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The Jim Boyd Fishing Reports

Swanswater Fishery

(Stirling)

TV angling star Paul Young takes up Honorary President post of the Swanswater Cygnets Junior Angling Club.

The Swanswater Cygnets Junior Angling Club, based at Swanswater Fishery, Stirling, is delighted to announce that Paul Young star of many film, TV and radio shows has taken up the position of Honorary President.    Over the seasons Paul has visited Swanswater on several occasions, and a few years ago filmed an episode of his popular TV show, “Hooked on Scotland”, at the fishery.   

The Cygnets members are 8 - 16 year olds, both male and female, who meet every second Sunday during their season and learn not only the skill of casting but also everything else that encompasses the art of fly-fishing.   Each year they fish for different trophies and awards all carefully planned by a dedicated committee, which includes the fishery owner Mrs Morna Lohoar.   Each season they can expect to fish for rainbows, browns, blues, golden trout and, starting this year, tiger trout which give a tremendous fight. The numbers have increased steadily over the years and are now higher than ever making this a top junior angling club and an exciting place for young anglers to be on a Sunday.  

Chairman Angus McDougall commented, "We have a great team at Swanswater and having Paul join us is excellent for the Cygnets.  He passes on a wealth of knowledge during each visit and has been known to have a cast or two.   The Cygnets benefit from tips on flies and casting technique, and the odd story creates a laugh along the way.   We are very grateful to Paul for his association with the club and look forward to many productive seasons ahead".

The Cygnets are always happy to welcome new members and currently have members from Perthshire, Edinburgh and more local to Stirling.

For further information on the Cygnets visit the Swanswater web site, www.swanswater-fishery.co.uk  and click on the link for the Cygnets, where the blog is updated regularly, or contact the fishery on 01786 814805.

23rd September 2012

As temperatures continue to drop the fish are becoming more and more active and looking to chase a wide variety of small lures, nymphs and wet flies.   At the beginning of the week they were fairly high in the water but after the heavy rain on Thursday they went a bit deeper.   At the weekend Buzzers were catching a lot of fish about 3 to 4 feet down, the result of a combination of cold nights and sunny days.   Conditions are improving all the time which is showing not only in the catch rates but also in the number of fish anglers are losing or offers they are getting and missing.   One angler on Sunday reckoned that if he had connected with every offer he got, he could have had about 50 fish - instead he ended up with 2! The Fishery will be closing at 7.00pm this week.

Stephen Mackie, Glasgow 9lb 2oz Rainbow, Gavin Johnston, Stirling, 3 for 14lb 10oz including 8lb 12oz Rainbow and a Tiger, Grant Hendry, Falkirk, 8lb 12oz Blue, David McGowan, Stirling, 8lb Rainbow from the Meadow Pond and Davey Cooper, Ayr, 3 for 12lb 12oz including 7lb 10oz Rainbow and 2 Blues. Darren Gowran, Stirling, 7lb 8oz Blue from the Meadow Pond, Jim Donnelly, Milton of Campsie, 5 for 14lb 2oz including 4 Blues, Danny Doherty, Denny, 5 for 14lb 12oz including 3 Blues and 3lb 8oz Brown, Malcolm McLeod, Fort William, 5 for 14lb including 4 Blues and George Kochanek, Tullibody, 4 for 13lb 8oz including 2 Blues and a Tiger. Douglas Rutherford, Grangemouth, 4 for 12lb 12oz including 3 Blues, Alan Buchan, Stirling, 4 for 12lb 8oz including 2 Blues and a Gold, Robert McDonald, Glasgow, 4 for 12lb 8oz including 2 Blues and a Tiger, David Grigor, South Queensferry, 4 for 12lb including 3 Blues and Michael Barker, Stirling, 3 Blues for 10lb. Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, 3 Blues for 9lb 8oz, John Mooney, Queenzieburn, 3 for 9lb 8oz, Keith Lewis, South Queensferry, 3 for 9lb 6oz, Davy Wales, Livingston, 2 for 8lb including a light Blue and Richard Conlin, Stirling, 2 for 7lb including a Blue and a Tiger. John Kirkwood, Glasgow, 2 for 7lb 2oz including a Blue

16th September 2012

With water temperature dropping, there are signs that the fish are becoming more active with a number of bigger fish, including three double figure specimens, and more Brown trout being landed this week.    The Tigers are still a bit quiet although there are signs that they will start moving again once the cooler weather comes.    The Golden Trout are showing near the surface especially in the small ponds and are still a source of entertainment and frustration.   Several of the Swanswater Cygnets JAC spent Sunday morning practising their casting accuracy by targeting Goldies!  Once again a wide range of flies were successful including the usual small lures, Dancer, Ace of Spades, Cat’s Whisker; nymphs such as Damsel, Diawl Bach and Montana; Buzzers; and wet flies including Spider and Corixa.

David Milne, Falkirk, 3 for 19lb including 12lb 13oz Rainbow, Ian Watt, Bellshill, 10lb 10oz Blue, Robert Baird, Bishopbriggs, 10lb 6oz Rainbow, Bryan Hunnicut, Rhu, 2 for 11lb 4oz including 9lb 8oz Rainbow, Ian George, Falkirk, 2 for 10lb 8oz including 8lb 8oz Blue and Kenny Skilling, Shotts, 2 for 11lb including 8lb Rainbow. John King, Shotts, 7lb 12oz Rainbow, Sandy Mitchell, 3 for 12lb 8oz including 2 Blues, bigger one at 7lb 8oz, Donald McMurchy, Fallin, 5 for 15lb including 3 Blues and Alec Knox, Glasgow, 4 for 13lb 8oz including 4lb Rainbow and 3 Blues. Sandy Jenkins, Carronshore, 4 for 12lb including 2 Blues, Danny Doherty, Denny, 4 for 11lb 12oz including 3 Blues, Iain MacDonald, Alva, 3 for 10lb 4oz including 2 Blues, Stephen Devlin, Coatbridge, 3 for 9lb 8oz including a Blue and 2 Browns and Henry Fulton, Greenock, 3 for 9lb 8oz including 4lb Brown. Donald Williamson, 3 for 9lb including a Blue, David Sinclair, Stirling, 2 for 8lb including a Tiger and Nan Morrison, Stirling 4lb Tiger.

9th September 2012

There was some great fishing this week, although on the more humid days it was a bit tougher.   The water clarity is excellent and fish are being seen in the top couple of feet of the ponds.   Many are seen following flies in but just turning away at the last moment.   Often it was not the fly that was important but the presentation and retrieve that were crucial to catching.    A wide variety of flies were taking but some days a slow retrieve was necessary and on other days the fish were looking for something to chase.   The small ponds were fishing very well with many good bags being recorded for anglers choosing to fish there. This week the Fishery is open from 8.00am to 8.00pm.

Bobby Thomson, Dunbar, 9lb 8oz Rainbow, Stephen Long, Balloch, 2 for 11lb 8oz including 9lb Blue, George Reid, Glasgow, 2 for 11lb from the Millpond including 9lb Rainbow, 11 year old Cameron Smith, Alloa, 2 for 10lb 12oz including 8lb Blue from the Meadow Pond and Alec Kelso, Stirling, 4 for 15lb 12oz from the Millpond including 2 Blues, bigger one at 8lb. Mark McPhee, Dunfermline, 2 for 10lb 6oz from the Meadow Pond including 8lb Blue, Stephen Scott, Fallin, 7lb 12oz Blue, Robert McLeod, Glasgow, 7lb 12oz Blue, Peter Henderson, Cumbernauld, 2 Blues for 8lb 8oz bigger one at 6lb and Robert Murdoch, Larkhall, 3 for 10lb from the Millpond including 2 Blues, bigger one at 5lb 8oz. Derek Bradley, Alloa, 3 for 11lb 8oz including 5lb 2oz Blue, Keith Lewis, South Queensferry, 4 for 14lb 8oz including a Blue and 2 Tigers, Russell Davidson, Kirriemuir, 5 for 13lb including a Blue and David Dougal, Eyemouth, 4 for 12lb 6oz including a Blue. Jamie Dempster, Glasgow, 4 Blues for 11lb 12oz, Jim Craig, Balloch, 3 for 8lb 8oz including a Tiger, Derek Sleith, Alva, 3 for 9lb 12oz including 2 Blues and a Gold and Willie Martin, Stirling, 3 for 9lb 8oz including a Gold. Ian Riddicks, Kilmarnock, 2 Blues for 8lb 8oz, David Dumble, Eyemouth, 2 for 7lb including a Brown, Davy Quinn, Dunfermline, a Tiger and a Brown for 6lb 8oz and Gary Dunsmore, Falkirk, 3 for 9lb 4oz including 2 Blues. Alec Knox, Glasgow, 2 for 8lb including 4lb 8oz Rainbow and a Blue, John Alcock, Balloch, 2 for 7lb 4oz including a Blue, Tom Windsor, Dalkeith, 2 for 6lb 8oz and Ian Whitefield, Denny, 4lb 4oz Brown.

4th September 2012

As the week progressed the fishing improved although the bright sunshine on Sunday afternoon put the fish off a bit.   The weather was the dominant feature once again this week with torrential downpours temporarily colouring the water at the beginning of the week and the cold night on Thursday lowering the water temperature and improving conditions greatly on Friday and Saturday.   Golds and light Blues are being stocked in all the ponds, although they are not as noticeable in Swanswater as they are in the two small ponds where they continue to be a source of entertainment (and sometimes frustration) to anglers.   For most of the week the fish were in the top two feet of the water and were taking a wide variety of nymphs and wet flies including Buzzers, Bloodworm, Diawl Bach, Hare’s Ear, Damsel, Kate McLaren, Butcher and Coachman. 

David Brodie, Stirling, 3 for 13lb including 9lb Rainbow from the Millpond, Robert Russell, Banknock, 2 for 11lb 4oz including 9lb Rainbow and a Blue, Kevin McCallum, Dunfermline, 2 for 10lb 8oz from the Meadow Pond including 8lb 3oz Rainbow and a Gold and Donald McMurchy, Fallin, 4 for 18lb including 7lb 6oz Rainbow, a Blue and a light Blue. Alan Taylor, Pittenweem, 7lb 2oz Blue, Danny Doherty, Denny, 5 for 21lb including Blues at 6lb 8oz and 4lb 6oz and a Gold, Colin McVicars, Alloa, 6lb Blue and Nan Morrison, Stirling, in two visits, 5 got 15lb 6oz including 3 Blues for 9lb 4oz, a Tiger and a Brown. George Kochanek, Tullibody, 4 for 13lb 8oz including a Gold, David Grant, Garelochead, 4 for 12lb 4oz including 2 Blues and a light Blue, Kevin Mathias, Bishopbriggs, 4 for 12lb 4oz including a Blue and a Gold and Peter Henderson, Cumbernauld, in two visits, 8 for 24lb including 2 Blues. Brian McIntosh, Banknock, 3 for 9lb 8oz including 2 Tigers, Andy Tervit, Paisley, 3 for 9lb 8oz including a light Blue, Peter Bryce, Alloa, 3 for 9lb 4oz including 2 Blues and Allan McLachlan, Plean, 3 for 9lb. Robert Dunsmore, Motherwell, 2 Tigers for 7lb 4oz, Lawrence Clover, Stenhousemuir, 2 for 6lb including a Gold, Greg Guthrie, Callander, 2 for 7lb including a Blue, John Sneddon, Falkirk, 2 for 7lb 12oz and Billy Weir, Bannockburn, 4lb 2oz Rainbow. Alan Hunter, Alva, 3 for 9lb 12oz including 2 Browns and Ian Hunter, Alva, 2 for 7lb 4oz including.

13th August 2012

Bright sunshine and a return to easterly winds combined to make the fishing quite tough this week at Swanswater.   Despite this some anglers did very well, noticeably those making more than one visit over the course of the week.   Water clarity is extremely good at present and although the fish are sitting just under the surface, they are being hooked around 2 feet down.    They are quite active and a fast retrieve is often the best method.   A wide range of flies were working well this week including small lures, Dancer, Cat’s whisker and Tadpole, nymphs such as Damsel, Diawl Bach and Hare’s Ear, wet flies, including Spider, Kate McLaren and Soldier Palmer.   Sedges were also taking fish as were other dries on the small ponds.   The Tigers and Browns are still sitting round the margins and in the burn area with other varieties spread all round the waters.   Two double figure specimens were landed this week along with a nice selection of fish in the 4lb to 8lb range.   A wide variety of “colours” also features in the catch returns including several Goldies which are being stalked especially on the small ponds.  

Joe Potts, Inchinnan, took the biggest fish of the week in his 5 for 19lb 12oz including 10lb 5oz Blue, Brian McNeish, Stirling, 10lb 4oz Rainbow, Frank Barr, Falkirk, 5 for 19lb including 8lb Blue and 2 Golds, Gary Ross, Carron2 for 9lb 12oz from the Meadow Pond including 7lb 12oz Blue and a light Blue and Alan Gilbert, Newmills, 4 for 17lb 1oz including 6lb 8oz Blue and 2 Browns, bigger one at 4lb 4oz. Darren Hill, Alva, 9 for 21lb 4oz from the Meadow Pond including 6 Blues, biggest one at 5lb 4oz, 2 Golds and a Tiger, in two visits, Robert White, Camelon, 8 for 23lb 4oz including 2 Blues, 2 Tigers and 3 Browns, in two visits and Alec Peachey, Scone, 6 for 17lb 12oz including 4lb 4oz Rainbow and 3 Blues. Stephen Cowan, Linwood, 5 for 15lb including 3 Blues and a Brown, Paul Brown, Alva, 5 Tigers for 14lb 12oz, Charles Devine, Stirling, landed 2 Blues, a Gold and 2 Tigers from the Millpond for 10lb and returned another 9, in two visits and Kevin Mathias, Helensburgh, 3 for 9lb 8oz including a Blue and a Tiger. Gregor Hunter, Inchinnan, 3 for 8lb 8oz including 2 Blues and a Brown, Ian Whitfield, Denny, 2 for 6lb including a Blue, Nan Morrison, Stirling, 2 for 7lb including a Blue, Alan Hunter, Alva, 2 for 7lb including a Blue and Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, 2 for 7lb 4oz including a Blue. Jimmy McGill, Kilmarnock, 2 Blues for 7lb, biggest one at 4lb and Gary Dunsmore, Falkirk, 2 for 6lb 4oz.

6th August 2012

Combinations of bright, sunny days combined with some torrential rain fall has led to very humid conditions over the past week which has contributed to a hard weeks fishing. A large number of fish, the majority Tigers, are still situated around and in the burn area.  Bright conditions were meaning the fish were deeper in the ponds although they were returning to about 3 to 4 feet to feed. Some small nymphs and wets including Olive Nymph, Diawl Bach and Black Spider, along with larger Damsel Nymphs have seen good results. During harder periods Blob, Dancer and Cat’s Whisker have been a good alternative method. Later in the week fish were taken on Buzzer and Ok Dokey.

Keith Lewis, South Queensferry, 5 for 17lb including 4 Tigers biggest at 4lb, Frank Barr, Falkirk, 5 Blues for 15lb, Frank Turner, Alloa, 4 for 14lb 4oz including a Blue and a light Blue, Alec Knox, Glasgow, 4 for 13lb including 2 Blues and Charles Devine, Stirling, 3 for 13lb 8oz including a 7lb 14oz Blue from the Meadow Pond. Kevin Mathias, Bishopbriggs, 3 for 11lb 8oz including 4lb 4oz Rainbow and a Blue, Steven Anderson, Glenrothes, 3 for 10lb 4oz including a 4lb Blue and a Tiger, Jim Allan, Kilsyth, 3 for 9lb 2oz including a Tiger and a Brown, Martin Smart, Milton of Campsie, 3 for 9lb including 2 Tigers and Grant Davidson, Stirling, 2 for 11lb including 8lb 6oz Rainbow. Dennis Lennon, Airdrie, 2 for 6lb 14oz including a Blue, Paul Hewiston, Beath, 2 for 6lb 12oz including 4lb Rainbow and a Gold, Bill Dawson, Stirling, 2 for 6lb 12oz including a Blue, Ian Bruce, Beath, 2 for 6lb 8oz including a Blue and John Balinas, Glasgow, 2 for 6lb including a Blue. Ronnie Codona, Glasgow, 8lb 14oz Blue and Andy Henderson, Glasgow, 8lb Blue.

16th July 2012

It was another mixed week for fishing with the weather still the dominating factor.   Anglers are using a wide variety of flies, everything from lures to dries, to attract fish.  The biggest fish of the week, an 11lb Rainbow landed by Gary Waugh fishing from the boat, took a size 14 Bibio on 4lb nylon.   Needless to say it took him a good while to bring it to the net.  A few light blues/greens are figuring in the catches as part of our multi-colour selection.  Like the Golds they are very visible in the water and can be seen down to around 2 feet.  There have been a lot of comments as to how nice these fish look when landed.  Tigers continue to be stalked around the bridge area and in the burn, where they are taking mainly dries and wets. The water continues to be very clear, except after periods of very heavy rain when it colours up but quickly clears again.   Water temperature is still around 12oC, unusually low for the time of year.  Many anglers found that if they speeded up their retrieve, they were getting a lot of follows, although not all were resulting in fish taking.

Gary Waugh, Cumbernauld, 5 for 20lb 10oz including 11lb Rainbow and 4 Blues, John Hester, Glasgow, 5 for 22lb 4oz including 3 Blues, biggest one at 8lb, and 7lb 4oz Rainbow, Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, 2 for 11lb 4oz including 8lb 4oz Rainbow and John Moyes, Grangemouth, 8lb 12oz Blue. Angus Auchinachie, Falkirk, 2 Blues for 10lb 4ozs bigger one at 7lb 4oz, Billy Shepherd, Tillicoultry, 6lb 8oz Blue, Robert McLean, Fallin, 2 Blues for 8lb 4oz from the small ponds bigger one at 6lb 2oz from the Millpond, Robert Fyfe, Perth, 2 for 7lb 12oz from the Millpond including 5lb Blue and Kevin Lowe, Larbert, 3 Blues for 12lb from the Millpond. Nan Morrison, Stirling, 5 for 13lb 12oz including a Blue and 3 Tigers, Steve Griffin, Kilsyth, 3 for 10lb, Tommy Lynas, Milngavie, 2 for 7lb 8oz from the Millpond, Willie McDevitt, Edinburgh, 2 for 6lb 8oz including a Brown and Brian McIntosh, Banknock, 2 for 6lb 8oz including a Blue. Frank Barr, Falkirk, 4 Blues for 11lb 4oz, Tam Anderson, Kincardine, 3 Tigers for 8lb 4oz, Alec Sharp, Alloa, 3 for 9lb including a Blue, a Brown and a Tiger and Robert McDonald, Glasgow, 2 Tigers for 5lb 12oz.

9th July 2012

It was another week of changeable weather saw very varied results, with some anglers doing exceptionally well while others found it harder going. Despite the changing weather conditions the fish remained within the top few feet of water and were seen moving on the surface throughout the week. Fish were generally spread out over the main area of Swanswater, although large numbers of Tigers and Browns are located in the burn and around the mouth of the burn. Most of the week nymphs, wets and buzzers have been the best option, with Diawl Bach, Kate McLaren, Spider and Cormorant all working well, along with various colours of buzzers. Occasional fish have been taken on dry flies, with Sedge being the most effective. During more challenging days lures such as Black Dancer, Ace of Spades and Cats Whisker have been working well.

Thomas McHugh, Glasgow, 12lb 4oz Rainbow, Andy Henderson, Glasgow, 3 for 18lb 12oz including 8lb 4oz Rainbow and 8lb 4oz Blue, Frank Barr, Falkirk, in 2 visits, 11 for 34lb including a 6lb Rainbow and 7 Blues, G Brown, Kirkintilloch, 4 for 12lb 12oz including a Blue and a Tiger and Glen Anderson, Haggs, 4 for 12lb 4oz including a Blue and 3 Tigers. Jim Allan, Kilsyth, 4 for 11lb 12oz including 3 Tigers and a Brown, Derek Hutton, Edinburgh, 4 for 11lb including 2 Blues and a Tiger, Mark Anderson, Kilsyth, 4 for 10lb 12oz including 2 Blues, a Tiger and a Brown, Danny Doherty, Denny, 3 for 9lb 8oz and David Laird, Larbert, 3 for 9lb 4oz including a Blue and 2 Tigers. Billy Lennon, Airdrie 3 for 9lb including a Blue and a Tiger and Eddie O’Hara, Glasgow, 3 for 9 including a Blue.

2nd July 2012

It was a week of mixed fortunes at Swanswater with some anglers doing very well and others struggling a little.  Toward the end of the week the water, which had been very clear, became coloured especially on Saturday, due to the heavy rain on Thursday night and Friday.   It is now clear again despite the fact that there has been more rain.    In general the fish are in the top couple of feet of the water and at the beginning of the week were taking mostly nymphs and wet flies with Diawl Bach and Kate McLaren being the favourite patterns.   At the weekend many anglers were back using lures such as Dancer, Tadpole, and Cat’s Whisker, although Sunday evening saw a few anglers trying dry flies which were being met with lots of follows, and a good few takes as well.    Daddy Long Legs and Muddlers were the most successful patterns.    

Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, had the best bag this week and the biggest fish with his 3 for 22lb 2oz including 10lb 4oz Blue and 8lb 12oz Rainbow, Bob Garvie, Lennoxtown, 3 Blues for 13lb 6oz biggest one at 8lb 12oz, Stuart Malcolm, Denny, 2 for 12lb including 6lb 8oz Blue and 5lb 8oz Rainbow and Gavin Johnston, Stirling, 3 for 11lb from the Meadow Pond including 6lb Rainbow and a Tiger. Peter O’Brien, Camelon, 5 for 14lb including 3 Blues, Roy Hatchard and grandson, Cameron Smith, shared 5 for 12lb 12oz from the Millpond including a Blue, Frank Barr, Falkirk, 5 for 12lb 12oz including 3 Blues and Kevin O’Brien, Camelon, 4 for 11lb 12oz including 2 Tigers and a Brown. Danny Doherty, Denny, 4 for 11lb including 3 Blues, Stewart Sutherland 4 for 10lb 8oz including a Blue, a Tiger and a Brown, Andrew Hepburn, 2 for 6lb 6oz including a Blue and Andy Hepburn, Bannockburn, 2 for 6lb including a Blue.

 

25th June 2012

Despite the heavy rain on Thursday and Friday, the water remains clear and fresh with only a little colour in the burn mouth on Friday morning which quickly disappeared.   Fish were well spread out round the ponds and were being caught in all areas.   The change in wind direction from east to west at the weekend brought the fish up in the water from 3 to 4 feet to the top couple of feet, and on Sunday they were nearer the surface and taking nymphs and wet flies just under the surface.   Favourite patterns through the week were Damsel, Cruncher, Diawl Bach, Bloodworm, Buzzer, Kate McLaren, Bibio, Butcher, Hopper and Spider.    The small ponds continue to fish well and are providing anglers with some excellent sport.    The multi-coloured fish continue to show themselves well and are causing a lot of interest, and frustration amongst those trying to hook them.

Michael Williams, Alloa, took the biggest fish of the week in his bag of 2 for 10lb including 8lb Blue and a Brown, Peter Johnson, Glasgow, 3 for 11lb 4oz including 6lb 8oz Rainbow and a Blue, Stewart Nicholson, Knightswood, 10 for 24lb 12oz, in two visits, including 7 Blues and Danny Doherty, Denny, 5 for 13lb 4oz including 2 Blues. Robert McDonald, Glasgow, 5 for 12lb including 3 Tigers and a Brown, Archie Smith, Ardrossan, 4 for 8lb 8oz including a Blue, 2 Tigers and a Gold from the Millpond, Jim Denny, Dunipace, 3 for 10lb including a Blue and Yvonne Hutton, Edinburgh, 3 Tigers for 8lb. Davy Neilson, Carronshore, 3 Blues for 8lb, Les Cooper, Dunblane, 2 Blues for 6lb, Stewart Malcolm, Denny, 2 for 5lb 12oz including a Blue and a Brown and 7 members of the Cygnets Junior Angling Club, fishing their regular Sunday morning class, landed 10 fish from the Millpond for 18lb 8oz including 3 Blues and 4 Tigers.

12 June 2012

For most of the week the fishing was better in the morning than later in the day.   The cold evenings kept the fish below the surface and rises were few and far between.   At the end of the week the water temperature was sitting at 11oC – the coldest anyone can remember it being in June.    The forecast for the coming week is looking a lot better so hopefully things will pick up and both air and water temperatures will rise a bit encouraging the fish to come to the surface and provide some good dry fly fishing.   The anglers that did best this week were the ones who went looking for the fish.   A few Tigers were caught in the burn and round the back of the islands, both areas where not many were fishing.   The first of a batch of multi-coloured trout – golds, light blues, greens and yellows – are now being stocked, mostly in the small ponds.   They are all very visible and are already creating frustration and enjoyment amongst anglers.  

The biggest blue of the year to date was landed on Saturday – a cracking 12lb 4oz specimen taking by Allan Beattie, Larkhall, in his 4 Blues for 19lb 6oz, David McFadyen, Bannockburn, 3 for 14lb including 8lb 12oz Rainbow, Ian Munro, Stirling, 2 for 7lb from the Meadow Pond including 5lb Blue and Davy Wales, Livingston, 5 for 13lb including a Blue and a Tiger. John Mathieson, Doune, 6 Tigers for 16lb 12oz, all taken in the burn, Danny Doherty, Denny, 5 for 12lb 8oz including 4 Blues, Frank Barr, Falkirk, 4 for 11lb 4oz including a Blue, Peter Henderson, Cumbernauld, 4 for 10lb 4oz including 3 Blues and a Tiger and Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, 3 for 8lb 12oz including a Blue. Mike Barker, Stirling, 3 for 8lb 8oz including 2 Tigers, George Kochanek, Tullibody, 3 for 8lb 4oz including a Blue and a Tiger, David Pattinson, Dunfermline, 3 for 7lb including 2 Tigers and a Brown from the burn and Jack Naismith, Larkhall, 2 for 6lb 8oz including a Tiger. Robert Murdoch Jnr., 3 for 6lb 4oz from the small ponds including 2 light blues.

10th June 2012

There was some excellent sport at Swanswater this week with conditions improving towards the end of the week as the temperature rose slightly, although the return of the cold east wind on Sunday slowed things a bit.   As the week went on the fish were beginning to come up in the water and were being taken in the top foot by the weekend.  Favourite patterns still include a lot of small lures, but more nymphs and wets were taking fish, and a few anglers were also having success with dry flies.   The most successful flies this week were Dancer, Cat’s Whisker, hot-head Damsel, PTN, Blob, Spider, Diawl Bach, Bibio, White Moth and Hopper.   The fish are active in all areas of the ponds and are looking for something to chase, so a fairly fast retrieve is working well.   Several bigger fish were landed this week along with a good number of Tigers, Blues and Browns, and a few Goldies from the small ponds.   The water is still beautifully clear and the temperature is around 12oC.

This week’s best bag was taken by Martin Hudak, Sauchie, a superb 4 for 27lb 2oz including 9lb Blue, 7lb 6oz Blue and 8lb 4oz Brown. However, Alan Gilbert, Newmilns, took the biggest fish of the week in his 4 for 21lb 4oz including 11lb 4oz Rainbow and 4lb Brown. Other good bags included Catherine McGiffen, Scone, 2 for 10lb including 7lb 12oz Blue, Jamie Tocher, Tillicoultry, 3 for 12lb including 7lb 4oz Rainbow and 2 Blues, Danny Doherty, Denny, 4 for 13lb 12oz including 3 Blues biggest at 6lb 4oz and Tam Anderson, Kincardine, 4 for 12lb 8oz including 2 Blues, bigger one at 6lb 4oz. Connor Orr, Stirling, 5lb 12oz Blue from the Millpond, David Mitchell, Stirling, 5 for 14lb including 2 Tigers, Peter O’Brien, Camelon, 5 for 13lb 8oz including a Blue and 2 Tigers and Grant McCauley, Duntocher, 5 for 13lb 4oz including a Brown. Darren Hill, Alva, 4 for 13lb 8oz including 2 Blues, Tam McGarry, Dumbarton, 4 for 11lb 12oz including 2 Tigers and a Brown, Nan Morrison, Stirling, 4 for 11lb 12oz including 2 Tigers and John Mathieson, Doune, 4 for 10lb 8oz including 3 Tigers. Ryan Inglis, Stirling, 4 for 8lb 4oz from the Millpond including 2 Blues, a Tiger and a Gold, Frank Turner, Alloa, 4 for 8lb 4oz from the Millpond including 3 Tigers, Jim Craig, Alexandria, 3 for 8lb 8oz including a Tiger and a Brown and TJ Falloon, Glasgow, 3 Tigers for 8lb. Yvonne Hutton, Edinburgh, 3 for 6lb 4oz from the Meadow Pond including a Blue and 2 Tigers and John Burns, Stirling, 2 Tigers for 6lb.

11th March 2012

There was some excellent fishing this week at Swanswater although the windy conditions towards the end of the week sent the fish deeper and made things a bit more difficult.   However those willing to face the wind on the roadside behind the islands on Sunday were well rewarded as there was a large number of fish in that area.   The Millpond, which is a little more sheltered, continues to fish very well and several anglers who had enough of battling with the conditions on Swanswater retreated there and enjoyed some great sport and good rewards.   A good number of Tigers were taken again this week and there were many reports of fish following flies right in to the edge and anglers assuming these were also Tigers.   A few Browns have been caught and released which looks good for the start of the season on Thursday.   Favourite flies this week included Dancer, Cat’s Whisker, Damsel, Diawl Bach, Hare’s Ear, Buzzer and Bibio, with wet flies taking the odd fish on the Millpond.

Bob Harvey, Leuchars, 3 for 13lb 12oz including 9lb 4oz Rainbow and 2 Tigers, Frank Barr, Falkirk, 8lb 10oz Rainbow, Andrew Spiers, Glasgow, 3 for 12lb 12oz including 7lb 12oz Rainbow and Frank Turner, Alloa, 4 for 13lb 12oz including 6lb 8oz Rainbow from the Meadow Pond and a Tiger. Bob Erskine, Kincardine, 2 for 8lb 12oz including 6lb 4oz Rainbow, Danny Doherty, Denny, 3 for 13lb 8oz including 5lb 8oz Rainbow and 5lb 4oz Blue, Kimin Smith, Plean, 5 for 13lb, Ian Fisher, Denny, 4 for 11lb 12oz including 2 Blues and John Mooney, Queenzieburn, 4 for 10lb 8oz including a Tiger. Alex Weir, Bathgate, 4 for 9lb 4oz including a Blue and 2 Tigers, Gary Stewart, Glasgow, 4 for 9lb 4oz including 2 Tigers, Ian Scott, Dunfermline, 3 for 8lb including a Tiger and Peter Ferrier, Clydebank, 2 for 7lb 4oz. Peter Sinclair, Bathgate, 2 for 6lb 4oz and Davy Horne, Stirling 2 Tigers for 5lb from the Millpond.

6th March 2012

It was a good week at Swanswater with plenty of Tigers and Blues figuring in the catch returns from all three ponds. On Swanswater the Tigers were taking close to the bank and were mostly taking small lures or nymphs fished on an intermediate line which had to be brought right in to the edge to attract them.  Favourite patterns included Dancer, Cat’s Whisker, Tadpole, Damsel, PTN and Montana. Rainbows and Blues were further out and many were caught on buzzers fished 3 to 5 feet down. The fish were well spread out this week and were getting caught all-round the pond, although when the water cooled down with the drop in temperature at the weekend most were taken in the main area with the dam being a favourite spot.  A few fish were taken on dry flies on the small ponds, but most were taking lures, nymphs or wets in the top 2 feet of the water.

The Troutmasters Fish Off has been rearranged for 24th March.  Depending on numbers there will be limited availability for Swanswater that day, but the two small ponds will be open as normal.

One of the regular lady anglers, Nan Morrison, Stirling, took the biggest fish this week, in her bag of 2 for 12lb 8oz including 10lb Rainbow, John Patrick, Kilsyth, 5 for 18 including 3 Blues, biggest one at 8lb 4oz, Peter O’Brien, Falkirk, 5 for 19lb 8oz including 8lb Rainbow and a Blue and Davy Neilson, Carronshore, 3 for 10lb 4oz including 5lb 8oz Rainbow and a Tiger. Archie McClymont, Glasgow, 5 for 13lb 8oz including a Blue, John Walker, Stirling, 5 for 12lb including 3 Tigers, Gary Stewart, Glasgow, 4 for 10lb 4oz including 2 Tigers, Martin McManaman, Perth, 4 for 10lb 4oz including a Tiger and Pat Ingram Helensburgh, 4 for 9lb 12oz including 2 Blues and a Tiger. Henry Fulton, Greenock, 3 for 9lb 8oz including a Blue and a Tiger, Gary Dunsmore, Falkirk, 3 for 8lb, Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, 3 Tigers for 6lb 12oz, George Reid, Glasgow, 3 Tigers for 6lb 8oz and George Kochanek, Tullibody, 4lb 8oz Rainbow.

26th Feb 2012

The wind was the dominant feature this week at Swanswater with some days being very breezy. For most of the week the fish were in front of the island, round the back of the islands and in the far bay, although on Sunday they moved to the dam area. On the milder days they were being taken around 3 feet down. When it was a bit colder they were deeper and anglers had to go down another 3 feet to find them. Small lures, nymphs and a few wet flies fished on an intermediate line was the best tactic with favourite patterns being Damsel, Dancer, Cat’s Whisker, PTN, Diawl Bach, Cormorant, Buzzer, Spider and Kate McLaren. The small ponds continue to fish very well with fish occasionally coming up to dry flies here on the milder days. Several Tigers continue to feature in the catch returns and they are being taken from all three ponds.

The Troutmasters Fish Off scheduled for Saturday 3rd March has had to be postponed due to an error at Trout Fisherman Magazine. A new date will be announced as soon as possible.

Kevan Lamb, Broxburn, took the biggest fish this week, 9lb 12oz Rainbow in his bag of 5 for 19lb 8oz. Other good catches included Jim Annall, Irvine, 9lb 10oz Blue, Rab Dobbie, Perth, 2 for 11lb 8oz including 9lb Rainbow and a Tiger, Bill Buchan, Lenzie, 8lb 1oz Rainbow and John Irvine, Falkirk, 2 for 8lb 4oz including 6lb Rainbow. Frank Barr, Falkirk, 5 for 16lb including 5lb 8oz Blue and 4lb Rainbow, Davy Duncan, fishing with Fenmore Fishing Section from Edinburgh, 5 for 11lb 12oz including a Blue and 2 Tigers, John Patrick, Kilsyth, 5 for 11lb 12oz including a Blue and a Tiger and Alan Smith, Cumbernauld, 5 for 11lb 12oz including a Blue. Bob Forbes, Auchterarder, 3 for 10lb including a Blue.

21st Feb 2012

The fishing at Swanswater continues to be pretty good with plenty of Tigers, Blues and big Rainbows featuring in the catch returns.  A milder week saw the fish tending to shoal round the island although the Tigers were mostly in the area around the bridge and the burn mouth.   Temperature fluctuations saw the fish moving between the channel between the island and the roadside and the main area of Swanswater.    In general they were on and off depending on the time of day.   Most fish were landed on a wide variety of small lures, although some were taken on nymphs, wet flies and buzzers.   Unusually for February, a couple of fish were also landed on dry flies on the Millpond.   Favourite patterns included Dancer, Cat’s Whisker, Fritz, Damsel, Hare’s Ear, Diawl Bach, Bloodworm, Corixa and Spider.

Willie Martin, Stirling, took the biggest fish of the week, a cracking 11lb 10oz Rainbow in his bag for 3 for 16lb 4oz, Danny Doherty, Denny, also did well, taking 4 for 16lb 12oz including 9b 8oz Rainbow, a Blue and a Tiger, Angus Auchinachie, Falkirk, 9lb 4oz Rainbow and Sean Hill, Alloa, 8lb 14oz Blue from Millpond. Willie Hancock, Glasgow, 2 for 10lb 8oz including 8lb 8oz Rainbow, Bob Erskine, Kincardine, 2 for 10lb including 7lb Rainbow, Archie Smith, Ardrossan, 5 for 22lb including 2 Blues at 6lb 13oz and 6lb 12oz and 4lb 8oz Rainbow and Alfred Sandford, Grangemouth, 2 for 9lb. Nigel Muckle, West Calder, 4 for 11lb 8oz, George Reid, Glasgow, 4 Tigers for 9lb, Jim Minnes, Stewarton, 3 for 10lb including 2 Tigers, Jim Donnelly, Milton of Campsie, 3 for 9lb 12oz including a Blue and David Pattinson, Dunfermline, 3 Tigers for 6lb 4oz. Ronnie Anderson, Oakley, 2 Tigers for 5lb 4oz and John Duncan, Greenock, 5lb 4oz Rainbow.

