Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
With temperatures on the rise the fishing has improved, although the ponds would benefit from a drop of rain! We were privileged to host Killin AC on the Boathouse and Burnside pools last Sunday. Most managed to catch their three-fish limit with the best totals being 3 at 11.25lb, 3 of 10.25lb and 3 at 8.75lb. Various methods worked for the club as they did for other individuals. On the Boathouse Mr Hogg returned 17 fish on catch/release and Messrs. Dair and Laurie released 9 fish each. Mr McAndrew took 4 fish for a combined weight of 14lb, while Mr Cameron had 3 for 8.75lb. Dries and Buzzers (black or olive) were the preferred options. The Burnside was moody but Robert Gibson and Ed Valentine found the answers to return 12 fish each. One of the Killin AC members took 3 fish for a total of 11.25lb. Buzzers and Squirmies were amongst the better options.
Water-levels are falling on the Bankside but Bradie Heggie enjoyed an evening session which resulted in 9 fish being returned. Ricky McGowan did likewise to release 6 fish. Freelined Buzzers took most of the fish but locating the shoals seemed to be more important than fly selection. Powerbait was again the preferred option on the any legal method pool, the Woodside. However, spinning also had some success. On Monday seven anglers took 15 fish for a total of 30lb.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
The hot sunny weather continued for most of the week and the fishing continued to be pretty good. During the more overcast spells the fish were very near the surface but for much of the week they were to be found deeper down. The water temperature is now 16oC but the fish are still looking for something to chase. The tigers appear to be liking the warmer weather as several feature in the catch returns and several more were caught and released. Some lovely blues and golds are also being caught along with the usual rainbows. A wide variety of lures, nymphs and wet flies were taking fish with favourite patterns being the usual Cat’s Whisker, Ally McCoist, Dancer, and Hothead Damsel, along with Diawl Bach, Hare’s Ear, Black Pennell, Butcher, Sedge and Buzzers. The fish are to be found all around the main area, although the bank from the dam to the Big Tree was often the most productive area especially in the mornings. The Fishery is now open till 10pm every night of the week.
Willie Smith, from Penicuik, caught 3 fish for 16lb including an 8lb 8oz rainbow; Kevin Calligan, Loanhead, 6lb 4oz rainbow; Brian MacIntosh, jnr, Banknock, 4 for 15lb 6oz including a 6lb gold; John Lennox, Hamilton, 3 for 10lb 8oz including a 5lb rainbow and 3lb brown; Kevin O’Brien, Camelon, 5 for 15lb 12oz; Chris Kerr, East Kilbride, 5 for 15lb 8oz, plus 6 released including a tiger; Peter O’Brien, Camelon, 5 for 15lb; Allan Laing, Carluke, 5 for 13lb 8oz, plus 2 released; Marius Botezatu, Stirling, 4 for 13lb 8oz, plus 3 released; Frank Barr, Falkirk, 4 for 13lb, plus 6 released including 2 tigers; Nan Morrison, Stirling, 4 for 11lb; Ian Renwick, Loanhead, 3 for 9lb 11oz; Sandy Donald, Dunblane, 3 for 9lb 4oz; Jim Spiers, Falkirk, 3 for 9lb; David Alexander, Edinburgh, 3 for 8lb 8oz plus 2 released; Brian Paterson, Cambusbarron, 3 tigers for 7lb 4oz; Gary McDonald, Alloa, 2 for 7lb 5oz; Peter Baigan, Loanhead, 2 for 7lb; Ian Whitfield, Denny, 2 for 6lb 8oz; Andy Duffin, Fallin, 2 for 6lb; Robert Park, Glasgow, 2 for 6lb; George Crooks, Glasgow, caught and released 6; Connor Meiklejohn, Stirling, caught and released 6; David Devine, Stirling, caught and released 5.