach being the favourite. Daddies, Hoppers and Sedges have seen the most of the dry fly action.
Ricky Goodwin, from Larbert, caught 4 fish for 15lb 8oz including an 8lb rainbow, a blue and a gold plus 3 returned; Gareth Mair, Glasgow, 9 for 26lb 12oz including 3 golds, a blue and a brown plus 7 returned in two visits; Jim Potts, Inchinnan, 5 for 14lb; Willie Martin, Stirling, 5 for 13lb 12oz; Joe Potts, Inchinnan, 5 for 12lb; Davy Duncan, Grangemouth, 4 for 14lb 2oz plus 6 returned; Danny Doherty, Denny 4 for 11lb 12oz plus 3 returned; Alan Prentice, Clackmannan, 4 for 10lb 12oz; George Dobbie, Glasgow, 4 for 10lb 8oz plus 3 returned; T. J. Falloon, Glasgow, 4 for 10lb 8oz; Robert Henderson, Cumbernauld, 4 for 10lb 4oz; John Bond, York, 4 for 10lb 4oz; Jon Knox, Cowdenbeath, 4 for 9lb 12oz plus 2 browns and a tiger returned; Andy Duffin, Fallin, 3 for 9lb 8oz plus 6 returned; Robert Smith, Falkirk, 3 for 9lb 8oz; Martin Stewart, Glasgow, 3 for 9lb 4oz; Ian Ritchie, Paisley, 3 for 9lb; Sandy Bonella, Alloa, a gold and a brown for 6lb 8oz; John Sneddon, Falkirk, 2 golds for 6lb; Danny McLaughlin 2 for 6lb; Alan Morrison, Kelty, 2 golds for 4lb plus 5 returned; Ian Boyd, Boness, 7 returned.