12th Feb 2012

It was generally a very good week for fishing at Swanswater.   The slight rise in temperature at the end of the week seemed to suit the Tigers with almost 50 being taken over the week and 20 landed on Sunday alone.    There are still around 3000 of these lovely fish to be stocked over the coming months and hopefully they will continue to put up a great fight when hooked.   Two double figure Rainbows were also landed this week as the main water continues to settle down after the digging work.   The aerators were needed for most of the week and did a great job keeping the ponds more or less ice free.   For much of the week the fish were fairly deep and taking a variety of small lures, although at the end of the week they were around 3 to 4 feet down and nymphs and wet flies were working well.   Favourite patterns included Dancer, Cat’s Whisker, Tadpole, Ace of Spades, Cormorant, Diawl Bach, PTN, Damsel, Buzzer and small Black Spider.   Fish were being taken all round the main pond with the channel and roadside being the hotspots at various times of the week.   The small ponds continue to fish very well and many anglers are enjoying some excellent sport on them.

Kirk Johnstone, Airdrie, landed the biggest fish of the year to date a lovely 11lb 11oz Rainbow in his 4 for 18lb, Peter Hart, Cleland, 2 for 13lb 4oz including 10lb 12oz Rainbow and a Tiger, Joe Smith, Haggs, 2 for 11lb 8oz including 8lb 12oz Rainbow, Davy Morrison, Carronshore, 5 for 13lb 12oz including 4lb 8oz Blue and Stephen Anderson, Glenrothes, 5 for 11lb 14oz including a Blue and 2 Tigers. Donald McMurchie, Fallin, 5 for 11lb 5oz including 3 Tigers, Alan Beattie, Larkhall, 4 for 12lb 12oz including 3 Tigers, Alex Weir, Bathgate, 3 for 9lb 12oz including a Blue and a Tiger and Nigel Muckle, Mid Calder, 3 for 9lb 12oz including 2 Blues. David Miller, Falkirk, 3 for 8lb 12oz including a Blue, Derek Russell, Stoneyburn, 3 Tigers for 6lb from the Millpond in one visit and 2 Tigers for 5lb 1oz from Swanswater in another visit. Jim Craig, Balloch, 3 for 6lb 8oz including a Blue and a Tiger and Alan Buchan, Stirling, 2 Tigers for 4lb 8oz.

4th February 2012

Despite the frosty weather most of the fishery remained ice free and fishable thanks to the aerators which have been running overnight in all three ponds.    Until the weekend, there was some ice behind the islands but an extra aerator freed that area as well so now it is only the top end of Swanswater that has an icy cover.   The two small ponds are also ice free and the Millpond has been proving the best fishing spot, as is often the case at this time of year.   The low water temperature has sent the fish down and they are lying fairly dormant near the bottom.   A lure fished slow and deep is needed to tempt them out, although, as some anglers found, even that is sometimes not enough as the fishing was quite hard at times.

Amongst those who did well this week was Brian Murdoch, Stirling, who took the biggest fish of the week, 9lb 10oz Rainbow. Other bags included Alan Whitton, Stirling, 4 for 14lb 4oz including 7lb 12oz Rainbow, William Williams, Alloa, 3 for 7lb 8oz from the small ponds and Stewart Marshall, Cambusbarron, who took his bag of 3 from Swanswater, then proceeded to catch and release a further 13 on the small ponds. Jim Donnelly, Tullibody, also caught and released a few on the small ponds after catching his 3 on Swanswater, Frank Turner, Alloa, 4 for 8lb from the Meadow Pond including a Blue and a Tiger, Lawrence Maguire, Maddiston, 4 for 10lb 10oz from Swanswater including a Tiger, plus a further 5 released in the Millpond and Willie Hancock, Glasgow, 4lb 8oz Rainbow. Youngster Callum Clark and his dad took 3 for 6lb 8oz from the Millpond including a Blue.

29th January 2012

The main pond reopened on Saturday 28th January.   Although not as much work was done as had been planned, due to the weather conditions, a good lot of silt was removed and essential repairs to the dam were carried out, which should certainly improve things considerably.   Some of the surroundings have suffered from heavy machinery running on them but hopefully things will dry out and green up with the spring growth and the paths remain intact.   During the 10 days or so when Swanswater was shut, the Millpond and Meadow Pond provided some great sport with several anglers bagging up and other enjoying catch and release.  

Things on Swanswater started slowly on Saturday but improved greatly on Sunday.  Because the weather turned cold at the weekend, the fish were mostly in the main area of the pond with many being caught off the far bank and around the bridge.   Most were taken on lures fished on an intermediate line.   Despite the water being still slightly coloured, the water in the small ponds was not affected and they continued to fish well.   Swanswater is clearing up nicely now and the de-silted areas should soon settle down.

Derek Russell, Stoneyburn, took the first big fish from the reopened pond, 8lb 13oz Rainbow in his bag of 5 for 17b 1oz, which also included a Tiger taken from the Meadow Pond. Jim Allan, Kilsyth, 5lb 8oz Rainbow from the Millpond, George Paterson, Stirling, 3 for 13lb 12oz including a Tiger, John Kirkwood, Glasgow 3 for 10lb 12oz including a Blue, Latvian Agris Kalns, 3 for 10lb from the small ponds including 6lb Rainbow and Alan Pate, Polmont, 3 for 8lb 8oz. William Williams, Alloa, 3 for 6lb 8oz from Millpond including a Blue, Stephen Cowan, Linwood, 2 for 4lb 8oz including a Tiger from the Millpond, and 4 returned, Ronnie Codona, Glasgow, 4lb 8oz Rainbow and Mark Lawton 5 for 13lb from the small ponds including 2 Blues. Lawrence Maguire, 4 for 10lb 4oz from the Millpond.

22nd January 2012

UPDATE. The main pond at the fishery is still closed to allow the silt removal operation to be completed but both the smaller waters are still open for business. A further update will be made next week.

15th January 2012

The fishing at the beginning of the week was excellent.   As the weather cooled down and the water temperature dropped, things became a bit more challenging.   However the cooler conditions seemed to suit the Tigers and several were landed during the second half of the week, from all three ponds.   On the milder days the roadside and the front of the island were the best areas, but as things got colder the fish moved out into the deeper water off the dam and in the middle where the boats were successful.   Most fish were taken on the usual lure patterns with buzzers also working, and the odd fish being taken on a wet fly.  

Callum Rennie, Cairneyhill, took the biggest fish this week in his bag of 3 for 14lb 8oz from the boat, including 9lb 7oz Rainbow, Frank Barr, Falkirk, also fishing from a boat took the week’s best bag, 5 for 20lb 4oz including Rainbows at 5lb 8oz and 5lb and 2 Blues, bigger one at 4lb and others doing well included William Pirie, Edinburgh, 7lb 8oz Blue, and Craig Graham, Cumbernauld, 2 for 8lb 12oz from the Meadow Pond including 6lb 12oz Blue. Stuart McIntosh, Edinburgh, 2 for 6lb 12oz from the Millpond including 5lb Blue, Jim Donnelly, Milton of Campsie, 5 for 16lb 4oz including a Blue, Alan Buchan, Stirling, 4 for 14lb 10oz including a Blue and Danny Doherty, Denny, 4 for 9lb including 3 Tigers. Alan Armstrong, Dollar, 3 for 10lb 10oz including a Blue, Andrew Knox, Denny, 3 for 10lb 8oz, George Paterson, Stirling 3 for 10lb including a Blue, Stuart Nicholson, Knightswood, 3 for 10lb including a Blue and Stewart Marshall, Cambusbarron, 3 for 9lb 8oz including a Blue and a Tiger. John Shearer, 3 for 9lb from the Millpond including 4lb 8oz Rainbow plus 7 released, Jim Donnelly, Tullibody, 3 for 9lb, Andy McCleary, Bo’ness, 2 for 7lb 4oz, Stuart Hamilton, Bellshill, 2 for 7lb, Jim Craig, Balloch, 2 for 6lb 8oz and James Wigglesworth, Stirling, 2 for 6lb. Nigel Muckle, Mid Calder, 2 Tigers for 4lb 12oz, T McGuire 5lb 8oz Rainbow, Willie Martin, Stirling, 4lb 8oz Rainbow, Tam Kennedy, Tullibody 4lb 4oz Rainbow and Robert Hiddleston, Grangemouth, 4lb 4oz Rainbow.

IMPORTANT NOTE The main pond will be closed for at least a week to allow for digging operations to take place to remove silt.   The two small ponds will be open as normal.   This work should increase the fishable area at the mouth of the burn and in the area behind the islands and hopefully improve the fishing all over. 

8th January 2012

The stormy start to the year closed the Fishery on Tuesday but since then things have been improving steadily and there has been some excellent fishing.    The water cleared and the level dropped quickly after the wind and rain and the fish remain active.   Most are being taken on a variety of lures with buzzers also catching.   The Tigers, which were a bit more evasive over the Christmas period, figure frequently in this week’s returns.   They are still taking closer to the bank than most of the Rainbows and Blues and are giving anglers lucky enough to hook them, a tremendous fight.   On the windier days the small ponds provided anglers with a bit more shelter and produced a good number of fish, both taken and returned.

Sandy Hubbard, Armadale, took the biggest fish this week in his bag of 2 for 10lb 14oz including 7lb 4oz Rainbow, Andrew Reilly, Glasgow, 6lb 6oz Blue, Charlie Conlon, Glasgow, 2 for 10lb including 6lb Rainbow and Ronnie Codona, Glasgow, 3 for 12lb including 5lb 4oz Rainbow and a Blue. Willie Martin, Stirling, 4 for 13lb 4oz including 3 Blues, biggest one 5lb 12oz from the Meadow Pond, Jim Kelly, Airdrie, 4 for 13lb 4oz including a Blue plus 5 returned, Kirk Johnston, Airdrie, 4 for 13lb 4oz plus 7 returned, Peter Scott, Stenhousemuir, 4 for 12lb including 2 Blues and Mike Barker, Stirling, 3 for 11lb 4oz including 5lb 4oz Rainbow and a Blue. Frank Turner, Alloa, 3 Blues for 11lb 4oz, Peter Johnson, Glasgow, 3 for 10lb 4oz, Russell Ferguson, Dunfermline, 3 for 10lb including a Blue, John Mathieson, Doune, 3 for 9lb 4oz including a Blue and Craig Wood, Camelon, 3 for 8lb 12oz including a Tiger. Jim Rodgers, Banknock, 3 for 8lb 10oz including a Blue and a Tiger, Gary Bryant, Dunipace, 2 for 7lb 12oz, Alastair Golding, Linlithgow, 4 for 1l2b 8oz, Alfred Sandford, Grangemouth, 2 for 7lb 8oz and Peter Bryce, Alloa, 2 for 7lb 4oz including a Blue. Alan Stirling, Bonnybridge, 2 for 6lb 12oz, Ross Callaghan, Stirling, 2 for 6lb 12oz including a Blue, Jim Dougall, Kincardine, 2 for 6lb 8oz including 4lb 8oz Blue and a Tiger and Steve Webb, Glasgow, 2 for 6lb 2oz including a Blue and a Tiger.

1st January 2011

Happy New Year and tight lines for 2012 to all from the management and staff of Swanswater.   The old year finished well, with some good days and some tougher ones during the last week of the year.   Hogmanay was the best day of the week with several anglers bagging up and the biggest fish of the week landed.   Most of the week the fish were around 4 feet down and taking a variety of lures, with buzzers also taking.   The water temperature is around 7oC which is relatively high for this time of year and the fish are still quite active.   The competition on 27th December was well attended and although the fishing was quite tough all who took part enjoyed themselves.   The winner was Ronnie Codona from Glasgow, with runner-up George Paterson, and Willie Martin and Mark Turner sharing third place.   A total of £1600 in aid of Strathcarron Hospice was raised from the raffle, sales of tea and coffee and Buzzers tied by Peter Bryce over the year, and various donations.   Many thanks to all involved.   On the day of the competition those not taking part who were fishing the small ponds had some excellent sport with several bag limits taken, including many featuring Tigers.

Mick Stubberfield, Cowie, ended the year on a high note taking the biggest fish this week, a 9lb 8oz Rainbow in his bag of 3 for 14lb 8oz, which also included a Blue.

Other good bags included Ronnie Codona, Glasgow, 5 for 17lb 4oz including 2 Blues

Willie Martin, Stirling, 2 Blues for 9lb 11oz, bigger one at 6lb 6oz,Mark Turner, Alloa, 2 for 9lb 11oz including 5lb 10oz Rainbow and Davy Horne, Stirling, 3 for 11lb including 5lb Rainbow and 2 Blues. Steve Griffin, Kilsyth, 3 for 10lb 8oz including 5lb Rainbow and 2 Blues, Frank Turner, Alloa, 4 for 12lb 14oz including 2 Blues, George Paterson, Stirling, 4 for 12lb including 2 Blues, Peter Tanner, Kirkintilloch, 3 for 12lb 15oz including a Blue plus 5 C&R and Gary Waugh, Cumbernauld, 3 for 11lb including a Blue. Jimmy Young, 3 for 10lb including a Blue, Gary Dunsmore, Stenhousemuir, 3 for 9lb 4oz including a Blue, Charles Devine, Stirling, 2 for 8lb 4oz, TJ Falloon, Glasgow, 2 for 7lb 12oz from the small ponds and Stephen Cowan, Linwood, 2 for 6lb 13oz including 2 Blues. Brian Lockie, Stirling, 2 for 6lb 5oz including a Tiger.

25th December 2011

There was some great sport at Swanswater in the week leading up to Christmas with several specimen fish joining the standard Rainbows, Blues and Tigers in the catch returns.   The fish were being caught around 4 feet down and were taking the usual variety of lures.   A medium to fast retrieve was working best.    Most of the week the fish were well spread out round the pond, although the shallow area behind the islands was doing very well some days, depending on the temperature.   On Christmas Day the water temperature in the rearing tanks was 8oC, very unusual for this time of year! The Fishery is closed on New Year’s Day, but open every other day from 8.00am to 4.30pm.

Joe Hunter, Tullibody, took the biggest fish this week in his 4 for 21lb 8oz including 2 Blues bigger one at 10lb 5oz, Tom Green, Glasgow, 9lb Rainbow, Martin Lindores, Stirling, 3 for 13lb 12oz including 8lb 4oz Blue from the Millpond, David Blair, Ardrossan, 3 for 13lb including 7lb 10oz Rainbow and 2 Blues and John Patrick, Kilsyth, 2 for 8lb 8oz including 6lb Rainbow. John Mooney, Queenzieburn, 3 for 11lb including 5lb 8oz Rainbow and a Blue, Alex Weir, Bathgate, 4 for 13lb, Kevin Mathias, Bishopbriggs, 4 for 12lb 12oz including a Blue and a Tiger, Sandy Jenkins, Carronshore, 4 for 11lb 8oz including a Blue and a Tiger and George Kochanek, Tullibody, 4 for 10lb 12oz including a Blue and 2 Tigers. Greg Paterson, Grangemouth, 4 for 9lb 8oz from the Meadow Pond including 2 Tigers, Jim Dougall, Kincardine, 3 for 10lb 4oz including 2 Blues, bigger one at 4lb, Grant McCauley, Duntocher, 3 for 10lb including 2 Blues and Ronnie Codona, Glasgow, 3 for 9lb 4oz including a Blue. Archie Smith, Ardrossan, 3 for 7lb including 2 Tigers from the small ponds, Gary Dunsmore, Stenhousemuir, 2 for 7lb 4oz, John McKenzie, Bo’ness, 2 for 6lb 12oz including a Blue and David Swan, Helensburgh, 2 for 6lb 12oz.

18th December 2011

The fishing continued to be good this week although the weather again played a large part in determining the number of anglers making the trip out to fish.   Generally the fish are around 4 feet down and an intermediate line with a lure retrieved reasonably quickly is the best tactic.   On the milder days the fish were in the channel in front of the island and round the back of the islands; on the cold frosty days they were in the main part of the water.   Favourite patterns included the usual lures, Cat’s Whisker, Damsel, Dancer, Humungus and various Fritz, with occasional fish also taking Buzzers.  The Tigers continue to be caught despite fears that they might disappear with the colder weather and are still following in and taking near the edge of the water.  Once again many anglers are remarking on the excellent fight these fish give for their size.This week’s best bags included Grant McCauley, Duntocher, 5 for 18lb 8oz including 2 Blues, David Wales, Livingston, 5 for 15lb 10oz including 2 Blues and a Tiger, Keith Lewis, South Queensferry, in two visits 10 for 29lb 13oz including 4 Tigers and a Blue and Danny Doherty, Denny, 5 for 14lb 4oz including 3 Blues. David Grigor, South Queensferry, 5 for 14lb including 2 Blues, John Relf, Falkirk, 4 for 13lb 4oz including 2 Blues, Alan Bell, Bonnybridge, 4 for 11lb including a Tiger and Jim Donnelly, Milton of Campsie, 4 for 10lb 12oz including a Blue and a Tiger. John Patrick, Kilsyth, 3 for 11lb 8oz including a Blue, William Williams, Sauchie, 3 for 11lb from the Millpond including 5lb Rainbow, Darren Barcik, Dunfermline, 3 for 11lb including 4lb Blue and Stephen Cowan, Linwood, 3 for 9lb including a Blue and a Tiger. Ryan Moffat, Penicuik, 3 for 9lb including 2 Blues, Martin Harrison, Penicuik, 3 for 9lb including a Blue, Malcolm Miller, Clackmannan, 3 for 8lb 8oz including 4lb Rainbow and a Blue and Kevin Duff, Alloa, 3 Tigers from the Millpond for 6lb. Andy Hunter, Tullibody, 4lb Rainbow.

The Fishery is closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, reopening for the annual fund-raising competition on 27th December.   The Management and Staff would like to wish all our anglers a very Merry Christmas.

11th December 2011

The fishing continues to be excellent despite the stormy conditions.  Those who braved the weather were well rewarded this week with several big fish being taken in addition to the usual Rainbows, Blues and Tigers.    The bulk of the fish were either in the far bay or in the channel in front of the island, with most of the Tigers being landed round the back of the islands.     The fish were being caught at various depths between 2 and 5 feet and taking a variety of lures and nymphs including Dancer, Cat’s Whisker, Humungus, Damsel, Diawl Bach and Hare’s Ear.    All the ponds now have aerators in place to keep any ice at bay so the Fishery can stay open even if the temperature drops.  

John Relf, Bainsford, landed the biggest fish of the week in his 3 for 19lb 4oz including a 12lb 4oz Rainbow and a Blue, Tam Kennedy, Tullibody, 2 for 13lb 8oz including 10lb 8oz Rainbow and a Blue, Archie Smith, Ardrossan, 5 for 22lb 12oz including 8lb 13oz Rainbow, a Blue and a Tiger and Ian Watt, Bellshill, 2 for 11lb 4oz including 7lb 10oz Blue. Andy Hunter, Alloa, 3 for 15lb 4oz including 2 Blues, bigger one at 7lb 6oz, William Bond, Edinburgh, 2 for 7lb 12oz including 5lb 12oz Rainbow and a Tiger, Danny Doherty, Denny, 5 for 18lb 4oz including 3 Blues, biggest one at 5lb 4oz, George Kochanek, Tullibody, 4 for 14lb including 5lb 4oz Rainbow and a Blue and Charles Campbell, Falkirk, 5 for 13lb 8oz including a Blue and a Tiger. Ian Dobbie, Larbert, 4 for 12lb 4oz including 2 Blues, John Patrick, Kilsyth, 4 for 12lb including 2 Blues, Brian Hunter, Cumbernauld, 3 for 9oz, Alan Whitton, Stirling, 3 for 8lb 4oz including 2 Blues and a Tiger and Malcolm Miller, Clackmannan, 2 for 6lb 8oz including a Blue. Last but not least Ronnie Fisher from Tullibody caught 2 for 6lb 4oz.

4th December 2011

There was plenty of good fishing for those who braved the conditions at Swanswater this week.    2.5 inches of rain on Monday night led to flood conditions on Tuesday, but by Wednesday afternoon the level had dropped and the water was more or less clear.   The rain later in the week did not affect things too much and the water clarity remains good.   At the end of the week the weather turned colder, but the fish were still taking, with the Tigers in particular giving a lot of sport by following flies right in to the side of the ponds.   In general the fish were around 3 to 4 feet down and taking a variety of lures including Cat’s Whisker, Damsel, Dancer and various Fritz patterns.

Stewart Nicholson, Knightswood, took the biggest fish of the week in his 2 for 13lb including 10lb 12oz Rainbow, Brian Lockie, Stirling, had the best bag, 5 for 16lb 4oz including 3 Blues, biggest one at 7lb 4oz, and 2 Tigers, John Mathieson, Doune, 3 for 11lb 14oz including 6lb 14oz Rainbow and a Blue and Donald McMurchy, Fallin, 4 for 14lb 4oz including a Blue. Ronnie Codona, Glasgow, 3 for 9lb 4oz including 2 Blues, Peter Johnson, Glasgow, 3 Tigers for 7lb, George Kochanek, Tullibody, 3 for 8lb 8oz including 2 Blues, and a Tiger from the Meadow Pond and Frank Turner, Alloa, 3 for 9lb including 2 Blues. Allan Kirkmay, Airdrie, 3 for 9lb 8oz including 2 Blues, Gary Dunsmore, Falkirk, 3 for 9lb including a Blue, Malcolm Miller, Clackmannan, 3 for 9lb 4oz including 2 Blues and Jim Donnelly, Tullibody, 3 for 9lb 8oz including a Blue. Stephen Cowan, Linwood, 2 Blues for 8lb and Alfred Sandford, Grangemouth, 2 for 7lb including 4lb Blue.

13th November 2011

The fishing was good all week at Swanswater with fish being caught all round at the beginning of the week although towards the end of the week they had started to move into the channel between the island and the road side, with the result that the boats started to do less well.   Around 50 Tiger trout have already been landed since they were first stocked last week.   Although they are generally weighing slightly less than the average Rainbows and Blues, pound for pound they are fighting far harder and also differently in that they tend to head to the bottom when hooked.   All the lucky anglers who have hooked one have been delighted by these stunning fish and there are plenty more to be stocked over the coming months.  

James Hughes, Motherwell, took the biggest fish this week, an absolutely cracking 9lb 4oz Blue, Kenny Halley, Cambusbarron, 2 for 10lb 4oz including 8lb 4oz Gold, Tracey Begg, North Uist, 3 for 13lb 10oz including 8lb 2oz Rainbow, Stewart Nicholson, Yoker, 10 for 33lb 8oz including 4 Blues, biggest one at 6lb 4oz and Kenny Spiers, Glasgow, 6lb Blue. Kyle Crossan, Stirling, 5 for 16lb 4oz including a Tiger, Jim Milne, Alloa, 5 for 15lb 4oz including 2 Blues, Peter Bryce, Alloa, 5 for 15lb including a Blue, Willie Long, Balloch, 4 for 12lb 8oz including 3 Blues and Marcus Tripney, Grangemouth, 4 for 12lb including a Tiger. Willie Martin, Stirling, 3 for 11lb 8oz including a Blue, Colin Brown, Alloa, 3 for 10lb 4oz including 2 Blues, Ian Begg, Stenhousemuir, 3 for 10lb 2oz, Allan, Downie, Grangemouth, 3 Blues for 9lb 10oz, Bob Garvie, Lennoxtown, 3 for 9lb 2oz and Rory Cameron, Tillicoultry, 3 for 9lb including a Tiger and a Blue. George Kochanek, Tullibody, 3 Blues for 9lb, Alan Buchan, Stirling, 3 for 9lb including a Blue, David Grant, Garelochhead, 3 Tigers for 6lb, Martin Smart, Milton of Campsie, 3 Tigers for 6lb from the Millpond and Steven Long, Balloch, 2 for 7lb including a Blue. Barry Lee, Stirling, 2 for 7lb, David Cairney, Langtown, 2 for 6lb 12oz, John Patrick, Kilsyth, 2 for 6lb 4oz including a Blue and  James Cook, Menstrie, 2 for 6lb 4oz.

6th November 2011

The first of a large batch of Tiger trout were stocked this week with quite a few caught as well. Anglers lucky enough to hook one of the lovely looking fish were delighted to report that they lived up to their name and gave a tremendous fight. The tigers are stocked in all three ponds and the first one landed was taken from the Millpond by Euan Henderson, Paisley. For most of the week the fish were sitting between 2 and 4 feet down and taking a wide variety of flies usually on a fairly fast retrieve. Favourite patterns included Damsel, Dancer, Cat’s Whisker, Hare’s Ear, Diawl Bach, Buzzer, Bloodworm and even Daddy Long Legs and Hopper fished just under the surface. The frosty nights combined with bright days at the weekend made things a little harder, but contrary to expectation the fish were still not deep. Now that the clocks have changed fishery opening hours are 8.00am to 5.00pm.

The biggest fish of the week was a cracking 11lb 1oz Rainbow/Blue cross taken by Dave Cormack, Scone and Robin Bowler, Sauchie, had a great bag of 5 for 22lb 10oz including 10lb 4oz Rainbow and a Blue, Others doing well included Stewart Marshall, Cambusbarron, 3 for 15lb 10oz including 9lb 7oz Rainbow, Robert Kelly, Gargunnock, 4 for 16lb 12oz including 3 Blues, biggest one at 9lb 4oz, Colin More, Dunfermline, 3 for 11lb 12oz from the Millpond including 7lb 3oz Rainbow, William Williams, Alloa, 3 for 12lb from the small ponds including 6lb 8oz Blue from the Millpond and Kyle Crossan, Stirling, 5 for 15lb 14oz including 2 Blues. John Mooney, Queenzieburn, 4 Blues for 13lb 2oz biggest one at 4lb, Trevor Gibson, Edinburgh, 4 for 13lb including a Blue, Stephen Cowan, Linwood, 4 for 12lb 4oz including a Blue and John Irvine, Falkirk, 3 for 10lb.Dougie McDougall, Dunipace, 3 for 10lb including a Blue, Steve Brotherston, Falkirk, 3 for 9lb 8oz including 4lb 8oz Rainbow, Malcolm Miller, Clackmannan, 3 for 9lb including 2 Blues, D Clark, Menstrie, 2 for 8lb including a Blue, John Relf, Falkirk, 2 for 7lb 2oz including a Blue and Ross Wallace, Stirling, 2 for 6lb 12oz including a Blue. Last but not least Les Cooper from Dunblane had a brace weighing 6lb 8oz including a Tiger.

30th October 2011

The mild autumn weather led to excellent fishing conditions and some great catches this week. Although the weather was changeable the fish seem to be settled into good feeding patterns and are being caught all around the ponds. The boats were doing very well on certain days, whereas on other days the channel between the island and the roadside was the place to be. The small ponds continue to fish very well and are providing anglers with a lot of excellent sport. Early in the week the fish were quite deep in the water but towards the weekend they were being taken in the top two feet. Favourite patterns included Buzzers, Ace of Spades, Damsel, Yellow Dancer, Montana, Cat’s Whisker and Cormorant, with fish also still being taken on wet flies especially on the small ponds.

There were some excellent catch returns this week including Geoff Gilbert, on holiday from Peel on the Isle of Man, who took 18 for 66lb 8oz in 6 outings, with his best bags being 5 for 25lb including Blues at 8lb 1oz and 7lb 4oz, and 3 for 14lb including 7lb 7oz Rainbow. John Mooney, Queenzieburn, took the biggest fish of the week in his 2 for 11lb 12oz including 8lb 6oz Blue, Peter Tinniswood, Wigton, 2 Blues for 10lb 12oz bigger one at 8lb,John Bibby, Preston, 8lb Rainbow and Willie Martin, Stirling, 5 Blues for 17lb 12oz biggest one at 7lb. Mark Kenyon, Menstrie, over the course of the week, 10 for 32lb 12oz including 6 Blues, biggest one at 6lb 12oz and 4lb 8oz Rainbow, Stephen Cowan, Linwood, 5 for 18lb 6oz including 2 Blues, bigger one at 6lb 8oz from the boat on Swanswater, plus 6 caught and released on the small ponds and Alec Kelso, Stirling, 3 for 10lb 8oz from the Millpond including 2 Blues, bigger one at 6lb. Alec Knox, Glasgow, 4 for 13lb 12oz including 3 Blues, Jim Donnelly, Milton of Campsie, 4 for 12lb 8oz including 3 Blues, Roy Hatchard, Stirling, 4 for 12lb 8oz including a Blue, Steven Anderson, Leslie, 4 for 12lb 4oz and Frank Barr, Falkirk, 4 for 12lb including 3 Blues. Sandy Jenkins, Carronshore, 2 for 7lb 8oz including 4lb 12oz Rainbow and John Balunas, Glasgow, 2 for 6lb.

9th October 2011

The return to autumn conditions saw a good week for week fishing at Swanswater.   Blustery showers alternating with periods of calm kept anglers on their toes, with the fish being caught up-wind during the windiest spells when they were looking for shelter from the reeds and banks.   For most of the week they were in the top three feet of the water and taking mainly lures fished with a medium retrieve.   A few are still being taken on nymphs and wet flies, especially on the small ponds.  This week’s favourite patterns included Damsel, Dancer, Cat’s Whisker, Diawl Bach, Hare’s Ear, Cormorant, Buzzer, Bibio and Invicta.

George King, Kelty, 3 for 13lb 2oz including 7lb 4oz Blue, Jim Sneddon, Falkirk, 3 for 12lb 8oz including 7lb 4oz Blue, Peter Bryce, Alloa, 5 for 17lb including 4 Blues biggest one at 6lb, Tom McColgan, Clydebank, 4 for 13lb 4oz including 2 Blues, bigger one at 5lb 10oz and Martin Lindores, Bannockburn, 5lb 8oz Blue. Willie Martin, Stirling, 5 for 16lb 8oz including 3 Blues, Alan Hunter, Alva, 5 for 14lb including 2 Blues, Billy Weir, Stirling, 5 Blues for 13lb and George Miller, Methil, 4 for 11lb 12oz. Keir Hardie, Stirling, 3 for 11lb 4oz, Mark Mercer, Menstrie, 3 for 9lb 8oz including a Blue, Stuart Nicholson, Yoker, 3 for 9lb 4oz including 2 Blues and A Knox, Glasgow, 3 for 9lb including 2 Blues. Jim Elder, Methil, 2 Blues for 7lb 8oz and David McRae, Falkirk, 2 for 7lb 4oz including a Blue.

4th October 2011

The return to summer weather midweek followed by heavy rain on Saturday saw a wide range of conditions at Swanswater this week.   Despite this the fish were in the top 18 inches of the water for most of the week, even in the bright sunshine on Friday.  Small lures, especially Cat’s Whiskers, were working better than the wet flies and nymphs which have been working for the last few months, with Dancer, Tadpole, Fritz and Damsel also amongst the favourite patterns.   Whatever the fly, a fairly fast retrieve was needed as the fish are active and looking for something to chase.    The small ponds continue to fish well with dry flies, such as daddy long legs, CDC and hopper, still doing well here.    A large proportion of blues is being stocked at present and as a result they feature heavily in the catch returns. Closing time this week is 7.00pm.

Davy Neilson, Carronshore, 8lb Blue, Eric Donachey, Balloch, 4 for 13lb 4oz from the Millpond including 7lb 4oz Rainbow and a Blue, Toby Mason, Cumbernauld, 4 for 16lb including 7lb 3oz Rainbow and 3 Blues, Danny Doherty, Denny, 2 for 9lb 12oz including 7lb Blue and Jim Laughlin, Tullibody, 5 for 17lb including 5lb 2oz Rainbow. Jim Donnelly, Milton of Campsie, 4 for 12lb 4oz including 3 Blues, William McNeill, Bathgate, 4 for 12lb from the Millpond, including 5lb 2oz Rainbow and 3 Blues, Peter Henderson, Cumbernauld, 4 for 12lb 12oz including 2 Blues, TJ Falloon, Glasgow, 3 for 9lb 12oz including a Blue and Mark Mercer, Menstrie, 3 for 9lb 4oz including 2 Blues. George Reid, Glasgow, 3 for 9lb 4oz including 2 Blues, Stuart Nicholson, Yoker, 3 Blues for 9lb, Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, 2 for 7lb 4oz including a Blue, Willie McCrimmond, 2 for 6lb 8oz including 4lb Rainbow and a Blue, Angus Auchinachie, Falkirk, 2 Blues for 6lb 4oz and William Williams, Alloa, 2 for 6lb from the Meadow Pond including a Blue. Darrell McCorgray, Stirling 4lb 12oz Blue.

25th September 2011

A mixed week weather-wise led to variable fishing conditions, with the fish near the surface some days and much deeper on other days.    At times they were feeding on or just below the surface and a selection of nymphs, wet or dry flies were successful with Diawl Bach, Hare’s Ear, Montana,  Kate McLaren, Spider, Hopper and Daddy Long Legs all catching.   In the breeziest conditions, they were slightly further down and taking small lures such as Dancer, Cat’s Whisker, Viva and various Fritz patterns.    Buzzers were also doing well all week although they needed to be retrieved.   As usually happens, the boats were doing well most days in the wind, as were the small ponds which are more sheltered.

Plenty of cracking Blues are featuring in the catch returns at present including some big specimens.   The biggest fish this week was, however, a Rainbow which weighed in at 10lb. The Fishery is now closing at 7.30pm.John Hester, Coatbridge, 3 for 15lb 12oz including 10lb Rainbow and a Blue, William Love, Glasgow 9lb 4oz Blue, Danny Doherty, Denny, 5 for 10lb 8oz including 3 Blues, biggest one at 7lb 11oz, Jim Donnelly, Milton of Campsie, 7lb 3oz Blue and Keith Lewis, South Queensferry, in two visits, 8 for 28lb 4oz including 6lb 12oz Blue. Darren Scott, Rosyth, 5 for 17lb 4oz including 2 Blues bigger one at 6lb, Darren Wardlaw, Falkirk, 2 for 7lb 8oz including 5lb 8oz Gold, Stuart Nicholson, Yoker, 5 for 15lb 8oz including 4lb 8oz Rainbow and a Blue, Ian Hunter, Alva, 5 for 16lb and Alan Hunter, Alva, in two visits, 8 for 24lb 12oz including a Blue. Peter O’Brien, Camelon, 5 for 15lb including 3 Blues, Donald McMurchy, Fallin, 4 for 12lb 14oz including a Blue, Frank Turner, Alloa, 4 for 12lb 8oz including a Blue, Andy Kennedy, Dalry, 4 Blues for 12lb, Willie Hancock, Glasgow, 3 for 10lb 4oz, Jim Craig, Balloch, 3 Blues for 10lb, biggest one at 4lb 12oz and William Williams, Alloa, 3 Blues for 9lb 8oz from the Meadow Pond. Jim Allan, Kilsyth, 3 for 9lb including 2 Blues, Keir Hardie, Stirling, 2 for 7lb 5oz, Sandy Ireland, Lochgoilhead, 2 for 6lb 8oz, Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, 2 Blues for 6lb 8oz and Agris Kalns, Latvia, 2 for 6lb.

11th September 2011

The ever changing weather conditions at the fishery led to mixed fortunes this week. The slightly calmer days at the start of the week saw the fish remain high in the water with many anglers enjoying some top of the water action with dry fly, including Daddy and Heather Fly, proving very effective. Other patterns doing well were Kate McLaren, Spider, Diawl Bach and Snatcher. As the week went on the anglers had to battle against the deteriorating weather conditions and the fish went deeper in the water, intermediate lines were required with a mixture of smaller lures working well, these included Hot Head Damsel, Dancer, Ace of Spades and Bunny Leach.

The biggest Brown of the season was caught this week (weighing 7lb) along with some other superb smaller Browns featuring in the catches. Danny Doherty, Denny, 5 for 18lb 12oz including 9lb 10oz Rainbow, Peter O’Brien, Camelon, 4 for 16lb including 7lb and Ian Hunter, Alva, in 2 visits, 8 for 22lb 4oz. Frank Turner, Alloa, in 2 visits, 6 for 17lb 12oz including a Blue, Jim Donnelly, Milton of Campsie, 5 for 15lb including a 5lb Rainbow, Darren Hill, Alva, 5 for 14lb, John and Grant Moodie, Queenzieburn, shared 8 for 23lb from the boat, including 4lb and Blue, with father John also returning another 4 on the small ponds. Gavin O’Connor, Edinburgh, 4 for 12lb 10oz including a Blue, Frank Barr, Falkirk, 4 for 12lb including 3lb 10oz Brown, Stuart Nicholson. Yoker, 4 for 11lb 8oz including a Blue and Martin Stewart, Glasgow, 3 for 9lb 8oz including 2 Blues, bigger one at 4lb 12oz. Kevin O’Brien, Camelon, 2 for 7lb including 4lb 8oz Rainbow, Charles Devine, Stirling, 7lb 4oz Rainbow from Millpond and Kevin Duff, Alloa, 6lb Gold.

4th September 2011

The autumn weather brought some excellent fishing conditions this week at Swanswater, and the catch returns were very good.    The fish are still just below the surface and are much more active than they were, being seen moving all around the ponds.   Water clarity is excellent and all three ponds continue to fish well, with the small ponds again producing some of the bigger fish.   Fish are being caught on a wide variety of wet flies, nymphs and small lures, including Kate McLaren, Spider, Bibio, Diawl Bach, Hare’s Ear, Buzzer, Damsel, Dancer and green or olive Fritz, with Daddy Long Legs, Hoppers and CDC also taking fish, particularly in the small ponds. Due to the ever shortening evenings, the Fishery is now closing at 8.00pm.

