Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
We are still awaiting a decent prolonged downpour to fully refresh the ponds. However, the drop in temperature has helped by slightly increasing the oxygen content, which in turn should make the trout more amenable to feeding. The Boathouse Pool has fished very well this week with some outstanding returns. Junior angler Jake Gilchrist returned two rainbows – one of which was estimated at 14lb and the other at 8lb. Another excellent return was made by James Smith who released 12 fish with the two biggest estimated at 12lb and 8lb. Grant Burnett also had a very productive session releasing 13 fish, while S. Gray and J. Gray returned 6 fish each. Mr Bartlett took two rainbows for a total of 5.50lb. Most fish were taken on Buzzers, dries (Yellow Owl, Shipmans) or small lures.
On Saturday we were pleased to host an outing organised by William Crombie. The Burnside Pool produced 43 fish between 9 anglers with the best rods returning 11 fish and 10 fish. The biggest fish released was a fine rainbow of 10.50lb. Other good results were 18 fish returned by George Birse in a two-hour session on Thursday and 8 by Ricky McGovern, also in a short session.
The Bankside Pool didn’t get as much pressure as the other pools but Frank Sherriff showed the way returning 6 fish whilst Nick Soave took 3 trout for a combined weight of 8lb. Black and green lures have been the most successful but Olive or Black Buzzers have also succeeded.
There are plenty of fish in the Woodside Pool (any legal method) but catching them has proved tricky. Powerbait fished about 1.50m deep beneath a float got the best results. Mr Mason took 3 fish for a total of 5.50lb; Mr Stott had 2 rainbows for 4lb, whilst Mr McKenzie, Mr Snowden guests at Glen Finlet Lodge all caught two fish each for 3.50lb.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
With the fish feeding in sporadic periods the catch rates were very variable, with some anglers still having great success. Subtle changes to flies and techniques were making the difference between catching and not, although there were no particular patterns having more success than others. The water temperature continues to drop slowly and there are now more fish coming to the surface and more are now being tempted to dry flies, with Yellow Owl being effective. The fish were generally in the top 4 feet, with golds and others being seen close to the surface. The most productive area of Swanswater is still the far bay and around the bridge, with fish also being taken between the dam and the boat jetty. Dancer, Cats, Humungus, Damsel, and Tadpoles were working, as were Hare’s Ears, Montana, Diawl Bach, and Pheasant Tails. Wet flies were also effective with Kate McLaren and Black Pennell having the most success. Fish were being taken on both floating and intermediate lines throughout the week. The fishery is now closing at 8pm.
Good catches this week were made by Alex Wilkie, from Coatbridge, with 5 fish for 16lb 12oz including a 5lb 8oz rainbow and 4 tigers; Frank Barr, Falkirk, in two visits, 6 for 18lb 4oz including 5lb rainbow, 3 Golds and a Tiger, plus 3 released; Andy Duffin, Fallin, in two visits, 5 for 15lb 12oz including 5lb rainbow, 3 golds and a tiger; Alan Stirling, Bonnybridge, 5 golds for 12lb 4oz; Jordan McDougall, Clydebank, 4 for 13lb including 2 golds; Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, 3 for 9lb including 2 tigers; Danny Doherty, Denny, 3 for 9lb including a tiger and a gold; Graham Gillespie, 3 for 8lb 8oz including 2 tigers and a brown; Gregor McGregor, Falkirk, 3 for 8lb 8oz including a blue and 2 golds; Stewart McKay, Bonnybridge, 3 for 8lb 4oz including 2 golds and a tiger; George Watson, 3 for 8lb including 2 golds; George Dobbie, Glasgow, 2 golds for 6lb; TJ Falloon, Glasgow, 2 for 6lb including a tiger and a gold; Marcus Tripney, Grangemouth 2 tigers for 6lb; Jamie McLeary, Dalkeith, 2 for 6lb including a tiger; John Moyes, Bo’ness, 2 tigers for 5lb 12oz plus a tiger released; John Mooney, Queenzieburn, 5lb rainbow; Mark Tully 4lb 8oz rainbow; George Reid, Glasgow, caught and released 9 including a brown and a tiger; Harry Haggarty, Glasgow, caught and released 6 from his float-tube; Aaron Kirkwood, Plean, caught and released 5.