Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
The recent rain has been very welcome and water levels in the pools are back to normal. Water temperature has also eased slightly, which should help catches. The Boathouse Pool was again the most produc-tive with most anglers catching a reasonable number of fish. Grant Burnett returned 8 fish; Ian Barlow released 7 including a superb rain-bow estimated at 12lb; Mr Skivington returned 7 fish while Mr Taha and Scott Pozzi released 6 fish each. Most fish were taken on small flies (Buzzers, Diawl Bachs and various dry fly patterns).
On the Burnside Pool the better results were achieved by using a varie-ty of flies and methods. Ian Gordon returned 8 fish; Peter Thomson re-leased 7 and Ian Barlow returned 6 fish. Dries (Shipman’s, Sedge pat-terns), Buzzers (olive or red/black) and small lures (Damsel patterns) were the best options.
The any legal method pool, the Woodside, again fished best to Power-bait beneath a float. Finding the right depth was critical to success with deep fished baits proving most successful. Mr Smith took 3 rainbows for a combined weight of 7.50lb and Mr Parnell had 3 fish for 6.25lb.
The Bankside pool will be reopening on Saturday August 11 after doing some maintenance on the dam wall. The pond has been restocked with some lovely big fish and blues ready for catching. Prices start from £10 for 4 hours catch and release.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
The warm summer weather continues, but there was more cloud and some showers this week which was a welcome change for the fish. The water temperature is still higher than average for the time of year but the breeze and the rain have freshened things up a bit, but the fish are still sometimes very hard to tempt. Water clarity is still generally good. Depending on whether or not the sun was out the fish were at varying depths. When conditions were overcast they were around 2 feet down but went deeper as soon as the sun came out. Plenty of tigers feature in the catch returns, many of which were taken from the area around the bridge. The area around the big tree also proved to be very pro-ductive. On Saturday the dam and the boats were the most successful areas. Most fish were taking lures or nymphs fished on an intermediate line with favourite patterns being Cat’s Whisker, Dancer, Damsel, PTN, Diawl Bach, Buzzer Cormorant and Buzzer. Wet flies including Bibio, Black Pennell and Kate McLaren also took a number of fish. The Fish-ery is open every day from 8am to 9.30pm.
Some of those catching fish this week included: Robert Park, Glasgow, in two visits, 7 for 21lb 8oz; Danny Doherty, Denny, in two visits, 7 for 19lb 8oz including a tiger; Tam Baillie, Kincardine, 5 for 13lb 8oz in-cluding 4 tigers; George Dobbie, Glasgow, 3 for 10lb; Billy Weir, Ban-nockburn, 3 for 9lb 8oz including 4lb brown and a tiger; Brian McPeake, Gargunnock, 3 for 8lb including 2 tigers; Jim Galloway, Whitburn, 2 for 6lb; Glen Anderson, Banknock, 2 tigers for 5lb 12oz; Donald McMurchy, Fallin, 2 for 5lb 12oz; Willie Martin, Stirling, 2 for 5lb 8oz including a tiger; Willie Nyguist, Stirling, 2 for 5lb 8oz; Mark Tully, Camelon, 4lb 8oz tiger; Ricky Goodwin, Camelon, 4lb rainbow; TJ Falloon, Glasgow, 3lb 8oz tiger; Liam McPhee, Perth, caught and re-leased 7 including a rainbow estimated at 6lb; Tom Clark, Stirling, caught and released 6, including 2 tigers.