The week’s good bags included Stephen Scott, Fallin, 2 for 10lb from the Millpond including 7lb 8oz Rainbow, Tom Clark, Stirling, 3 for 11lb 12oz from the Millpond including 7lb Rainbow, Stephen Cowan, Linwood, 5 for 15lb 12oz including 6lb 12oz Blue from Swanswater followed by 8 returned on the small ponds and Harry Foster, Stirling, 2 for 8lb 12oz including 6lb 10oz Blue. Alan Whitton, Stirling, 4 for 14lb 8oz including 2 Blues, bigger one at 6lb 4oz, Donald Williamson, Larbert, 3 for 11lb 8oz including 2 Blues bigger one at 6lb, 13 year old Ryan Inglis, Stirling, 3 for 10lb from the small ponds including 4lb 12oz Blue from the Meadow Pond and Dougie McDougall, Dunipace, 3 for 10lb 12oz including 5lb Blue. John Dickinson, Clitheroe, 5 for 15lb, Willie Martin, Stirling, 5 for 15lb, Toby Mason, Cumbernauld, 4 for 13lb 12oz including 2 Blues and David Blair, Ardrossan, 4 for 13lb 8oz. Aiden Morgan, Helensburgh, 4 for 12lb 4oz plus a further 7 caught and released, Davy Neilson, Carronshore, 4 for 13lb 4oz including 4lb 5oz Rainbow and a Blue, Jim Donnelly, Milton of Campsie, 4 for 12lb 8oz including a Blue and Colin Goodfellow, Clydebank, 3 for 9lb. Alan Whiting, Grangemouth, 3 for 9lb, TJ Falloon, Glasgow, 3 for 9lb 2oz, Peter Kale, from France, 3 for 9lb and Catherine McGiffen, Scone, 2 for 6lb 4oz.

28th August 2011

The conditions at Swanswater are now excellent although the fish are still a little fussy about what they are taking.   For most of the week small nymphs and wet flies were doing well fished just below the surface, although at times a small lure fished a little deeper was needed to tempt the fish.    The two small ponds have fished very well this week, with many anglers having success with dry flies, and have produced three of the big fish in the catch returns.   Favourite patterns include Diawl Bach, Snatcher, PTN, Buzzer, Kate McLaren, Hot-head Damsel, Dancer, Sedge and Daddy Long Legs.  

The Fishery is now closing at 8.30pmThe biggest fish this week was landed by Jonathan Mooney, Queenzieburn, a nice 10lb 1oz Rainbow in his 2 for 13lb from the boat. Other good catches included Ross Evans, Stirling, 9lb 8oz Rainbow from the Meadow Pond, Frank Kerr, Menstrie, 7lb 10oz Blue, John Moyes, Grangemouth, 3 for 14lb 4oz, in two visits, including 7lb 4oz Blue and a 4lb Rainbow. Martin Smart, Milton of Campsie, 3 for 11lb 8oz including 6lb 4oz Blue from the Millpond, Kieran Russell, Coatbridge, 3 for 10lb from the Meadow Pond including 5lb 4oz Blue, Willie Martin, Stirling, 5 for 16lb including 4lb Blue and Frank Barr, Falkirk, 6 for 17lb including 2 Blues bigger one at 4lb 12oz. Tam Rogerson, Alloa, 4 for 12lb 4oz, Andrew McQuillan, Kippen, 3 for 9lb 8oz,  Ian Anderson, Menstrie, 3 for 9lb and Iain MacDonald, Alva, 3 for 9lb. Willie McAleese, Laurieston, 2 for 8lb including 5lb 8oz Blue and a Brown, Jim Maguire, Balloch, 2 for 7lb, Stuart Nicholson, Yoker, 2 for 8lb, Alistair Anderson, Dunfermline, 2 for 6lb 4oz and Nan Morrison, Stirling, 2 for 7lb 4oz. Alec Peachey, Scone, 2 for 7lb 4oz including a Blue, Ross Carroll, Stirling, 2 for 7lb 2oz including a Blue and Kevin Lowe, Larbert, 5lb 4oz Blue.

21st August 2011

Conditions at Swanswater continue to improve and the water is now beautifully clear.   With overnight temperatures dropping, the water temperature is now lower and the fish are much more active especially during the day.  The fishing is typical for the time of year – plenty of fish being seen, but sometimes a little fussy in what they are actually taking.    Floating or intermediate lines fished with nymphs or small lures are now doing well, although wet and dry flies are also still taking fish, particularly on the small ponds and when there is little or no breeze.   The most successful patterns this week were Diawl Bach, Damsel, Kate McLaren, Buzzer, Dancer, Snatcher, Muddler, mini-Cat and small Green Fritz.  Young anglers continue to do well at the Fishery.   The biggest fish this week, landed on Saturday, was a lovely 10lb 10oz Blue taken by 13 year old Eddie McKillop of Glasgow who was fishing Swanswater with his father. Eddie McKillop and son, Eddie, 2 Blues for 4lb 8oz bigger one at 10lb 10oz, Henry Hamilton-Willows, Glasgow, 3 for 10lb 8oz from the Millpond including 7lb 4oz Blue, Bobby Lennon, Airdrie, 5 for 15lb 12oz including 6lb 10oz Gold, Ian Fletcher, Lower Largo, 3 for 14lb 8oz including Rainbows at 6lb and 5lb 5oz and Willie Hancock, Glasgow, 5 for 14lb 12oz including a Blue. Frank Barr, Falkirk, 5 for 14lb 4oz including 2 Browns, Robert White, Camelon, 5 for 13lb 2oz including 2 Browns, Allan Hunter, Alva, in two visits, 8 for 23lb 4oz including 2 Blues and a Brown, Sandy Jenkins, Carronshore, 4 for 12lb 8oz including 4lb 4oz Blue and Jim Donnelly, Milton of Campsie, 3 for 10lb including 5lb Blue. Andy Connor, Sauchie, 3 for 9lb, George Simpson, Falkirk, 3 for 9lb including a Blue and Peter Johnson, Glasgow, 3 for 8lb 8oz, Kevin Lowe, Larbert, 2 for 7lb4oz including 4lb 12oz Blue.

14th August 2011

With 2.5 inches of rain falling in 2 days midweek, Swanswater has been well flushed out and the water is back to being beautifully clear and fresh.  The water colouration problems of the last few weeks are now hopefully behind us and the fact that no fish were lost due to the algae is a big bonus.  The fishing this week has varied depending on conditions with some anglers doing exceptionally well and others not so well.   The boats were again doing well, and the small ponds are producing some excellent fish for those who choose to fish there.   With the fish still near the surface, a floating line is recommended fished with any of a wide variety of flies, particularly nymphs or wet flies.   Dry flies were working well at times on Swanswater, and were particularly successful on the small ponds. This week’s favourite patterns included Diawl Bach, Damsel, Olive Nymph, Hare’s Ear, PTN, Daddy Long Legs, CDC, Black Ant, Wickham’s, Kate McLaren and Buzzers.

This week’s good catches included Stephen Cowan, Linwood, 5 for 18lb 12oz including 8lb 4oz Rainbow and a Blue, plus 5 released in the small ponds, George Nicolson and son Jamie, Carron, shared 4 for 13lb 12oz from the small ponds including 7lb 6oz Rainbow and Gary Waugh, Cumbernauld, 3 for 12lb 4oz including 6lb 12oz Blue. Sean Hill, Alloa, 2 for 8lb 10oz from the Meadow Pond, including 6lb 10oz Blue, plus 4 returned, Kenny Halley, Cambusbarron, 2 for 7lb 12oz including 5lb 8oz Blue from the Meadow Pond and a Brown, 10 year old Cameron Smith, Alloa, fishing with the Swanswater Cygnets, 4lb 8oz Rainbow from the Millpond and Frank Turner, Alloa, 4 for 12lb 8oz including 2 Blues. Willie Martin, Stirling, 4 for 12lb including 3 Blues, Jim Ovens, Windygates, 4 for 11lb 8oz including 4lb Blue, Tom Conway, Glasgow, 4 for 11lb 2oz and Ian Law, Glasgow, 3 for 10lb 8oz including a Brown and a Blue. Cha Cairns, Greenock, 3 for 8lb 12oz including a Blue, Stuart Nicholson, Yoker, 8 for 20lb, on two tickets from the boat, A Kennedy, Glasgow, 2 for 6lb 8oz including a Blue, Jim Donnelly, Milton of Campsie, 2 for 5lb 8oz including a Brown and Danny Doherty, Denny, 2 Blues for 6lb 4oz. Last but not least Dennis Raynor, Stirling kept a couple weighing 6lb from the Millpond and returned a further 4.

 

7th August 2011

The change in weather to slightly cooler temperatures and the steady downpour of rain over the weekend has improved the water quality.    The algal bloom which had been affecting the clarity and colour of the water for the last couple of weeks has now disappeared.   Much of the problem came from upstream, with our feeder water, Loch Coulter, being badly affected.   It is very unusual for Swanswater to suffer this way and things have now dramatically improved. This, combined with the nearly completed weed cutting and clearing operation, means that conditions at Swanswater are now very good.    The fish have been unaffected and the fishing has been quite good for this time of year.   The fish are in the top 2 feet of the water and taking a variety of  wet flies and nymphs, including Kate McLaren, Invicta, Damsel, Hare’s Ear, Buzzer and PTN, with dry flies such as Hopper, Spider, Muddler and Daddy Long Legs also doing well especially on the small ponds. With the evenings already getting shorter, the Fishery is now closing at 9.30pm.

Amongst those doing well this week were Kevin Lowe, Larbert, 3 for 15lb 2oz including 2 Blues bigger one at 7lb 12oz, Stuart Nicholson, Yoker, 3 for 12lb 12oz including 2 Blues bigger one at 7lb 4oz, Paul Allan, Camelon, 2 for 8lb 12oz including 6lb 8oz Gold, Danny Doherty, Denny, 4 for 14lb including 6lb Blue and Willie McAleese, Laurieston, 5 for 14lb 4oz including 2 Blues. Sandy Jenkins, Carronshore, 4 for 10lb 12oz, Peter O’Brien, Camelon, 3 for 9lb 4oz, Willie Martin, Stirling, 3 for 8lb 8oz, Keir Hardie, Stirling, 2 for 7lb 4oz including a Blue and Dennis Raynor, Stirling, 2 for 6lb from the Millpond and returned another four and Glenn Anderson, Haggs, 4lb 4oz Rainbow.

31st July 2011

At times weather conditions made the fishing quite challenging this week, although there was also some good sport to be enjoyed.   Most of the fish were near the surface of the water and happy to chase small nymphs and wet flies, with dry flies doing well on the small ponds where two of the biggest fish this week were taken.    One was a lovely 8lb 2oz Blue taken from the Millpond by nine year old Abby Hutton from Edinburgh during the Swanswater Cygnets Sunday morning session.   The fish took a small grey fly fished on a floating line and although she needed a little help to land the biggie, Abby cast, hooked and played the fish on her own.    The other was also a Blue, weighing in at 7lb 1oz and landed from the Meadow Pond.   Favourite patterns this week included Damsel, Diawl Bach, Buzzer, Hare’s Ear, Kate McLaren, Soldier Palmer, Spider and Hopper.Good bags this week included Frank Turner, Alloa, 3 for 15lb 4oz including 9lb 4oz Rainbow, Abby Hutton, Edinburgh, 8lb 2oz Blue from the Millpond, Gary Borthwick, Carronshore, 2 for 13lb 2oz including 7lb 14oz Blue, Ross Close, Thornhill, 7lb 1oz Blue from the Meadow Pond and John Hester, Glasgow, 3 for 12lb 8oz including 7lb Blue. Robert Sneddon, 3 for 11lb including 6lb Blue, John Patrick, Kilsyth, in two visits, 7 for 21lb including 3 Blues, Stephen Cowan, Linwood, 5 for 13lb 4oz plus 5 caught and released on the small ponds and Graeme Witherspoon, Stirling, 3 for 8lb 12oz including a Blue.

10th July 2011

The record for a Golden Trout at Swanswater was equalled this week when Liam Malloy landed a cracking 9lb 12oz specimen.   Several Blues in the 7lb to 9lb range were also landed and there are many more being stocked, all in excellent condition.   A good number of fish were taken on dry flies this week, especially in the mornings, although the cool winds in the evenings have been sending the fish down a little and wet flies or nymphs have been needed later in the day.  

On the small ponds, dry flies such as Sedge, Mayfly and Hopper have been doing very well and many anglers have been enjoying a lot of sport on catch and release.   Favourite patterns for the main pond included CDC, Sedge, Hopper, Klinkhammer, Damsel, Bloodworm, Diawl Bach and Hare’s Ear.William Malloy, Stirling, 3 for 14lb including 9lb 12oz Gold, Danny Doherty, Denny, 5 for 17lb 5oz including 8lb 1oz Blue, Donald McMurchy, Fallin, 5 for 19lb 4oz including 3 Blues, biggest one at 8lb, Darren Scott, Rosyth, 5 for 18lb including 3 Blues, biggest one at 7lb 4oz and Ally Kale, Falkirk, 3 for 11lb 8oz including 7lb 2oz Blue. Brian McAllister, Glasgow, 2 Blues for 10lb 4oz, bigger one at 6lb, Henry Fulton, Greenock, and sons, Matthew and Robbie, 5 for 15lb 4oz including a Blue, Peter O’Brien, Camelon, 5 for 14lb 8oz including 3 Blues, Willie Martin, Stirling, 4 for 11lb 12oz and Laurence Maguire, Maddiston, 3 for 10lb 8oz including 2 Blues. William Mitchell, Dollar, 2 for 7lb 4oz including a Blue, Robert Fyfe, Perth, 2 for 6lb 14oz from the Millpond including 4lb 14oz Rainbow and Jim Allan, Kilsyth, 3lb Brown.

4th July 2011

The arrival of some summer weather has increased the water temperature and made the fish more active, although sometimes they have been slightly fussy about what they are taking.    There was some excellent fishing especially when there was a bit of a breeze on the water and the best results were from fishing wet or dry flies with a fairly fast retrieve.   In the early mornings the fish have been on or near the surface but as the day goes on, especially on the bright, hot days, they have been going deeper and ending up around four feet down.   Favourite patterns included lots of dry flies especially Sedges, Daddies, Hoppers, CDCs, or, when the fish were just under the surface, traditional wets including Bibio, Kate McLaren, Invicta, Butcher, and nymphs such as Diawl Bach and Hare’s Ear.    For most of the week, on Swanswater, the boats were doing better than the bank.   The small ponds were also fishing well and provided plenty of sport, both for those taking fish and for anglers fishing catch and release.

Willie McAleese, Laurieston, had this week’s best bag and biggest fish with 4 for 19lb 10oz including 9lb 3oz Rainbow and 4lb 8oz Blue. Others doing well included Alan Buchan, Stirling, 4 for 18lb including 8lb 3oz Rainbow, Keir Hardie, Stirling, 8lb 2oz Gold, Danny Doherty, Denny, 4 for 15lb 4oz including 7lb 8oz Rainbow, Charlie Rankin, Kirkintilloch, 2 for 7lb 8oz from the Millpond including 5lb 8oz Blue and Peter Bryce, Alloa, 5 for 15lb 8oz including 2 Blues. Paul Christie, Alloa, 4 for 15lb 8oz including 3 Blues, plus 12 C&R, Willie Martin, Stirling, 5 for 11lb 12oz including 3 Browns, Marcus Tripney, Grangemouth, 4 for 12 David Wales, Edinburgh, 4 for 12lb 4oz including a Blue and John Kirkwood, Glasgow, 3 for 10lb 8oz including a Blue. Justin Pawlyk, Falkirk, 2 for 7lb 2oz including 4lb 10oz Blue and a Brown and Stuart Nicolson, Clydebank, 2 Blues for 6lb.

26th June 2011

During the odd spell when the weather seemed more like summer, the fish were nearer the surface and taking a variety of dry flies.   For the rest of the week they were around 2 feet down and taking mostly nymphs and wets with a few taking the usual small lures.  With over 2 inches of rain on Tuesday (mid-summer’s day!) the water was pretty dirty, but it cleared quickly and by Thursday morning was back to excellent clarity.   The fishing was only really affected on Tuesday and by Wednesday lunchtime it was back on and anglers were enjoying a lot of sport.   Favourite patterns this week included Bibio, Kate McLaren, Hare’s Ear, Diawl Bach, Spider, Hopper and Buzzer.

Some of this week’s best catches included Sandy Donald, Dunblane, 3 for 14lb 4oz including 7lb 10oz Rainbow and 2 Blues, Mark Taylor, St Ninians, 3 for 11lb 12oz including 2 Blues, bigger one at 6lb and a Brown, Willie Martin, Stirling, 5 for 16lb 12oz including 4lb 12oz Rainbow and 2 Blues and David Blair, Ardrossan, 5 for 16lb 12oz including 4lb Rainbow and a Blue. Billy Weir, Bannockburn, 5 for 16lb including 4 Blues, Marcus Tripney, Grangemouth, 5 for 14lb 8oz including 3 Blues, Frank Barr, Falkirk, in two visits, 8 for 25lb including 3 Blues, Sandy Jenkins, Carronshore, 4 for 13lb 8oz including 2 Blues and Laurence Maguire, Maddiston, 4 for 13lb 8oz including a Blue. Chay Cairns, Greenock, 4 for 13lb 4oz including a Blue, Danny Doherty, Denny, 4 Blues for 13lb, Derek Spiers, Kirkintilloch, 4 for 12lb including 2 Blues and Frank Turner, Alloa, 3 for 10lb 4oz including 2 Blues. Peter Henderson, Cumbernauld, 4 for 12lb 2oz including 2 Blues, Dean Buchanan, Torphichen, 3 for 11lb including a Blue, William Bond, Edinburgh, 3 for 10lb 4oz including a Blue, Andy Henderson, Glasgow, 3 Blues for 10lb and John Moyes, Grangemouth, 2 for 6lb 12oz including a Blue. Kimin Smith, Plean, 2 for 6lb 4oz including a Blue, Nan Morrison, Stirling, 2 for 6lb 6oz including a Brown, Kevin Duff, Alloa, 4lb 12oz Rainbow and George Dobbie, Glasgow, 4lb 4oz Brown.

Week Ending 19th June 2011

The water temperature at Swanswater is currently 12C, which is around 4o lower than normal for the time of year, and the clarity is excellent.   The fish are active and are generally looking for something to chase so a fast retrieve, usually near the surface, is needed to attract them.   They are still taking a wide variety of flies with everything from small lures to dry flies taking fish this week, although static buzzers were not doing as well as sometimes.   Favourite patterns included Damsel, Dancer, Gold-head Daddy Long Legs, Viva, Snatcher, Sedge, Bibio and CDC.   Wet and dry flies were working particularly well on the small ponds and members of the Cygnets JAC did well on the CDCs they learnt to tie at the class on Sunday.  There were a good number of excellent bags this week with plenty of fish in the 3lb to 4lb range being taken, including some lovely Blues and Browns.

Michael Cuthbert, Bathgate, 3 for 13lb including 6lb 8oz Blue, Stephen Cowan, Linwood, 5 for 15lb including 2 Browns, Danny Doherty, Denny, 5 for 16lb 8oz, John Walker, Stirling, 5 for 16lb 4oz including 3 Blues, Willie Martin, Stirling, 5 for 16lb 4oz including a Blue and Alec Peachey, Scone, 5 for 13lb 8oz including 2 Blues and a Brown. Paul Shields, Clydebank, 5 for 15lb 12oz including 2 Blues, George Dobbie, Glasgow, 4 for 13lb 4oz including 2 Blues, John Patrick, Kilsyth, 4 for 12lb, Graeme Arthur, Stirling, 3 for 11lb including 4lb 10oz and a Blue, Stuart Wallace, Alloa, 3 for 11lb including a Blue and Iain MacDonald, 3 for 9lb 8oz including a Blue. Brian Zarebski, Fallin, 3 for 10lb 4oz including a Blue, Derek Fowler, Dunipace, 3 for 10lb 8oz including 4lb 2oz Rainbow, Derek Spiers, Kirkintilloch, 3 for 11lb and Frank Barr, Falkirk, 3 for 10lb including a Blue. Robert Hiddlestone, 3 for 9lb 8oz including a Blue, Steven Thomson, Clydebank, 3 for 9lb 8oz including a Brown, Martin Smart, Milton of Campsie, 3 for 10lb 8oz including a Blue, John Murray, Alloa, 3 for 10lb, Henry Fulton, Greenock, 2 for 7lb 8oz including 4lb 12oz Rainbow, Gerry Gilfillan, Stirling, 2 for 7lb 8oz and Laurence Maguire, Maddiston, 2 for 6lb 12oz

Week Ending 12th June 2011

With the weather remaining cool, the fish are still active although those seen moving around the top of the water are not necessarily those that are being caught.   In general most have been taking around 3 to 4 feet down and are looking for small lures and nymphs fished with a fairly fast retrieve.   On the small ponds, wet flies, such as Bibio, Kate McLaren and Spiders have been doing well.   At the end of the week dry flies were beginning to work well on Swanswater as well as in the evenings on the small ponds. There have been no particular hot-spots on the ponds although the dam area has been fishing well first thing in the morning.    From the middle of the week onward the boats were also doing well.  

David Garrett, Stirling, 4 Blues for 15lb 8oz, biggest at 8lb 3oz, Henry Fulton, Greenock, 2 for 11lb including 7lb 8oz Rainbow, Laurence Maguire, Maddiston, 4 for 16lb 9oz including 7lb 3oz Rainbow an 2 Blues, Jimmy McGillivray, Clackmannan, 3 for 12lb including 7lb 2oz Rainbow and a Blue and Eddie Collins, Cowie, 2 for 10lb 8oz including 7lb Rainbow. Billy Weir, Stirling, 4 for 14lb 6oz including 6lb 10oz Rainbow and 2 Blues, George Gemmell, Falkirk, 5lb 12oz Rainbow, Donald McMurchie, Fallin, 5 for 14lb 12oz including 4 Blues, Willie Sutherland, Falkirk, 5 for 14lb 8oz including 2 Blues and John Patrick, Kilsyth, 5 for 14lb including 4 Blues. Danny Doherty, Denny, 4 for 12lb including 3 Blues, Stuart Malcolm, Denny, 4 for 11lb 12oz including 2 Blues, Frank Turner, Alloa, 3 for 10lb including a Blue, Frank Barr, Falkirk, 3 for 9lb including 2 Blues, Davy Horne, Stirling, 3 for 9lb including a Blue, Sandy Donald, Dunblane, 3 for 9lb and Rory Ford, Stirling, 2 for 7lb 8oz. John Moyes, Grangemouth, 2 for 6lb 8oz, Willie Walker, Falkirk, 2 for 6lb 8oz and John Relf, Falkirk, 2 for 6lb 6oz.

Week Ending 5th June 2011

The start of June has not seen a great improvement in the weather apart from one glorious day on Friday, but the fishing has continued to be good.   The cool winds are keeping the fish down and although they are being seen on the surface, most are being taken between two and four feet down.   A fairly fast retrieve is recommended as the fish are active and are looking for something to chase.   Small lures and nymphs are still the most successful flies with wet flies taking fish on the small ponds.   Occasional fish are also being taken from the small ponds on dry flies, but only when conditions are right.   Favourite patterns include Dancer, Damsel, Bloodworm, Buzzer, Blob, Hare’s Ear, Diawl Bach, Kate McLaren, Hopper and Muddler.   A good number of Blues feature in the catch returns from all the ponds and these fish are in excellent condition.   A few nice Brown trout are also being landed.

George Miller, Edinburgh, 4 for 14lb 5oz including 6lb 6oz Rainbow, a Brown and a Blue, Jimmy Riddocks, Ayr, 5 for 13lb from the Meadow Pond including 3 Blues, biggest at 5lb 3oz, Peter Bryce, Alloa, 5 for 15lb 8oz including a Brown and 2 Blues, Willie Martin, Stirling, 5 for 15lb including 3 Blues and Danny Doherty, Denny, 5 for 15lb including 3 Blues. Mark Blair, Stirling, 5 for 14lb 8oz including 4lb 8oz Rainbow and a Blue, John Mooney, Queenzieburn, 5 for 14lb 8oz, Alan Whitton, Stirling, 4 for 12lb 10z including 3 Blues, Paul Christie, Alloa, 4 for 12lb including 3lb 6oz Brown and Frank Turner, Alloa, 4 for 11lb 8oz including 3 Blues. George King, Edinburgh, 4 for 11lb including 3 Blues, Robert Hiddleston, Grangemouth, 3 for 10lb including a Blue, Derek King, Bo’ness, 3 for 9lb 8oz including 2 Blues, Bob Garvie, Lennoxtown, 3 for 9lb 2oz including 2 Blues and Tony Green, Blairhall, 3 for 9lb 8oz including a Blue. David Milne, Falkirk, 3 for 9lb, Willie Collier, 2 for 7lb 8oz and Steven Moffat, Buchlyvie, 2 for 6lb 8oz.

Week Ending 1st June 2011

The stormy weather may have deterred some anglers this week but those who did brave the elements were well rewarded.   Despite the gale force winds, which uprooted a number of trees around the fishery, and the heavy rain showers, plenty of fish were being caught in all three ponds.  When conditions got too severe on Swanswater the more sheltered small ponds provided excellent sport and excellent returns.   Most of the week the fish were around 3 to 4 feet deep, sheltering from the wind, and taking a variety of small lures and nymphs.   On the small ponds they were nearer the surface, especially during the quieter spells and were being tempted by wet flies, buzzers and bloodworm.

Frank Turner, Cumbernauld, took the biggest fish this week with a 7lb 10oz Rainbow in his 4 for 17lb 10oz which also included a Blue. Jim Craig, Alexandria, had 2 for 9lb 4oz including 7lb 8oz Rainbow and a Brown, Steve Lynn, Stirling, 4 for 15lb 4oz including 7lb 3oz Gold, Peter O’Brien, Camelon, 5 for 16lb and Danny Doherty, Denny, 5 for 15lb including 2 Blues. Archie McClymont, Glasgow, 4 for 13lb 12oz including 2 Blues and a Brown, Les Cooper, Dunblane, 5 for 13lb 12oz including 2 Blues, Alan Whitton, Stirling, 4 for 12lb 4oz including 3 Blues, Kris Laird, Lochgilphead, 4 for 12lb including 3lb 9oz Brown and a Blue and Willie Martin, Stirling 4 for 12lb including 2 Blues. Jim Milne, Alloa, 8 for 20lb including 4 Blues and a Brown, Malcolm McGregor, Dunfermline, 3 for 10lb, John Relf, Falkirk, 3 for 9lb 8oz including 2 Blues, Tam Anderson, Kincardine, 3 for 9lb 8oz including 2 Blues and Mervin Hendry, Cumnock, 3 for 9lb 4oz including 2lb 12oz Brown. Kenneth Hendry, Tullibody, 2 for 7lb 4oz including 4lb 8oz Rainbow, Dave Forsyth, 2 for 7lb 2oz including a Brown, Tom Pate, Alloa, 2 for 6lb 4oz including a Blue and Gary Waugh, Cumbernauld, 2 for 6lb including a Blue.

Week Ending 22nd May 2011

Despite the wind and heavy showers this week, the water clarity remains excellent and fishing conditions are good.   The wind has kept the fish down and most are being taken around three to four feet deep on the main pond with the more sheltered small ponds producing fish in the top foot of water except when it was really windy.   Small lures and nymphs are still needed on Swanswater but a variety of wets and dries are working well on the Mill and Meadow Ponds.   Amongst this week’s favourites were Dancer, Damsel, Cat’s Whisker, Hare’s Ear, Diawl Bach, Cormorant, Buzzer, Black Spider, Bibio and Kate McLaren.   A few Brown trout were landed this week from Swanswater, also taken on small lures.   The Swanswater Cygnets had a successful session on Sunday landing 9 fish from the Millpond in what were tricky conditions of cold swirling wind and heavy showers.  

A word of warning to anglers – the crows around Swanswater are taking every chance to peck at any fish left lying unattended on the bank, even those in bags, so keep your catch close to you at all times!

The fishery is open 7 days a week, 8.00am to 10.00pm.  There are no club bookings or competitions on this coming weekend (28 & 29 May).

Amongst this week’s successful anglers were Davy Quinn, Dunfermline, 2 for 10lb 4oz including 7lb Gold, Andy Henderson, Glasgow, 4 for 15lb including 6lb 8oz Rainbow, Danny Doherty, Denny, 7 for 22lb including 4lb Rainbow and 3 Blues, Willie Martin, Stirling, 7 for 20lb 4oz including a Brown and John Patrick, Kilsyth, 4 for 14lb 4oz including 5lb 8oz Blue. Darren Hill, Alva, 5 for 14lb including a Blue, Kimin Smith, Plean, 5 for 14lb, Frank Barr, Falkirk, in two visits, 10 for 25lb including a Blue and a Brown, George Dobbie, Glasgow, 4 for 11lb 4oz including a Brown and Anton Stephenson, Stirling, 3 for 10lb 8oz including 4lb 10oz Rainbow. Tom McAllister, Maryhill, 3 for 9lb 4oz including 2 Blues and a Brown, Iain MacDonald, Alva, 3 for 9lb including a Blue, George Kochanek, 2 for 6lb 12oz including a Blue and Andy Boyle, Stirling, 2 for 6lb 4oz including a Blue. Bill Johnston, Dunblane, 2 for 6lb 4oz, Sandy Ireland, Lochgoilhead, 2 for 6lb including a Blue, Mark Mercer, Alva, 3lb 8oz Brown and Scott Seath, Alva, 4lb 12oz.

Week Ending 15th May 2011

The conditions at Swanswater continue to be very good despite the breezy weather with occasional heavy showers which may have made casting a little difficult at times during the last week.  The water is at a good level with excellent clarity, and all three ponds are fishing very well.   For most of the week the fish in Swanswater were around two to three feet deep, while in the small ponds they were much nearer the surface.   The usual small lures and nymphs, including Dancer, Cat’s Whisker, Damsel, Diawl Bach, Buzzer and Cormorant were working on Swanswater, with wee wet and dry flies, such as Bibio, Pennell, Sedge, Spider and CDC, the favourites on the small ponds.

Our heat of the Scottish National Stillwater Competition was held on Saturday.   The format, all catch and release according to SANA rules, was something new for the fishery, but it was a very successful competition which was won by Alloa angler, Paul Christie, with David Laird, Bannockburn, runner-up.  The top seven anglers now go forward to the final in Aberdeenshire next month and the top seven from there will form the Scottish Bank Angling team to fish in the home international in Ireland later in the year. The Fishery is now open 8.00am to 9.30pm, seven days a week.

Robert White, Alloa, took this week’s biggest fish, an 8lb Rainbow. Other good bags included Alan Gardiner, Shotts, 5 for 17lb 4oz including 7lb 12oz Rainbow, Grant McCauley, Duntocher, 5 for 17lb including 7lb 2oz Rainbow and a Blue, Paul Brown, 3 for 12lb 8oz including 7lb 4oz Rainbow and a Blue, Donald McMurchie, Fallin, 7lb 5oz Rainbow and Tom McAllister, Maryhill, 3 for 11lb 4oz including 6lb 6oz Rainbow and 2 Blues. John Moyes, Grangemouth, 6lb Gold, David Anderson, Menstrie, 5 for 16lb 4oz including 4lb Rainbow and 4 Blues, Roy Hatchard, Alloa, and grandson, Cameron Smith, shared 5 for 14lb from the boat, Danny Doherty, Denny, 5 for 13lb 8oz including 3 Blues, Jim Milne, Alloa, 5 for 13lb 8oz including 3 Blues and Willie McAleese, Laurieston, 5 for 13lb including 2 Blues and a Brown. Davy Neilson, Carronshore, 4 for 12lb 10oz including 4lb 10oz Rainbow and 2 Blues, Mark McAllister, Maryhill, 3 for 10lb including 4lb Rainbow and a Blue, Kevin Gold, Stirling, 3 for 9lb 8oz including a Brown and a Blue, Robert Brown, Alva, 3 Blues for 9lb 4oz biggest one at 4lb 5oz and Rob Warne, Liverpool, 3 for 9lb 4oz including 3lb 12oz Brown. Alec Donaldson, Alloa, 2 for 6lb 8oz including a Blue.

Week Ending 8th May 2011

Conditions are excellent at Swanswater at present with the rain having freshened things up.  The water is very clear and all three ponds are fishing well.   All week fish were seen moving and feeding on the surface of the small ponds although they were not so much in evidence on the top of the main pond.   On Swanswater they were generally around two feet below the surface and well spread out although at times they were to be found a little deeper.   The usual small lures, especially ones with a red head, and nymphs such as Diawl Bach and Hare’s Ear, were working well on Swanswater with wet and dry flies more successful on the Mill and Meadow Ponds. 

The Swanswater Cygnets Junior Angling Club had a special guest on Sunday when they were visited by actor and television angling legend, Paul Young.   Paul spent the morning chatting to the youngsters and giving them advice on which flies and tactics to use on the Millpond.   He also took time to walk up to Swanswater and chat to some of the anglers there.

Paul Brown, Sauchie, took the biggest fish this week in his 2 for 11lb including 9lb 8oz Rainbow, Rory Ford, Stirling, 3 for 13lb including 8lb 8oz Rainbow, John Johnstone, Blackburn, 3 Blues for 13lb 2oz biggest one at 8lb 2oz, Brian Sharp, Stirling, 3 for 12lb including 7lb 8oz Rainbow and Jackson Ward, Stirling, 7lb Gold. Archie McClymont, Glasgow, 3 for 10lb 8oz including 5lb 8oz Gold and 2 Blues, Darren Hill, Alva, 5 for 15lb including 2 Blues, bigger one at 4lb 12oz, Frank Barr, Falkirk, 5 for 14lb 4oz including 2 Blues, David Laird, Bannockburn, 5 for 13lb including 2 Blues and Kimin Smith, Plean, in two visits, 9 for 24lb 4oz including 4lb Rainbow and 3 Blues. Willie Cairns, Dalry, 4 for 11lb 8oz including a Blue, Allan Hunter, Alva, 4 for 11lb including 2 Blues and 2lb 8oz Brown, Stewart Marshall, Cambusbarron, 3 for 10lb including 2 Blues and a Brown, Mark Canning, Falkirk, 3 for 9lb 8oz including a Blue and John Murray, Alloa, 3 for 8lb 14oz including 2 Blues. William Williams, Alloa, 2 for 7lb 8oz from the Meadow Pond, Andrew Cook, Ayrshire, 2 for 7lb including a Blue and Jimmy Turnbull, Stirling, 2 for 6lb 8oz including 3lb 8oz Brown.

Week Ending 1st May 2011

During the week, with the east wind, bright sun and cold nights the fish in Swanswater were reluctant to rise above 3 to 4 feet in the water, although the fish in the Millpond and Meadow Pond were taking dry flies throughout the week, as the small ponds were more sheltered from the cold winds.

Buzzers have still been intermittent, working well some days and not so well others, but Black Pennell, Diawl Bach, Kate McLaren, Black Spider, Cormorant and Bibio were all taking fish.  The most popular flies for the week were still lures with the favourites being Cats Whisker, Yellow Dancer, Montana, Humungus, Blob and various Damsels.

 Brian Lockie, Stirling, 6 for 18lb 4oz including a Blue caught from his Float Tube in two visits, Paul Brown, Alva, 5 for 15lb including 2 Blues and a 3lb 8oz Brown, Steven Sweeney, Fallin, 4 for 11lb 4oz including a Blue, Frank Turner, Alloa, 4 for 11lb 4oz including a Blue and Kevin O’Brien, Camelon, 3 for 9lb 8oz including 2 Blues. Stuart Murphy, Bannockburn, 3 for 9lb 4oz including 4lb 4oz Blue, Alan Hunter, Alva, 3 for 8lb 12oz including a 4lb Rainbow, Gary Conway, Alva, 3 for 8lb 12oz including a 3lb 12oz Rainbow, Brian Ford, Bannockburn, 3 for 8lb 8oz including 2 Blues and Iain MacDonald, Stirling, 2 for 6lb including 3lb Brown. Dave Brown, Stirling, 2 for 6lb,Hugh Smith, Dollar, 2 Blues for 6lb,Gary Stewart, Glasgow, 2 Browns for 5lb 12oz,S McGhee, 2 for 5lb including a Brown and Martin Stewart, Glasgow, 6lb 8oz Gold.

Week Ending 24th April 2011

When the wind moved round to the east midweek, there were fears that the fishing might go off a bit, but things remained good and all three ponds continued to fish really well.   The fish continue to be well spread out with no particular hot spots, although at times the boats were doing exceedingly well – one angler even taking his bag of five from the boat in just one hour on Saturday afternoon!    Most fish are being taken in the top four feet of water, although they occasionally go deeper in the bright sunshine.   A variety of small lures, nymphs and wet flies are taking fish on the main water, with favourite patterns being Damsel, Dancer, Ace of Spades, Buzzer, Cormorant, PTN, Hare’s Ear, Pennell and Spider.   On the small ponds many anglers are having success using dry flies.  

