Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
The recent cooler, wetter weather has helped the fishery by bringing water levels up to normal and lowering the water temperature. The Boathouse Pool was again the best option with some excellent returns. Chris Skivington used Buzzers to excellent effect, returning 11 fish including a couple of really nice double-figure rainbows. Jock Leslie released 15 fish and Grant Burnett returned 11 with the best estimated at 10lb. On the catch and keep side Mr Mudie took 3 rainbows for a combined weight of 6.50lb. Buzzers, Diawl Bachs and Hare’s Ear nymphs were the most successful patterns, although various dries also had success.
The fish were a little more moody in the Burnside Pool with lots of surface action but less easy to catch. However, George Birse found the answer to return 8 fish; Jock Leslie released 7 fish including a superbly conditioned rainbow estimated at 13lb. Dries and Buzzers took most of the fish but lures also worked with Hothead Damsel and Yellow Dancer being the preferred patterns.
On the Bankside Nick Soave took 6 rainbows for 16.50lb. Mr Squires had a fine rainbow of 7.50lb and Mr Brown returned 5 fish. Buzzers, dries and nymph patterns had the most response.
The any legal method pool, the Woodside again fished best to Powerbait – either legered or fished deep under a float. Mr Fotheringham took 4 trout for 6.50lb; Mr Porter had 3 fish for 5.75lb, while Mr Sturrock landed 2 for 4lb.
Kinross Trout Fishery, Perth
This week saw a change in the weather and water temperature which, with a special double figure bonus stocking, had 121 for Saturday alone. Top fishing for Troutmasters for the month and fish for the week are Fraser Thomson 16lb, Bert Clee 14.2lb, Robert McCall 13lb, Derek Linton 12lb, Brian Lockie/Mo Courtney 11lb 8oz blue, Craig Myles 9lb, David Young 8lb 8oz, James Thomson/Ian Bow 8lb 5oz, Shaun Cardwell 7lb 8oz; Brian Fernie 7lb, Brian Lockie/Ian Crighton 15 fish, John Duncan 12, Neil Sandieson 12, Les Cowan 9, Dave Smith 8. Multiple 7 fish anglers ranging fish from 4lb to 10lb and blues around 5-6lb mark. To start of this month’s Troutmasters Derek Linton caught a 12lb rainbow on a small black nymph.
Fish certificates for kids were: Isla Crane, Hugo & Orrin Ovenstone, Josh Kingham, Matthew Goodbrand, Theo Hart, Findlay Mitchel, Max Palmer, Reece and Lily Coombie, Archie Cowe, Harvey Moore, Alix Young, Eli Davies, Charlie Paterson, Kourney Whytock, Lilly Brown and Adam Bainbridge.
After re-opening in May this year Kinross is heading back to its former glory under the management of Garry Hunter. With a newly installed diffuser systems on 3 of the 4 waters pumping oxygen 24 hours a day the evening rises have been spectacular, providing top of the water sport. Dries have been taking fish with Shipmans, Diawl Bachs, Sedges, Yellow Owl CDC and Knotted Midges to name but a few successful patterns.
With a new Troutmasters status the water is stocked with about 95% blue trout ranging up to 11lb 8oz but rainbows up to 19l b8oz are also stocked. A number of children have been catching their first fish and with the new single barbless spinning and non-static soft bait water now open families are having fun without the need to kill fish. With float-tube hire for £10 per session with all but waders provided and 4 waters over 10 acres including a bait water, a spinning water and two large fly waters this is now becoming a fishery offering multiple options for anglers.
The fishery’s main charity is ‘Help For Heroes’ and had a pot which was just over £1000 until Saturday 18th when one of them was caught twice giving 2 prize winners over £750 and a donation to the charity of around £200.
Discounts are available Monday - Friday before 6pm for all emergency services, prison officers, serving armed forces and their immediate family, veterans and OAPs. Free C&R for all under 16s. Annual membership for reduced tickets and full memberships for unlimited C&R fishing are also available with internal and Troutmasters competitions running every day.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
As both the air and water temperatures continue to drop the bigger rainbows are becoming more active. Many tigers and golds are also featuring in the catch returns. The golds are proving popular as they are very visible in the water and can be seen cruising round the ponds. At the start of the week the fish were around 3-4 feet deep but as the week went on they became shallower and were to be found in the top 2 feet. The areas around the Bridge and along the dam to the big tree remain the most productive spots although the boats were also doing well at certain times. Once again, a wide variety of flies, from lures to wets were taking fish with favourite patterns being Dancer, Cat’s Whisker, Humungus, Damsel, Cormorant, Diawl Bach, Buzzer, Bibio, Spider and Snatcher. The Fishery is still open every day from 8am to 9pm.
Amongst those doing well this week were Carlo Pezzani, from Tullibody, with 2 fish for 11lb including an 8lb rainbow and a tiger; Danny Doherty, Denny, 2 for 8lb 6oz including 6lb 8oz rainbow and a tiger; John Hamilton, Edinburgh, 3 for 10lb 8oz, including a 6lb 4oz rainbow; Stuart McIntosh, 5lb 8oz rainbow; Rab Bonar, Alloa, 5 for 18lb including a fish of 4lb 8oz; Willie Nyguist, Stirling, 5 for 13lb 8oz; Frank Barr, Falkirk, in two visits, 7 for 18lb 12oz, plus 1 released; George Dobbie, Glasgow, 4 for 10lb; Danny Abraham, Wishaw, 3 tigers for 9lb 8oz; Andrew McRoberts, Falkirk, 3 for 6lb 2oz from the Meadow Pond including 21 golds, plus 9 released; David Black, Edinburgh, 2 for 6lb 8oz; Fraser Cooper, East Kilbride, 2 for 6lb 4oz; Alec Knox, Glasgow, 2 tigers for 6lb; Marius Botezatu, Stirling, 2 for 6lb plus 3 released; Robert Watt, Glasgow, 2 tigers for 5lb 8oz; Grant Hendry, Falkirk, 2 for 5lb, plus 3 tigers released; Rab Cochrane, caught and released 5 tigers and 4 golds; Tam Clark, Stirling caught and released 7.