Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
The improvement in the weather has resulted in better hatches of buzzers and some excellent catches have been taken. Liam Kirk showed the way on the Boathouse Pool with 2 superb returns within a few days of each other. The first outing produced 10 fish on catch/return but the second eclipsed that by far, returning 20 fish with the best 2 estimated at 14lb (an exceptionally deep fish with huge shoulders) and 12lb. Other decent catches were 9 fish released by both Mr Hogg and Andy Rutherford. The water clarity is excellent now and small dries, Buzzers and Diawl Bachs have all worked their magic.
On the Bankside Pool Buzzers and various nymph patterns have had the majority of the success. Ken Jones returned 10 and then went onto the Bankside to release a further 7 fish. Mr Dair had 8 on a catch/release ticket (most taking a white lure). On the big fish side of things Ian Gordon returned 4 fish including one estimated at 10lb-plus and Mr Duncan had another at 8lb.
We were pleased to host Kilsyth Fishing Club on the Bankside last Saturday; their overall result was 21 fish for a total of 61.50lb with the best bag being 4 fish weighing 17.50lb. On the catch/release side of things Jock Leslie returned 9 fish; Grant Burnett released 8 with the best estimated at 11lb and Bradie Heggie returned 7 in a short evening session. Davie Wilson took 2 nice rainbows weighing 6lb.
Spinning produced the best results on the Woodside Pool (any legal method) this week, with Pieter taking 5 rainbows for 9lb. Float-fished Powerbait also did reasonably well as Mr Treen proved by catching 3 rainbows for a combined weight of 5.75lb.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
Spring seemed to arrive this week and the warmer weather saw a rise in water temperature from 6oC at the beginning of the week to 10oC by the weekend. As a result, the fish were higher in the water and were active in the top 3 feet. They were also well spread out all round the main area of Swanswater. The bright sun on Saturday put them down a little but there were still plenty being caught. A wide variety of flies was taking fish with favourite patterns ranging from lures such as Dancer, Ally McCoist and Cat’s Whisker, through nymphs such as Diawl Bach, Hare’s Ear and olive nymph to various wet flies including Bibio, Black Pennell, and Spider. Bloodworm and Buzzers were also successful and overall the best colour was olive. The browns and tigers obviously enjoyed the warmer weather with some cracking examples landed. Several more were returned and they continue to provide a lot of sport for those looking for different varieties of trout. The Fishery is currently open from 8am to 9pm every day.
Davy Collins, from Glasgow, caught 2 fish for 8lb 2oz including a 5lb 5oz rainbow; Danny Doherty, Denny, 5 for 14lb 4oz including 2 blues and a Tiger, plus 1 released; Barry Hamilton, Moodiesburn, 5 for 13lb including a blue; George Dobbie, Glasgow, 4 for 13lb including 3lb 8oz brown; Tam McGarry, Dumbarton, 4 for 11lb 4oz; Alec Knox, Glasgow, 3 for 9lb 8oz including a blue; Alan Weir, Stirling, 3 for 9lb 4oz; Davy Quinn, Dunfermline, 3 for 9lb, plus 6 released; Robert Park, Glasgow, 3 for 9lb including a blue and a green, plus a brown returned; Alec Peachey, Hamilton, 3 for 8lb 12oz; John Mathieson, Deanston, 3 for 8lb 8oz including 4lb 8oz brown and 2 tigers, plus 3 released; Colin Gibbs, Forth, 3 for 8lb including a tiger, plus 3 released; Robert Smith, Falkirk, 2 for 8lb including 4lb 8oz brown; Peter Waddell, Carluke, 2 for 7lb 8oz plus 6 released; Marien Ujcik, 2 for 6lb 12oz including 4lb 12oz brown; David Beaton and, son, Euan, caught and released 10; Mark Pickering, caught and released 8; Tom Clark, Stirling, caught and released 6; Dave Lyon caught and released 5 including a brown.