Ronnie Codona, Glasgow, 3 for 13lb 8oz including 2 Blues bigger one at 7lb 12oz, Scott Fowler, Warrington, Cheshire, 4 for 15lb 6oz including 7lb 6oz Rainbow, Paddy Macrae, Dornie, 2 for 8lb including 5lb 10oz Gold and a Blue and George Gemmell, Falkirk, 2 for 9lb 8oz including 7lb Blue. Angus McDougall, Tullibody, 3 for 12lb including 6lb 5oz Rainbow, Peter Henderson, Cumbernauld, 4 for 11lb including 4lb Brown and 2 Blues, Gary Stewart, Glasgow, 3 for 10lb 4oz including 5lb Rainbow and a Blue, Alex Chatterton, Perth, 3 for 8lb 8oz including a Brown and Mark Mercer, Menstrie, 2 for 7lb 8oz including 4lb 8oz Rainbow. Peter O’Brien, Camelon, 5 for 14lb including 2 Blues, John Mooney, Queenzieburn, 4 for 12lb including a Blue, Sandy Donald, Dunblane, 3 for 8lb 8oz including a Blue, Jim McGuire, Balloch, 3 Blues for 14lb, biggest one at 6lb, Martin Stewart, Glasgow, 2 for 6lb including a Blue and Les Cooper, Dunblane, 4 for 11lb 112oz including 2 Blues.

There are no club bookings for Saturday this week and only a small club (8 members) booked for Sunday.

Week Ending 17th April 2011

Once again a cool west wind was dominant with the fish generally between 2 and 4 feet deep and tending to be at the dam wall and up the channel.  All the usual lures are working well fished on a floating or intermediate lines with a medium speed retrieve.  Smaller flies including Diawl Bach, Hares Ear, Black Cruncher, Kate McLaren and Bibio all taking fish during the week, with Buzzers and Bloodworm fished static still inconsistent. 

Millpond and Meadow Pond still fishing well with amongst others Dougie McLean, Cumbernauld, taking 26 on catch and release in 3 visits, Paul Christie, Alloa, taking 10 on catch and release, also Messrs. Scougall, Carrigan and Chilton took 8 fish for 18lb 8oz including 3 blues.

 Brian McAllister, Cumbernauld, 5 for 15lb 4oz including a Blue and a 6lb Rainbow, Archie McLymont, Glasgow, 5 Blues for 15lb biggest at 6lb 6oz, Jim Milne, South Queensferry, 5 for 14lb 12oz including a 4lb 12oz Blue, David Blair, Greenock, 5 for 13lb 12oz and Gary Devine, Stirling, 5 for 12lb 12oz including a Blue and a Brown. Peter Henderson, Cumbernauld, 3 for 11lb 12oz including 5lb 12oz Rainbow, Mark Anderson, Kilsyth, 3 for 10lb 12oz including 6lb 8oz Blue, Glen Anderson, Haggs, 3 for 9lb 8oz including 4lb 2oz Blue, David Blair, Boness, 3 for 9lb and Nan Morrison, Stirling, 3 for 8lb 8oz including 4lb 8oz Rainbow. David Grierson, Mayfly Club, 3 for 8lb 4oz including 3lb 10oz Blue, Graeme Brownrigg, Glasgow, 2 for 10lb including 7lb 8oz Rainbow, Joe Potter, Boness, 2 for 10lb including 6lb 13oz Gold, Charles Devine, Stirling, 2 for 7lb and Gary Waugh, Cumbernauld, 2 for 6lb.

The fishery is now open till 9 pm every night and there are NO club bookings for this weekend.

Week Ending 10th April 2011

This week at Swanswater the major factor in the success of the fishing was the wind and the bright sunny days towards the end of the week.  Most fish were caught in the main area between the big tree and the island, also from the dam up the channel.  Fish have been sitting around 2 to 4 feet deep with various wets, including Black Pennell and Kate

McLaren, and the occasional dry catching.  All the usual lures, including Yellow Dancer and Hot Head Damsel have been doing well although they are required to be fished with a faster retrieve as the water temperature has now risen. 

The Mill and Meadow Ponds have both fished well on the windy days with once again those on catch and release having excellent sport.  Browns continue to be more elusive, but are now beginning to show more and starting to feature in more bags.

Alan Hunter, Alva, 9 for 23lb 4oz including 2 Blues, in 2 visits, Paul Brown, Alva, 8 for 21lb including 4lb 8oz Rainbow and a Brown, in 2 visits, Frank Barr, Falkirk, 5 for 16lb including 5lb 12oz Rainbow and 2 Blues, Stephen Murphy, Kennoway, 5 for 15lb 4oz including 2 Blues biggest 5lb and Chris Rankin, Falkirk, 2 for 9lb 12oz including 7lb 7oz Rainbow and a Blue. Will Gregory, Cambusbarron, 2 for 7lb 8oz including a 5lb Rainbow, Derik King, Boness, 5 for 14lb 8oz including 5lb Rainbow

Chris McLachlan, Plean, 5 for 14lb including a Blue and a Brown, Peter Bryce, Alloa, 5 for 13lb 12oz including a Blue and George Kochanek, Tullibody, 5 for 13lb 8oz. John Gilchrist, Stirling, 4 for 12lb including 3lb 8oz Brown, Paul Christie, Alloa, 4 for 11lb 12oz,Lee Green, Glasgow, 4 for 11lb including 5lb 8oz Rainbow and a Brown and Robert White, Grangemouth, 4 for 10lb 12oz including 2 Blues. Gary Stewart, Glasgow, 3 for 12lb 2oz including 7lb 6oz Rainbow and a Blue, Peter Johnston, Glasgow, 3 for 11lb including 6lb 8oz Gold and a Blue, Rab Cummins and son Kyle, Falkirk, 3 for 9lb 8oz including 5lb Blue and Ronnie Codona, Glasgow, 3 for 9lb including a Blue. Chris Rankin, Falkirk, 2 for 9lb 12oz including 7lb 7oz Rainbow and a Blue and Will Gregory, Cambusbarron, 2 for 7lb 8oz including 5lb Rainbow.

Week Ending Sunday, 27 March, 2011

The fish were well spread out round the ponds and taking in the top two feet of water for most of the week at Swanswater.   Towards the weekend the dam area became a bit of a hotspot particularly in the afternoons, but all areas were fishing well including the boats.    The small ponds were doing very well especially at the weekend with many anglers having a lot of sport on catch and release after bagging up on Swanswater, and the Cygnets club doing very well on Sunday morning.   The fish are active at the moment and taking a wide variety of flies fished with a fast jerky retrieve.   Favourite patterns included the usual lures, Damsel, Dancer, Viva, Cat’s Whisker, and nymphs such as Diawl Bach, Hare’s Ear, Buzzer and Bloodworm.   Small black flies, including spiders, were also working well on the small ponds

Alan Whitton, Stirling, took the biggest fish this week, a 7lb 4oz Blue, Allan Hunter, Alva, had an excellent day’s sport, taking 7 for 22lb 4oz including 2 Blues, bigger one at 7lb 3oz, David Stapleton, Dunfermline, 7lb 3oz Rainbow and Craig Ferrier, Helensburgh, 4 for 13lb 14oz including 7lb 2oz Rainbow and a Blue. Bobby McLeod, Glasgow, 6lb 12oz Blue, Paul Brown, Alva, 7 for 17lb including a Brown, Paul Christie, Alloa, 8 for 19lb 8oz including 4 Blues plus another 11 caught and released on the Millpond and Stephen Cowan, Linwood, 5 for 13lb 12oz including 2 Blues and a Brown plus 15 catch and release on the small ponds. Chris Heslop, Stirling, 3 for 9lb 8oz including a Blue, David Sinclair, Stirling, 3 for 8lb 12oz including 4lb 6oz Rainbow and a Blue and John Moyes, Grangemouth, 2 for 6lb including a Blue

Week Ending Sunday, 20 March, 2011

The start of the brown trout season saw a mixed week with rain all day Tuesday followed by frosty mornings for the rest of the week.  Although the brownies were a little reluctant to be caught on opening day, those taken over the rest of the week were in superb condition and attracted a lot of very positive comments from anglers.  The fish have been well spread out this week with the area up the roadside being the favourite early in the week, the boat area doing best midweek and the dam area being the hotspot at the weekend.   Most of the week they were around 2 to 4 feet down and taking a variety of lures and nymphs including Damsel, Dancer, Tadpole, Nomad, Buzzer, Bloodworm, Hare’s Ear and Diawl Bach.  The small ponds have also been fishing very well giving plenty of sport to anglers both taking fish and on catch and release.

Paul Christie, Alloa, took the biggest fish this week in his 3 for 12lb 8oz including 8lb 4oz Rainbow and a Blue, Malcolm Cowie, Stirling, 2 for 9lb 12oz including 7lb 10oz Rainbow and a Blue, Jim Miller, Stirling, 2 for 11lb from the Millpond including 7lb 1oz Blue and David Grant, Garelochhead, 5 for 15lb including 6lb 5oz Rainbow and 2 Browns. 13 year old Kieran Hughes, Stirling, 4 for 17lb 4oz including Rainbows at 6lb 4oz and 4lb 8oz and a Blue, Jim Donnelly, Milton of Campsie, 5 for 14lb including 4 Blues, biggest at 4lb, Archie McClymont, Glasgow, 5 for 14lb including 2 Blues and Mike Palmer, Gareloch, 5 for 13lb 9oz including 2 Blues. Keith Lewis, South Queensferry, 5 for 13lb 4oz including 3 Blue and had to return 2 Browns as it was the day before the start of the season! George Rose, Airdrie, 4 Blues for 12lb biggest at 4lb, Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, 4 for 11lb 4oz including 2 Blues, Nan Morrison, Stirling, 4 for 11lb 4oz including 2 Blues, Allan Hunter, Alva, 3 for 9lb including a Blue and Michael McCann, Port Seton, 3 for 9lb 12oz including 3lb 12oz Brown. Mark Blair, Bannockburn, 3 for 9lb 4oz, Gary Thomson, Airdrie, 3 for 8lb 4oz including 3lb 8oz Rainbow and a Blue, David Paterson, Dunfermline, 2 for 6lb 4oz including 3lb 2oz Brown and Henry Fulton, Greenock, 2 for 6lb including a Blue

Week Ending Sunday, 27 February, 2011

There was some great fishing at Swanswater this week with nearly 4oo fish being landed.   All three ponds are fishing well with some excellent sport to be had on the small ponds with small wet and dry flies.   Up until Friday a large number of the fish taken from the main pond were caught either in the channel or round the back behind the islands, with the roadside being a particularly favourite spot.   However on Friday and over the weekend they moved out into the deeper water and were being taken all round and especially in the dam area.   In general the fish were in the top 4 feet of water and were taking a variety of flies including Damsel, Dancer, Bloodworm, Buzzer, Montana, Hare’s Ear, Diawl Bach, Blob, Bibio and Kate McLaren.   Black and black and green are still the favourite colours.

Davy Wales, Livingston, took this week’s best bag and biggest fish with, 5 for 20lb 2oz including 8lb Rainbow and 2 Blues., Other good bags included Duncan McCallum, Balloch, 5 for 17lb 8oz including 3 Blues, biggest at 6lb 14oz, Kris Laird, Lochgilphead, 5 for 17lb including 7lb 12oz Rainbow and a Blue, Jim Allan, Kilsyth, 4 for 14lb 14oz including 7lb 10oz Rainbow and 2 Blues and Archie McClymont, Glasgow, 4 for 15lb 6oz including 7lb 10oz Rainbow and a Blue. James Jarvis, Glasgow, 6lb 2oz Rainbow, Stephen Cowan, Linwood, 4 for 13lb 8oz including 5lb 8oz Rainbow and 2 Blues, John Moyes, Grangemouth, 2 for 7lb 4oz including 5lb Rainbow and Jim Hutchison, Alloa, 3 for 12lb 12oz including 6lb 5oz Rainbow and a Blue. Willie McAleese, Laurieston, 5 for 15lb including 3 Blues, Nicholas Hart, Newcastle, 5 for 13lb 12oz, Frank Turner, Cumbernauld, 4 for 11lb 14oz including 3lb 10oz Gold and John Bruin, Airdrie, 4 for 11lb 8oz including 2 Blues. Philip West, Dunfermline, 3 for 9lb, Jim Craig, Balloch, 3 for 9lb 12oz including a Blue, Nan Morrison, Stirling, 2 for 6lb 8oz and Harry Heggarty, Glasgow, 2 for 6lb 8oz

Week Ending Sunday, 20 February, 2011

At this time of year, air temperature rather than water temperature appears to affect the number of fish caught.   In a generally good week, the milder days produced more fish than were taken on the chillier ones.   Whilst fish were being taken all round the ponds, the channel in front of the island and the area behind the islands were the best spots, particularly on the milder days.   In general the fish are lying around 2 to 4 feet deep and slightly shallower in the small ponds.   All round there is a reasonable amount of movement for the time of year and the temperature of the water. Best patterns this week were Buzzer, Okay Dokey, Dancer, Montana, Damsel, Blob and Kate McLaren with favourite colours being black and green and black.

Marcus Tripney, Grangemouth, took the biggest fish of the week, a 6lb 8oz Rainbow,

Danny Doherty, Denny, 5 for 14lb 12oz including 5lb 14oz Rainbow and 3 Blues, Keith Lewis, South Queensferry, 5 for 15lb 4oz including 4 Blues and Willie Martin, Stirling, in two visits, 12 for 32lb including 8 Blues. Jim Milne, Alloa, 5 for 13lb 8oz including 4 Blues, John Patrick, Kilsyth, 5 Blues for 12lb 8oz, Nan Morrison, Stirling, 4 for 11lb 4oz including 2 Blues, Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, 4 Blues for 10lb and Davy Wales, Livingston, 3 for 9lb 4oz including a Blue. John Cameron, Saline, 3 for 9lb 4oz including 2 Blues, Matt Walker, New Zealand, 3 for 8lb 8oz, Alasdair Fyfe and son Robert, Perth, 2 for 6lb 12oz including 4lb 8oz Rainbow and a Blue, Les Cooper, Dunblane, 2 for 6lb 8oz including a Blue and Robert Stewart, Clydebank, 4lb Blue

Week Ending 30 January 2011

It was another great fishing week at Swanswater with an amazing 498 fish landed! At the beginning of the week anglers could do little wrong and most were bagging up, with Tuesday the best day when over 100 fish were caught. The return of frost on Friday night meant things were a bit more difficult at the weekend but there were still plenty of fish caught on Saturday and Sunday. Most fish were taken on lures including Tadpole, Dancer, Damsel, various Fritz patterns and Ace of Spades, with Buzzers and Bloodworm also taking a good number of fish. A few were taken on dry flies on Tuesday when the air temperature rose to about 8oC. Favourite colours were black or black and green. Early in the week the fish were only around 2 feet down, dropping to around 4 feet at the weekend. Although fish were taken all round the pond, the shallower area behind the islands was the hotspot most days.

The Fishery is now back to normal opening time of 8.00am with closing time at 5.00pm.

The biggest fish of the week was taken by Andy Hunter, Alloa, 4 for 16lb 10oz including 9lb 2oz Rainbow and 2 Blues. Other good bags included Keith Lewis, South Queensferry, 5 for 17lb including 7lb 6oz Rainbow and 2 Blues

Paul Christie, Alloa, 5 for 18lb including 4 Blues biggest at 7lb 2oz,Frank Barr, Falkirk, 3 for 12lb including 7lb 4oz Rainbow and 2 Blues, Andy Forbes, Falkirk, 5 Blues for 17lb 8oz biggest at 7lb and Kenny Whitehead, Helensburgh, 4 for 14lb 4oz including 6lb 8oz Rainbow and 2 Blues. Sam Murray, Doune, 4 for 11lb 12oz from the Meadow Pond including 5lb 12oz Blue, Tom Brown, 3 for 11lb 4oz including 5lb 8oz Rainbow and 2 Blues, John Patrick, Kilsyth, 9 for 26lb 8oz including 7 Blues, Danny Doherty, Denny, 7 for 20lb 12oz including 5 Blues and Jim Milne, Alloa, 5 for 15lb 12oz including 5lb 12oz Rainbow and 3 Blues. Nan Morrison, Stiring, 5 for 14lb 8oz including 4 Blues, Archie Smith, Ardrossan, 5 for 14 including 3 Blues, George Kochanek, Tullibody, 5 Blues for 13lb 4oz, Alan Buchan, Stirling, 5 Blues for 13lb 8oz and William Williams, Alloa, 3 for 9lb 8oz including 2 Blues. Ricky Goodwin, Falkirk, 2 Blues for 6lb 8oz, John Gilchrist, Stirling, 4 for 12lb including a Blue, Phillip West, Dunfermline, 4 for 12lb 8oz including 2 Blues

Julien Rey, Helensburgh, 3 for 9lb including 2 Blues and Graeme Witherspoon, Maddiston, 2 for 7lb 8oz

23 January 2011

There were some superb days fishing at the start of the week with over 200 fish being caught on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  A total of 380 fish were taken over the week including a good number on catch and release in the small ponds.     Later in the week, the return of sub-zero temperatures and some icing up of the area behind the islands slowed things a little but the fishing remained good.   On Sunday the ice was broken up again and by the afternoon the whole of Swanswater was once again ice-free.   Most fish this week were landed on lures including Damsel, Fritz, Humungus, Dancer and Wooly Bugger, with Buzzers also taking fish.   The fish were generally not very deep and most anglers were using floating or intermediate lines.   One angler even took a fish from the Meadow Pond on a size 20 dry fly which he tried because there were so many fish moving on the surface!

George Gemmell, Falkirk, took the biggest fish of the week in his 3 for 14lb 12oz including 9lb Rainbow and 2 Blues, Best bag went to Iain Whitelaw, Dunipace, 5 for 19lb including 3 Blues, biggest at 7lb 12oz, Kenny Speirs, Glasgow, 3 for 14lb including 2 Blues, bigger one at 8lb 3oz and Ross Henderson, Dunblane, 2 for 10lb 4oz including 8lb Rainbow. Grant McCauley, Duntocher, 5 Blues for 14lb, Harry Seton, Clydebank, 5 for 14lb 12oz including 4 Blues, Davy Wales, Livingston, 5 Blues for 14lb, Peter Bryce, Alloa, 5 Blues for 13lb 12oz and Les Cooper, Dunblane, 4 for 11lb 4oz including 3 Blues. Jim Black, Stirling, 3 for 9lb including 2 Blues, Robert Ross, Kilsyth, 3 for 9lb including a Blue, George Kochanek, Tullibody, 4 Blues for 11lb 8oz and 4 for 14lb 4oz including 2 Blues and Sandy Jenkins, Carronshore, 3 Blues for 9lb. John Patrick, Glasgow, 4 Blues for 11lb 4oz

Stewart Marshall, Cambusbarron, 4 for 11lb 4oz including 3 Blues, Peter Sinclair, Livingston, 4 Blues for 11lb 12oz and Davy Horne, Stirling, 3 Blues for 9lb. John Mooney, Queenzieburn, 3 for 9lb 8oz including 2 Blues, Marcus Tripney, Grangemouth, 3 for 9lb including 2 Blues, John Moyes Grangemouth, 2 Blues for 6lb 4oz, Bill Dawson, Dollar, 3 for 9lb including 2 Blues, and Tam Rogerson, Kennet, 4 Blues for 12lb and Phillip West, Dunfermline, 3 for 9lb 12oz including 2 Blues.

Sunday, 16 January, 2010

After weeks of snow and ice, the fishery was hit by 2 inches of rain on Saturday night which, although causing a big rise in water level and some dis-colouration of the water, at least cleared the last of the ice leaving all three ponds fishable for the first time in around seven weeks! Fishing improved throughout the week, although conditions on Sunday meant things were slightly more difficult again. In general the fish were being taken around 3 to 4 feet down and were mostly falling to lures. Black and pink seemed to be the favourite colours with a wide variety of patterns taking fish including Dancer, Damsel, Fritz, Rabbit, Cormorant, and Blob. Occasional fish were also being caught on Buzzers. 

The Fishery is now open 8.30am to 4.30pm until further notice.

The biggest fish of the year so far was landed by Mark McClune, Dumbarton, with a lovely 7lb 4oz Blue. Other good bags this week included Charles Devine, Stirling, 5 Blues for 13lb 12oz from Swanswater, followed by 8 on catch and release in the Millpond, Jim Milne, Alloa, 5 for 14lb 8oz including 3 Blues, Ian Whitelaw, Denny, 5 for 12lb from the Millpond including 2 Blues and Duncan McCallum, Dumbarton, 5lb 8oz Rainbow. Rab Johnston, Grangemouth, 3 for 11lb 10oz including 5lb Rainbow, Sandy Jenkins, Carronshore, 4 for 10lb 4oz including 2 Blues, and Nigel Muckle, Mid Calder, 4 for 10lb 4oz including 3 Blues. Stuart Muckle, Mid Calder, 4 Blues for 10lb, Davy Horne, Stirling, in two visits, 4 for 12lb 4oz including 3 Blues, John Relf, Falkirk, 3 for 8lb 8oz including 2 Blues and Stephen Cowan, Linwood, 2 for 6lb 4oz including a Blue. John Young, Alloa, 2 for 6lb 8oz including a Blue and Paul Christie, Alloa, returned a Brown around 6lb

Sunday, 09 January, 2010

Swanswater Fishery reopened on 2nd January after being closed for most of December due to the snow and ice. Although there is still some ice, most of the main part of Swanswater and around half of the Millpond are clear of ice and fishable. The small Meadow Pond remains frozen as does the top end of the main pond.   Hopefully the forecasted thaw will take place and the whole fishery will soon be clear of ice.
Many anglers, frustrated from weeks of inactivity, braved the cold this week with varying degrees of success.   In general the fishing was quite hard with the fish lying deep in the water and hiding under the remaining ice. At the weekend, after another very cold night on Thursday and more snow on Friday and Saturday nights, the Millpond fished better than Swanswater.

Lures fished deep and slow took most of the fish landed with a few also falling to buzzers.

Amongst those landing fish were John Ross, Banknock, 3 for 8lb 10oz, Peter Johnson, Glasgow, 2 for 6lb, Duncan McGregor, Newtongrange, 5 for 13lb 4oz including 2 Blues, Alan Armstrong, Dollar, 3 Blues for 9lb and Jim Donnelly, Tullibody, 2 for 6lb including a Blue. Paul Christie, Alloa, 3 Blues for 8lb 10oz, John Mooney, Queenzieburn, 3 for 9lb including 2 Blues, David Fotheringham, Stirling, 2 Blues for 6lb 12oz, Bill Dawson, Dollar, 2 Blues for 6lb, Henry Fulton, Greenock, 4lb Rainbow and Andy Tervit, Paisley, 4lb 8oz Rainbow. Lee Gordon, West Linton, 3 for 9lb including 2 Blues and Davy Wales, Livingston, 4lb 6oz Gold.

The Fishery is currently open from 9.00am to 4.00pm. Any changes to these times will be posted on our website www.swanswater-fishery.co.uk

Sunday, 28 November, 2010

The fishing started well this week but due to plummeting temperatures and heavy snow fall, it has been more challenging towards the end of the week. The start of the week saw fish still high up in the top 3 feet of water, taking a wide variety of flies, the best being wets, including Kate McLaren and Black Pennell. Later in the week saw temperatures drop and the fish head for deeper water. Best patterns were mainly lures, with Dancer, Humungus, Viva and Cormorant being the most successful.

Jim Milne, Alloa, 5 for 17lb including 2 Blues and a 6lb 4oz Rainbow, Tam Rogerson, Alloa, 5 for 14lb including 4 Blues, Brian McIntosh, Banknock, 4 for 16lb including 6lb Blue and 4lb 6oz Rainbow and Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, 4 for 13lb 4oz including 2 Blues. Robert Kelly, Stirling, 4 Blues for 13lb, Nan Morrison, Stirling, 4 for 11lb 8oz including 2 Blues, Paul Christie, Alloa, 3 for 11lb 2oz including a Blue and a 6lb Rainbow, John Relf, Falkirk, 3 for 9lb 2oz including a Blue and Mark Kenyon, Menstrie, 3 for 8lb 12oz including 2 Blues. Danny Doherty, Denny 2 for 7lb 8oz including 4lb 12oz Rainbow, John Moyes, Grangemouth, 2 for 6lb 4oz including 2 Blues biggest at 4lb and Alan Armstrong, Tillicoultry, 2 for 5lb 8oz including a Gold

Sunday, 21 November, 2010

The fishing was excellent this week at Swanswater.  The fish are still high in the water despite the cold nights and a drop in water temperature to around 5oC.   Unusually for late November, many fish are still being taken on dry flies with Sedges, CDC and Emergers taking fish all week, in all three ponds. Anglers were also having success with Buzzer, Blob, Hopper, nymphs and small lures fished on floating lines. The fish are fairly active and looking for something to chase so a reasonably fast retrieve was working well. Over 300 fish were landed including several superb blues.

Chris Heslop, Stirling, 2 for 10lb from the Millpond including 7lb 6oz Rainbow, Ian Welsh, Alloa, 3 for 13lb 12oz including Rainbows at 6lb 14oz and 4lb, Douglas McDougall, Dunipace, 2 for 9lb 8oz including 6lb 8oz Blue, John Moyes, Grangemouth, in two visits, 6lb 8oz Rainbow and 2 for 7lb and Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, 4 for 15lb 8oz including 6lb 4oz Rainbow and a Blue. Sandy Ireland, Lochgoilhead, 5 for 17lb 6oz including 3 Blues, biggest at 6lb, Julien Rey, Helensburgh, 3 for 11lb 12oz including 5lb 5oz Rainbow, Kevin Duff, Alloa, 2 for 8lb 12oz including 5lb 4oz Blue and Martin Lindores, Stirling, 3 Blues for 9lb 8oz from the Meadow Pond biggest at 5lb. George Kochanek, Tullibody, in two visits, 6 for 17lb 12oz including 3 Blues, Stephen Cowan, Linwood, 5 for 14lb 8oz including 2 Blues, Danny Doherty, Denny, 5 for 14lb 4oz including 4lb 6oz Rainbow and 3 Blues, David Black, Dunfermline, 4 for 12lb 8oz and Greg Hoggan, Stirling, 4 for 12lb 4oz including 4lb 5oz Rainbow and 2 Blues. Willie Dowell, Dunfermline, 4 for 12lb including 2 Blues, George Gemmell, Falkirk, 3 for 10lb 4oz including 4lb 8oz Rainbow and a Blue, Stewart Marshall, Cambusbarron, 3 for 9lb 8oz, George Nicolson, Carron, 3 for 9lb 4oz including a Blue and Ivan McGuire, Hamilton, 3 for 9lb including a Blue. Paul Christie, Alloa, 3 Blues for 9lb, Jim Miller, Stirling, 3 for 9lb and Jimmy Smith, Polmont, 2 Blues for 8lb

Sunday, 31 October, 2010

The fishing was very good all week with all the ponds producing some cracking fish and excellent bags. The heavy rain midweek freshened things up and improved conditions. The fish are still very active and mostly moving in the top three feet of the water with a few still being taken on dry flies. Other favourite patterns included Hare's Ear, Damsel, Diawl Bach, PTN, Dancer, Buzzer and Humungus.

The Swanswater Cygnets held their end of season AGM and prize giving on Sunday. Overall Champion was Robert Fyfe from Perth, one of the younger members of the club. Runners-up were Paul Taylor (A Section) and William Addison (B section) with Thomas Penman (A) and Abbi Hutton (B) taking the third place slots.

Now that the clocks have changed the Fishery is closing at 5.00pm.

Chris Walder, Edinburgh, had this week's best bag with 3 for 16lb including Rainbows at 7lb 4oz and 6lb 4oz. Other good bags were taken by Frank Ramage, Edinburgh, 4 for 15lb 8oz including 3 Blues, biggest at 8lb 4oz, Peter Henderson, Cumbernauld, 2 for 11lb 6oz including 8lb 4oz Blue, Davy Neilson, Carronshore, 3 Blues for 11lb 12oz biggest at 6lb 12oz and Julian Rey, Helensburgh, 3 for 13lb including 6lb 7oz Blue. Kirk Johnston, Airdrie, 4 for 14lb including 2 Blues bigger one at 5lb, Jim Anderson, Carstairs Village, 4 for 13lb 2oz including 5lb 12oz Rainbow and a Blue, Pele Bangura, 5lb 8oz Rainbow from the Meadow Pond, Kevin Dempster, Prestwick, 5 for 16lb including 4lb 12oz Rainbow and Peter O'Brien, Camelon, 5 for 15lb 8oz including 4lb 8oz Rainbow and a Blue. Nan Morrison, Stirling 4 for 12lb including 4lb 4oz Blue, Ian Ramsay, Edinburgh, on two tickets, 9 for 25lb including 3 Blues, Martin Craig, Coalsnaughton, 5 for 14lb including a Blue and Billy Weir, Bannockburn, 4 for 11lb 8oz including 2 Blues. Hugh Smith, Doune, 3 for 8lb 14oz including a Blue, Malcolm Miller, Clackmannan, 3 Blues for 8lb, James Potter, Coatbridge, 2 for 8lb including a Blue and Ian Burnett, Alloa, 2 for 7lb 8oz including a Blue. John Moyes, Grangemouth, 2 for 7lb including 4lb 12oz Rainbow and a Blue, Angus Auchinachie, Falkirk, 2 for 6lb and Sandy Bonella, Menstrie, 2 for 6lb

Week Ending the 10th October 2010

After last weekend's rain the fishing was excellent this week even towards the end of the week when there was a cool east wind. A few brown trout were landed before the end of a season which has seen a large number of excellent brownies caught ranging in size from just under 2lb up to 10lb 6oz. For one young member of the Swanswater Cygnets, the season ended a few days too soon as he caught his first brown of the year on Sunday and had to return it! The fish in all three ponds are very active and chasing a wide variety of lures, nymphs and wet flies. Small dry flies were also still working on the small ponds on the milder days. Favourite patterns included Damsel, Dancer, Blob, Viva, Appetiser, Diawl Bach, Kate McLaren, Buzzer and Bloodworm.

Jim Donnelly, Milton of Campsie, took the biggest fish of the week, an 8lb 8oz Rainbow in his bag of 4 for 18lb 4oz which also included 2 Blues and this week's best bag went to Danny Doherty, Denny, 5 for 23lb 2oz including 8lb 2oz Rainbow and 6lb Blue. A selection of some of the other good bags included Jim Milne, Alloa, 5 for 20lb 12oz including 7lb 8oz and 5lb 8oz Rainbows, Angus Auchinachie, Falkirk, 2 for 12lb 12oz including 8lb 3oz Rainbow, Peter O’Brien, Camelon, 3 for 11lb 8oz including 7lb Rainbow and Stevie Harper, Glenrothes, 3 for 11lb 12oz including 2 Blues, bigger one at 7lb. Ricky Goodwin, Falkirk, 3 for 11lb 6oz including 6lb 2oz Blue, Tam Rodgerson, Kennet, 5 for 13lb including 3 Blues and a Gold, Iain MacDonald, Stirling, 3 for 9lb 8oz and John Gilchrist, Stirling, 3 for 8lb including 3lb 10oz Gold and 2 Blues. Andy Wilson, Tillicoultry, 2 for 6lb 8oz including a Blue, Jim Hardwick, Falkirk, 2 for 6lb 8oz and George Kochanek, Tullibody, 2 for 6lb 4oz

New Swanswater brown trout record fish taken by John Moyes

Week Ending 2nd October 2010

The fishing continues to improve with the lower water temperatures and plenty of rain to freshen up conditions. The water is now sitting around 10oC and the fish are very active and looking for something to chase.They are well spread out round the water and coming off from all areas, including the island, roadside and dam. Boats are also doing well. All varieties are featuring in the catch returns with some anglers managing to have 3 or 4 different colours in their bag. The fish are in the top three feet of the water and taking a wide variety of flies fished with a fast retrieve. Lures are starting to catch more fish with Damsel, Dancer, Cat’s Whisker and Minkie all doing well. Nymphs and wet flies are also still taking a lot of fish with favourite patterns being Buzzer, Hare’s Ear, Snatcher, Diawl Bach, Kate McLaren and Spider.

Biggest fish this week was caught by John Mooney, Queenzieburn, with 2 Blues for 10lb 12oz bigger one at 7lb 12oz. Also doing well were Jim Craig, Balloch, 3 for 11lb 6oz including 2 Blues, bigger one at 7lb and a Brown, Andy McNicol, Falkirk, 5lb 12oz Blue, Douglas McDougall, Dunipace, 3 for 10lb 6oz including 5lb 8oz Rainbow and a Blue and Gary Stewart, Glasgow, 2 for 8lb 2oz including 5lb 2oz Rainbow from the Meadow Pond. Les Cooper, Dunblane 5 for 17lb including 4lb 4oz Rainbow, John Montague, Glasgow, 5 for 14lb 12oz including a Blue, Peter O’Brien, Camelon, 5 for 14lb including a Blue and Danny Doherty, Denny, 5 Blues for 12lb 4oz. Tom McGarry, Dumbarton, 4 for 12lb 8oz, Drew Clinton, East Kilbride, 4 for 11lb 12oz including a Blue, Sandy Ireland, Lochgoilhead, Rainbow, Blue, Brown and Gold for 8lb 12oz and Lee Petale, Stirling, 2 for 6lb 8oz including a Blue. Alec Wotherspoon, Stirling, 2 for 6lb including a Blue, Robert Ross, Kilsyth, 2 for 6lb including a Blue and Davy Quin, Dunfermline, 2 Browns for 4lb.

Week Ending 26th September 2010

The recent drop in water temperature brought about by some chilly nights has certainly livened up the ponds and led to the best week's fishing for some time, with Brown trout, in particular, now much more active. The fish are still well spread out and there are no real hotspots although several Browns were taken from the roadside fishing towards the wooded island. Buzzer, Damsel, Hare's Ear, Diawl Bach, Bibio, Kate McLaren, Spider and Dancer were the most successful patterns with black the favourite colour. Various dry flies are also still catching especially in the small ponds, both for anglers wishing to take fish and for those on catch and release.

The Swanswater Cygnets had a successful outing on Sunday with Paul Taylor and Robert Fyfe leading the catches with three fish each. Cygnets' classes continue until the end of October. Some of this week's best bags included Jim Laughlin, Tullibody, 2 Blues for 15lb bigger one at 8lb, John Moyes, Grangemouth, 7lb 12oz Blue, Brian Hogg, Glasgow, 7lb 2oz Blue, Peter O’Brien, Camelon, 3 for 11lb 12oz including 6lb 2oz Brown and a Gold and John Alcock, Balloch, 4 for 14lb 14oz including 6lb Rainbow, 4lb Gold and a Blue. Jimmy Marshall, Stirling, 3 for 11lb including 5lb 12oz Rainbow, Alec Mitchell, Polmont, 4 for 13lb including 5lb 4oz Rainbow, Stephen Connelly, Newtongrange,3 for 10lb 12oz including 2 Blues, bigger one at 5lb 4oz and John Wotherspoon, Stirling, 3 for 10lb 4oz including 5lb Blue. John Relf, Falkirk, 4 for 11lb 12oz including 5lb Blue from the Meadow Pond, Archie Smith, Ardrossan, 5 for 15lb 6oz including 4 Blues, biggest at 4lb 10oz, and 4lb 4oz Rainbow, Tam Rodgerson, Kennet, 5 for 15lb including 2 Blues and Danny Doherty, Denny, 5 for 10lb 4oz including 4 Browns and a Blue. George Kochanek, Tullibody, 5 for 11lb 8oz including 3 Browns, Tom Marr, Edinburgh, 3 for 9lb 4oz, Brian Wood, Dunfermline, 3 for 9lb including a Blue and Nan Morrison, Stirling, 2 Browns for 4lb.

Week Ending 19th September 2010

Despite the wet and windy weather at the start of the week, the fishing remained good at Swanswater for most of the time. The fish remain very active and are generally moving just a couple of feet below the surface. A variety of wet flies and nymphs continue to be the most attractive patterns with Buzzers, Black Pennell, Bibio, Cormorant, Kate McLaren, Diawl Bach and Hopper all working well. Dries are also still taking fish especially on the small ponds. Browns, Blues and Golds figure regularly in the catch returns although the Golds are more elusive. Despite being easy to target because of their visibility, they often turn away from what the angler is offering.Fortunately there is often another, less visible variety, coming along behind to take the fly presented. Now that the evenings are getting shorter the fishery is closing at 7.30pm.

Amongst this week's best catches was Peter O'Brien, Camelon, 5 for 15lb 6oz including 5lb 12oz Blue and 2 Browns. Peter dropped a Goldie which would have made up his "full house". Other anglers doing well included Alec Donaldson, Alloa, 2 Blues, one from the Millpond, for 9lb bigger one at 7lb 6oz, Tam Rodgerson, Kennet, 5 for 15lb including 6lb 6oz Blue, Gavin Johnston, Stirling, 3 for 11lb 5oz including 6lb 6oz Rainbow and Ron Morrison, Dunfermline, 3 for 10lb including 4lb Rainbow. David Lax, Dunfermline, 3 for 9lb including 4lb Rainbow, Kevin O'Brien, Camelon, 5 for 14lb 8oz, Peter Bryce,

Alloa, 4 for 11lb 4oz including 2 Blues and Sandy Jenkins, Carronshore, had a Rainbow, Blue, Brown and Gold for 9lb 8oz. George Kochanek, Tullibody, 3 for 9lb including a Blue, Frank Turner, Cumbernauld, 3 for 8lb 8oz including a Blue and a Gold, John Moyes, Grangemouth, 2 for 7lb and Robert Don Jnr, Plean, 2 for 6lb including a Blue.

