Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
With very changeable weather it was hardly surprising that the catches were also somewhat up and down. The Boathouse was discoloured earlier in the week but some steady catches were still witnessed. Mr Jackson returned 10 fish, as did the Cruickshanks. Alex took 3 fish for 15lb (with one weighing 10.50lb) and returned 2. The Cruickshanks were also top rods on the Burnside Pool with combined returns of 26 fish and 12 fish on two separate days. Among those fish were some fi-ne rainbows of 11lb 9oz, 9lb 7oz and 7.50lb. Grant Burnett also did well releasing 10 fish including a superb rainbow of 12lb and another of 9.50lb. Other good fish during the week included another excellent rainbow, returned by Ian Barlow and estimated at 12lb. Despite the time of year there was still some fine sport to be had on dry flies as two of our Glen Lyon guests returned 7 fish each on Thursday. Favoured patterns included Daddy Longlegs variations, Yellow Owl, black/silver Buzzers and black/green lures.
On the Bankside Pool Mr Farson returned 11 fish, taken mainly on ei-ther a Squirmy or a small Bloodworm. Frank Sherriff returned 6 fish in a short session and Nick Soave took 4 fish for 8.25lb. Black/green lures and Yellow Dancer had some reasonable success.
Powerbait fished beneath a float again proved to be the best option on the Woodside Pool (any legal method). On Sunday 8 anglers landed 17 fish for a total of 30lb. As the weather turns colder it could well be worth trying spinning with a Mepps.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
The week started reasonably mild but with a cool breeze which was strong at times. By the end of the week it had turned colder and the weekend saw the first frost of the autumn. For most of the week the fish were sitting in the top 2 to 3 feet and were well spread out round the ponds. The bright sun on Saturday, after a cold night, saw the fish going a bit deeper but still being caught in good numbers. Lures or nymphs fished on an intermediate line was the best tactic all week with favourite patterns including Dancer, Cat’s Whisker, Humungus, Dam-sel, Cormorant, Diawl Bach and Buzzer. On the small ponds there was still a bit of surface action and a few fish were taken on Daddy Long-legs and CDC. A group of cubs from Bridge of Allan had an enjoyable but cold outing learning to fish on Saturday with one of them catching 2 fish at his first ever attempt. A few others hooked but lost fish. They all had great fun watching the golds chasing their flies in the Meadow Pond. Now that the clocks have changed, the Fishery is closing at 5pm every night.
Successful anglers this week included Danny Doherty, from Denny, with 5 fish for 16lb 4oz including 2 golds, plus 1 released; Gordon Fer-guson, Coatbridge, 4 golds, for 13lb 4oz; John Tawn, Glasgow, 4 for 10lb 8oz, including a gold, plus 3 released; Robert Watt, Glasgow, 4 for 10lb 12oz including a gold; Marius Botezatu, Stirling, 3 for 9lb including a gold and a tiger plus 6 released; Grant McPherson, Lanark, 3 golds for 8lb 10oz plus 5 released; Gavin Johnstone, Stirling, 3 for 8lb 8oz in-cluding 2 golds; Frank Barr, Falkirk, in two visits, 6 for 16lb including 5 golds, plus 7 released; Willie McFadyen , Cowie, 3 golds for 8lb; Eddie McKillop, jnr, Glasgow, 2 for 6lb 12oz, including a gold; Ross Gracie, South Queensferry, 2 for 6lb 4oz including a gold; Tam Hislop, Stirling, 2 for 6lb 4oz; Donald Macrae, Isle of Skye, 2 for 5lb plus 6lb brown re-turned; Paul Dancer, Glasgow, caught and released 10; Keith Honey caught and released 5 including a brown and a tiger; Peter Tanner caught and released 5 including a grown; Andy Young caught and re-leased 5.
Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside