Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
Although the weather was still erratic, there has been a hint that Spring is now on the doorstep. This has resulted in more fly life on the water and an increase in fish being taken on various dry flies. On the Boathouse Pool the Abernethys returned a dozen fish and Mr Gilmour returned 6. Mr Cochrane took 2 rainbows for a total of 6lb and returned a further 9 fish including a superb brown trout estimated at 6lb. Mr Hill landed 4 fish for a combined weight of 15lb and returned 1, while Mr Cormack had 2 fish for 10.50lb and released 5. Buzzers, Diawl Bachs and dries accounted for most of the fish but lures did take a few.
The Burnside Pool was somewhat moody this week but Scott Watson obviously had the correct formula as he returned 14 fish on catch/release. Ed Valentine also did well releasing 9 fish. Tam Costello returned 2 fish with one of them being a magnificent rainbow estimated at 10lb, and Mr McCabe took 3 fish for a total weight of 7.25lb. Most of the fish fell to Buzzers (black or olive) or nymphs retrieved slowly.
Jock Leslie again dominated returns on the Bankside with his best session being 16 fish released. Scott Watson also did well returning 10. Messrs Low and Patterson took 4 fish for a total of 11lb and Mr Gibson had 3 fish for 8.50lb, returning a further 3. Various dry fly patterns sorted out the better fish but Buzzers and small lures also did well.
On the Woodside Pool (any legal method) Mr Lee took 3 rainbows for a combined weight of 7.25lb; Mr Robertson had 3 fish for 6lb and Mr Morrison took 2 fish for 5lb. Spinning enjoyed the best results but Powerbait fished beneath a float also did well.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
Some lovely sunny, warm weather this week although there were also cool nights and some days there was a cool easterly wind. When the sun came out on Saturday so did the tigers with the anglers from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Dunbartonshire bagging a good few of these cracking fish. Several browns were also hooked this week and a couple of 5lb golds along with the usual top-quality rainbows and blues. On different days, there were different hotspots as the fish adapted to the changes in temperature. These included the island, the Far Bay, around the big tree and at the dam. The depth that the fish were at also varied, with everything from just below the surface to around 5 feet down seeing fish caught. Most were taking nymphs and wet flies with the favourite patterns being Montana, Damsel, Hare’s Ear, Cormorant, Buzzer, Bibio, and Kate McLaren. The Fishery is still open 8am to 9pm every day.
Rab Bonar, from Alloa, fishing from the boat, caught 9 fish for 26lb, on two tickets, including a blue and a brown; Frank Barr, Falkirk, in two visits, 8 for 24lb including a blue, plus 4 released, including a brown; Danny Doherty, Denny, 5 for 14lb 6oz, plus 3 released; Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, 4 for 13lb 12oz; Malcolm MacDonald, Glasgow, 4 for 12lb 8oz, including a 4lb 6oz rainbow; Dave McFadyen, Denny, 4 for 12lb 8oz including a 4lb 8oz rainbow; Stuart Cameron, Alexandria, 4 for 12lb 6oz, plus 3 released; Danny Borzacchiello, Dumbarton, 4 for 12lb; Barry Hamilton, Moodiesburn, 4 for 11lb 12oz; John McQueen, Clydebank, 4 for 11lb 14oz; Jim McColl, Dumbarton, 4 for 11lb 10oz; Willie Nyguist, Stirling, 4 for 11lb 4oz, plus 2 released; David Brown, Dumbarton, 4 for 10lb 4oz; Edward Lochrie, Glasgow, 3 for 11lb; Marius Botezatu, Stirling, 3 for 10lb 4oz, plus 4 released; Jim Spiers, Falkirk, 3 for 10lb 4oz; Willie Martin, Stirling, 3 for 9lb 8oz; George Kerr, Dumbarton, 2 for 8lb 10oz including a 5lb 12oz gold; Ian Whitfield, Denny, 2 for 8lb 4oz; Andy Hepburn, Bannockburn, 2 for 7lb including a 5lb gold; Ian Brown, Balloch, 2 for 7lb; Paul Rooney, 2 for 6lb 8oz; Paul Keenan, Whitburn 2 for 6lb; Brian Eadie, Cowie, caught and released 10 in the small ponds and John Fleming caught and released 7.