Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
As usual for February the weather has been very changeable with mild, calm days at one end of the scale and bitterly cold, high winds and ice at the other end. Angling numbers have been average for the time of year and catches have been sporadic rather than steady. However, given the right combination of a reasonable fly fished at the correct depth then some excellent results have been achieved. On the Boathouse Pool there have been several decent results to catch and release anglers. Jock Leslie returned 14 fish; Mr Pozzi released 11 and Mr Burnett released 10. Most fish fell to fairly small flies (Diawl Bachs, Buzzers, and even dry flies) but small lures also produced results.
The Burnside Pool has been moody but on its good days there have been some fine returns. The best fish recently was a superb rainbow taken by Ian Gordon and expertly netted by Damian Warski. It was photographed, returned and estimated at 13lb. Ian’s best catch comprised 12 rainbows, taken mainly on lures – with depth being the key to success. Other excellent fish have recently included another beautiful rainbow estimated at 12lb caught by George Birse. In addition to that Frank Sherriff released yet another lovely rainbow weighing 8.75lb, which was taken on a Buzzer.
Probably the best returns from the Bankside Pool were taken by Kathleen Shepherd’s group of 5 anglers who fished a variety of flies and methods to catch/return a total of 36 fish.
The Woodside Pool (any legal method) mirrored the fly-only pools with good and bad days. Mr Snowden took 4 nice rainbows for a total of 9lb. Most fish have fallen to float-fished Powerbait, although several of the better specimens have been taken on the spinner.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
The beginning of the week saw breezy conditions and some dull days with the occasional sleet showers, the water temperature was around 3 degrees, this kept the fish shoaling up the channel between the island and the roadside. Towards the end of the week saw a change in conditions and some brighter days which meant the fish became more widespread and anglers out in the boats and at the dam had good success as well as those fishing from the island. The water is very clear and most catches were recorded on lures such as Dancer, Humungus and Cat either fished on floating, sink-tip or intermediate lines around 3 to 5 feet down. The best method was a reasonably quick retrieve though some Buzzers and bugs taking static but usually some movement was required. The fishery will still be closing at 4.30pm.
Rab Cooper, from Dunfermline, caught 4 fish for 14lb 6oz including a 6lb gold; Nan Morrison, Stirling, 4 for 13lb 4oz including a 5lb 4oz rainbow; John Sneddon, Falkirk, 2 for 8lb 10oz including a 5lb rainbow; Gareth Mair, Kincardine, 7 for 21lb 10oz including 3 golds, plus 5 caught and releaed on his second visit; Paul Dancer, Glasgow, 5 for 18lb plus 5 released; Danny Doherty, Denny, 5 for 14lb; Alan and Billy Weir, Bannockburn, shared 5 for 13lb 10oz; Marius Botezatu, Stirling, 5 for 12lb from the Meadow Pond, plus 6 released; William Caldwell, Whitburn, 4 for 14lb, plus 7 released; Heather Johnston, Neilston, 4 for 12lb 8oz, plus 1 released; Davy Quinn, Dunfermline, 4 for 12lb; Alex Botezatu, Stirling, 4 for 10lb plus 5 browns released; Robert Smith, Falkirk, 3 for 10lb 8oz, plus 7 caught and released; Frank Barr, Falkirk, 3 for 10lb plus 4 released; Malcolm Miller, Clackmannan, 3 for 8lb 4oz plus 1 released; Alan Johnston, Neilston, 3 for 8lb; Neil Montgomery, 2 for 9lb; Jim Spiers, Falkirk, 2 for 7lb 12oz; Charlie Conlan, Glasgow, 2 for 7lb 4oz; Stewart Marshall, Cambusbarron, 2 for 6lb 4oz, plus 2 released; Barry McMillan, 4lb 4oz rainbow; Steven Murphy, Glasgow, caught and released 16; Harry Haggarty, Glasgow, caught and released 13; Nigel Muckle, Mid Calder, caught and released 8; Craig Tucker, Edinburgh caught and released 6; Mark Bradley, caught and released 6.