Week Ending 12th September 2010

Despite the unsettled weather, including very heavy rain and bright spells with strong winds, the fish remained active and still high up in the water throughout the week. At the beginning of the week the fish were being taken on Blobs, Buzzer and Damsel. Towards the end of the week Hares Ear, Diawl Bach, Spider and Cormorant were getting fish. Evenings have been seeing good rises with dry flies working well, in particular Daddy, CDC and Hoppers.

Some good bags this week including; Frank Barr, Falkirk, 10 for 25lb 8oz including 3 Blue and a Brown in 2 visits, John Walker, Stirling, 5 for 16lb including 2 Blues biggest at 6lb, Colin Clement, Tyndrum, 4 for 11lb 12oz including a Blue and Stephen Cowan, Bishopbriggs, 4 for 10lb including a Brown. Danny Doherty, Denny, 3 for 13lb including 7lb 2oz Blue, David Blair, Ardrossan, 3 for 12lb 8oz including 7lb 4oz Rainbow and a Brown, Kirk Johnstone, Airdrie, 3 for 11lb 12oz including 6lb 12oz Blue and Allan Weir, Bannockburn, 3 for 11lb 4oz including 6lb 12oz Blue. Garry McDonald, Tillicoultry, 3 for 10lb including 5lb 10oz Rainbow and a Blue, Billy Weir, Bannockburn, 3 for 9lb12oz including 4lb Blue, Jim Craig, Balloch, 3 for 9lb including a Blue and Archie Smith, Ardrossan, 3 for 8lb 12oz including a Blue and a Brown. Andy Wilson, Tillicoultry, 2 for 8lb 12oz including 6lb Blue, Will Gregory, Cambusbarron, 2 for 6lb 4oz and Pele Bangura, Stirling, 2 for 7lb 8oz from the Millpond including 5lb 2oz Rainbow.

Week Ending 5th September 2010

A good weeks fishing at Swanswater saw lots of fish moving including Browns and big fish, with a good number of fish between 5 and 8 pounds being landed. The water temperature has risen by a couple of degrees over the last week resulting in the fish moving around the main pond area and up and down the channel.

With the fish sitting fairly high in the water Hoppers and Daddies have been taking fish on the surface, while Kate McLaren, Bibio, Snatcher, Spider and Buzzers have been working well in the top 2 feet. Towards the end of the week Hot Head Damsel, Craft Eye Cat and Pink Lures have been working deeper down.

Peter Bryce, Alloa, 8 for 22lbs 12oz including a Blue and a Brown in 2 visits, Kevin O'Brien, Camelon, 5 for 17lbs all Blues biggest at 5lbs 8oz including 3 from Meadow Pond, Danny Doherty, Denny, 5 for 16lbs including 5lbs 12oz Blue and a Brown and Jim Milne, Alloa, 5 for 16lbs 12oz including 6lb Rainbow and 2 Blues. Kevin Murphy, Cowdenbeath, 2 for 9lbs 8oz including 7lb 2oz Rainbow and a Blue, Charlie Allford, Salisbury, 3 for 10lb 12oz including 5lbs 12oz Rainbow from the Meadow Pond and Peter O'Brien, Camelon, 4 for 17lbs including 6lbs 4oz Rainbow and a Blue. Brian McIntosh Jnr., Banknock, 3 for 11lbs 4oz including 2 Blues biggest 5lbs 8oz, Brian McIntosh Snr, Banknock, 3 for 8lbs 8oz including 2 Blues and a Brown, Ian Torry, Dunfermline, 3 for 11lbs 4oz including 6lbs 4oz Rainbow and a Brown and Jim Marshall, Stirling, 3 for 9lbs including a Blue. David Laird, Larbert, 3 for 8lbs 12oz, Davy Neilson, Carronshore, 3 for 8lbs 4oz including a Blue and a Brown, John Kirkwood, Glasgow, 2 for 7lbs 12oz including 5lbs Rainbow and Billy Weir, Bannockburn, 2 for 10lbs 4oz including 7lbs 8oz Blue.

Week Ending 29th August 2010

The cooler overnight temperatures this week resulted in lower water temperatures and much improved fishing conditions with the best week's fishing for some time.  The water temperature is now around 13oC and the fish are much more active. Small dark nymphs fished just below the surface were getting the best results although some anglers were still taking fish on dry flies, especially on the small ponds. Plenty of fish are being seen moving near the surface and many are looking to chase flies so a fairly fast retrieve has been working well. Favourite patterns this week included Buzzers, Diawl Bach, Hare's Ear, PTN, Hopper, Daddy, Kate McLaren, Damsel and Spider. The bigger fish are also starting to move more with several around 6lb to 7lb being taken. Browns are also featuring more often in the catch returns as they tend to prefer the cooler water.

John Relf, Falkirk, took the biggest fish of the week in his 2 for 10lb 14oz including 8lb 14oz Rainbow and a Blue, Andrew Cook, Kilmarnock, 2 for 10lb 1oz including 7lb 14oz Rainbow, Stu Henry, Dunfermline, 2 for 9lb 4oz including 6lb 12oz Blue and Willie Irvine, Falkirk, 2 for 10lb 12oz including 6lb 6oz Rainbow. Alec Thomson, Tullibody, 3 for 11lb including 6lb 4oz Rainbow, John Alcock, Balloch, 4 for 12lb including 6lb 2oz Rainbow, a Blue and a Brown, Frank Barr, Falkirk, had two successful outings taking 5 for 16lb 4oz including 6lb Rainbow and 5 for 15lb 8oz including 6lb.

Rainbow and a Blue and Craig Virtue, Eyemouth, 3 for 10lb 8oz including 6lb Blue. Nan Morrison, Stirling, 5 for 13lb including 5lb 8oz Rainbow and a Brown, David Blair, Ardrossan, 4 for 12lb 6oz including 5lb 8oz Rainbow and a Blue, Robert White, Camelon, 4 for 12lb 8oz including a Blue and William Williams, Mount Williams, 3 for 7lb 8oz from the small ponds including 3lb8oz Gold from the Meadow Pond. Rab Don, Plean, 2 for 6lb 4oz and Alec Knox, Glasgow, 2 for 6lb.

Week Ending 22nd August 2010

It was a typical week at Swanswater with some anglers doing very well and others struggling to catch fish. Many were reporting follows and light takes, but some had problems holding on to the fish. The slightly lower water temperatures have led to an increase in activity amongst the brown trout and several are now being landed including some in the 4lb to 5lb range. Bigger browns have been spotted cruising the area around the mouth of the burn but so far have proved elusive. Plenty of fish are being seen on or near the surface but often anglers have had to go down three to four feet to actually tempt them to take the flies on offer. ost popular patterns were Buzzer, Damsel, Diawl Bach, PTN, Hopper, Daddy, Kate McLaren and Bibio.

Now that the nights are "drawing-in" the Fishery will close at 9.00pm Some of this week's good catches included Angus Auchinachie, Falkirk, 2 for 9lb 8oz including 7lb Blue, Charles Devine, Stirling, 2 for 8lb from the small ponds including 6lb Rainbow from the Meadow Pond, Kyle Crossan, Stirling, 4 for 12lb from the Meadow Pond including.

6lb Rainbow and Raymond Anderson, Glenrothes, 4 for 12lb 8oz including 5lb 6oz Brown and a Blue. Mark and Graham Brownrigg, 4 for 12lb 4oz including 5lb 8oz Rainbow from the boat, Kevin Morgan, Balloch, 5lb 8oz Rainbow, John Moyes, Grangemouth, 4lb 8oz Brown and W Malcolm 3 for 8lb 8oz from the small ponds including 4lb 12oz Blue from the Meadow Pond. K Scott, 3lb Brown, Donald Williamson, Falkirk, Brown, Blue and Gold for 7lb 2oz, Nan Morrison, Stirling, 2 for 5lb including a Gold, Robert White, Camelon, 3 for 8lb 4oz including a Blue and Frank Turner, Cumbernauld, 2 for 5lb 12oz including a Blue.

Week Ending 16th August 2010.

Some lovely Blues in the 5lb to 7lb range were landed this week at Swanswater. More Golden trout have been stocked and a few have been landed. These very visible fish have been providing much entertainment especially in the small ponds where anglers have been having fun stalking them. The weed cutting and clearing operation continued this week and the situation is improving. The weed is not a major problem but it is an annoyance and the management are doing their best to control it. Weed also provides cover for the fish from the bright sunlight and many anglers have been taking advantage of this fact and tempting fish by casting to the edge of weedy areas. Favourite patterns this week have included Buzzer, Diawl Bach, Hopper, Daddy Long Legs, Damsel, Hare’s Ear and PTN all fished within the top 12 to 6 inches. Another successful tactic has been a small Cat’s Whisker or Dancer allowed to sink then retrieved very fast.

The biggest fish landed this week was a 7lb 3oz Blue taken by Jack Montgomery, Hamilton, on his first visit to the Fishery, in his bag of 2 for 9lb 4oz. Also doing well was Gary McDonald, Tullibody, 2 for 9lb 8oz including 7lb Blue, Archie Smith, Ardrossan, 2 for 8lb 8oz including 6lb 4oz Rainbow, Roy Hatchard, Alloa, 4 for 12lb 8oz including 6lb Rainbow and Eddie Scanlon, Glasgow, 3 for 10lb 4oz including 5lb 13oz Blue. Alec Donaldson, Alloa, 2 for 7lb 8oz including 5lb 8oz Blue, Scott McClelland, Motherwell, 5lb 4oz Blue, AntonRogers, Stirling, 3 for 10lb including 5lb Blue, Danny Doherty, Denny, 5 for 13lb 4oz including a Blue and Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, 5 for 12lb 8oz. John Dowie, Alnwick, 3 for 8lb including 3lb Blue, Stephen Cowan, Linwood, 2 for 7lb 4oz and George Kochanek, Tullibody, 4lb 4oz Rainbow.

Week Ending 8th August 2010

There was some excellent top of the water sport at Swanswater this week with the fish well spread out round the ponds and taking a wide range of dry flies. Towards the weekend, fish were being taken off the island into the main area of the pond - something which hasn't happened for some time as the fish were concentrated near the dam.

Another area doing well was around the bridge and burn mouth. A number of bigger browns tend to lie in this area and several of them were landed this week. More blues are now being stocked and this is reflected in the catch returns. The small ponds continue to provide some great sport for those who choose to fish them and are regularly producing some bigger fish. This week's favourite patterns included Sedgehog, CDC, Hopper, Daddy, Spider, Bibio, Kate McLaren, Buzzer, Bloodworm, Diawl Bach and Snatcher.

Good bags this week included John Lambert, Armadale, 2 for 9lb 8oz including 7lb 4oz Blue, Kevin O'Brien, Camelon, 2 for 8lb 8oz including 6lb Blue, Stephen Anderson, Glenrothes, 6 for 18lb 12oz including 6lb Rainbow from the Meadow Pond and William Williams, Alloa, 6lb Rainbow from the Meadow Pond. Peter Henderson, Cumbernauld, 2 for 8lb 2oz including 5lb 8oz Brown, Peter Bryce, Alloa, 5 for 14lb 10oz including 5lb 8oz Rainbow and a Blue, Peter O'Brien,Camelon, 5lb 6oz Rainbow, Joe Kelly, Airdrie, 2 Blues for 7lb 12oz bigger one at 5lb and Gary Waugh, Cumbernauld, 4lb 8oz Brown. Carlo Pezzani, Stirling, 3 for 8lb 14oz including 4lb 4oz Brown, Jim Allan, Kilsyth, 3 for 8lb 12oz including 4lb 4oz Brown and John Allcock, Balloch, 3 for 8lb from the Meadow Pond including 4lb Blue.

Week Ending 1st August 2010

The fishing improved over the course of the week with the best results being when it was not too bright and there was a slight breeze. The fish are pretty active at present and anglers are seeing a lot of movement around the ponds. Many are getting a lot of follows and light takes, but sometimes it is difficult to actually hook the fish. As usual a large variety of flies were taking fish but in general dry and wet flies were doing best. Favourite patterns included Kate McLaren, Invicta, Snatcher, Daddy Long Legs, Spider and small Black Moth, with nymphs such as Diawl Bach, Damsel and Buzzers also successful. Some days the boats were doing well but on others the bank was better. In the evenings the area at the back of the islands and at the burn mouth has been quite productive. The small ponds continue to fish well, with both the Millpond and Meadow Pond producing fish over 5lb this week.

Amongst the good catches this week were Stuart Henderson, Dunfermline, 7lb Blue, Charles Devine, Stirling, 4 for 12lb from the small ponds including 6lb4oz Blue, Stephen Dallas,

Motherwell, 3 Blues for 11lb biggest one at 6lb and William Williams, Alloa, 6lb Rainbow from the Meadow Pond. Iain Macdonald, Stirling, 3 for 15lb including 5lb 13oz Blue, Paul Taylor, Denny, 2 for 7lb 2oz from the Millpond, including 5lb 6oz Blue, Alec Donaldson, Alloa, 3 for 9lb 8oz including 2 Blues bigger one at 5lb and Kieran Hughes, Stirling, 3 for 8lb 4oz from the small ponds including 4lb 12oz Rainbow. Brian McIntosh, Banknock, 4 for 12lb including 4lb 8oz Blue, Stephen Stewart, Alloa, 3 for 10lb 8oz including 4lb 8oz Blue, Allan McLay, Plean, 2 for 6lb 8oz including 4lb 4oz Brown and Stephen Cowan, Linwood, 3 Blues and a Brown for 9lb 8oz. Russell Ferguson, Dunfermline, 2 for 7lb 8oz.

Week Ending 25th July 2010

On the calmer days during the week there was a great deal of excellent sport to be had on dry flies with the fish readily coming up to Sedges and Muddlers in particular. When it was windier, anglers were having more success drifting flies round on the wind with Wickham’s and Hoppers amongst the best patterns. Other anglers were doing well fishing buzzers and other nymphs with a fast retrieve. Plenty of fish were seen moving on or near the surface of the ponds and many were following flies in almost to the edge of the water before either taking or turning away. The area around the lilies behind the wooded island was quite productive this week as the fish are taking advantage of the shade offered by the lily pads. The small ponds are fishing well during the day with good rises on certain evenings.

Some of this week's best catchesincluded Ivan Brown, Helensburgh, 2 for 10lb 9oz including 7lb 10oz Rainbow, David Low, Sauchie, 6lb 8oz Blue, Willie Irvine, Falkirk, 2 for 8lb 10oz including 6lb Blue and Pele Bangura, Stirling, 2 for 8lb from the Millpond, including 6lb Rainbow. Michael Cummings, Stirling, 5lb 14oz Rainbow, Sandy Jenkins, Carronshore, 3 for 9lb 8oz including 5lb Rainbow, Allan Hunter, Alva, 4 for 13lb 12oz and Jim Craig, Balloch, 4 for 11lb 8oz including a Brown. Jim Donnelly, Tullibody, 3 for 8lb 12oz, Gary Waugh, Cumbernauld, 2 for 6lb including 3lb 8oz Brown, Peter O'Brien, Camelon, 2 for 6lb including 3lb 8oz Brown and Frank Barr, Falkirk, 7 for 17lb 4oz including 4 Blues. Last but not least Paul Brown, Alva, 4lb Brown.

Week Ending 18th July 2010

The first of the recently stocked Golden Trout was landed this week. These highly visible fish, whilst providing an often frustrating target for anglers, also act as a good indicator of the depth and location of the other, less obvious varieties in the ponds. At the weekend there was some excellent dry fly fishing to be had particularly on the small ponds, where the members of the Swanswater Cygnets had a lot of fun with dries on the Millpond. Blair Fergus of Dunfermline, one of the older members, having caught his two fish limit had to return a cracking Rainbow estimated at between 5lb 8oz and 6lb. Dry flies were also taking fish on Swanswater although most of the week wet flies, nymphs and buzzers were doing well with favourite patterns being Damsel, Cormorant, Diawl Bach, Kate McLaren, Bibio, Pennell, Hopper and Sedge.

Some of this week's best catches included Stewart Strathie, Rothesay, 3 for 12lb 8oz including 7lb 8oz Rainbow, Martin Stewart, Glasgow, 7lb 1oz Rainbow, Jim Craig, Balloch, 4 for 14lb 8oz including 5lb 8oz Blue and 4lb 12oz Rainbow and Nicholas Coles, Alva, 3 for 9lb 8oz from the Meadow Pond including 5lb 8oz Blue. Andy Tervit, Greenock, 6lb Blue, Darren Webster, Denny, 3 for 10lb 8oz including 5lb 12oz Blue and a Brown, Marcus Tripney, Grangemouth, in two visits 9 for 22lb 10oz including 4lb 13oz Rainbow plus around 16 returned to the small ponds and John McInnes, Sauchie, 3 for 9lb 4oz including a Blue. Andy Wilson, Tillicoultry, 3 for 8lb 8oz including a Blue, Rab Don, Plean, 3 for 8lb including 3lb 4oz Brown, Paul Brown and Allan Hunter, Alva, shared 10 for 24lb 8oz including 2 Blues and a Brown and Steven McDonald, Banknock, 2 for 6lb including a Blue. Peter O'Brien, Camelon, 2 for 6lb.

Week Ending 12th July 2010

Anglers have been having good sport on all three ponds at Swanswater this week with fish being caught in all areas. Generally they have been taking around 6 to 12 inches below the surface and a wide variety of flies have been successful. Favourite patterns included Spider, Bumble, Kate McLaren, Bibio, Cormorant, Hopper, Snatcher and Sedge. On the small ponds particularly dry flies were working well. On the bright evenings fish were cruising up and down the lilies behind the islands and small flies fished slowly just at the edge of the lily patch were attracting them out.The rain this week was very welcome and with about an inch falling on Saturday the water has cooled and freshened considerably.

The osprey that was a regular visitor earlier in the year was spotted again this week helping itself to fish from the rearing tanks. Other anglers doing well on the fishing ponds included Danny Doherty, Denny, 5 for 19lb 8oz including 6lb Blue and 5lb Rainbow, Allan Hunter, Alva, 7 for 19lb 8oz including 6lb 12oz Rainbow, a Blue and a Brown, Conner Bernard, Tullibody, 5lb 4oz Rainbow from the Millpond and Charlie Duffy, Cairneyhill, 3 for 10lb 8oz including 5lb 2oz Rainbow. Brian McIntosh, Banknock, 3 for 10lb 4oz including 5lb Blue and a Brown, Alec Paterson, Sauchie, 4 for 11lb 4oz including 2 Blues, bigger one at 5lb, Frank Barr, Falkirk, 2 Blues for 9lb 6oz bigger one at 5lb and Andy Hunter Tullibody, 4 for 11lb 8oz. Gary McDonald, Tullibody, 3 for 9lb, Ian Henderson, Glasgow, 2 for 7lb 4oz, Davy Horne, Stirling, 2 for 6lb 4oz, Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, 2 for 6lb 4oz and  J T Goodall, Stirling, 4lb Brown.

Week Ending 4th July 2010

The best days for fishing were Thursday and Friday when fish were caught at all times of the day. On other days there were quiet spells either in the afternoon or evening. The showery rain towards the end of the week did freshen things up a little but the water is still very warm near the surface. Some fish are coming up to dry flies, including Sedges, Hoppers and Daddy Long Legs, but most are taking just under the surface or, when the sun was very bright and hot, deeper down. Other favourite patterns this week included Blob, Damsel, Snatcher, Diawl Bach Kate McLaren, and Black Pennell. Despite the warm conditions, the fish are fairly active and are looking for something to chase so a fast retrieve is working well.

Keith Lewis, South Queensferry, 3 for 11lb including 7lb 2oz Blue, Nan Morrison, Stirling, 2 for 9lb 14oz including 7lb 2oz Blue, Alan Stirling, Bonnybridge, 2 for 9lb 2oz including 6lb 14oz Rainbow and Peter Bryce, Alloa, 6lb 4oz Rainbow. Pele Bangura, Stirling, 3 for 10lb 2oz from the Millpond, including 6lb 2oz Rainbow, Tony Green, Blairhall, 6lb Rainbow and 5lb 8oz Blue, Alan McGregor, Falkirk, 3 for 10lb 12oz including 5lb 12oz Rainbow from the Meadow Pond and Stephen Cowan, Linwood, 5 for 16lb 10oz including 5lb 4oz Rainbow. Paul Brown, Alva, 3 for 10lb 4oz including 5lb Rainbow, Allan Hunter, Alva, 2 for 9lb 4oz including 5lb Rainbow, Stuart Snaddon, Tillicoultry, 5lb Blue and Willie Martin, Stirling, 4 for 12lb including 4lb 12oz Rainbow. Peter Ferrier, Clydebank, 5 for 14lb 2oz, Iain MacDonald, Stirling 3 for 9lb and Ross Callaghan, Stirling, 4lb Rainbow.

Week Ending 28th June 2010

It was a fairly quiet week at Swanswater although there was some excellent fishing when the conditions were right. Early in the week the fish were high in the water and taking a variety of wet and dry flies including Bibio, Kate McLaren, Black Pennell, and Sedge. When the fish were deeper the best flies were Damsel, Dancer, Hare’s Ear, Diawl Bach and Buzzers. A good number of fish around 5lbs were landed this week, both Rainbows and Blues. At present the water temperature is around 18oC, which does not suit the Brown trout so well and they are harder to tempt out of the ponds although they are still following flies right in to the edge. The water is now back to its normal clarity after some weeks of brown colouration.

The biggest fish this week was a 7lb 7oz Rainbow taken by Phillip West, Dunfermline. Other good bags included Ian Fletcher, Lower Largo, 5 for 16lb including 5lb Rainbow, George Kochanek, Tullibody, 4 for 15lb 12oz including 4lb 12oz Blue, Blair Fergus, Dunfermline, 2 for 7lb 10oz from the Millpond, including 5lb 10oz Rainbow and Frank Barr, Falkirk, 5 for 14lb 4oz, from the boat. Gary McDonald, Tullibody, 4 for 12lb, Rees O’Connor, Grangemouth, 3 for 10lb 4oz including 4lb Rainbow, Marcus Tripney, Grangemouth, 4 for 11lb 4oz including 4lb 4oz Rainbow and 3 fish from the Meadow Pond and John Richardson, Plean, 3 for 9lb 12oz including 4lb Rainbow. Sean Hill, Alloa, 3 for 9lb, Kyle Crossan, Stirling, 3 for 9lb, John Moyes, Grangemouth, 2 for 7lb 2oz including 5lb Rainbow, Angus Auchinachie, Falkirk, 2 for 7lb including 5lb Rainbow and a Brown and Christopher McGowan, Stirling, 2 for 6lb 12oz from the Meadow Pond, including 4lb 12oz Rainbow.

Week Ending 20th June 2010

There was some excellent fishing at times at Swanswater this week, especially midweek when the conditions were cloudier. On the really hot sunny days it was a bit harder. Mornings and evenings were the best times when the fish were more active and could be seen moving around the surface. During the sunny spells the fish were deeper and often need something bright and sparkly to tempt them. At other times wet flies, nymphs and buzzers were successful with dry flies taking fish especially on the small ponds. Favourite patterns included Kate McLaren, Spider, Montana, Diawl Bach, Hare’s Ear, Cormorant and Damsel.

The biggest fish this week went to Alex Petrie, Stirling, in his bag of 2 for 11lb 10oz including 9lb Rainbow. Also doing well were Alan Hunter, Alva, 4 for 16lb including 7lb 8oz Blue, David Brown, Stirling, 3 for 12lb 8oz including 7lb Rainbow, Kimin Smith, 5 for 15lb including 5lb 12oz Rainbow and Ray Hatchard, Alloa, 5 for 15lb 4oz. Mark Weddell, Alnwick, 4 for 11lb 8oz including 3lb 12oz Brown, Iain MacDonald, Stirling, 3 for 9lb 12oz including 3lb 10oz Brown, Andrew Aitcheson, 3 for 8lb 12oz including 3lb 8oz Brown and Elvar Thor Asgiersson, from Iceland, 2 for 7lb 4oz. John Gilchrist, Stirling, 2 for 7lb 4oz, Rab Don, Plean, 2 for 7lb, Alec Paterson, Sauchie, 2 for 6lb 4oz, Russell Babiak, Stirling, 2 for 6lb and Alan Adam, Stirling, 4lb 12oz Rainbow.

Week Ending 13th June 2010

The fishing was up and down at Swanswater last week. For a good part of the week when there was an east wind the fish were deep in the water, then towards the end of the week, when the wind swung round to the west, they were nearer the surface. They are well spread out round the ponds at present with no particular hotspots. A wide selection of flies was taking fish with the usual small lures doing well, fished deep, and a variety of wets and nymphs also catching. The fish were looking to chase flies so a medium to fast retrieve was required. Favourite patterns included Red-head Damsel, Ace of Spades, Black Blob, Bibio, Cormorant, Diawl Bach, PTN Snatcher and Buzzers. The small ponds are fishing well at present with both producing some bigger fish as well as the normal stockies.

Kyle Crossan, Stirling, 4 for 16lb 8oz including 7lb 10oz Rainbow from the Meadow Pond, David Bruce, Stirling, 4 for 14lb 11oz including 7lb Rainbow, Frank Barr, Falkirk, 5 for 14lb 12oz including 6lb 8oz Blue and a Brown and Joe Potts, Inchinnan, 5 for 18lb 8oz including 6lb 4oz Blue. Nan Morrison, Stirling, 2 for 9lb 8oz including 6lb Blue and 3lb 8oz Brown, Alan Hunter, Alva, 2 for 8lb 8oz including 6lb Blue, Ricky Goodwin, Falkirk, 6lb Rainbow and Paul Brown, Alva, 5 for 13lb 6oz including 2 Browns bigger one at 3lb 8oz. Stephen Cowan, Linwood, 4 for 13lb 8oz, South African visitor, Driaan van Zyl, 4 for 11lb 12oz including 4lb 4oz Rainbow, George Kochanek, Tullibody, 3 for 9lb and Sandy Donald, Dunblane, 3 for 8lb 12oz including 4lb 4oz Blue.

Andy Wilson, Tillicoultry, 2 for 6lb 4oz including 4lb Rainbow, Brian Taylor, Stirling, 2 for 6lb 4oz from the Meadow Pond, Derek Hutton, Edinburgh, 2 for 6lb from the Millpond including 4lb Blue and John Moyes, Grangemouth, 4lb 4oz Rainbow.

Week Ending 7th June 2010

As the weather warmed up so did the fishing and there was some excellent sport at Swanswater this week. On the sunniest days the fish were lying deep and taking mostly lures or wet flies on sinking lines, but when there was some cloud cover they were up near the surface and nymphs and wet flies were doing well. Dry flies and Sedges were also taking fish especially in the evenings. Favourite patterns included Kate McLaren, Bibio, Goat’s Toe, Invicta, Diawl Bach, Hare’s Ear and Buzzer. Best colours were black and green. Several cracking Rainbows and Blues in the 6lb to 9lb range were landed along with a good number of top quality Browns.

This week's best bags included Stuart Neil, Port Glasgow, 3 for 14lb 8oz including a 9lb 14oz Rainbow, Brian McIntosh, Banknock, 4 for 19lb including 7lb 8oz Rainbow and 5lb Blue, Bob Naples, Bonnyrigg, 3 for 12lb 14oz including 7lb 8oz Blue and Chay Cairns, Greenock, 5 for 17lb 8oz including 7lb Blue and a Brown. 12 year old Kieran Hughes, Stirling, 7lb Blue, Murray MacLeod, Alloa, 7lb Rainbow, Ian Kay, Bonnybridge, 2 for 8lb 8oz including 6lb 12oz Rainbow, Andy Henderson, Glasgow, 4 for 16lb 4oz including 6lb 4oz Rainbow and Johnny Wright, Kelty, 2 for 8lb 4oz including 6lb 3oz Blue and a Brown. Martin Quin, Bonnyrigg, 4 for 14lb 6oz including 6lb Rainbow, Ronnie Mackie, Dunfermline 4 for 12lb 4oz, James Elliott and Lorna Kennedy, Stirling, shared 6 for 18lb from the boat including 4lb Brown, Frank Turner, 4 for 10lb 12oz including 4lb Rainbow and Brian McIntosh, Jnr., Banknock, 4 for 12lb. Sinclair Grant, Stirling, 3 for 10lb, Davy Nelson, Carronshore, 2 for 7lb 4oz including 3lb Brown and Kyle Crossan, Stirling, 2 for 7lb from the small ponds.

Week Ending 23rd May 2010

The problems encountered with water quality have now sorted themselves out and the fishing is back to normal. Although the water is still slightly coloured, there is good clarity and the fish are feeding and behaving normally. A good number have been landed this week and several anglers have bagged up and then gone on to enjoy some catch and release on the small ponds. With the water temperature rising fish are becoming more active although the brighter conditions towards the end of the week meant they were deeper in the water. The most effective flies this week have been mini lures including Yellow dancer, Cat and Hot Head Damsel, nymphs such as Hairs Ear and Diawl Bach have been working well along with wets like Bibio and Black Pennell. Some fish are being tempted with dry flies, such as Hopper and White moth although this is proving difficult with the bright weather.

Best bags this week include, Danny Doherty, Denny, 5 for 19lb including a 8lb Rainbow, John Mooney, Queenzieburn, 5 for 17lb 4oz including 6lb 6oz Blue, Peter O'Brien, Camelon, 5 for 16lb 4oz including 7lb 4oz Blue and Brian Wood, Crossgates, 5 for 16lb 2oz including 6lb 12oz Rainbow. K Smith, 5 for 16lb, Alan Mathewman, Wishaw, 5 for 15lb 8oz including 4lb Rainbow, Peter Bryce, Alloa, 5 for 15lb 8oz, Joe Pots, Inchinan, 5 for 15lb 4oz and George Kochanek, Tullibody, 4 for 13lb 12oz including 6lb 6oz rainbow. Archie McClymont, Glasgow, 4 for 11lb, Tom Hemmings, Motherwell, 3 for 10lb including 6lb Rainbow, Aileen Brown, Plean, 3 for 9lbs and Robert White, Stirling 3 for 8lb 8oz.

Week Ending 16th May 2010

It was a tough week at Swanswater as the fishery experienced unusual problems with water quality which started to improve by Thursday. This was a natural occurrence and there has been NO pollution (SEPA) and NO disease (Institute of Aquaculture, Stirling University). Algae/plankton in the water over the weekend of 8th and 9th May caused a brown colouration and reduced visibility in the water and led to severe irritation in the fish gills resulting in unusual fish behaviour and a greatly reduced catch rate. The Fishery would like to thank all anglers who fished early in the week when the situation was at its worst - your feedback was invaluable. From Thursday 13th the situation started to get better with water clarity, and as a consequence, the fishing, much improved. By the weekend of 15th & 16th May things were more or less back to normal.

Despite the fact there were days when hardly any fish were landed there were some good bags this week, mostly taken on the usual popular lures or buzzers. The fish gradually spread out round the ponds again and were being taken around 3 to 4 feet down. Gary Waugh, Cumbernauld, took the biggest fish of the week, a 7lb 2oz Rainbow in his bag of2 for 9lb 2oz, Tam Anderson, Kincardine, 4 for 13lb 8oz including 7lb Rainbow, Brian Wood, Crossgates, 5 for 16lb 2oz including 6lb 12oz Rainbow and Sandy Ireland, Lochgoilhead, 5 for 14lb 7oz including 6lb 3oz Blue and 2 Browns. Davy Neilson, Carronshore, 4 for 12lb 13oz including 5lb 10oz Rainbow, Sandy Jenkins, Carronshore, 3 for 9lb 8oz including 5lb 4oz Rainbow and Rory Cameron, 4 for 11lb 12oz. Brian McIntosh, Banknock, 3 for 9lb and Peter Baranowski, Bridge of Allan, 2 for 6lb 12oz.

Week Ending 10th May 2010

The week started well with plenty of fish being landed in all the ponds. Towards the end of the week when there was a cool easterly breeze and the overnight temperatures dropped to around 2oC things got a bit tougher. Most of the week the fish were taking lures around 3 to 4 feet below the surface. When the temperature rose a bit and it was not too bright, nymphs and some wet flies were also successful. The usual lure patterns were doing well with fish also taking PTN, Hare's Ear, Cormorant, Buzzer, Bloodworm, Bibio and Kate McLaren.

The small ponds continue to fish very well with anglers enjoying some excellent sport on them either as part of their bag limits or as catch and release. Mick Stubberfield, Cowie, took the biggest fish of the week, a beautiful 9lb 12oz Blue in his bag of 3 for 15lb 8oz.Others doing well included Paul Heaver, Alloa, 2 for 11lb 12oz including 9lb 4oz Rainbow, Nan Morrison, Stirling, 2 for 11lb including 7lb 8oz Rainbow and 3lb 8oz Brown, George Kochanek, Tullibody, 7lb Blue and Dougie Morrison, Alexandria, 3 for 13lb 8oz including 6lb 12oz Blue and 4lb 12oz Brown. Ryan Perrie, Stirling, 2 for 8lb 12oz from the Meadow Pond including 6lb 12oz Rainbow, Alistair McSporran, Helensburgh, 4 for 12lb 10oz including 6lb 8oz Blue, Stuart Skelton, Cumbernauld, 6lb 8oz Rainbow and Peter Collins, South Queensferry, 6lb 8oz Rainbow. Paul Brown, Alva, 3 for 11lb 8oz including 6lb 4oz Rainbow and a Brown, Brian Logan, Falkirk, 6lb 4oz Blue, Brian Eadie, Cowie, 5lb 12oz Rainbow from the Meadow Pond and Toby Mason, Cumbernauld, 5 for 14lb 12oz including 5lb 2oz Brown. Jim Fleming, Musselburgh, 4 for 12lb including 5lb 8oz Rainbow, Jim Charles, Falkirk, 3 for 9lb 8oz including 3lb 14oz Brown, Louise Kochanek, Bonnybridge, 3 for 9lb including 3lb 8oz Brown and Frank Turner, Glasgow, 2 for 6lb 6oz. Iain MacDonald, Stirling, 2 for 6lb including 3lb 8oz Brown.

Week Ending 2nd May 2010

After a changeable week's weather the water temperature has risen around 3 degrees, with the fish becoming more active, although the fish are still tending to follow the wind they have been hanging around close to the bank as most feed is there. Toward the end of the week the fish have been more spread out with some being caught close to the surface, other days the fish have been going deep so changing tactics are required. Fish are being taken on a selection of usual lures including Olive Damsel, Cats Whisker and Yellow Dancer. Kate McLaren, Bibio, Diawl Bach and Buzzers are also proving effective. Some dries are beginning to tempt fish although mainly on the Mill and Meadow Ponds. Browns are being taken on natural patterns.

Peter Bryce, Alloa, 5 for 15lb 13oz including 2 Browns for 7lb 8oz, Alex Scougal, Loanhead, 4 for 16lb 4oz including 8lb 13oz Rainbow, John Gilchrist, Stirling, 4 for 15lb including 7lb 8oz Blue, Stevie Clark, Loanhead, 4 for 14lb including 7lb 5oz Blue and Peter O'Brien, Camelon, 4 for 15lb 8oz including 8lb Blue and 2 Browns. Paul Brown, Alva, in 2 visits, 7 for 23lb including 6 Browns biggest 4lb 6oz, Tam Anderson, Kincardine, 3 for 9lb 10oz including 5lb Brown, John Moyes, Grangemouth, 2 for 9lb 4oz including 6lb 12oz Blue and Ian Rae, Dumbarton, 2 for 10lb 4oz including 7lb 12oz Blue. Alan Whitton, Stirling, 2 for 9lb 12oz including 8lb Rainbow, Alasdair Fyfe, Perth, 2 for 10lb 4oz including 7lb 4oz Blue, John Montague, Dumbarton, 2 for 10lb including 8lb 3oz Blue and Kevin Boyd, Alloa, 3 for 11lb 6oz including 7lb 6oz Rainbow. Ian Conn, Tillicoultry, 2 for 8lb 12oz including 6lb 8oz Blue, Stephen Cowan, Linwood, 2 for 10lb including 6lb 132oz Blue, John Richardson, Fallin, 2 for 8lb 8oz including 6lb Rainbow and Martin Joyce, Luxemburg, 4lb 2oz Brown.

Week Ending 11th April 2010

It was an excellent fishing week at Swanswater with 460 fish landed, the biggest being another double figure Brown. Although the daytime temperatures have increased as the week went on, it is still very cold at night and the water temperature is still below what would normally be expected at this time of year.Most of the week the fish were taking close in to the bank especially along the dam wall area. Favourite flies included the usual small lures, buzzers, bloodworm, PTN, Cormorant, Bibio and the Greenwell.

Saturday's heat of the SANA National Bank Competition was won by Gary Waugh, Cumbernauld, with 5 for 17lb 8oz including 7lb 14oz Rainbow. Because of poor numbers of entries across the country, the semi-finals have been cancelled and Gary will be joined in the final at Howwood in late May, by Fraser Renwick, 4 for 16lb 14oz including Blues at 7lb 6oz and 5lb 4oz, Paul Brown, 4 Browns for 15lb 8oz, biggest at 4lb 10oz, Peter Bryce, 5 for 12lb 15oz including 3 Browns, and Alan Hunter, 3 for 12lb.Hopefully this competition will attract a bigger entry next year as the top six rods from the final will form a Scottish Stillwater team for the home international later in the year.

