Swanswater Trout Fishery, Stirlingshire
Despite it being another cold week, the fishing remained pretty good. Water temperature started the week at 2oC but rose to 5.5oC by Saturday. At the start of the week the fish were generally deep and mainly in the main area of Swanswater. As the week went on they came up in the water and some were to be found in the top 2 feet of the water. Early in the week, an intermediate line fished with lures or Buzzers was the best tactic, with floating or intermediate with nymphs or wet flies doing well towards the weekend. Favourite patterns included Cat’s Whisker, Cut-throat Cat, Dancer, Ace of Spades, Bibio, Kate McLaren, Damsel, Snatcher and Spider.
The biggest fish landed this week was a superb 5lb 4oz gold taken by Nan Morrison on her first outing after a number of weeks forced absence due to the weather. The Fishery is now open from 8am to 7pm every day.
A selection of this week’s bags includes: Nan Morrison, Stirling, 3 fish for 11lb 8oz including 2 golds, bigger one at 5lb 4oz; Rab Bonar, Alloa, 5 for 15lb including a blue and a brown; Danny Doherty, Denny, 5 for 13lb, plus 1 released; Barry Henderson, Sauchie, 4 for 13lb 8oz including a blue, plus 3 released; Chris Kerr, East Kilbride, 4 for 11lb 12oz including a tiger; Kyle Crossan, Stirling, 4 for 11lb 8oz; Willie Nyguist, Stirling, 4 for 11lb 4oz including a blue; Gareth Mair, Kincardine, 4 for 11lb including a brown, plus 9 released on two other visits; Alan Armstrong, Dollar, 3 for 9lb including a gold, plus 4 released; Robert Park, Glasgow, 3 for 9lb; Darren Cockburn, Kinglassie, 3 for 8lb including a blue and a brown; George Dobbie, Glasgow, 3 for 7lb including a blue and a tiger; Chris Nicolson, Kinglassie, 2 for 8lb including a blue, plus 1 released; Colin Copeman, Falkirk, 2 for 6lb 8oz including a gold; Jim Allan, Kilsyth, 2 for 4lb 8oz including a brown; Davy Quinn, Dunfermline, caught and released 10; Conor Bernard caught and released 6; Brian Lockie, caught and released 4 including 2 tigers and a brown estimated at 8lb.