Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
This week saw wall to wall sunshine and record high temperatures in Stirling. This exceptionally hot spell saw water temperatures soar to 20C on Thursday evening but has now settled back down around 17. Although the fish were generally being caught quite deep, when the sun became less intense they could be seen feeding on the surface. Best fishing was mostly had either early in the morning or later in the evening, although Hugh McLean from Oban tempted 4 fish during the hottest part of the day, between 4-5pm on a Diawl Bach fished 18 inches below the surface. So in effect the conditions meant if you got your tactics right, good fishing could be had throughout the week. Due to an increase in water being released from reservoirs up stream, there is now substantially more water coming through the system, keeping the water topped up and fresh. This week a wide variety of flies were successful including lures and wet flies but the best method was fishing nymphs on an intermediate line retrieved at various speeds.
Paul Patmore, from Edinburgh, caught 4 fish for 13lb including a tiger; George Irvine 4 for 10lb 12oz including a brown; Ray Brown, Edinburgh, 4 for 13lb including a tiger and 2 blues, bigger one at 4lb, plus 5 released; Hugh McLean, Oban, 4 for 12lb 8oz including a tiger; Dario Thomson, Edinburgh, 4 for 11lb 12oz including a tiger; Scott Bullions, Edinburgh, 4 for 11lb 8oz including a tiger, plus 5 released; Graeme Arthur, Stirling, 3 for 9lb 8oz including 2 tigers; Stuart Rollo, Edinburgh, 3 for 7lb 8oz plus a brown around 7lb returned; Billy Alison, Whitburn, 2 for 8lb including a 4lb gold; Robert Nicol, 2 tigers for 6lb 4oz; Mark Fawcett, 2 for 6lb 4oz including a brown; Carlo Pezzani, Tullibody, 2 for 6lb 4oz including a blue; Jim Spiers, Falkirk, 2 tigers for 6lb; Tom Clark, Stirling 2 for 6lb including a tiger; Bobby Donald, Edinburgh, 5lb 6oz rainbow; American visitor Jim Kaylor 2lb 12oz brown; Kenny Halley, Cambusbarron, caught and released 4.