This week's best catches included Geoff Gilbert, Isle of Man, 5 for 19lb 10oz including 2 Browns bigger one at 10lb 6oz, Ronnie Codona, Glasgow, 3 for 10lb 12oz including 6lb 8oz Rainbow, Robert Bartin, Wishaw, 5 for 16lb including 7lb Rainbowand Scott Seath, Alva, 5lb Brown. Alan McAskill, Inverkeithing, 4 for 13lb including 4lb 8oz Brown, Jim Ovens, 5 for 14lb 12oz including 3lb 8oz Brown, Willie Martin, Stirling, 4 for 12lb including 4lb 8oz Brown and Craig Irvine, Bonnybridge, 4lb 6oz Brown. Andrew Aitcheson, Alloa, 4 for 12lb 4oz including 2 Browns for 6lb 12oz, Steve Lang, Stirling, 4 for 12lb including 2 Browns, Callum McIntosh, Kirkcaldy, 4 for 12lb 4oz including 4lb 4oz Rainbow and Lee Ogilvie, Inverkeithing, on his first attempt at fly fishing, took 2 for 6lb 6oz including 4lb Brown. Alan Greer, Plean, 3 for 9lb 8oz.

On the club front Inchinnan Angling Club had a good outing taking 58 fish for 166lb with the best bags being Jim Bunyan 3 for 17lb 4oz including Blues at 7lb 4oz and 7lb. Eddie Ford, 5 for 15lb 12oz including 6lb 4oz Blue; Jim Potts, 5 for 15lb 4oz including 6lb Blue and a Brown; Joe Potts, 5 for 15lb including 6lb 2oz Blue; John Potts, 5 for 15lb; Andy Duffy, 2 for 8lb 8oz including 6lb 8oz Rainbow and Kenneth McCormick, 5lb 12oz Rainbow.

Week Ending 4th April 2010

The biggest fish landed this week was a cracking 10lb 12oz Brown Trout taken from the Lower Meadow Pond by Jim Craig, Balloch, who was fishing catch and release after gaining his limit on Swanswater. This superb specimen was safely returned to the water to fight another day. There was a good selection of Rainbows, Blues and Browns in the 4lb to 7lb range caught this week. In general the fish were well spread out around the ponds with the Browns chasing flies right in and taking closer to the banks than the Blues and Rainbows. The usual small lures - Dancer, Cat's Whisker, Damsel, and Tadpole - along with Cormorant, Viva, Bloodworm, Buzzer, Black Pennell and Spider were the most successful patterns. The fish were down about 3 to 4 feet and a medium speed retrieve was working well although something faster was required to attract the Browns.

Good bags this week included Brian McIntosh Jnr, Banknock, 4 for 21lb including Rainbows at 7lb 4oz and 7lb, Stephen Sweeney, Fallin, 3 for 11lb 8oz including 7lb Rainbow, Alan Hunter, Alva, 3 for 11lb 12oz including 6lb 12oz Rainbow and Carlos Pezzani, Tullibody, 3 for 10lb 8oz including 6lb4oz Blue. Jim Donnelly, Tullibody, 3 for 13lb including 6lb 2oz Rainbow, 4lb 4oz Brown and a Blue, Andy Wilson, Tillicoultry, 5lb 3oz Blue, Paul Brown, Alva, 5 Browns for 17lb 12oz biggest at 4lb and Blair Duchart, Plean, 5 for 15lb 6oz including 4lb 8oz Rainbow and 3lb 12oz Brown. Gary Waugh, Cumbernauld, 4 for 13lb 4oz including 5lb Rainbow and a Brown and Jim Craig, Balloch, 4 for 12lb 2oz including 4lb Brown plus 10lb 12oz Brown caught in the Lower Meadow Pond and released. Geoff Gilbert, Isle of Man, 4 for 12lb 8oz including 4lb 8oz Rainbow, Archie Smith, Ardrossan, 3 for 10lb 8oz including 4lb 4oz Rainbow and 3lb 8oz Brown, Thomas McColgan, Clydebank, 3 for 9lb 4oz including 2 Browns for 6lb 12oz and Peter Paterson, Menstrie, 3 for 9lb including 4lb Brown. Alastair Reid, Callander, 3 for 8lb 12oz including 4lb Blue, Mark Kenyon, Menstrie, 3 for 8lb 12oz including 4lb Blue, Robert Fyfe, Perth, a member the Swanswater Cygnets, 3 for 8lb 8oz including 4lb 13oz Rainbow from the Millpond and Nan Morrison, Stirling, 3 for 8lb 4oz including 3lb 12oz Brown. John Mooney, Queenzieburn, 2 for 7lb including 4lb 4oz Brown and Scott Seath, Alva, 2 for 6lb 4oz including 3lb 12oz Brown.

Week Ending 28th March 2010

There was some excellent sport to be had at Swanswater this week with several superb Brown trout and a good number of 4lb to 6lb Rainbows and Blues being landed.The fishing was fairly consistent all round the water with there being no particular hotspots. An intermediate line with a small lure was the most successful tactic, although some fish were being taken on nymphs and wet flies. In general they were 2 feet to 4 feet deep and looking for flies retrieved quite quickly.Favourite patterns were Damsel, Dancer, Cat’s Whisker, Nomad, Hare’s Ear, Viva, Diawl Bach and Kate McLaren.

Now that the clocks have changed the Fishery will be open until 8.00pm. Places are still available for the SANA Bank Competition heat on April 10th.For details either contact the Fishery or see www.sana.org.uk.

Frank Barr, Falkirk, took the biggest fish this week in his bag of 3 for 13lb 4oz including 8lb 12oz Rainbow, Other good bags included Steven Gunn, Rutherglen, 3 for 14lb 8oz including 8lb 7oz Rainbow, Paul Brown, 7 for 21lb including 3 Blues, biggest at 5lb 12oz and 4lb 4oz Brown and John Walker, Stirling, 5 for 18lb including 5lb Brown, 5lb Rainbow and a Blue. Sandy Ireland, Lochgoilhead, 5 for 17lb 4oz including 3 Browns for 11lb 4oz, Henry Fulton, Greenock, 4 for 16lb 12oz including 5lb 8oz Blue, Peter O’Brien, Falkirk, 5 for 16lb including a Blue and Robert Ovens, Cowdenbeath, 5 for 14lb 12oz including 4lb Brown and a Blue. Archie Smith, Ardrossan, 5 for 14lb 8oz including a Blue, Ricky Rutherford, Bo’ness, 4 for 12lb 8oz including 2 Browns for 7lb 8oz, George Kochanek, Tullibody, 4 for 11lb 8oz including 4lb 12oz Rainbow and D Blair, Bo’ness, 5 for 14lb 4oz including 3lb 12oz Brown and a Blue. Ian Riddicks, Ayr, 4 for 11lb 10oz including 5lb Rainbow, George Simpson, Falkirk, 4 for 11lb including 2 Browns for 6lb 8oz, A Hogan 2 for 7lb including 5lb Rainbow from the Millpond and Brian McIntosh Jnr., Banknock, 2 for 6lb 4oz including 3lb 8oz Brown. Kevin O’Brien, Falkirk, 2 for 6lb 4oz, Andy Tervit, Greenock, 2 for 6lb including 3lb 3oz Brown, Neil Anderson, Grangemouth, 5lb Brown, Walter Lapsley, Bo’ness, 4lb 10oz Brown and William Robertson, Bishopbriggs, 4lb Brown.

Week Ending 21st March 2010

The Brown trout season got off to a good start at Swanswater with plenty of cracking browns averaging 3lb 8oz-4lb being landed, with the biggest to date weighing in at 5lb. Although some of the rainbows are slightly smaller than usual due to lack of growth over the long cold winter, there were a good number of fish in the 4lb to 7lb range in this week's catch returns. The fish were well spread out over the ponds with no particular hotspots and they were taking a wide range of flies. Most were falling to the usual small lures, but buzzers, bloodworm, cormorant, hare's ear, Kate McLaren and Invicta were also successful. The depth varied with the time of day and temperature of both water and air, but generally they are in the top two or three feet.

Davy Quinn, Dunfermline, 3 for 11lb 12oz including 7lb 6oz Rainbow and a Blue, John Moyes, Grangemouth, in two visits, 4 for 16lb 4oz including Blues at 7lb and 4lb, Frank Barr, Falkirk, 5 for 15lb 8oz including 3 Blues biggest one at 6lb 2oz and John Alcock, Balloch, 5 for 19lb including 5lb 8oz Rainbow and 2 Blues. Jim Hardwick, Falkirk, 3 for 13lb 8oz including 5lb Rainbow, 5lb Blue and 3lb 8oz Brown, David Clark, Baillieston, 5 for 19lb 4oz including 5lb Rainbow and 4lb 8oz Brown, Bob Garvie, Lennoxtown, 3 for 11lb including 2 Browns, bigger one at 5lb and John McLaren, Dunblane, 2 for 7lb 8oz including 5lb Rainbow. Bruce Lindsay, Dunbar, 5lb Blue, George Garfoot, Roseneath, 5 for 15lb 8oz including 4lb 12oz Rainbow and 4lb 2oz Brown, Ronnie Codona, Glasgow, 2 for 6lb 14oz including 4lb 12oz Rainbow and Alan Whitton, Stirling, 4 for 11lb 4oz including 4lb 11oz Brown and a Blue. Danny Doherty, Denny, 5 for 14lb 12oz including 4lb 8oz Brown, Rab McKinnon, Dunblane, 4 for 13lb including 4lb 8oz Rainbow, Eddie Blair, Bannockburn, 3 for 11lb 10oz including 2 Blues, bigger one at 4lb 8oz and Gerrard Stirling, Falkirk, 3 for 9lb 5oz including 4lb 2oz Brown. Blair Duchart, Plean, 5 for 14lb including 4lb Brown and a Blue, Gary Devine, Stirling, 3 for 8lb including 4lb Brown, Ricky Goodwin,Larbert, 4 for 12lb 8oz including 2 Browns and Kevin Mathias, Helensburgh, 3 for 11lb 2oz including 2 Browns and a Blue. Ian McIntosh, Jarrow, 3 for 10lb 12oz including a Blue, Andy Duffin, 3 for 9lb 8oz including a Blue, Stuart McWalters, Helensburgh, 3 for 9lb 2oz including 2 Browns and George Kochanek, Tullibody, 3 for 9lb including 2 Browns. Peter O’Brien, Falkirk, 2 for 7lb 2oz.

Week Ending 14th March 2010

It was an excellent week for fishing at Swanswater.A total of 413 fish were landed, with several anglers taking multiple tickets on the same day. Where the fish were located depended on the temperature with catches being made all round the water.At certain times the area behind the islands was the hotspot, but at others it was the far bay or the dam area. Often the fish were quite deep and taking lures, but there were times that nymphs and wet flies were successful.

Favourite patterns included the usual small lures, Cat's Whisker, Dancer, Damsel, Tadpole and Viva, Bloodworm Buzzer, Cormorant, Diawl Bach, Kate McLaren and Bibio.

Stocking of Brown trout starts on Monday and several overwintered Browns have been hooked and put back this week, which is a positive pointer for the start of the season.

Paul Mitchell, Westquarter, took this week's best bag, 5 for 23lb 8oz including 7lb 8oz Rainbow and 6lb 8oz Blue and the biggest fish of the week went to Hugh McGhie, Stonehouse, with an 8lb 10oz Rainbow. Other good catches included Ricky Wilson, Linlithgow, 8lb 2oz Rainbow, Allan Hunter, Alva, 2 for 9lb 8oz including 7lb 5oz Rainbow, Colin Simmonds, Armadale, 2 for 8lb 10oz including 6lb 10oz Rainbow and Scott Pryce, Balloch, 3 for 12lb 4oz including 6lb 8oz Rainbow. Paul Brown, Alva, on five tickets, 16 for 30lb 80z including 6 Blues, Graeme Johnston, Alva, 7 for 18lb 4oz on two tickets, Charles Devine, Stirling, 5 for 14lb 8oz and Lawrence Maguire, Falkirk, 4 for 12lb 14oz including 4lb Rainbow. Drew Fisher, Dunfermline, 4 for 12lb 12oz including Rainbows at 4lb 6oz and 4lb 1oz, G Craig, Balloch, 3 for 9lb, Nan Morrison, Stirling, 2 for 6lb 10oz and Paul Christie, Alloa, 2 for 6lb 4oz. Ricky Goodwin, Falkirk, 2 for 6lb and John Montague, Glasgow, 2 for 6lb.

Week Ending 7th march 2010

A slight rise in water temperature towards the end of the week saw the fish moving up the channel to the shallower water behind the islands. This turned out to be the hotspot from Friday onwards and a large number of fish were taken from this area, with anglers queuing up for spaces at the roadside!Small lures, including dancer, damsel, cat's whisker, ace of spades, nomad and various fritz patterns were the most successful patterns with fish also taken on buzzer and bloodworm, although sometimes it seemed not to matter what fly was offered if an angler was in the right place at the right time.

The Troutmasters Fish-off was held on Saturday and, after a frustrating day for many of the 11 competitors, the winner was Chris Heslop, Bannockburn who will be representing Swanswater in the final at Grafham in May. Jim Donnelly was the runner-up and Alastair Anderson came third.

The Brown trout have come through the winter very well and are looking in excellent condition for stocking for the start of the season next week.

This week's best bag was taken by David Wales, Livingston, with 5 for 24lb including Rainbows at 8lb and 7lb 2oz. Other anglers who did well were Lawrence Maguire, Falkirk, 2 for 12lb 14oz including 9lb 11oz Rainbow, Jim Milne, Bathgate,5 for 19lb including 8lb 8oz Rainbow and a Blue, Phillip West, Dunfermline, 2 for 10lb 2ozincluding 7lb 6oz Rainbow and Jimmy Young, Alloa, 3 for 12lb 8oz including 6lb 12oz Rainbow. Sandy Ireland, Lochgoilhead, 5 for 16lb 8oz including 6lb 4oz Rainbow and 2 Blues, Robin Bowler, Menstrie, 6lb 4oz Blue, Alan Morrison, Kelty, 2 for 8lb 1oz including 6lb Blue from the Meadow Pond and Ronnie Codona, Glasgow, 2 for 8lb 4oz including 5lb 4oz Rainbow. George Kochanek, Tullibody, 14 for 38lb including 3 Blues, in three visits, Charles Devine, Stirling, 4 for 12lb 8oz including 3 Blues, Derek Sharkey, Fishcross, 3 for 9lb 4oz and Colin Nicoll, Arbroath, 3 for 9lb. Davy Horne, Stirling, 3 for 9lb.

Week Ending 28th February 2010

Sub zero temperatures at the start of the week, 5 or 6 inches of snow midweek and milder weather towards the end of the week led to mixed fortunes. Early on in the week fish were lying in deeper water with intermediate lines and heavy lures being the best method. Later in the week saw a rise in water temperature and fish moved up the road side to shallower water.

Some success was had on Buzzers and Diawl Bachs although a mixture of lures worked best, Dancers, Nomads, Fritz, and Damsel all worked well with a big mix of colours attracting fish.

Some good bags included, Paul Mitchell, West Quarter, 5 for 17lb 12oz including 8lb 4oz Rainbow, Euan MacDougal, Tullibody, in 2 visits had 3 for 10lb 8oz including a Blue and 4 for 12lb, John Patrick, Kilsyth, 5 for 14lb including a Blue and Stephen Cowan, Bishopbriggs, 5 for 13lb 8oz including 2 Blues. Derik Irvine, Stirling, 5 for 13lb 8oz, Joe Hunter, Tullibody, 4 for 11lb 8oz, Jim Donnelly, Tullibody, 3 for 8lb 12oz including a Blue and David Cook, Menstrie, 3 for 10lb including a Blue. Jim Edward, Motherwell, 2 for 8lb including 6lb Rainbow and 1 from the Millpond and Gary Waugh, Airdrie, 2 for 6lb including a Blue.

Week Ending 21st February 2010

With the return to overnight temperatures of around –5oC towards the end of the week the aerators were working hard to keep the ice off the water and the boat was needed in the mornings to break up the thin layer that formed.Despite the cold the fishing was good with 370 fish being landed over the three ponds. In general the fish were lying deep and requiring lures retrieved slowly to tempt them. However, during the middle part of the day when the sun was out, they came up to three or four feet below the surface and were being taken on nymphs.

Favourite lures included Dancer, Damsel, Ace of Spades and Cat’s Whisker, with Buzzers, Bloodworm, Hare’s Ear and Diawl Bach also taking fish.

Due to rising costs the Fishery is introducing a slight price increase from 1st March - the first such increase in three years.

Peter Johnson, Glasgow, 3 for 13lb 10oz including 8lb 9oz Rainbow, Stephen Cowan, Linwood, 5 for 18lb 8oz including 8lb Rainbow and 2 Blues, Mark Kenyon, Menstrie, on four separate permits, 20 for 59lb including 7lb Rainbow and 8 Blues and James Penman, Larbert, 6lb 6oz Rainbow from the Meadow Pond in a bag of 4 for 12lb 8oz shared with his son >Thomas, who caught the other three. Petrina Williams, Alloa, 5 Blues for 14lb 4oz, George Paterson, Stirling, 5 for 14lb 8oz including 3 Blues, Danny Doherty, Denny 5 for 14lb 8oz including 3 Blues and Alec Campbell, Falkirk, 4 for 13lb. Jim Donnelly, Tullibody, 4 for 12lb 12oz including a Blue, John Moonie and son, Grant, Queenzieburn, 4 for 12lb 8oz including a Blue, John Walker, Stirling, 4 for 12lb 2oz including 2 Blues, John Gilchrist, Stirling, 3 for 9lb 12oz Drew Fisher, Dunfermline, 3 for 9lb and George Kochanek, Tullibody, 3 for 9lb. Jim McIndoe, Cambusbarron, 2 for 6lb 10oz, Alec Paterson, Sauchie, 2 for 6lb 8oz including a Blue, Ronnie Cadona, Glasgow, 2 for 6lb 8oz including a Blue, Laurence Maguire, Falkirk, 2 for 6lb 4oz and Rab Don, Plean, 2 for 6lb 4 oz including a Blue,

Week Ending 14th February 2010

It was another cold week with the aerators doing a great job at keeping the ponds clear of ice. The fishing was very good with most anglers having success with lures fished deep and slow. 951lb of fish were landed with some excellent bags being taken from all three ponds. Favourite patterns were Dancer, Cat's Whisker, Damsel, Nomad, Montana, Buzzer and Bloodworm, with PTN, Cormorant and Diawl Bach also taking fish. The most successful colours were black, yellow and white. Livingston angler Arthur Finch had the most unusual catch for some time when, in addition to 4 fish for 11lb 8oz, he hooked a flipper on his Ace of Spades!This was not, however, the dolphin but an article of footwear lost some years ago by a float-tube user.

This week's best bag was taken by Stuart Greig, Dunfermline, fishing from the boat and landing 5 for 24lb 4oz including Rainbows at 9lb 3oz and 6lb 10oz and 2 Blues. Also amongst the big fish was Peter Bryce, Alloa, 3 for 15lb 4oz including 9lb

4oz Rainbow and Mark Kenyon, Menstrie, 4 for 17lb 12oz including 8lb 12oz Rainbow.

Other good bags included Alec Paterson, Sauchie, 4 for 15lb 12oz including 7lb 2oz Rainbow and a Blue, John Walker, Stirling, 5 for 18lb 12oz including 3 Blues biggest one at 6lb, Willie Martin, Stirling, 5 for 14lb 12oz and John Patrick, Kilsyth, 5 for 14lb 12oz. Jimmy Smith, Polmont, in two visits, 4 for 13lb 12oz including 3 Blues, Danny Doherty, Denny, 4 for 12lb 12oz including 2 Blues, Jim Steele, Shettleston, 4 for 12lb 10oz including a Blue and Euan McDougall, Tullibody, 4 for 12lb 8oz including a Blue. George Kochanek, Tullibody, 4 for 12lb 4oz including a Blue, John Mooney, Queenzieburn, 3 for 10lb, Rab Don, Plean, 3 for 9lb 4oz including a Blue, Joe Hunter, Tullibody, 3 for 9lb 4oz and Paul Taylor, Plean, 3 for 9lb. Scott Pryce, Balloch, 3 for 9lb, Alan Kilgour, Balfron, 2 for 6lb 12oz including a Blue and Davy Horne, Stirling, 2 for 6lb 4oz including a Blue.

Week Ending 7th February 2010

The frosty start to the week made things a little slower but after a really cold night Tuesday and thin ice on the water on Wednesday morning, Thursday and Friday saw the best of the fishing.Most of the week the fish were lying near the bottom of the ponds and taking lures and occasional nymphs fished very slowly.Towards the weekend, when the air temperature rose a little, the fish in the small ponds were slightly nearer the surface becoming more active and inclined to chase lures. Best patterns this week included Dancer, Cat’s Whisker, Humungus, Damsel, Fritz, Montana and Diawl Bach.Favourite colours were Black and green, yellow, orange and white.

Amongst this week’s best catches were Nigel Muckle, Mid Calder, 4 for 14lb 10oz including 5lb 10oz Rainbow and a Blue, James White, Galston, 2 for 7lh including 5lb Blue, David Gregor, South Queensferry, 5 for 14lb 12oz including a Blue and John Patrick, Kilsyth, 5 for 14lb 8oz including 3 Blues. Brian Lockie, Stirling, 5 for 14lb 8oz including 2 Blues, Malcolm Miller, Clackmannan, 5 for 14lb, Frank Barr, Falkirk, 4 for 12lb 8oz including a Blue and Joe Black, Kilsyth, 4 for 12lb including a Blue. Les Shepherd, Arbroath, 4 for 12lb including a Blue, James Cuthbert, Inverkeithing, 3 for 10lb including a Blue, Stewart Marshall, Cambusbarron, 3 for 9lb 8oz and Gary Stewart, Glasgow, 3 for 9lb 4oz including 2 Blues. Henry Fulton, Greenock, 3 for 9lb 4oz including 2 Blues, Stephen Cowan, Bishopbriggs, 3 for 9lb including a Blue, Scott Seath, Alva, 2 for 7lb including a Blue and Andy Wilson, Tillicoultry, 2 for 6lb 12oz including a Blue.

Week Ending 31st January 2010

It was another good week for fishing at Swanswater despite the cold conditions. In the middle part of the week, when the air temperature rose a little and it was above freezing overnight, the fish responded by being nearer the surface and were being taken around 2 to 3 feet down. However for the rest of the week and towards the weekend when the weather turned colder again, they went deeper and were being caught near the bottom of the ponds. Nearly all were attracted by lures although a few were taken on buzzers. A slow retrieve was the best tactic.

Favourite patterns included Damsel, Minkie, Cat's Whisker, Tadpole, Ace of Spades, Dancer and Viva. Two double figure Rainbows feature in this week's catch returns - Les Cooper, Dunblane, took the biggest fish of the week a 10lb 11oz Rainbow and the other double figure fish was a 10lb 6oz Rainbow, landed by John Kirkwood, Kirkintilloch.

Other good bags included Mark Kenyon, Menstrie, 4 for 18lb including 9lb 14oz Rainbow, including 9lb 8oz Rainbow, Brian Anderson, Edinburgh, 8lb 12oz Blue, Euan McDougall, Tullibody, in two visits, 7 for 28lb including Rainbows at 6lb 12oz and 6lb and 2 Blues and Scott Seath, Stirling 5lb 12oz Blue. John Patrick, Kilsyth, 5 for 15lb 12oz including 2 Blues, George Paterson, Stirling, 5 for 15lb 4oz including 2 Blues, Gary Waugh, Airdrie, 5 for 15lb 4oz including a Blue, Danny Doherty, Denny, 5 for 15lb including 2 Blues and Peter Bryce, Alloa, 4 for 14lb including 3 Blues. Stephen Cowan, Bishopbriggs, 4 for 13lb 8oz, Joe Malcomson, Cumbernauld, 4 for 13lb 4oz including 2 Blues, Alex Wilkie, Coatbridge, 4 for 13lb including a Blue. Stevie Johnston, Airdrie, 4 for 12lb 12oz and Jim Russell, Denny, 4 for 12lb 12oz including a Blue. John Temporal, Denny, 4 for 12lb 4oz including a Blue, Alex Chisholm, Livingston, 4 for 12lb 8oz,Kevin Doak, Bo’ness, 3 for 9lb 8oz Willie McDines, Coatbridge, 2 for 8lb and Jim Hardwick, Falkirk, 2 Blues for 8lb bigger one at 4lb 8oz.

Week Ending 24th January 2010

After two weeks closure due to ice, the Fishery reopened on Monday 18th January. Although there were still some areas affected by ice, including the top end of Swanswater and the Meadow Pond, most of the main part of Swanswater was ice free as was the Millpond. Since then the situation has improved and every day more water is appearing! The fish benefited from the rest and have been relatively active during periods when the sun is out and the temperature rises a bit.The fishing has been good with the fish generally being caught around 3 to 4 feet down. Lures have being doing well with the favourites being Cat's Whiskers, Ace of Spades, Viva, Dancers and various Fritz patterns.Buzzers have also been taking fish.

Those doing well last week included Nigel Muckle, Mid Calder, 4 for 14lb 4oz including a 5lb 14oz Rainbow, Stuart Muckle, Mid Calder, 4 for 12lb 8oz including 2 Blues, Mark Kenyon, Stirling, 6 for 17lb 8oz including 3 Blues and Phil Bryant and M Nicol, Falkirk, shared 6 for 17lb including 2 Blues. Daren Scott, Rosyth, 5 for 15lb, Paul Mitchell, Westquarter, 5 for 14lb 12oz including a Blue, Gary McDonald, Stirling, 5 for 14lb 4oz including 3 Blues and Danny Doherty, Denny 5 for 14lb including 2 Blues. Charles Campbell, Falkirk, 4 for 12lb including a Blue, Robert Cummings and Kyle, Falkirk, 3 for 10lb 8oz including a 4lb 4oz Blue, Willie Walker, Larbert, 3 for 9lb including a Blue and Jimmy Agnew, Stirling, 3 for 9lb 8oz. Andy Henderson, Glasgow, 8lb 12oz including 2 Blues, Russell Ferguson, Dunfermline, 2 for 11lb 12oz, John Mooney, Queenzieburn, 2 for 7lb 12oz and David Sinclair, Stirling, 2 for 7lb. Henry Fulton, Greenock, 2 for 6lb 8oz including a Blue, Davy Horne, Stirling, 2 for 6lb 8oz and Alan Armstrong, Tillicoultry, 2 Blues for 6lb 4oz.

Last week a cheque for £1000 was presented to Strathcarron Hospice by the Fishery. This is the proceeds of the raffle held after the competition on 27th December, plus money taken over the year for the sale of Peter Bryce's buzzers, and also for teas and coffees sold.

Week Ending 3rd January 2010

With the aerators going 24 hours a day and thin ice being broken by the boat, Swanswater managed to remain open for restricted fishing over the Festive period. Occasionally fish were seen near the surface but in general they were lying deep and often hiding under the ice. Lures such as white fritz fished very slowly and deep just off the edge of the ice have resulted in fish being landed.

Unfortunately, with night-time temperatures dropping to -7o or -8o on several occasions, the aerators are now struggling to cope. The small ponds are now closed and it is more than likely that Swanswater will follow suit in the next couple of days.It is hoped that it will be possible to make good use of this cold spell by digging out some of the silted up areas of the main pond to improve the conditions later in the year.

For latest news contact the Fishery on 01786 814805 Amongst those catching fish this week were Marcus Tripney. 2 for 6lb including a Blue; Gavin Sharp, 3 for 8lb 8oz including a Blue; Kevin Mathias, 3lb Rainbow; Andrew McDougall, 3lb Rainbow; Dave Fotheringham, 2 for 4lb from the Meadow Pond; Brian Law, 2lb 4oz Rainbow from the Millpond.

The Management and Staff would like to wish all our anglers a Good New Year and Tight Lines for 2010. Hope to see you when the thaw sets in!

Week Ending 27th December 2009

The "Day after Boxing Day" Competition took place in a curtailed manner on Sunday.Despite 5 inches of snow falling on Saturday night, 16 hardy souls took to the water and fished for a few hours. Stephen Hamilton, Glenochil, got the best bag, with Jim Donnelly, Tullibody, the runner-up. The draw for the raffle also took place.Many thanks go to all those who took part in the fishing, and those who donated prizes and purchased raffle tickets. The proceeds of the raffle will go to Strathcarron Hospice along with other money raised over the year. The final total is not yet known but will be in the region of £1000.Thanks also go to Peter Bryce whose brightly coloured buzzers are sold at the Fishery in aid of the Hospice.

This week's good catches included Stephen Hamilton, Glenochil, 5 for 15lb 2oz in the competition and 3 for 9lb 8oz earlier in the week. Both days' bags included 2 Blues. Norman Hart, Newcastle, had the biggest fish of the week, a 7lb 4oz Rainbow, Jim Donnelly, Tullibody, 4 for 11lb 14oz, Charles Devine, Stirling, 3 for 9lb 12oz including 2 Blues and Mark Kenyon, Menstrie, 3 for 9lb. Keiran Hughes, Stirling, 2 for 7lb 6oz including a Blue, Lawrence Maguire, Falkirk, 2 for 6lb 4oz including a Blue and Alan Smith, Cumbernauld, 2 for 6lb 4oz

Every effort is being made to keep at least part of the Fishery open during this cold spell, but there may come a time when nature wins. It is advisable to contact the Fishery - 01786 814805 for the latest update on conditions.

Week Ending 22nd December 2009

During a very cold week, the aerators kept the ponds more or less free of ice. Those anglers, who braved the weather, were rewarded with some good sport, although some days the fish were more difficult to find.In general they were fairly deep in the water and the best results were from fishing lures with a slow retrieve.

Favourite patterns included Dancers, Ace of Spades, Cat's Whisker, Nomad, Fritz and Buzzer, with the most successful colours being black and green, either on their own or combined. The big fish are still featuring in the catch returns with two double figure Rainbows being landed this week. Bangour Fly Fishing Club had a chilly outing last Sunday and amongst their best catches were Jim Edward, 2 for 14lb 2oz including 10lb 8oz Rainbow; Jim Fowler, 3 for 11lb 2oz including 2 Blues bigger one at 6lb 1oz; Neil Young, 6lb Rainbow; Tam Simpson 5lb 12oz Rainbow and Colin Stewart, 5lb 8oz Rainbow.

The other double figure Rainbow, 10lb 2oz, was landed during the week by Alan Whitton, Stirling, in his 4 for 18lb which also included 2 Blues. Other good returns included Stephen Hamilton, Glenochil, 5 for 17lb 4oz including 6lb 4oz Rainbow, Keith Lewis, South Queensferry, 2 for 11lb 10oz including 8lb 9oz Rainbow and Ian Forbes, South Queensferry, 2 for 11lb 4oz including 7lb 14oz Rainbow. Willie Carr, Cumbernauld, 7lb 8oz Rainbow, Tommy Wilson, Alexandria, 3 for 12lb 8oz including 6lb 12oz Rainbow and a Blue, Mark Kenyon, Menstrie, 5 for 16lb 4oz including 4 Blues and Bob Perritt, Kirknewton, 5 for 16lb. John Moonie and son, Grant, shared 5 for 15lb 8oz including 4lb 8oz Rainbow, Danny Doherty, Denny 5 for 15lb 8oz including a Blue, Paul Mitchell, Westquarter,4 for 12lb 10oz including 2 Blues and Jim Sneddon, Falkirk, 3 Blues for 9lb. Ian Anderson, Helensburgh, 2 for 6lb 4oz including a Blue and Euan McDougall, Tullibody, 2 Blues for 6lb.

Week Ending 13th December 2009

The Fishery remains open despite the cold as there are aerators in all the ponds keeping them ice-free. The fishing was good all week with the boats doing particularly well on certain days. The fish are now lying a bit deeper and the advice is the deeper you fish, the slower the retrieve. Those who are getting fish nearer the top are retrieving fast which means there are still fish wanting to chase flies, but in general they are deeper down.The best results this week came from fishing small lures with Dancer, Hot-head Damsel, Cat’s Whisker, Nomad and Fritz being the favourites.A wide range of colours was catching including black and green, white, orange, and, on the coldest days, pink.

The biggest fish this week was an 8lb 7oz Rainbow landed by Alan Armstrong, Tillicoultry. Other good bags included John Relf, Falkirk 2 for 10lb 4oz including 8lb Rainbow, John Cook, Menstrie, 7lb 14oz Rainbow, Nan Morrison, Stirling, 7lb 7oz Rainbow and Harry Seton, Clydebank, 3 for 12lb 8oz including 6lb 8oz Blue. Jim Connor, Alexandria, 5 for 17lb 6oz including 6lb 4oz Rainbow and a Blue, Geoff Hainsworth Alloa, 3 for 11lb 8oz including 5lb 8oz Blue, John Patrick, Kilsyth, 5 for 15lb 4oz including 3 Blues and Mark Kenyon, Menstrie, in three visits, 13 for 36lb 12oz including 9 Blues. Danny Doherty, Denny 4 for 12lb including a Blue, Archie McClymont, Glasgow, 3 for 10lb including a Blue, Paul Mitchell, Westquarter, 3 for 9lb 4oz including a Blue and Andy Wilson, Tillicoultry, 3 for 9lb. John Moonie and son, Grant, shared 6 for 17lb 8oz including 2 Blues.

Week Ending 6th December 2009

The cooler water conditions seem to have set the bigger fish moving and a good number in the 5lb to 8lb range have been taken this week.Despite the cold the fish have still been in the top 3 to 4 feet of water with occasional ones still showing themselves on the surface. Buzzers, Diawl Bach, Cormorant and small lures such as Dancer, Damsel, Ace of Spades and various Fritz patterns have been the most successful with favourite colours being Black and Green, Orange and Black.

Peter Bryce, Alloa, took the best bag this week with 6 for 24lb 8oz including 8lb 7oz Rainbow, and 3 Blues biggest one at 5lb and Alec Marshall, Armadale, had an excellent day taking 3 for 19lb 8oz including 8lb 4oz Blue and 8lb Rainbow, Amongst the other successful anglers were George Kochanek, Tullibody, 4 for 17lb 14oz including 8lb 6oz Blue, Kevin Mathias, Helensburgh, 3 for 13lb 12oz including 8lb 12oz Rainbow, Stuart Greig, Dunfermline, 8lb 4oz Rainbow, Ryan Hunter,

Skinflats, 7lb 4oz Blue and Gavin Johnston, St Ninians, 7lb 4oz Blue. David Hunter, Alloa, 3 for 11lb 8oz including 6lb Rainbow from the Meadow Pond and a Blue, Brian Hunter, Uddingston, 5lb Rainbow from the Meadow Pond, Ian Young, Grangemouth, 2 for 7lb 4oz from the Millpond and Willie Martin, Stirling, 5 for 14lb 8oz including a Blue. Jimmy Allan, Grangemouth, 4 for 13lb 12oz including 4lb 8oz Rainbow from the Meadow Pond and a Blue, Phil Bryant, Falkirk, 4 for 13lb 2oz including 2 Blues, Alan Armstrong, Dollar, 3 for 9lb 4oz including 2 Blues

and Alec Paterson, Sauchie, 3 for 9lb including 2 Blues. Les Cooper, Dunblane, 2 for 6lb 4oz including a Blue.

Week Ending 22nd November 2009

The fishing remained good all week despite the weather conditions which ranged from calm and mild at the start of the week through torrential rain and strong winds midweek to a slight frost and fog on Saturday.

Slightly fewer anglers braved the conditions, but those that did were well rewarded.The fish were generally still in the top 3 feet of the water and taking mostly nymphs and small lures. Buzzers, Diawl Bach, Hare’s Ear, Hot-head Damsel, and Dancer were the best patterns, with favourite colours being lime green, black and yellow.

Amongst those anglers doing well this week were Alex Chisholm, Polbeth, 4 Blues for 21lb 12oz biggest one at 7lb 12oz, Alec Kelso, Stirling, 3 for 14lb 1oz including 9lb 12oz Rainbow, Stephen Hamilton, Glenochil, 3 for 13lb 2oz including 8lb 6oz Rainbow and Andy Wilson, Tillicoultry, 4 for 14lb 4oz including 2 Blues, bigger one at 6lb 4oz. Chris Heslop, Stirling, 2 for 9lb including 6lb Blue, Mike Baldwin, Renfrew, 2 for 9lb 8oz, Archie McClymont, Glasgow, 5 for 14lb 8oz including 2 Blues and Joe Hunter, Alloa, 4 for 12lb including a Blue. George Kochanek, Tullibody, 4 for 11lb 12oz including 2 Blues, Bob Garvie, Lennoxtown, 3 for 9lb including a Blue and Alan Dewar, Gartocharn, 2 for 6lb 4oz including a Blue.

Week Ending 29th November 2009

In a week that was dominated by the weather, there was still some great fishing at Swanswater. Due to over 3 inches of rain in 36 hours, the water level at the end of the week was the highest ever seen and the main pond was unfishable on Thursday and on Friday morning. Fortunately there was no lasting damage and the level dropped fairly quickly so fishing was possible by around 11 am on Friday.Some of the bigger fish were moving around this week and a good number in the 5lb to 9lb range were landed.

