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Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Fishing report by Jim Boyd


JIM BOYD - angling journalist/photographer

Issued by Jim Boyd on behalf of the following fisheries on Tuesday 6 Feb 2018. The report is for the week ending Sunday, 04 February 2018.


2. ORCHILL LOCH (Braco) The water is still just above freezing and the fish are being caught slowly on a wide variety of flies. This spell of very cold weather has now lasted two months but it will not do any harm to the and hopefully it will kill off the weed. Allan Mitchell from Stirling had 3 fish for 12lbs 8oz – best fish 6lbs 8oz on a Black & Green Fritz, Hector Wilson, Bannockburn, 3 fish for 10lbs 8oz on an Okey Dokey, Colin Clement, Tyndrum, 4 fish for 13lbs 8oz on a White Cat and Robert Wilson from Furnace caught 3 fish weighing 14lbs on a Damsel. Andy Young from Furnace took 4 fish for 18lbs on an Ally, J Horne, Alloa, had a brace for 9lbs 8oz on a Damsel, John Meek, Tullibody, used a Damsel to bag 3 fish for 9lbs 8oz and Manuel Geraldus from Halbeath had 1 for 2lbs 8oz. Jim Jarvie from Larbert had 4 fish for 13lbs on a Pink Blob.

3. FORBES OF KINGENNIE (Broughty Ferry) As usual for February the weather has been very changeable with mild, calm days at one end of the scale and bitterly cold, high winds and ice at the other end. Angling numbers have been average for the time of year and catches have been sporadic rather than steady. However, given the right combination of a reasonable fly fished at the correct depth then some excellent results have been achieved.
On the Boathouse Pool there have been several decent results to catch and release anglers. Jock Leslie returned 14; Mr. Pozzi released 11 and Mr. Burnett released 10. Most fish fell to fairly small flies like the Diawl Bach, Buzzers and even dry flies but small lures also produced results. The Burnside Pool has been moody but on its good days there have been some fine returns. The best fish recently was a superb rainbow taken by Ian Gordon and expertly netted by Damian Warski. It was photographed, returned and estimated at 13lbs. Ian’s best catch comprise twelve rainbows, taken mainly on lures – with depth being the key to success. Other excellent fish have recently included another beautiful rainbow estimate at 12lbs caught by George Birse. In addition to that Frank Sherriff released yet another lovely rainbow weighing 8lbs 12oz which was taken on a Buzzer. Probably the best returns from the Bankside Pool were taken by Kathleen Shepherd’s group of five anglers who fished a variety of flies and methods to catch/return a total of 36 fish.  The Woodside Pool (any legal method) mirrored the fly-only pools with good and bad days. Mr. Snowden took four nice rainbows for a total of 9lbs. Most fish have fallen to float fished Powerbait, although several of the better specimens have been taken on the spinner.


5. SWANSWATER (Stirling) The beginning of the week saw breezy conditions and some dull days with the occasional sleet showers, the water temperature was around 3 degrees, this kept the fish shoaling up the channel between the island and the roadside. Towards the end of the week saw a change in conditions and some brighter days which meant the fish became more widespread and anglers out in the boats and at the dam had good success as well as those fishing from the island. The water is very clear and most catches were recorded on lures such as Dancer, Humungus and Cat either fished on floating, sink tip or intermediate lines around 3 to 5 feet down. The best method was a reasonably quick retrieve though some buzzers and bugs taking static but usually some movement was required. The fishery will still be closing at 4.30pm
Rab Cooper, Dunfermline, 4 for 14lb 6oz including a 6lb Gold, Nan Morrison, Stirling, 4 for 13lb 4oz including 5lb 4oz Rainbow and a Blue, John Sneddon, Falkirk, 2 for 8lb 10oz including 5lb Rainbow and a Gold, Gareth Mair, Kincardine, 7 for 21lb 10oz including 3 Golds, plus 5 C&R on his second visit and Paul Dancer, Glasgow, 5 for 18lb plus 5 C&R. Danny Doherty, Denny, 5 for 14lb, Alan and Billy Weir, Bannockburn, shared 5 for 13lb 10oz, Marius Botezatu, Stirling, 5 for 12lb from the Meadow Pond, plus 6 C&R, William Caldwell, Whitburn, 4 for 14lb including a Blue, plus 7 C&R and Heather Johnston, Neilston, 4 for 12lb 8oz including a Gold, plus 1 C&R. Davy Quinn, Dunfermline, 4 for 12lb, Alex Botezatu, Stirling, 4 for 10lb plus 5 Browns C&R, Robert Smith, Falkirk, 3 for 10lb 8oz, plus 7 caught and released 2, Frank Barr, Falkirk, 3 for 10lb plus 4 C&R and Malcolm Miller, Clackmannan, 3 for 8lb 4oz plus 1 C&R. Alan Johnston, Neilston, 3 for 8lb including a Gold, Neil Montgomery, 2 for 9lb, Jim Spiers, Falkirk, 2 for 7lb 12oz, Charlie Conlan, Glasgow, 2 for 7lb 4oz including a Gold and Stewart Marshall, Cambusbarron, 2 for 6lb 4oz, plus 2 C&R. Barry McMillan, 4lb 4oz Rainbow, Steven Murphy, Glasgow, caught and released 16, Harry Haggarty, Glasgow, caught and released 13, Nigel Muckle, Mid Calder, caught and released 8, Craig Tucker, Edinburgh caught and released 6 and Mark Bradley, caught and released 6.

6. WOODBURN (Milton of Campsie) NO REPORTS UNTIL MARCH 2018