Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
Major swings in the weather again influenced results on the pools. Sunday was the first round of the SNFFL which saw 36 anglers land a total of 145 over the 3 fly-fishing ponds. Alan Hill was top rod with 10 fish. A number of methods were working on the day from dries to lures on a Di-3. The Boathouse Pool generally fished well despite being somewhat discoloured. Jock Leslie returned 14 fish; Mr Cumming released 13 rainbows; Scott Pozzi had 11 fish on catch and release; Mr Burnett returned 10 and Ken Jones returned 9 fish with the best around 4lb. Mr Williams took 2 rainbows for a combined weight of 9.50lb and Mr McGilvray had two fish for 6.50lb. Buzzers, small Damsels and Squirmies fished under a bung produced the best returns.
Mark Ellis had the best fish off the Burnside - a fine rainbow weighing 10.75lb, while Mr Tyrell took 2 fish for 5.75lb. On catch and release Ian Gordon returned a dozen fish, while Messrs. Sherriff and Watson released 6 fish each. Buzzers had the majority of success but Diawl Bachs also did well.
Kathleen Shepherd and Ian released 14 fish between them on the Bankside Pool. Mr Mayer returned 11 and Mr Forbes 8. Keith Prior took 2 rainbows for 5.50lb and returned 1.
The Woodside Pool (any legal method) again responded best to float-fished Powerbait or small bladed spinners. Marius took 4 fish for a total of 7.50lb and Mr Telfer had 3 rainbows for 6.25lb.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
With snow and ice midweek, the water temperature on Thursday was 2.5oC which is more like January than April. However, the end of the week saw some milder weather and hopefully the water will continue to heat up over the next couple of weeks and return to something more normal for the time of year. Despite the cold the fishing has remained very good with plenty of rainbows, blues, golds, tigers and browns being landed. For most of the week the fish were around 3 to 5 feet down. At the start of the week they were mostly to be found in the Far Bay, but became well spread out as the week went on. Lures with wets fished on the dropper were the best combination and a moderate retrieve was most successful for attracting fish. On a couple of the milder days, one or two brave anglers even tried dries, as they reckoned there were enough fish rising but they only had limited success. Favourite patterns this week included Cat’s Whisker, Dancer, Ally McCoist, Diawl Bach, Cormorant, Kate McLaren, Spider and Buzzer. The Fishery is now open 8am to 8pm every day.
Rab Bonar, from Menstrie, caught 5 fish for 15lb including a blue and a tiger, plus 2 released; Barry Hamilton, Moodiesburn, 5 for 14lb 8oz including a tiger; Danny Doherty, Denny, 5 for 14lb 4oz including 3 blues; Chris Smith 5 for 10lb 8oz, including a blue, from the small ponds, plus 1 released; Hugh McLean, Oban, 4 for 12lb including a brown; Nan Morrison, Stirling, 4 for 11lb 8oz; Tommy Lynas, Glasgow, 4 for 9lb 8oz, including a gold, from the Meadow Pond; Alan Grant, Bo’ness, 4 for 9lb 4oz, including a blue, from the Meadow Pond; Davy Quinn, Dunfermline, 3 for 12lb 8oz including a 4lb 8oz brown, plus 9 released; Willie Nyguist, Stirling, 3 for 10lb 10oz including a 4lb 4oz gold; Alan Armstrong, Dollar, 3 for 9lb 8oz; Radek Garbarz, Stirling, 3 for 9lb 8oz; Robert Park, Glasgow, 3 for 9lb 8oz; Rab McDonald, Glasgow, 3 for 9lb 4oz, plus 5 released; Neil Sharp, Dollar, 3 for 8lb 8oz including a blue; Robert Alston 2 for 6lb 8oz; Norrie Holmes, Glasgow, 2 for 6lb; Mark Kenyon, Menstrie, 2 for 5lb 4oz including a brown; Jim Spiers, Falkirk, 4lb gold; Rab Cochrane, Bo’ness, caught and released 10 including 2 browns, one estimated at 5lb and a rainbow estimated at 7lb; Gavin Stevenson, Stirling, caught and released 9; Gavin Glen, Balloch, caught and released 8.