Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
From spring to almost summer and then back to winter within the space of 3 days. No wonder catches were up and down throughout the week. Andy Rutherford was king of the Boathouse returning 15 fish in a fairly short evening session; most were caught on dries or Buzzers. Mr Hogg returned 9 on a catch/release ticket with the best fish estimated at 9lb. Mr Maitland took 3 fish for a total of 9.50lb; Mr Lloyd had 2 fish for 10lb (with the bigger fish being a fine brownie weighing 7lb) and Mr Patterson returned 2 with the better fish being a well-conditioned rainbow estimated at 8lb. With water clarity being good the better catches were on smallish flies – dries, nymphs and Buzzers.
On the Burnside Pool Scott Watson showed the way releasing a dozen fish while Mr Thompson followed closely with 11. On the big fish side of things, Mr Docherty took a superb rainbow weighing 10lb. Buzzers had their moments but a large number of fish were caught using various flies fished under a bung. When conditions were favourable the Bankside Pool fished extremely well. Jock Leslie returned 14 fish taken on a mixture of dries and Buzzers. Grant Burnett released 11 and Frank Sherriff returned 8 fish. Favoured patterns included Yellow Owl, various Buzzer imitations (mainly olive or black) and Diawl Bachs.
The any legal method pool, the Woodside, showed an improvement as the temperature started to rise. Powerbait fished beneath a float was again the best option but spinning also contributed well to catches. Raj took 9 fish for a total of 16lb; the Summervilles had 6 fish for a combined weight of 12lb; Mr Warden had 4 for 8lb and Mr Templeton took 4 fish totalling 7lb.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
It turned cooler again this week with a return to the chilly east winds but the fishing conditions remained excellent, especially in the more sheltered areas and on the occasions the wind dropped and the air warmed up a little in the sun. The fish were generally around 3 to 4 feet down but went deeper during the windiest spells. The cold nights meant they were deeper in the mornings than later in the day. Early in the week they were to be found around the island, but as the week went on they spread out round the whole of the main area. Lures, nymphs and wets were all taking fish with the usual favourites – Cat’s Whisker, Dancer, Damsel, Diawl Bach, Bibio, Kate McLaren and Buzzer – all taking plenty of fish. A wide variety of colours feature in the returns with several browns and tigers taken or returned along with blues, golds and rainbows. The small ponds, which are a bit more sheltered, were also fishing well with quite a number of anglers choosing to fish them in order to escape the worst of the wind. The Fishery is open every day from 8am to 9pm.
Among this week’s top catches were Billy Allison, from Whitburn, with 5 fish for 13lb 12oz from the small ponds including a 4lb 8oz rainbow and 2 blues; Ian Ritchie, Bridge of Weir, 5 for 13lb 8oz including a tiger; Peter Bogle, Bridge of Weir, 5 for 13lb 4oz including a gold, a blue and a tiger; Danny Doherty, Denny, 5 for 12lb 8oz including 2 tigers, plus 2 released; Mark Gibson, Bridge of Weir, 5 for 12lb 6oz including a blue and a tiger, plus 3 released; Hugh Meighan, Bridge of Weir, 5 for 12lb 2oz including a brown; Michael McDonald, Bridge of Weir, 5 for 11lb 4oz including 3 tigers; Callum Lindsay, Glasgow, 4 for 14lb including 2 blues, bigger one at 4lb 8oz and a gold; Frank Barr, Falkirk, 4 for 13lb 8oz including a 5lb 8oz rainbow; Rab Bonar, Alloa, 4 for 12lb; Gareth Mair, Kincardine, 4 for 11lb 12oz including a 3lb 4oz brown, plus 2 released; David Alexander, Edinburgh, 4 for 11lb 8oz; David Calder, 3 for 9lb including 5lb rainbow; John Mathieson, Doune, 3 for 8lb 14oz including 4lb 4oz brown and 2 blues; George Dobbie, Glasgow, 3 for 8lb 8oz including 2 blues; Yvonne Hutton, Edinburgh, 3 for 6lb 12oz, including a blue, from the small ponds, plus 2 released; Douglas Kelly, Glasgow, 2 for 7lb 2oz including 4lb 8oz rainbow; Robert Park, Glasgow, 2 for 6lb 8oz; Graeme Gillespie, Torrance, 4lb 4oz brown; Harry Haggarty, Glasgow, in 2 visits, caught and released 18 including 4 browns; Kevin Gray, Camelon, caught and released 14; Francis Monaghan caught and released 6; Conor Meiklejohn, Stirling, caught and released 6; Davy Nicholson, Glenrothes, caught and released 6 including a brown; Tim Gellaitry, Stirling, caught and released 5.