Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
Despite the extremely hot, dry weather there have still been some ex-cellent returns on the ponds. The Boathouse has definitely been the place to go as the fresh incoming water helps to keep oxygen levels higher and water temperatures lower. The surrounding trees provide extra shade and the fish have responded well to carefully presented flies. Ian Barlow produced a superb performance to return 30 fish tak-en mainly on Buzzers. Jock Leslie also excelled releasing 24 fish taken on a variety of methods and Mr Skivington released a creditable 18 fish. Mr Ross took 4 fish for a total of 9.25lb. Most of these catches were rainbows but there were also some fine blue trout and the occa-sional nice brown trout. Black or Olive Buzzers, Diawl Bachs and Dam-sel variations were the preferred patterns. The Burnside Pool has been somewhat erratic this week – very difficult on some days and reasona-bly productive on others. Tam Costello had a memorable morning re-turning 10 fish including rainbows of 9lb and 7.50lb, all taken on Buzz-ers. Ian Barlow showed his consistency returning 9 on catch/release and Alan Gray released 8 fish. On the keep ticket side of things Alex took 2 fish for 8.50lb and Mr. Jamieson had 3 for 7.50lb.
The any legal method pool, the Woodside, produced a number of steady returns, mainly to Powerbait fished deep under a float or leg-ered. Mr Preston took 3 rainbows for 7.50lb and Mr Wales had two for 5.25lb.
Kinross Trout Fishery, Perth
After opening in May this year Kinross Trout Fishery is heading back to its former glory. This week started the newly installed-diffuser systems on 3 of the 4 waters. The evening rises have been spectacular. Dries have been taking fish with Shipman’s, Sedges, Yellow Owl CDC and Knotted Midge to name but a few. This week, John Duncan had 18 fish to add to his earlier 14 in a session netting a 10lb rainbow, 8lb blue and 7lb brown. A number of children caught their first fish and with the new Single Barbless Herakles Spinning and non-static soft bait water now open this week families are having fun without the need to kill fish.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
With more overcast, though still warm, weather the fishing conditions improved this week. There was also some rain which helped freshen up the ponds. Water temperature dropped a degree or so and clarity remains very good. The fish were general still pretty deep. The most productive spots continue to be the deeper water from the dam wall to the big tree and the area around the burn mouth and the bridge. At times the far bay was also fishing well. Most fish were taking lures or nymphs with favourite patterns including Ally McCoist, Cat’s Whisker, Dancer, Montana, Cormorant, Damsel, Hare’s Ear and Buzzers. Some anglers also had success with wet flies such as Black Pennell, Spider and Claret Bumble. Trout of all varieties – rainbow, blue, gold, tiger and brown – feature in the catch returns this week with some superb ex-amples of each being landed. As the water temperature is still high, we would ask that anglers on catch and release bring their fish into the net as quickly as possible to avoid stress and allow the fish time to recover before letting them swim away. The Fishery is open every day from 8am to 10pm
Amongst those taking fish this week were Ross Paton, Perth, 6lb 8oz gold; Tam Baillie, Kincardine, in three visits, 7 for 22lb including 4lb 12oz light blue, a blue and 2 tigers; Joe Potts, Inchinnan, 5 for 13lb in-cluding a tiger; Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, in two visits, 5 for 14lb 4oz, in-cluding a tiger; Marius Botezatu, Stirling, in two visits, 5 for 13lb 4oz in-cluding a blue, plus 3 released; Jim Potts, Inchinnan, 3 for 9lb 12oz in-cluding 2 blues; Lee Petale Stirling, 3 for 9lb 4oz including 2 blues; Mike Chubb, Stirling, 3 for 9lb 4oz; Robert Park, Glasgow, in two visits, 3 for 9lb including 3lb brown; Frank Barr, Falkirk, 3 for 7lb 8oz; William Brandon, 2 for 7lb including a brown; Willie Macfadyen, Stirling, 2 for 6lb 4oz including a tiger; Jim Spiers, Falkirk, 2 for 6lb; Gregor Hunter, Inchinnan, 2 for 6lb; Jim Lauderdale, Whitburn 2 for 6lb including a blue; Ian Whitfield jnr, Denny, 2 for 6lb including a blue; Robbie Leitch, Whitburn, 2 for 5lb 12oz; Simon McNie, 2 for 5lb 8oz including a tiger; Craig Mason, a blue and a gold from the Meadow Pond for 5lb; John Binnie, Stirling, 4lb rainbow.