The fish are still not deep and taking a variety of flies including Damsel, particularly hot-heads, Dancer, Ace of Spades, Diawl Bach, Buzzer and various colours of Fritz.

This week’s best bags included Craig Ramage, Grangemouth, 2 for 11lb 8oz including 9lb 1oz Rainbow and a Blue, Dennis Lennon, Airdrie, 5 for 19lb 1oz including 4 Blues, biggest one at 8lb 15oz, Billy Weir, Bannockburn, 4 for 16lb 5oz including 7lb 13oz Rainbow and William Lennon, Airdrie, 7lb 6oz Rainbow. Jim Allan, Kilsyth, 4 for 15lb including 3 Blues, biggest one at 7lb 2oz, John Relf, Falkirk, 3 for 11lb 9oz including 6lb 13oz Blue, Andy Hunter, Alloa, 3 for 11lb 8oz including 6lb 13oz Rainbow and a Blue and Rab Erskine,

Kincardine, 2 for 9lb including 6lb 12oz Blue. Davy Bennie, Denny, 6lb 6oz Rainbow, John Smith, Dunfermline, 5lb 10oz Rainbow, Gary McDonald, Tullibody, 4 for 12lb 8oz including 5lb Rainbow and 2 Blues and David Bradshaw, 4 for 11lb 14oz including 2 Blues. Sandy Cowan, Edinburgh, 3 for 9lb including a Blue and Euan McDougall, Tullibody, 2 for 6lb 8oz including a Blue.

Week Ending 15th November 2009

The fishing early in the week was excellent and although it tailed off a little there were still plenty of fish being landed by the weekend. There are no particular hot spots at present with fish being taken all round the main pond.The small ponds continue to fish well, both for those taking fish and for others on catch and release after their limits.The fish were still in the top two or three feet of water for most of the week and were taking small lures, nymphs and wet flies.Favourite patterns included Yellow Dancer, Damsel, Nomad, Montana, Blob, Buzzer, Gold Head Daddy, and Diawl Bach.Best colours were Green, Black and Orange.

The Fishery is now closing at 4.30pm.

Greg Lockhart, Stirling, in two visits, 4 Blues for 20lb 10oz, biggest ones at 8lb and 7lb 2oz, Nigel Muckle, Mid Calder, 4 for 18lb 4oz including Blues at 7lb 14oz Blue and 5lb, Charles Devine, Stirling, 2 for 10lb 8oz including 7lb 9oz Rainbow and a Blue and John Relf, Falkirk, 4 for 14lb 8oz including 6lb 10oz Gold and 2 Blues. Scott Aitken, Banknock, 5 for 16lb including 6lb 4oz Rainbow and 4 Blues, James McDonald, Clydebank, 5 for 16lb 4oz, including 5lb Rainbow and 2 Blues, Dennis Raynor, Stirling, 4 for 12lb 8oz from the Millpond, including 6lb 4oz Rainbow and a Blue and Steven Long, Balloch, 2 for 8lb 8oz including 5lb 10oz Rainbow and a Blue. John Duncan, Dumbarton, 6lb 4oz Rainbow, 10 year old Jack Eadie, Cowie, 5lb 8oz Gold, John Gilchrist, Stirling, 5lb 6oz Rainbow and Charles Campbell, Falkirk, 5 for 14lb 4oz including 4 Blues. John Patrick, Kilsyth, 3 for 10lb 4oz including 4lb 12oz and a Blue, Malcolm Miller, Clackmannan, 3 for 9lb 12oz including a Blue and 7 year old Lee Gibb, Stirling, 4lb 4oz Blue from the Millpond.

Week Ending 9th November 2009

Despite the weather, it was another good week for fishing at Swanswater. The heavy rain at the weekend led to water levels rising but the water did not get too dirty which is a good sign for the winter to come. The fish were still very active and in the top few feet of water, with anglers doing well with floating or intermediate lines. Best patterns this week included many wet flies and nymphs, with the favourites being Black Pennell, Kate McLaren, Buzzer, PTN, Hare's Ear, Diawl Bach, Damsel and Montana. The usual small lures - Dancer, Damsel and the Cat's Whisker - were also taking fish. The small ponds are fishing well at present with many anglers enjoying a lot of sport on catch and release after achieving their bag limit on Swanswater.

Amongst this week's best catches were Andrew Smart, Dunfermline, 3 for 14lb 1oz including 8lb 5oz Gold and a Blue, John Moyes, Grangemouth, 7lb 10oz Rainbow, Ian Young, Grangemouth, 3 for 11lb 12oz including 6lb 12oz Rainbow and 2 Blues and Alan Stirling, Bonnybridge, 7 for 24lb including 3 Blues, biggest one at 6lb 4oz. Jim McIndoe, Cambusbarron, 4 for 13lb 12oz including 3 Blues, biggest one at 5lb 2oz, Paul Heaver, Alloa, 2 for 7lb from the Meadow Pond, including 5lb Rainbow, Danny Doherty, Denny, 7 Blues for 18lb and Joe Hunter, Alloa, 4 for 13lb 8oz including 2 Blues. Alec Kelso, Stirling, 4 for 12lb including 2 Blues, Brian McIntosh, Banknock, 4 for 12lb including 2 Blues, Kevin O’Brien, Falkirk, 2 for 7lb 4oz and Peter O’Brien, Falkirk, 2 for 6lb including a Blue.

Week Ending 1st November 2009

Over 400 fish were landed at Swanswater this week with Tuesday to Friday being the most successful spell.The mild, calm, settled weather has seen the fish remaining in the top couple of feet of water and feeding actively. Nymphs and small lures fished on a floating line have been doing best but fish were also being taken on wet flies and, especially on the small ponds, some dries.Favourite patterns included Diawl Bach, Hare’s Ear, PTN, Cormorant, Damsel, Dancer, Gold Head Daddy, Black Pennell and Spider.

Last week's best bags included Alastair Anderson, Dunfermline, 4 for 20lb 11oz including Rainbows at 9lb 5oz and 6lb 6oz and 2 Blues, Ross Carroll, Stirling, 3 for 13lb including 2Blues bigger one at 8lb 5oz, Lawrence Maguire, Falkirk, 4 for 15lb 8oz including 8lb 4oz Rainbow and 2 Blues and Jim Allan, Kilsyth, 3 for 12lb 14oz including 7lb 12oz Rainbow. Angus Vaughan, Falkirk, 4 for 14lb 6oz including 2 Blues bigger one at 7lb 6oz, Charles Campbell, Falkirk, 2 for 10lb 12oz including 7lb 4oz Blue, Jim Anderson, Carstairs Village, 5 Blues for 16lb 14oz biggest one at 6lb and Alan Adam, Tillicoultry, 6lb Rainbow. Stephen Cowan, Bishopbriggs, 2 for 7lb 12oz including 5lb Blue, Graeme Connelly, Kirkcaldy, 5 for 15lb 2oz including 4 Blues, Brian Duffy, Kirkcaldy, 4 for 12lb 14oz including 2 Blues, bigger one at 4lb 10oz, Brian Hunter, Uddingston, 3 for 9lb 12oz including a Blue and Andy Henderson, Glasgow, 3 for 9lb 4oz including 4lb Rainbow and 2 Blues.

The Swanswater Cygnets held their AGM and prize giving on Sunday.Over the season the youngsters have landed a total of 124 fish at a variety of venues in the local area.John Campbell is this year’s Club Champion, with Blair Fergus runner-up and Jack Whitfield in third place.Jack also took the trophy for the heaviest fish of the season.Thomas Penman took the B Championship with Morgan McDougall runner-up and Callum Docherty in third place.Fly-tying classes continue over the winter months with the new fishing season starting in March.

Week Ending 11th October 2009

Although the brown trout are now finished, the Rainbows and Blues continue to give great sport and some super bags were landed this week.The wind and rain on Saturday gave way to bright, settled weather for the rest of the week and this, combined with the cool night-time temperatures, has led to excellent fishing conditions.The fish were slightly deeper than the previous few weeks but still very active and taking a wide variety of lures and flies including Damsel, Montana, Dancer, Black Spider, Diawl Bach, Hare's Ear and Bibio. The Brown trout season, which finished on Tuesday, saw a total of over 1300 Browns taken including 3 double figure specimen and at least another 30 over 4lb 8oz, with the biggest being the new record at 14lb 14oz.

Amongst this week's best bags were Garry Bryant, Dunipace, 2 Blues for 10lb 13oz bigger one at 8lb 8oz, Glen Anderson, Haggs, 7lb 4oz Blue, Tam Irvine, Stirling, 2 Blues for 9lb 6oz bigger one at 6lb 14oz and Sandy Ireland, Lochgoilhead, 5 for 17lb 2oz including 6lb 12oz Rainbow, 3 Blues and a Brown. Alan Henderson, Grangemouth, 3 for 14lb including 6lb 4oz Rainbow and a Brown, John Gilchrist, Stirling, 3 for 11lb including 2 Blues, bigger one at 6lb, David Bruce, Stirling, 2 for 10lb 4oz including 6lb Blue and Hugh Barrie, Darvel, 4 for 16lb 8oz including 5lb 13oz Blue and 5lb 10oz Gold. Alex Adams, Falkirk, 2 Blues for 8lb 12oz bigger one at 5lb 12oz, Paul Taylor, Plean, 4 for 12lb from the Millpond, including 3 Blues biggest one at 5lb 12oz, Brian McIntosh, 3 for 10lb 4oz including 5lb 4oz Rainbow and William Williams, Alloa, 4 for 12lb 8oz from the Meadow Pond, including 4lb 4oz Rainbow. Ray Hatchard, 3 for 9lb 12oz including 2 Blues bigger one at 5lb, Petrina Williams, Alloa, 5 for 16lb including a Brown and a Blue, Alan Warnock, Darvel, 5 for 15lb including 2 Blues and Derek Irvine, Stirling, 4 for 14lb 12oz including 2 Blues bigger one at 4lb 12oz. George Kochaned, Tullibody, 4 for 12lb 8oz including 2 Blues, Gordon McPhee, Cumbernauld, 2 Blues for 8lb 14oz and Brian Todd, Oban, 2 for 7lb.

Week Ending 4th October 2009

The autumn conditions are suiting the fish and there was another superb week of fishing at Swanswater with 450 fish landed. There was a lot of top of the water sport this week, even when it was really windy. The fish are very active and are taking a wide variety of flies, with Daddies, Hoppers and wet flies including Spiders and Kate McLaren, the best patterns. Also catching were Snatchers, Sedgehog, Hare's Ear, Buzzers, Bloodworm and Damsel.Favourite colours were black, green and olive. The boats are doing well most days but there are no real hot spots and fish are being taken all round the ponds. The Fishery is now closing at 6.30pm.

James Elliott, Stirling, had the best bag of the week with 5 for 24lb 8oz including 6lb 12oz Gold, 6lb Rainbow and 5lb 12oz Blue, Amongst the other good bags were Frank Barr, Falkirk, 5 for 21lb including two 6lb 8oz Rainbows and 3 Blues and Steve Clark, Lasswade, 5 for 17lb 8oz including 7lb 8oz Rainbow and a Blue. Craig Wood, Falkirk, 3 for 12lb including 7lb 4oz Gold and a Blue, Kevin Mathias, Helensburgh, 4 for 16lb 8oz including 7lb 1oz Blue, Ronnie Mackie, Dunfermline, 5 for 18lb including 2 Blues bigger one at 7lb and David Thomas, East Kilbride, 6lb 8oz Blue. Gary Stewart, Glasgow, in 3 visits, 8 for 26lb 4oz including 6lb 4oz Rainbow, 4 Blues and a Brown, Davy Neilson, Carronshore, 4 for 14lb 8oz including 6lb Rainbow, 2 Blues and a Brown, Stephen McDonald, Banknock, 2 for 8lb including 6lb Blue and a Brown and Gavin Johnston, Glasgow, 6lb Rainbow. Jim Milne, Alloa, 4 for 14lb 4oz including 5lb 8oz Rainbow, Willie Martin, Stirling, 5 for 17lb 8oz including 5lb 4oz Rainbow and 2 Blues, Alan Henderson, Grangemouth, 5 for 17lb including 3 Blues and Richard Anthony, Edinburgh 5 for 16lb including 2 Blues. Joe France, Balloch, 4 for 13lb 12oz including 2 Blues, Steve Griffin, Kilsyth, 3 for 11lb 8oz including 5lb 4oz Rainbow, Tom Mullen, Newmains, 3 for 10lb 12oz including 4lb 12oz Rainbow and a Blue and Paul Taylor, Plean, 3 for 10lb 10oz from the Millpond including 4lb 14oz Rainbow. Alan Whitton, 3 Blues for 10lb 4oz biggest one at 4lb 4oz, Thomas Penman, Falkirk, 3 for 9lb 12oz from the Meadow Pond including 5lb 6oz Blue and Alec Robertson, Dunfermline, 2 Blues for 8lb 2oz.

Week Ending 27th September 2009

It was another excellent week for fishing, with Thursday and Friday the two best days.The cooler, more settled weather is suiting the fish and they are very active.Fish are being seen moving all over the water and most are still being caught just below the surface.They are keen to chase and a wide variety of small lures, nymphs and wet flies are working well with a few fish still being tempted by dries such as Hoppers, Sedges and Daddy Long Legs. Other favourite patterns included Damsel, Cat’s Whisker, Dancer, Blob, Buzzer, Montana, Diawl Bach, Hare’s Ear, Kate McLaren, and Black Pennell.More lovely Blues in the 6lb to 8lb range were landed this week with the biggest at 8lb 2oz. The small ponds have also been fishing very well and are proving very popular especially on the windier days when they offer a bit more shelter.

David Thorburn, Peebles, 3 for 12lb 8oz including 2 Blues bigger one at 8lb 2oz, John Ryan, Denny, 7lb 12oz Blue, Andy Wilson, Tillicoultry, 4 for 19lb including 7lb 8oz Blue, Colin Clement, Tyndrum, 7lb 4oz Blue and Sandy Ireland, Lochgoilhead, 3 for 12lb 12oz including 7lb 2oz Rainbow and a Blue. Allan McLachlan, Plean, 7lb Gold, Martin Stewart, Glasgow, 6lb 4oz Blue, Gary Stewart, Glasgow, 5 for 19lb 4oz including 3 Blues biggest one at 5lb 4oz, Jim Milne, Alloa, 5 for 16lb including 2 Blues bigger one at 5lb 10oz and Greg Hoggan, Stirling, 4 for 13lb 2oz including 2 Blues, bigger one at 5lb 8oz and a Brown. John Dowie, 5lb 8oz Blue, Ray Pryce, Dumbarton, 5 for 15lb 8oz including 4 Blues, Danny Doherty, Denny, 5 for 15lb including 4 Blues and Drew Fisher, Dunfermline, 4 for 14lb 7oz including 5lb 10z Rainbow and a Blue. Kevin Mathias, Helensburgh, 4 for 14lb including a Blue, Willie Martin, Stirling, 4 for 13lb 12oz including 2 Blues, Dougie Lawson, Perth, 4 for 12lb 12oz including 3 Blues biggest one at 4lb 8oz and Catherine McGiven, Scone, 3 for 10lb 12oz including 4lb 12oz Rainbow and a Blue. Stephen Cowan, Bishopbriggs, 3 for 10lb including 4lb 8oz Rainbow and a Blue, Jim McCurdie, Argyll, 3 for 9lb 12oz including 2 Blues bigger one at 4lb 4oz, Gavin Stevenson, Stirling, 2 for 8lb 4oz including a Blue, Glen Anderson, Haggs, 2 for 7lb 8oz including a Blue and Alec Peachey, Scone, 2 for 76lb 4oz including a Blue. Jim Marshall, Stirling, 2 Blues for 7lb.

Week Ending 20th September 2009

The biggest blue, at 9lb 9oz, and the biggest gold, 9lb 2oz, of the year to date were both landed this week as the cooler overnight temperatures stirred up the bigger fish.Another great week’s fishing with well over 400 fish landed including several blues over 6lb. The fish are very active and looking to chase nymphs and small lures in the top few feet of the water.Best patterns included Buzzer, Damsel, Hare’s Ear, Cormorant, Dancer and Cat’s Whisker.Also catching were Black Pennell, Kate McLaren, Hoppers and Daddy Long Legs.Favourite colours were Olive and Black.

The Fishery is now closing at 7.30pm

With so many good bags this week it was hard to know which ones to include so here is a selection of the best ones. Alec Paterson, Sauchie, 2 for 12lb 12oz including 9lb 9z Blue, George Gemmell, Falkirk, 9lb 2oz Gold, Jim Hardwick, Falkirk, 2 Blues for 10lb bigger one at 7lb 8oz , Alec Peachey, Scone, 4 Blues for 14lb biggest one at 7lb 4oz and David Aitken,

East Kilbride, 7lb 3oz Blue. Davy Nicholson, Kinglassie, 4 for 14lb 12oz including 6lb 12oz Gold and 2 Browns Mark Kenyon, Menstrie, in two visits, 8 for 28lb 2oz including 4 Blues, biggest one at 6lb 10oz and 4lb Rainbow, Jim Allan, Kilsyth, 6lb 10oz Blue and Bill Wither, Edinburgh, 6lb 9oz Blue. Billy Forbes, Tillicoultry, 5 for 18lb 8oz including 4 Blues biggest one at 6lb 7oz, George Kochanek, Tullibody, 3 for 12lb 4oz including 2 Blues, bigger one at 6lb 4oz and a Brown, Steven McCrory, Cardonald, 2 for 8lb including 6lb Blue from the Meadow Pond, Alex Donaldson, Alloa, 2 Blues for 9lb bigger one at 5lb 12oz and Ivan Brown, Helensburgh, 5lb Rainbow. Peter O’Brien, Falkirk, 5 for 17lb 12oz including 2 Blues and a Brown, Andrew Aitcheson, 5 for 17lb 2oz including 4lb 4oz Rainbow and 2 Blues, Archie McClymont, Glasgow, 5 for 15lb including 2 Browns and Stephen Cowan, Bishopbriggs, 4 for 12lb 8oz. Tommy Wilson, Alexandria, 3 Blues for 10lb 14oz, Alex Fenton, Glenrothes, 3 for 10lb including a Brown, Alistair Strang, Stirling, 3 for 10lb including a Blue and Elvar from Iceland, 2 for 6lb 12oz.

Week Ending 13th September 2009

With the weather more settled and the water temperature at a pleasant 13o-14oC, the conditions have been perfect for some excellent fishing. Over 460 fish were landed during the week including several Blues in the 7lb to 8lb range and some nice Rainbows over 5lb.The Browns continue to be very active and many featured in the catch returns.Nymphs were doing particularly well this week with Damsel, Diawl Bach, PTN, Hare's Ear and Buzzers the favourite patterns.Also catching were the usual small lures - Dancer, Cat's Whisker, and various Fritz patterns - and an assortment of both wet and dry flies.The fish are still in the top couple of feet of the water and looking to chase, so a fairly quick retrieve is working well.

18 Members of Butcher Boy Fishing Club from Kilbirnie had a successful outing taking 50 fish for 154lb 14oz including 27 Blues and 8 Browns. Their best bags were Mike Jackson, 5 for 19lb 11oz including 7lb 6oz Blue; Billy King, 5 for 19lb

6oz including 7lb 8oz Blue; and Jim Clegg, 5 for 17lb 1oz including 5lb Rainbow.Hugh Falconer took a 7lb 3oz Blue.

Other anglers doing well this week included Willie Martin, Stirling, 5 Blues for 18lb 4oz, biggest one at 7lb 10oz, Jim Allan, Kilsyth, 3 for 12lb 10oz including 2 Blues bigger one at 7lb 2oz, Gary Aitcheson, Glasgow, 5 for 17lb 4oz including 6lb 4oz Rainbow, a Blue and a Brown and Jim Laughlin, 4 for 13lb 12oz including 5lb 10oz Rainbow, a Brown and a Blue. Gavin Johnston, Stirling, 2 for 9lb 8oz including 5lb 8oz Rainbow, Gary Borthwick, Carronshore,4 for 14lb 8ozincluding 5lb Rainbow and 2 Blues, John Alcock, Balloch 3 for 10lb including 2 Blues bigger one at 5lb and Owen Hughes, Kelty, 5 for 15lb 8oz including 2 Blues. Frank Barr, Falkirk, 5 for 15lb 4oz including 4 Blues, Jim Gallagher, Glasgow, 4 for 14lb 4oz, Stephen Anderson, Glenrothes, 4 for 13lb 4oz including 2 Blues and Kenny Whitehead, Helensburgh, 4 for 13lb 4oz including a Blue. Iain Macdonald, Stirling, 3 for 10lb 4oz including a Blue and a Brown, Jim Marshall, Stirling, 3 for 10lb including a Blue, John Gilchrist, Stirling, 3 for 9lb 8oz including 2 Browns and a Blue and Archie McClymont, Glasgow, 3 for 9lb 8oz including a Blue and a Brown. David Bruce, Stirling, 2 for 8lb 6oz including 3lb 8oz Brown.

Week Ending 7th September 2009

There was some excellent fishing last week. The heavy rain raised the level of the ponds a little, but any coloured water quickly disappeared and the fresher conditions meant the fish were very active.Despite wind and rain, the fish were still just under the surface.They were being caught on a wide variety of patterns, from lures to dry flies, including Dancer, Cat’s Whisker, Damsel, Buzzer, PTN, Diawl Bach, Kate McLaren, Bibio, and Hopper. A wide range of colours was also working including green, orange, yellow and black. 430 fish were landed this week with around 40% being Blues and over 12% were Browns.Several large Golds also feature in the catch returns, although the biggest fish of the week was a cracking 8lb Blue.  The Fishery is now closing 8.00pm.

Tom Pettigrew, Montrose, 3 for 15lb including 2 Blues, bigger one at 8lb, Steven Brodie, Glasgow, 7lb 12oz Gold, Steve Webb, Glasgow, 4 for 15lb including 7lb 8oz Gold and 2 Blues, Henry Fulton, Greenock, 3 for 12lb 4oz including 6lb 14oz Gold, a Blue and a Brown and Aidan Lynch, Broxburn, 3 for 13lb 6oz including 2 Blues bigger one at 6lb 12oz. Willie McAleese, Laurieston, 3 for 14lb 4oz including 2 Blues bigger one at 6lb 8oz, Alan Harvey, Glasgow, 5 for 17lb including 6lb Gold and a Blue, Stuart Malcolm, Glasgow, 4 for 14lb 12oz including 2 Blues, bigger one at 6lb and a Brown and Willie Martin, Stirling, 5 for 17lb including 5lb 8oz Rainbow, 2 Blues and a Brown. Colin Young, 3 for 9lb 8oz from the Millpond, including 2 Blues bigger one at 5lb, Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, in two visits, 9 for 28lb 4oz including 4 Blues and a Brown, Euan McDougall, Tullibody, also in two visits, 8 for 26lb 4oz including 3 Blues and Bobby Robertson, Falkirk, 4 for 12lb 4oz including 3 Blues. John Hester, Cumbernauld, 3 for 10lb including 2 Blues, David McRae, Falkirk, 3 for 9lb 4oz including a Blue and a Brown, Andy Wilson, Linlithgow, 3 for 9lb including 2 Blues and a Brown, Alfred Sandford, Grangemouth, 2 for 7lb including a Blue and David Bradley, Alloa, 2 Blues for 6lb 12oz. Brian McNeish, Stirling, 2 Browns for 6lb 4oz.

Week Ending 31st August 2009

With the water temperature now sitting at around 14oC and plenty of rain to freshen things up, the fishing continued to improve as the week went on.The fish are still near the top of the water and are very active and looking for something to chase.The favourite patterns included Sedges, Daddies, Spiders, Muddlers, Diawl Bach, Hare’s Ear, Bibio and Buzzers, all fished on a floating or intermediate line with a fast retrieve.The Browns are definitely enjoying the conditions and are feeding well and feature in many of the catch returns.A large proportion of Blues are still being stocked and caught.Several anglers report seeing a couple of big browns cruising the water around the islands and also some good sized Golds have been seen.

Alec Peachey, Scone, 2 for 10lb 8oz including 8lb Blue, Gerry Sailor, Stirling, 3 Blues for 13lb 12oz biggest one at 7lb 14oz, John Moonie and son, Grant, Queenzieburn, 4 for 13lb including 6lb 2oz Brown and a Blue and Iain MacDonald, Stirling, 3 for 12lb 8oz including 2 Blues bigger one at 5lb 4oz. Ron Mitchell, Fishcross, 2 for 7lb 4oz including 5lb Rainbow and a Brown, David Flack, Glasgow, 4 for 13lb 8oz including 5lb Rainbow and a Blue, Gordon McPhee, Cumbernauld, 5lb Rainbow and Danny Doherty, Denny, 5 for 15lb 8oz including 3 Blues and a Brown. James Elliott, Stirling, 5 for 14lb including 4 Blues and a Brown, Scott Stirling, Grangemouth, 5 for 14lb including 2 Browns and a Blue, Brian McAllister, Glasgow, 4 for 14lb including 3 Blues and George Simpson, Falkirk, 4 for 12lb 4oz including 3 Blues. Laurence Eddie, Grangemouth, 4 for 12lb including 3 Browns and a Blue, Brian Hutchison, Gartocharn, 3 for 13lb 10oz including 2 Blues, Eddie Scanlon, Glasgow, 3 for 9lb 12oz including 4lb 6oz Rainbow and 2 Blues and Charles Devine, Stirling, 3 for 9lb 2oz including a Brown and a Blue. Derek Irvine, Stirling, 2 Blues for 6lb 8oz.

Week Ending 23rd August 2009

The cooler wetter weather has certainly freshened up the water and encouraged the fish to move.With better conditions the fishing improved this week especially towards the end of the week with Friday the best day.Not only were the Blues and Rainbows being taken in bigger numbers, the Browns were much more active and a good number figure in the catch returns.Fish are still taking near the top of the water with floating lines being the order of the day.Favourite patterns included Snatcher, Cruncher, Diawl Bach, Hare's Ear, PTN, Buzzer, Kate McLaren, Bibio and Sedge. Now that the nights are getting longer the Fishery is closing at 8.30pm.

Chris Heslop, Stirling, took the biggest fish of the week in his bag of 3 for 12lb 12oz including 8lb 14oz Gold and 2 Blues, Also doing well were Tom Pate, Alloa, 3 for 12lb 14oz including 2 Blues, bigger one at 7lb 12oz, Steve Griffin, Kilsyth, 7lb8oz Rainbow and Gary Stewart, Glasgow, 2 Blues for 9lb 12oz bigger one at 7lb 6oz. Willie Martin, Stirling, 5 for 19b including 7lb Gold and 2 Blues, Raymond Black, 2 for 8lb including 5lb 12oz Blue, Alec and Catherine Peachey, Scone, 4 for 13lb 8oz including 5lb 8oz Rainbow for Catherine and Jim Anderson Jnr. Carstairs, 5 for 16lb 9oz including 4lb 6oz Blue, 4lb 4oz Rainbow and 2 Browns. George Simpson, Falkirk, 5 for 15lb 4oz including 5lb Rainbow and 2 Blues, Frank Barr, Falkirk, 5 for 15lb including 3 Blues, John Kirkwood, Glasgow, 4 for 13lb 12oz including a Blue, Brian Lockie, Stirling, in his float tube, 4 Blues for 12lb and Drew Borland, Kilbirnie, 3 for 9lb 8oz including 2 Blues. John Gilchrist, Stirling, 2 for 8lb 4oz including 4lb 12oz Rainbow, Justin Brake, Edinburgh, 2 for 7lb 8oz including a Brown, John Moyes, Grangemouth, 2 for 7lb 4oz including 4lb 4oz Rainbow and a Blue, Ronnie McFarlane, Kilbirnie, 2 for 7lb 4oz including a Blue and Ken Deacon, Tullibody, 2 for 7lb.

Week Ending 16th August 2009

It has been another fairly tough week at Swanswater although things improved as the week progressed and the rain freshened up the water.The fish are very near the surface and can be seen moving around the water although it is sometimes difficult to work out what they are feeding on.Daddy Long Legs, Hopper, Sedge, and Muddler were all working well on the surface, with Kate McLaren, Buzzer, Diawl Bach, Cormorant and Hare’s Ear also taking fish just below the surface.Again there was a certain amount of frustration with anglers losing fish but those that managed to hold on to their catches were rewarded with some excellent bags.

Nan Morrison with her 8lb brownie from Swanswater

Peter Tanner, Kirkintilloch, 2 for 10lb 10oz including 8lb 4oz Rainbow, Nan Morrison, Stirling, 8lb Brown, James Elliott, Stirling, 2 for 11lb including 7lb 12oz Blue, Danny Doherty, Denny, 5 for 16lb including 5lb 8oz Rainbow and 3 Blues and Petrina Williams, Alloa, 5 for 15lb including 4 Blues. Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, in two visits, 5 for 15lb 12oz including 3 Blues, Marcus Tripney, Grangemouth, in two visits, 10 for 28lb including 5 Blues and a Brown and Peter Bryce, Alloa, 5 for 14lb 4oz including a Blue and a Brown. John Patrick, Glasgow, 5 Blues for 13lb 6oz, Eddie A’Hara, Glasgow, 3 for 10lb including 4lb 2oz Rainbow, Bob Scanlon, Dalgetty Bay, 3 for 9lb including a Blue and Andy Duffin, Fallin, 3 Blues for 9lb. John Moyes, Grangemouth, 2 for 8lb including 5lb 12oz Blue and a Brown, Alan Fotheringham, Tullibody, 2 for 7lb 8oz including 5lb Rainbow and a Blue and Jim Gallagher, Glasgow, 2 Blues for 6lb 4oz.

Week Ending 9th August 2009

As most anglers seem to appreciate honesty, we won't pretend the fishing wasn't hard this week!As usual some days were better than others depending on the weather conditions and there are always those who can catch fish no matter what the conditions are like.Some days the fishing was better during the day, other days it was the evening before things improved.Plenty of fish are being seen moving and following flies and many are being hooked briefly and then lost again.In general the fish are near the surface and although they are sometimes a bit lethargic, at other times they are looking for something to chase.Dry flies were taking the majority of fish with Sedges and Wickham's Fancy being the favourites. Other successful patterns included nymphs and wets such as Damsel, Hare's Ear, Buzzer, Diawl Bach Kate McLaren and Bibio. Blues are still making up more than 50% of the catches.

Alan Davidson, Airdrie, 2 Blues for 10lb 12oz bigger one at 8lb 4oz, Jim Hardwick, Falkirk, 3 for 12lb 4oz including 7lb 14oz Gold and 2 Blues, Iain MacDonald, Stirling, 3 Blues for 12lb 8oz biggest at 6lb 12oz, Dave Meredith, Alloa, 6lb 8oz Rainbow and Jim Allan, Kilsyth, 2 for 7lb 4oz including 5lb Rainbow. Peter O’Brien, Camelon, 5 for 14lb 8oz including 4 Blues. John Stevenson, Stirling, 4 for 11lb 12oz, Billy Weir, Bannockburn, 4 for 11lb 4oz including 2 Blues and 4lb Brown, Charles Devine, Stirling, 3 Blues for 9lb and Danny Doherty, Denny, 3 Blues for 9lb. Alex Donaldson, Alloa, 2 for 6lb 10oz, Kevin O’Brien, Falkirk, 2 Blues for 6lb 8oz, Andy Wilson, Tillicoultry, 2 Blues for 6lb 4oz and Drew Fisher, Dunfermline, 4lb 4oz Rainbow.

Week Ending 2nd August 2009

Conditions continue to improve with some good days but still some pretty difficult days. Nearly 400 fish landed this week, although anglers are still being frustrated by hooking and losing fish.  In general the fish are being taken in the top 12 to 18 inches of the water and seem to be feeding early morning and late evening when things are a bit cooler.

Favourite patterns include buzzers, Kate McLaren, Bibio, PTN, Damsel, Hare’s Ear, Sedge and Muddler. The lower water temperature seems to be suiting the browns better and they are becoming more active and featuring more in the catch returns.The blues are in superb condition and are making up more than half of the fish landed. Several excellent fish in the 5lb to 8lb range were landed this week including Blues, Golds and Rainbows.

John Muirhead, Bathgate, took the biggest fish of the week in his 2 Blues for 10lb 2oz bigger one at 7lb 8oz, Alex Donaldson, Alloa, 2 for 11lb 1oz including 7lb 5oz Blue, Russell Lillie, Bridge of Allan, fishing in his float tube, 4 for 14lb 4oz including 7lb 4oz Rainbow, a Blue and a Brown and James Elliott, Stirling, in two visits, 5 for 19lb 4oz including 6lb 12oz Gold and 3 Blues for 9lb. Marcus Tripney, Grangemouth, 5 for 19lb 5oz including 3 Blues, biggest one at 6lb 8oz and 4lb 2oz Rainbow, Danny Doherty, Denny, 5 for 17lb including a

6lb 8oz Rainbow and 3 Blues, Nan Morrison, Stirling, 4 for 15lb 8oz including 6lb Gold, 5lb Rainbow, 3lb Brown and a Blue and Toby Mason, Cumbernauld, 2 for 8lb 4oz including 5lb 12oz Rainbow and a Blue. Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, 5 for 17lb 12oz including 2 Browns and a Blue, George Rose, Perth, 5 Blues for 15lb 8oz, Frank Barr, Falkirk, 5 for 14lb 4oz including 3 Blues and Ronnie Codona, Glasgow, 4 for 12lb 8oz including 2 Blues. Tom Gibson, Dunblane, 3 for 11lb 4oz including 2 Blues, bigger one at 5lb 4oz, Archie McClymont, Glasgow, 3 for 10lb including 2 Blues and a Brown, Andrew Fraser, Alloa, 3 for 9lb 10oz including 2 Blues and a Brown and Jim Allan, Kilsyth, 3 for 9lb 8oz including 4lb 6oz Rainbow and 2 Blues. Derek Irvine, Stirling, 2 Blues for 8lb, Stephen Cowan, Bishopbriggs, 2 for 7lb 12oz including 4lb 4oz Blue and  Derek Sharkey, Fishcross, 2 for 7lb 8oz, Keith Ward, Alloa, 2 for 7lb including 4lb Blue.

Week Ending 19th July 2009

The change in the weather to slightly cooler, breezier and more showery conditions led to an improvement in the fishing as the week went on.The fish were still in the top couple of feet of the water but became more active as both air and water temperature dropped.The Browns also started moving again and a good few more were landed than in the previous week.On the bright days fish were to be found taking refuge under the water lilies at the top end of the pond where, despite the shallower water, they could escape from the sunlight. Favourite patterns this week included Buzzer, Diawl Bach, Damsel, Muddler, Bibio, Spider, Snatcher and Hopper, with the best colour again being Black.A fast retrieve was usually the best tactic as it seemed to irritate the fish into action.

Amongst the best catches this week wereKevin O'Brien, Falkirk, 3 for 12lb including 6lb Rainbow, Jimmy Wynn, 5lb 12oz Rainbow, Danny Doherty, Denny, 5 for 13lb 8oz including 2 Blues and a Brown and John Balunas, Glasgow, 4 for 13lb 4oz, including 2 Blues, bigger one at 4lb. George Kochanek, Tullibody, 4 for 13lb 4oz including a Blue, John Alcock, Balloch, 4 for 12lb including 4lb 12oz Rainbow and 2 Blues, James Wigglesworth, Stirling, 3 for 10lb 4oz including 2 Blues, Jan Kochanek, Tullibody, 3 for 9lb 12oz and Alec Donaldson, Alloa, 3 for 8lb 12oz including 2 Blues, bigger one at 4lb. Stephen Cowan, Bishopbriggs, 2 for 7lb 8oz, Frank Turner, Alloa, 2 for 7lb 4oz, Rory Cameron, Sauchie, 2 for 7lb, Jim Donnelly, Tullibody,2 for 6lb 8oz and John Moyes, Grangemouth, 2 for 6lb.

Week Ending 12th July 2009

On the more overcast days in the middle of the week the fishing improved somewhat, especially in the evenings, but in general the hot bright weather tended to make things quite hard.Many anglers are catching one or two fish but bigger bag limits are more difficult to come by. Although the conditions would suggest that the fish will be lying in the deeper cooler water, several anglers have been having success fishing areas of shallower water such as the burn or round the back of the islands. Also dry flies, wets and nymphs fished in the top few feet of the water have been working better than lures fished deep.Successful patterns this week included Buzzer, Sedge, Spider, Daddy Long Legs, Hare’s Ear, Diawl Bach and Bibio. Black appeared to be the favourite colour.

Doing well this week were 13 year old Chris Richards, Balloch, 5lb 8oz Rainbow, John Carruthers, Alloa, 5lb 8oz Rainbow, Donald McLuckie, Denny, 2 for 7lb 8oz including 5lb 4oz Blue and Dave, Steve and Gordon McCallum, Arbroath, shared

for 20lb 8oz including 3 Blues. Brian Lockie, fishing in his float tube, 4 for 11lb 12oz including a Blue, Ian Turnbull, Gretna, 4 for 11lb 4oz including 3 Blues, George Paterson, Stirling, 4 for 11lb 4oz including 2 Blues and Peter Bryce, Alloa, 3 Blues for 9lb 8oz. Iain Macdonald, Stirling, 3 for 9lb 8oz including 2 Blues, John Walker, Stirling, 3 for 9lb including a Brown and a Blue, Roy Howieson, Carron 3 for 9lb and Willie Thomson, Alloa, 2 for 7lb 4oz including 4lb 8oz Rainbow. Duncan Shaw, Johnstone, 2 for 7lb 2oz including a Blue and Les Cooper, Cumbernauld, 2 for 7lb.

