Forbes of Kingennie
April has been hanging onto winter but there is now some hope that Spring is on the way and fishing should improve rapidly. Despite generally cold, damp and windy conditions for much of the week, there were still some excellent results. The Troutmasters qualifier for the finals was held on the Boathouse Pool on Saturday and produced the best fish of the week. In the senior section Ashley Thomas took 3 rainbows for 8.25lb and topped that off by catching a magnificent rainbow weighed and witnessed at 13.95lb (taken on a size 16 Ceramic Nymph). As Ashley was already in control of the event it was agreed that this superb specimen could be returned. In the junior section Jake Gilchrist reigned supreme with a catch of 6 rainbows taken on a variety of patterns and methods, including a couple on dries. Congratulations to both winners and best wishes for the finals. During the week Mr Burnett released 15 on the Boathouse; Liam Kirk returned 10 and Jock Leslie released 8. Preferred patterns were Buzzers, small dries and nymphs.
On the deeper Burnside Pool it was again Buzzers which stole the show (mainly black, black/silver or dark green) although several fish fell to spider versions. Scott Watson returned 11 fish; Ken Jones released 10 including a fine rainbow estimated at 6.50lb and Frank Sherriff returned 8 fish.
The easterly winds tended to keep most anglers off the rather exposed Bankside Pool but Jock Leslie had a short session on there to catch/release 4 rainbows on a mixture of dries and Buzzers.
The any-legal method pool, the Woodside, again responded best to Powerbait fished deep beneath a float. Mr Sampford took 3 rainbows for 6.25lb and Mr Telfer had 2 rainbows for a total of 5.50lb (both taken on a small, bladed Mepps type spinner).
Swanswater Trout Fishery, Stirlingshire
The cold east wind was still in attendance for most of the week and where it was hitting the water it kept the fish well down. In the sheltered areas, however, fish were to be seen rising. The water temperature rose to 6oC on Sunday and stayed there all week with the result the fish were pretty well spread out around the pond. Amongst the catch returns this week were a few absolutely cracking browns and tigers, along with the usual selection of blues, golds and rainbows. The fish were often looking to chase and the best method was a reasonably fast retrieve just under the surface which drew the fish up from the depths. Although lures were probably most effective, nymphs and wets are now beginning to take more fish. Favourite patterns this week included Dancer, Cat’s Whisker, Ally McCoist, Damsel, Montana, Henrik Larsson, Bibio, Kate McLaren, Black Pennel and Buzzer.
Ian Ritchie, from Ayrshire, caught three fish 3 for 11lb including a 5lb 6oz gold; Kevin Malcolm, Stirling, 3 for 11lb including a 5lb rainbow and a blue; Ian Reid, Paisley, 5 for 16lb including a 3lb 12oz rainbow and a blue; Danny Doherty, Denny, 5 for 14lb 4oz including 3 blues and 2 browns, bigger one at 4lb 14oz; David Aitken, Glasgow, 5 for 13 including a tiger; Derek Styles, Ayrshire, 5 for 12lb 8oz plus a brown returned; John Bell, Ayrshire, 5 for 12lb 9oz including a tiger; Kevin Cowling, Glasgow, 4 for 11lb including a gold; John Montague, Glasgow, 4 for 11lb; Alan Carruthers, Ayrshire, 4 for 10lb 4oz including a tiger; John McInnes, Sauchie, 3 for 10lb including a gold and a tiger; Gary Stewart, Glasgow, 3 for 9lb; John Campbell, Stirling, 3 for 8lb 12oz including a blue; Peter Paterson, Menstrie, 3 for 8lb 12oz; Willie Haughton, Stirling 3 for 7lb including 2 tigers, plus 12 released; Marius Botezatu, Stirling, in two visits, 6 for 15lb, including 3 blues, plus 9 released including 6 browns; Aaron Barnes, Glasgow, 2 for 7lb 8oz including 4lb rainbow; Willie Nyguist, Stirling, 2 for 7lb 6oz including 4lb 12oz rainbow and a brown returned; Harry Haggarty, Glasgow, in two visits, caught and released 23; Davy Nicholson, Glenrothes, caught and released 14; Colin Tait, Brechin, caught and released 9; Andy Duffin, Fallin, caught and released 7.