Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
The changing weather recently has made fishing somewhat challenging. However, the ponds are in fine condition and some excellent returns have been recorded. The Boathouse Pool has fished especially well on dry flies and Buzzers. Mr Smith returned 14 taken mainly on dries and Mr Egan returned nine, including a superb brown trout estimated at 5lb (on Damsels). Damsels also accounted for a bag of four fish weighing a total of 11lb for Mr McDermid. There has been a lot of surface activity on the Burnside Pool but the fish have been very selective in what they are feeding on. Mr Leslie returned 14 fish taken on dries including Spider patterns. Mr Polson took two fish for 10lb including a rainbow of 8lb. Our own fisheries manager, Grant Osler returned eight fish including a fine rainbow estimated at 9lb; these were taken on an Apps’ Bloodworm or Damsel patterns.
Bankside Pool is undergoing weed clearance at present but there have still been some decent catches taken. Mr Sanders took two fish for 5lb 12oz and returned a further seven on dries. The same tactics worked for John Barr who returned eight, all of which fell to dry patterns. On the any legal method pool, the Woodside, Powerbait has again proved its worth, outfishing any other method by a long way. Mr Evaldas caught six rainbows weighing a total of 9lb 12oz while Mr Chesters took five fish for 8lb.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
The fishing remained hard this week with lots of anglers picking up one or two fish but only a few taking many more. The fish were switching on and off and if an angler happened to be in the right spot at the right time and using the right fly then things were good. One angler reported catching five from the boat in the space of 15 minutes! Perseverance and willingness to move and change tactics were the keys to success this week. When the fish were feeding, which was usually when the wind dropped, they were in the top couple of feet of the water and were taking mostly small wet or dry flies. Favourite patterns included Muddler, Kate McLaren, Black Pennell and Black Spider. Damsel, Diawl Bach, Dancer and Buzzer also took a few fish.
Jim Craig, from Balloch, caught two fish for 9lb 4oz including a 7lb brown; George Kochanek, Tullibody, two for 8lb 4oz including a 5lb 12oz rainbow; Frank Barr, Falkirk, four for 9lb 8oz plus one returned; Allan Laing, Carluke, four for 9lb including two browns; S. McGill, four for 8lb 8oz from the small ponds; Greig Donaldson, Alloa, three for 7lb including a blue; Willie Martin, Stirling, three for 6lb 12oz; Mike Cunningham, two for 5lb 4oz including a brown; Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, and Lee Petale, Stirling, each with two fish for 5lb; Robert Park, Glasgow, two for 4lb 8oz; Adam Wywial, Grangemouth, kept one and returned four on the Millpond.