Week Ending To 5th July 2009

In another week when the conditions were more conducive to sunbathing than fishing the fish were surprisingly near the surface which confused some anglers who were trying to find them in the depths! The water temperature continued to rise during the week on a high of 19C.

Favourite patterns this week included Buzzer, Diawl Bach, Damsel, Hare's Ear, Bloodworm, PTN, Bibio, Black Spider and Sedge, with a variety of dry flies also taking fish especially on the Millpond.Blues and Golds feature in this week's catch returns whilst the Brownies are still finding things a bit warm.

This week's best bag was taken by Peter O’Brien, Camelon, 5 for 22lb 4oz including 8lb 8oz Rainbow, 6lb Rainbow, and 2 Blues. Also doing well were Stephen Cowan, Bishopbriggs, 7 for 21lb 10oz including 6 Blues, biggest one at 6lb 10oz and a Brown, William McAllister, Glasgow, 4 for 15lb 8oz including 6lb 15oz Gold and a Blue, Malcolm Miller, Clackmannan, 2 for 10lb 12oz including 6lb 12oz Blue and Greg Paterson, Grangemouth, 6lb 7oz Blue. Alec Donaldson, Alloa, 6lb Rainbow, Michael Bolton, Maddieston, 4 for 13lb 12oz including 5lb 12oz Gold and 2 Blues, George Kochanek, Tullibody, 3 for 12lb 4oz including and a 5lb 12oz Gold. Archie McClymont, Glasgow, in two visits, 5 for 18lb 10oz including 2 Blues bigger one at 5lb, Andy Hunter, Tullibody, 4 for 13lb 4oz including 4lb 8oz Rainbow, 2 Blues and a Brown, Rab Don, Plean, 3 for 10lb 4oz including 4lb Rainbow and Charles Devine, Stirling, 3 for 9lb 10oz including a Blue. Kevin O’Brien, Falkirk, 3 for 9lb 8oz including 2 Blues and a Brown, Michael Rennie, Edinburgh, 3 for 9lb 8oz including a Blue, Derek Irvine, Stirling, 2 for 6lb 14oz including 4lb Blue, Norrie Rennie, Edinburgh, 4lb 7oz Blue and Peter Mutch, Stirling, 4lb Rainbow.

Week Ending 28th June 2009

The hot, sunny weather made fishing a pleasant experience but anglers had to work a little harder than sometimes in order to find the fish.There were still plenty of top quality trout being landed by those who chose the correct tactics.Sometimes they were deep and required a lure such as Dancer, Cat's Whisker or Black Fritz to tempt them out, but at other times they were just under the surface and taking Hare's Ear, Diawl Bach and Damsel nymphs or wet or dry flies with Black Spider, Bibio, Sedges, Hoppers and Daddy Long Legs being the favourite patterns.Despite the heat the fish were still active and looking to chase flies so a fairly quick retrieve was usually the best method.A large number of Blues feature in this week's returns, although the Browns seem to have been a little less common probably due to the heat.

Best bags this week included John Moyes, Grangemouth, 2 Blues for 9lb 4oz bigger one at 6lb 8oz, Willie Irvine, Falkirk, 3 for 11lb 12oz including 6lb 5oz Gold and a Brown, Paul Mitchell, Westquarter, 5 for 16lb 4oz including 6lb 4oz Rainbow and a Brown and Petrina Williams, Alloa, 2 for 9lb 8oz including 6lb Brown. Peter Bryce, Alloa, 3 for 11lb 8oz including 2 Blues bigger one at 6lb and a Brown, Martin Stewart, Glasgow, 3 for 11lb 4oz including 6lb Rainbow and a Blue, Eddie McNeill, Greenock, 2 Blues for 9lb 4oz bigger one at 5lb 12oz and Stephen King, Kirkcaldy, 2 Blues for 9lb 4oz bigger

one at 5lb 12oz. Chris Harkess, Edinburgh, 2 for 8lb 12oz including 5lb 10oz Blue, James McIntosh, Perth, 3 for 12lb including 5lb Rainbow, Danny Doherty, Denny, 5 for 14lb including 2 Blues and a Brown, George Kochanek, Tullibody, 4 for 12lb 12oz including 2 Blues and Davy Neilson, Carronshore, 4 for 11lb 12oz including 2 Blues.

Week Ending 21st June 2009

The spells of heavy rain throughout the week freshened up the water and dropped the temperature by 2oC.This led to a rise in the activity of the Brown trout.They were in the top couple of feet of the water and looking for something to chase.

Yet another of the big browns, this time at 11lb 6oz, was landed this week by regular angler, Ronnie Loos, who took a brownie every day.This week's biggie took a Black Hoglouse and other successful patterns included Hare's Ear, PTN, Black Cruncher, Black Nymph, Diawl Bach, Bibio, Damsel and Daddy Long Legs.A good number of Blues were also featuring in the catch returns along with the usual Rainbows and a few Goldies.

Amongst this week's best catch returns were Ronnie Loos, Stirling, 2 Browns for 13lb 14oz bigger one at 11lb 6oz, David Stubberfield, Stirling, 7lb 12oz Rainbow, Bryan Hutchison, Gartocharn, 4 for 14lb 4oz including 7lb 6oz Gold, a Blue and a Brown and Greg McLaren, Perth, 6lb 12oz Gold. Raymond Black, Twechar, 2 for 8lb 10oz including 6lb 8oz Blue and a Brown, Ronnie Mackie, Dunfermline, 4 Blues for 14lb 4oz biggest at 5lb 8oz, Willie Martin, Stirling, 5 for 14lb 12oz including 2 Blues and a Brown and Alan Weir, Plean, 3 Blues for 10lb 4oz. Jim McInnes 3 for 9lb including a Blue and a Brown, Davy Quinn, Dunfermline, 3 Browns for 7lb, Alfred Sandford, Grangemouth, 2 for 8lb 4oz, Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, 2 for 7lb including 4lb 8oz Rainbow and a Blue and Ronnie Codona, Glasgow, 2 for 7lb including a Blue. Billy Weir, Stirling, 2 for 7lb including a Blue, Stewart McLintock, Bathgate, 2 for 7lb, Ronnie Bissett, Alloa, 2 for 6lb 10oz including a Blue and Alec Peachey, Scone, 2 for 6lb 4oz including a Brown. Allan McLay, Plean, 4lb 8oz Brown, Stephen Hamilton, Glenochil, 4lb 4oz Blue and Tom Pate, Alloa, 4lb 4oz Blue.

Week Ending 14th June 2009

The Swanswater Brown Trout record was broken for the second time in less than three weeks on Thursday when John Moyes of Grangemouth landed a superb 14lb 14oz specimen.The fish, which was in top condition, took a size 12 green buzzer which John was fishing from a floating line from the corner of the island.Another two of the big Browns were landed this week – local lady angler, Isobel Heslop landed one at 8lb 4oz during a night session, and Ricky Goodwin took the other which weighed in at 6lb. Several Blues and Golds in the 5lb to 7lb range were also taken. A wide variety of flies were taking fish this week with everything from lures to dries being successful.In general the fish were looking for something to chase and were being taken near the top of the water.Favourite patterns were Damsel, Dancer, Diawl Bach, Hare’s Ear, Bibio, Kate McLaren, Buzzer, Sedge and Daddy Long Legs.

Isobel Heslop, Stirling, 3 for 14lb 4oz including 2 Browns bigger one at 8lb 4oz and a Blue, Scott Stirling, Grangemouth, 3 for 12lb 4oz including 7lb 4oz Gold and a Brown, Ian Dunsmore, Newmains, 2 for 8lb 12oz including 6lb 8oz Blue and Drew O’Neill, Alexandria, 3 for 12lb including 6lb 3 oz Blue. Ricky Goodwin, Larbert,3 for 12lb 8oz including 2 Browns, bigger one at 6lb and a Blue, Michael Cassie, Gargunnock, 2 for 8lb 4oz including 6lb Blue and a Brown, Donald Williamson, Falkirk, 3 Blues for 11lb 10oz biggest one at 6lb and Drew Lamb, Alloa, in two visits, 5 for 18lb 14oz including 2 Blues bigger one at 5lb 8oz. James McDonald, Falkirk, 2 for 9lb including 5lb 8oz Gold, Charles Devine, Stirling, 5 for 15lb including 2 Blues, John Montague, Glasgow, 5 for 15lb including 2 Blues and Willie McAleese, Laurieston, 4 Blues for 12lb 8oz. Roy Hatchard, Alloa, 4 for 12lb 4oz including 2 Blues, Brian Paterson, Cambusbarron, 3 for 10lb 8oz including a Blue, Sandy McAllan, Arbroath, 3 for 10lb including 2 Blues and Donald McMurchie, Fallin, 3 for 10lb including a Blue. James Graham, Oakley, 3 for 9lb 13oz including 2 Browns and a Blue, Scott Hardie, Airth, 3 for 9lb 12oz including a Blue andSandy Donald, Dunblane, 3 Blues for 9lb 4oz.

Week Ending 24th May 2009

Record Brown from Swanswater taken by C DevineThe record for a Brown trout, which has stood for nearly 9 years, was broken on Saturday when 18-year old Charles Devine took a superb 13lb 13oz specimen, beating the old record by 1oz!The fish followed Charles’ Damsel, which he was fishing on a sinking line, right in and took him about 6 feet from the bank.Despite his rod breaking into 3 pieces, Charles still managed to bag the record. A few other big Browns, including a couple around this weight, have been stocked this year and are still waiting to be caught.

A wide variety of flies were taking this week with many small lures being successful especially in the windy conditions.When the cool wind dropped and the fish were near the surface nymphs, wets and dries were working well.Favourite patterns were Damsel, Dancer, Fritz, Montana, Diawl Bach, Hare’s Ear, Bibio, Hopper and Sedge.

Charles Devine, Bannockburn, had an excellent week, taking 5 for 25lb 3oz including 13lb 13oz Brown and 2 Blues on Saturday, and 4 for 14lb 8oz including 6lb 8oz Rainbow on Friday evening. Other regulars doing well in two visits were John Walker, Stirling, 3 for 12lb including 5lb 4oz Gold, 3lb 4oz Brown and a Blue and 3 for 10lb including a Blue, Peter Bryce,Alloa, 5 for 14lb 4oz including 4 Blues and 3 for 9lb including a Blue and Gary Stewart, Glasgow, took 7 for 19lb 12oz in his two visits, including 5 Blues. Others with good bags this week included Neil Kelly, Dunfermline, 3 for 15lb including 7lb 8oz Rainbow, 3lb 12oz Brown and a Blue, Willie McAleese, Laurieston, 3 for 12lb 12oz including 6lb 4oz Rainbow, 14 year old Grant Mooney, 2 Blues for 8lb 4oz bigger one at 6lb and George Paterson, Stirling, 5 for 15lb 4oz including 5lb 12oz Gold and 3 Blues. Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, 5lb 12oz Brown, Martin Stewart, Glasgow, 4 for 15lb including 3 Blues, biggest one at 5lb 8oz, John Moyes, Grangemouth, 5lb 4oz Blue and Ross Carroll, Stirling, 2 Blues for 8lb 6oz bigger one at 5lb. Sandy Ireland, Lochgoilhead, 5 for 15lb 4oz including 3 Blues, Frank Barr, Falkirk, 5 for 15lb 4oz including 3lb 8oz Brown and a Blue, George Kochanek, Tullibody, 5 for 15lb including a Blue, Ian Thomson 5 for 15lb and Danny Doherty, Denny, 4 for 12lb 4oz including 3 Blues.

R Renton with a fine Swanswater rainbow

Week Ending 18th May 2009

The biggest fish this week was a cracking overwintered Brown trout weighing in at 8lb 4oz and taken on a size 14 dry fly from the boat.Several other Blues, Golds and Rainbows in the 4lb to 6lb range were also landed. Generally the fish were well spread out and lying in the top 2 to 3 feet of water, although on the really bright and windy days they went deeper. A wide range of flies was successful, from lures through nymphs and wets to a few dry flies.Favourite patterns included Dancer, Damsel, Montana, Dawson’s Olive, Snatcher, Diawl Bach, Buzzer, CDC and Sedge.

The Fishery will be open until 10.00pm from Monday 18th May.

Jim Donnelly, Tullibody, had the week's best bag and the biggest fish in his 5 for 19lb including 2 Browns, bigger one at 8lb 4oz, Kevin O’Brien, Falkirk, 3 for 12lb 4oz including 6lb 12oz Gold, George Dobbie, Glasgow, 6lb Rainbow and Frank Turner, Alloa, 5lb 2oz Blue. Graeme Neilson, Falkirk, 5 for 16lb 8oz including 6lb 3oz Gold, Peter O’Brien, Falkirk, 5 for 18lb 12oz including 5lb 8oz Gold and 5lb 4oz Blue, John Walker, Stirling, 5 for 15lb 2oz, Brian Logan, Diageo, 5 for 14lb 8oz including 2 Blues and Brendan Hair, Lochwinnoch, 4 for 12lb 8oz including 3 Browns biggest at 4lb 4oz. Gary Stewart, Glasgow, 4 for 11lb 6oz including 4lb 4oz Rainbow and 3 from the Meadow Pond, Robert Hunter, Diageo, 3 for 9lb 8oz including 5lb 4oz Gold and a Brown, Drew Fisher, Dunfermline,3 for 9lb 5oz and Stephen Hamilton, Glenochil, 3 for 9lb including a Blue. Jim McNeil, Newbridge, 2 for 7lb 2oz including 4lb 12oz Brown and a Blue, Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, 2 for 6lb 10oz including 4lb Blue, Ramsay Page, Cardenden, 2 Blues for 6lb 8oz and John Relf, Falkirk, 4lb 2oz Rainbow.

Week Ending 10th May 2009

A week of cold, showery, windy weather saw a return to fish being taken mostly on lures. In the windy conditions they were following the wind and often lying close to the bank, which meant anglers did not have to struggle to cast too far out against the gale! The lower water temperature led to some shoaling but the shoals were moving round and fish were being caught in various different parts of the ponds.Although the water was a little coloured by the end of the week, this did not affect the fishing and in fact, Friday was the best day. Favourite patterns this week were Damsel, Dancer, Cat's Whisker and various Fritz.During the calmer, warmer spells, Hare's Ear, Diawl Bach, Montana and Buzzers were also taking fish.

Coping well with the conditions this week was one of our lady anglers Petrina Williams, Alloa, who took 7 for 23lb 8oz, in two visits, including 4 Blues, biggest at 5lb 8oz with another at 4lb.

Also doing well was another regular Ronnie Loos from Stirling with 7 for 20lb 8oz including 3lb 6oz Brown and 5 Blues in three visits. Other good bags included Archie Smith, Ardrossan, 5 for 16lb including 2 Blues bigger one at 5lb, Gary Stewart, Glasgow, 5 for 15lb 6oz including 3 Browns and a Blue, Alec Paterson, Sauchie, 4 for 13lb 8oz including 5lb 4oz Blue, Graeme Milligan, Johnstone, 4 for 13lb including 5lb 2oz Gold and a Blue and Ian Borland, Renfrew, 4 for 12lb 10oz including 4lb 4oz Brown and a Blue. Peter Bryce, Alloa, 3 for 10lb 8oz including a Blue, Gordon McGill, Tillicoultry, 3 for 9lb 8oz, Andrew Fox, Dunfermline, 3 for 9lb from the Millpond, Paul Christie, Alloa, 2 for 8lb 12oz including 6lb Blue and Blair Duchart, Plean, 2 for 8lb 12oz including 5lb 4oz Blue. Grant McCauley, Clydebank, 2 for 8lb 8oz including 6lb 2oz Rainbow, Russell Babiak, Stirling, 6lb 8oz Blue, John McGlone, Glasgow 5lb 14oz Blue and Gordon Barron, Stirling, 5lb 4oz Blue. Stephen Knox, 2 for 6lb 5oz including a Blue

Week Ending 6th April 2009

Several browns over 4lb were taken this week – all in great condition.The slightly changeable weather had the fish up and down a bit but in general an intermediate line with a small lure, nymph or wet fly was working well.The usual favourite patterns were taking fish with best results from Hot-head Damsel, Dancer, Diawl Bach, Bibio, Kate McLaren, Spider, Viva and Buzzer.Where the fish were situated depended on which way the wind was blowing as they were tending to lie down wind most of the time, however it was possible to pick up fish almost anywhere round the ponds.

Amongst the best catches this week were Michael Williams, Tillicoultry, 3 for 10lb 9oz including 5lb 15oz Rainbow and a Blue, Sandy Ireland, Lochgoilhead, 5 for 14lb 8oz including 5lb 8oz Blue and an overwintered Brown, Gary Stewart, Glasgow, 4 for 13lb 4oz including 5lb 4oz Rainbow and a Brown and Paul Christie, Alloa, 3 for 10lb 8oz including 5lb 2oz Blue. Iain MacDonald, Stirling, 3 for 12lb including 4lb 6oz Brown and 2 Blues, Alex Knox, Glasgow, 4 for 15lb including 4lb 4oz Brown, Andy Wilson, Tillicoultry, 3 for 8lb 12oz including 4lb 4oz Brown and a Blue and Joe Wallace, Larbert, 3 for 9lb including 4lb 2oz Brown. Angus Auchinachie, Falkirk, 2 for 7lb including 4lb Brown and a Blue, Eddie Scanlon, Glasgow, 4 for 12lb including 2 Blues, John Duncan, Glasgow, 3 for 9lb and Jim Craig, Helensburgh, 4 Browns for 9lb 3 of which were

overwintered. Mark Canning, Falkirk, 3 for 9lb 8oz including 3lb 14oz Gold and Kenny Deacon, Tullibody, 4lb 8oz Brown, Russell Babiak, Stirling, 4lb Brown.

Week Ending 6th April 2009

The fishing midweek, when the weather was warm, settled and calm, was excellent with some great bags being taken.Some great Brown trout are featuring in the catch returns along with superb Blues and the usual top quality Rainbows.The fish are well spread out around the ponds and are taking in the top two feet of water.A wide variety of patterns is taking, with wet flies and nymphs doing particularly well on the warm days.When the cold wind returned towards the end of the week, small lures were needed.Favourite patterns included PTN, Hare's Ear, Diawl Bach, Cormorant, Kate McLaren, Spider, Buzzer, Damsel and Dancer. 

The best of this week's bag returns included Willie Walker, Falkirk, 3 for 11lb including 6lb Blue, Davy Wales, South Queensferry, 4 for 13lb 1oz including 5lb Blue, Richard Elder, Glasgow, 5 for 14lb1 2oz including 3 Browns, biggest at 4lb 12oz and a Blue and Nan Morrison, Stirling, 5 for 14lb 2oz including 4lb 8oz Brown. James Wigglesworth, Stirling, 4 for 11lb including 3 Blues, Kevin Gold, Stirling, 3 for 10lb 4oz including 4b 10oz Blue and 2 Browns, Ronnie Loos, Stirling, 2 for 6lb 13oz including 5lb Blue and a Brown. Liam Kilgannon, Stirling, 2 Browns for 6lb 8oz, Mick Stubberfield, Stirling, 2 for 6lb including a Brown, Stuart Dow, Cowdenbeath, 4lb 8oz Blue, Dave Gregor, South Queensferry, 4lb 6oz Blue and Archie McClymont, Glasgow, 3lb 14oz Brown.

Week Ending Up to 30th March

As the week went on the fishing improved, despite the fact that the weather deteriorated and the strong north winds turned conditions cold and unpleasant.Over the course of the week just over 20% of fish landed were Brown trout with several over 3lb in weight and the biggest to date weighing in at 5lb 20z.

On the windiest days the fish were lying down wind but otherwise they were well spread out round the water.Once again a wide variety of flies, mostly fished on intermediate lines, were taking fish with the most popular patterns being Damsel, Dancer, Cat's Whisker, Viva, Cormorant, Diawl Bach, Bibio, Black Pennell and Spider.Favourite colours were black, yellow and green.

Now that the clocks have changed the Fishery is open 8.00am to 8.00pm.

Some of this week's best bags included James Elder, Methil, 3 for 11lb 12oz including 5lb 4oz Rainbow, a Blue and a Brown, Frank Barr, Falkirk, 4 for 13lb including 5lb 2oz Brown, George King, Methil, 2 for 7lb 14oz including 5lb 2oz Blue and George McKenzie, Balloch, 4lb 12oz Brown. John Patrick, Kilsyth, 5 for 15lb 8oz including 2 Blues, Peter O’Brien, Falkirk, 5 for 14lb 14oz including 2 Blues and a Brown, Kevin O’Brien, Falkirk, 5 for 14lb 12oz including 2 Blues and 2 Browns and Willie Martin, Stirling, 4 for 12lb 8oz including 2 Browns, bigger one at 4lb 2oz. Paul Christie, Alloa, in three visits, 12 for 32lb 2oz including 3lb 14oz Brown and a Blue, D and D Hutton, fishing from the boat, shared 8 for 17 lb including 7 Browns, 5 for which were over-wintered, Euan McDougall, Tullibody, 2 for 7lb 12oz including 4lb 10oz Rainbow and a Blue and Syme, Bo’ness, 2 for 7lb including a Brown. Bill Mouat, 2 for 6lb 2oz including 3lb 12oz Brown.

Week Ending 23rd March 2009

Last Sunday saw an excellent start to the Brown trout season and the settled weather all week meant that there were some great bags.A good number of cracking Brownies were landed including several over 4lb.In general fish were getting caught all round the water, although on the breezier days the fish were following the wind and therefore sitting just off the dam area. They were taking a good variety of flies, with the usual small lures continuing to attract, but more are now taking nymphs, including PTN, Hare’s Ear, and Diawl Bach, and wet flies such as Kate McLaren, Spider, Bibio and Snatcher.

Nan Morrison, Stirling, 5 for 19lb including 7lb 2oz Rainbow, a Blue and a Brown, Gary Stewart, Glasgow, 5 for 16lb 8oz including 7lb Blue, Paul Mitchell, Westquarter, 5 for 16lb 10oz including 6lb 14oz Blue, Aaron Kirkwood, Fallin, 2 Blues for 9lb 8oz bigger one at 5lb 12oz and George Simpson, Falkirk, 3 for 10lb 4oz including 5lb 3oz Rainbow. Andy Wilson, Tillicoultry, 5lb Blue, John Walker, Stirling, 5 for 15lb 8oz including 4lb 8oz Brown, John Montague, Dumbarton, 5 for 15lb 4oz including 2 Browns, bigger one at 4lb 8oz and Stephen Long, 5 for 15lb 2oz. John Moyes, Grangemouth, 4 Blues for 12lb 8oz biggest 4lb 4oz, Mike Bolton, Maddiston, 4 for 12lb 8oz including 2 Blues, Tam Anderson, Kincardine, 4 for 12lb 6oz including 3 Browns biggest one at 3lb 12oz, Matthew Fulton, Greenock, 4 for 12lb 4oz including 4lb 12oz Blue and Andy Brown, Dunfermline, 4 for 12lb. Ronnie Loos, Stirling, 6 for 18lb 14oz including 2 Browns, bigger one at 3lb 12oz and 2 Blues, Ronnie Codona, Glasgow, 3 for 11lb 6oz including 2 Browns for 8lb, Joe Hunter, Tullibody, 3 for 9lb including 2 Browns, bigger one at 4lb 8oz and a Blue and George Paterson, Stirling, 3 for 8lb.

Week Ending 15th March 2009

Another productive week's fishing at Swanswater, with the best returns coming around the middle of the week.The fish were generally well spread out although on the very windy days they tended to congregate in the dam area and off the front of the island.They were not deep, mostly around 12 to 18 inches down and were taking a good range of flies including the usual small lures - Yellow Dancer, Cat's Whisker, Hot-head Damsel - along with some nymphs and the occasional wet fly.Other successful patterns included Diawl Bach, Buzzer, Bloodworm, Montana, Cormorant and Hare's Ear.

Barrie Smith, Cambusbarron, 7lb 10oz Rainbow, Mark Brownrigg, Callander, 3 for 13lb including 7lb Rainbow, Julien Rey, Helensburgh, 3 for 11lb 8oz including 2 Blues, bigger one at 6lb 2oz and Alan Weir, Plean, 5 for 17lb including 2 Blues, bigger one at 4lb 8oz and 4lb Rainbow. Alan Whitton, Stirling, 3 for 9lb 12oz including 5lb 6oz Rainbow and a Blue, Danny Doherty, Denny, 5 for 13lb 12oz including 5lb Rainbow and a Blue, Ian McLean, Dunfermline, 4 for 12lb 8oz including 2 Blues and Willie McAleese, Laurieston, 4 Blues for 12lb 4oz biggest one at 4lb 4oz. Brian Manson, Newbridge, 4 for 11lb, Frank Barr, Falkirk, 4 for 10lb 12oz including 4lb 4oz Blue, Bob Garvie, Lennoxtown, 3 for 9lb 12oz including a Blue and J Knox, Cowdenbeath, 3 for 9lb 12oz including a Blue. George Mills, Kirkcaldy, 3 for 9lb 8oz, Jim McInnes, Falkirk, 3 for 9lb 4oz including 2 Blues, Jim Miller, Stirling, 2 for 6lb 4oz including 4lb 4oz Blue and Alfred Sandford, Grangemouth, 2 for 6lb including a Blue.

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The first Brownies of the season were landed on Sunday with the biggest weighing in at 4lb 4oz and several others over 3lb.More details next week.

Week Ending 9th March 2009

Over the last few weeks a large number of brown trout, including several large ones, have been returned with the biggest estimated at well over 10lbs.Hopefully this is a good omen for the start of the season next weekend when the first of this year's 1500-2000 browns will be stocked along with the usual top quality rainbows and blues. This week has seen good catches despite a return to wintry conditions.On certain days the dam or the channel was the hotspot with fish shoaling in these areas.At other times fish were being picked up all round the ponds.Most were taken on the usual small lures, with Hare's Ear, Buzzer, Bibio and Bloodworm also taking fish.Favourite colours this week were Black and Green, Olive and Yellow.Several "hot-head" patterns also took fish.

Amongst this week's good bags were Stewart Grindlay, Alloa, 4 for 14lb 4oz including 2 Blues, bigger one at 6lb, Craig Learmonth, Bannockburn, 3 for 10lb 4oz including 5lb 10oz Rainbow and a Blue, Willie Baff, Westquarter, 5 for 13lb 12oz including 3 Blues biggest one at 5lb 4oz and Ronnie Loos, Stirling, 3 for 13lb 12oz including 5lb Rainbow and a Blue. Charles Devine, Stirling, 5 for 15lb 4oz including 2 Blues, Paul Mitchell, Westquarter, 5 for 14lb 2oz including a Blue, Willie McAleese, Laurieston, 5 for 14lb including a Blue and Iain Kay, Bonnyrigg, 4 for 14lb 4oz including 4lb 4oz Rainbow and a Blue. Bill Mouat, Glasgow, 3 for 10lb 4oz including a Blue, Bob

Week Ending 1st March 2009

It was another excellent week's fishing with over 1100lbs of fish taken.The fish have been well spread out round the ponds, although on occasions there were hotspots such as the dam wall and the channel between the island and the roadside.Most were taken around 12 to 18 inches down and on a wide variety of small lures - Yellow Dancer, Green Pea, Cat's Whisker, Hot-head Damsel, being the most popular. Also catching were nymphs such as Hare's Ear, Diawl Bach and Viva along with Bloodworm and Buzzers.

The Troutmasters Fish-off was won by Sandy Ireland, Lochgoilhead, with Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, runner-up and Stephen Divers, Clydebank in third place.Robbie Fulton, Greenock, won the Junior Troutmasters.As Sandy is unable to go, Ricky will represent Swanswater at the final at Grafham in May.

Amongst the best bags this week were: Alec Peachey, Scone, 2 for 8lb 12oz including 6lb 4oz Rainbow, Eddie Fulton,

Livingston, 5lb 14oz Rainbow, Ian McKenzie, Alexandria, 5lb 9oz Rainbow and Geoff Gilbert, Isle of Man, on holiday for the week, 28 for 77lb 8oz including 4lb 8oz Rainbow and 10 Blues. John Patrick Kilsyth, 5 for 15lb including 4lb 12oz Rainbow and a Blue, Scott Napier, Edinburgh, 4 for 13lb 4oz including 3 Blues, Peter O’Brien, Falkirk, 4 for 13lb including a Blue and James Cole, Muirhead, 4 for 12lb 12oz including 3 Blues. Darren Barcik, Dunfermline, 4 for 12lb 8oz including 2 Blues, Philip West, Dunfermline, 4 for 12lb 4oz including a Blue, Billy Weir, Bannnockburn, 4 for 12lb 2oz, Ian Fisher, Denny, 3 for 9lb 2oz including a Blue and Malcolm McKerracher, Balfron, 3 for 9lb including 4lb Rainbow. Alan Holbrook, Edinburgh, 3 for 9lb including a Blue, Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, 3 for 8lb 9oz including 4lb 10oz Rainbow, David Somerville, Dunfermline, 2 for 7lb 12oz including 5lb 8oz Blue and Joe Robb, Tullibody, 2 for 7lb 8oz. Brian Fyfe, Cowdenbeath, 2 for 6lb1 2oz including 4lb Blue, Chris Sweet, Kilsyth, 2 for 6lb 8oz including a Blue andAndrew Busby, Helensburgh, 2 for 6lb 2oz including 4lb Blue.

Week Ending 22nd February 2009

The milder, settled weather led to excellent fishing conditions this week and over 400 fish were landed.Most of the week the fish were well spread out round the pond although there were times that the channel between the island and the roadside was the hot spot. As the week progressed the fish came up in the water and by the weekend were only 9 to 12 inches down.Although small lures were still taking the majority of fish, Bloodworm, Buzzers, Diawl Bach and PTN were also catching a good number. Wet flies such as Butcher, Spider and Cormorant were also attracting fish. The Fish-off for the 2008 Troutmasters competition is being held on Saturday 28th February.There will be limited spaces available on Swanswater and the two small ponds will be available as normal.

Les Cooper, Dunblane, 2 for 13lb 4oz including 10lb 4oz Rainbow and a Blue, Stephen Knox, Larbert,8lb 6oz Rainbow, Stephen Gillespie, Dumfriesshire, 7lb 6oz Blue and Sean Partington, Dunblane, 3 for 9lb 8oz from the small ponds, including 5lb 8oz Blue. Ronnie Stewart, Alloa, 5 for 16lb 12oz including 4 Blues, Danny Doherty, Denny, 5 for 14lb 8oz including a Blue, Campbell Bourne, Glasgow, 4 for 13lb 2oz including a Blue and Alan Whitton, 4 for 11lb 12oz. Iain and Maggie Earle shared 3 for 10lb 4oz including a 4lb 8oz Rainbow, Willie Walker, Falkirk, 3 for 9lb 8oz including 2 Blues, Ronnie Loos, Stirling, 3 Blues for 9lb 4oz and Willie McCutcheon, Cumbernauld, 3 for 9lb 4oz including 2 Blues. Ricky Rutherford, Bo’ness, 3 for 9lb 4oz, Paul Christie, Alloa, 3 for 9lb including 2 Blues, Brian McAllister, Bonnybridge, 2 for 7lb 8oz and Ivan Brown, Helensburgh, 2 for 7lb. Stephen Hamilton, Glenochil, 2 Blues for 6lb 8oz and Angus Sutherland, Cumbernauld, 2 Blues for 6lb 4oz.

Week Ending 15th February 2009

The fishing improved as the week went on culminating in a great day on Saturday when over 120 fish were caught.With the slight increase in temperature towards the weekend, the fish became more active.Although the area behind the islands was probably the most prolific, fish were being caught all round the water.The small ponds, in particular the Millpond, also fished well.Most were taken on lures such as Dancer, Green Pea, Cat’s Whisker and Ace of Spades with Bloodworm and Buzzers also catching.Favourite colours were Black and Green, Yellow, Orange and Black.Yet again the aerators did a good job keeping the ponds ice free all week.

Craig Ramage and Christopher, Grangemouth, shared 5 for 16lb including 2 Blues, father and son, Henry and Robbie Fulton, Greenock, shared 5 for 15lb including 2 Blues, David Paterson, Stenhousemuir, 4 for 12lb 8oz including 2 Blues and Grant McCauley, Clydebank, 4 for 12lb 8oz including a Blue. Thomas Simpson, Bathgate, 4 for 12lb 7oz including 3

Blues, Jim Dickson, Arbroath, 4 for 11lb 12oz including a Blue, Danny Doherty, Denny, 3 for 10lb 4oz including a Blue and John Gilchrist, Stirling, 3 for 9lb including 2 Blues. Ronnie Loos, Stirling, 2 for 6lb including a Blue and Bob Geddes, Arbroath, 4lb Blue.

Week Ending 2nd February 2009

Despite the wintry conditions across the country, the ponds remained ice-free thanks to the aerators, and those anglers who braved the cold and the snow showers enjoyed some excellent sport.Most of the time an intermediate line, various lures and a slow retrieve was the best tactic.Favourite patterns were Yellow Dancer, hot-head Damsel, Cat’s Whisker, Nomad and various Fritz patterns. Best colours for lures were Yellow, Black and Green and Black.Also taking fish were Bloodworm and Cormorant. Depending on temperature the fish were either in the far bay or the channel, although some were also taken along the dam wall.

James Wigglesworth, Stirling, 3 for 16lb 4oz including 9lb 5oz Rainbow, Sandy Jenkins, Carronshore, 3 for 12lb 8oz including 7lb 12oz Rainbow, Kevin Mathias, Helensburgh, 4 for 16lb 4oz including 7lb Blue and Ronnie Loos, Stirling, 10 for 28lb 11oz including 5 Blues. John Patrick, Glasgow, 5 for 14lb 8oz including 3 Blues, Les Shepherd, Arbroath, 4 for 12lb including 3 Blues, Alec Weir, Bathgate, 4 for 11lb 12oz including 2 Blues and Alan Whitton, 4 for 11lb 8oz including 4lb 2oz Blue. Brian Hunter, Cumbernauld, 3 for 10lb 6oz including 4lb 12oz Rainbow, Jan Kochanek, Tullibody, 3 for 8lb 12oz including 2 Blues and Steven Conroy, Cardross, 2 for 6lb 8oz including a Blue.

Week Ending 26th January 2009

The fishing has been good again this week at Swanswater. Depending on temperature and conditions, the fish were either up the channel or by the roadside. As the temperature of the water cooled down the fish remained in the channel but also spread into the main area around the dam wall. The fish were in the top 3-4 feet of the water. Top flies this week were Cats Whisker, Damsel, Diawl Bach, Bloodworm, Cormorant and Hog louse with Yellow Dancer being the most successful.

James McIntosh, Grangemouth, 8 for 23lbs 12oz including 5 Blues and also returned a Brown, in 2 visits, Alec Paterson, Sauchie, 6 for 16lbs including a Blue and also returned a Brown, George Kochanek, Tullibody, 9 for 24lbs 8oz including 7 Blues in 2 visits and Danny Doherty, Denny, 7 for 19lbs 12oz including 3 Blues. John Gilchrist, Stirling, 5 for 14lbs 4oz including 3 Blues, Andy Hunter, Alloa,3 for 9lbs including a Blue, Alan Armstrong, Tillicoultry, 4 for 12lbs 12oz including 3 Blues and Alec Sharp, Alloa, 4 for 11lbs 10oz including 2 Blues and also returned a Brown. George Tweedie, Alexandria, 3 for 9lbs 8oz including 2 Blues, Alan Giebler, Tullibody, 3 for 9lbs including a Blue, Paul Christie, Alloa, 3 for 8lbs 14oz including 2 Blues and Rees O'Connor, Grangemouth, 3 for 13lbs including a 6lbs 4oz Blue. Nan Morrison, Stirling, 2 for 6lbs including a Blue.

Week Ending 18th January 2009

The windy conditions made the fishing a little harder this week but there was still a good number of fish landed.Depending on temperature and conditions the fish were either in the far bay or up the channel and by the roadside.Buzzers, Bloodworm, Diawl Bach, Cormorant, Damsel and various colours of Fritz were the favourites this week, with the fish still being caught at a depth of around 3 to 4 feet. Some big fish have been hooked and lost this week and one double figure Brown trout was returned.

Steven Long, Balloch, returned a Brown at around 11lb 4oz, Bill Dawson, Bannockburn, 3 for 17lb 12oz including

Rainbows at 9lb 1oz and 6lb 4oz, Paul Howarth, Grangemouth, 7lb 12oz Blue and Willie Walker, Falkirk, 3 for 9lb including 4lb 4oz Rainbow. David Paterson, Dunfermline, 2 for 6lb 12oz including 4lb 4oz Rainbow, Paul Mitchell, Falkirk, 5 for 14lb 8oz including 3 Blues, Stephen Hamilton, Glenochil, 3 for 10lb 2oz including 2 Blues and a Gold and Jim Allan, Kilsyth, 2 Blues for 6lb. Alec Paterson, Sauchie, 2 for 6lb including a Blue.

Week Ending 11th January 2009

With the ponds remaining ice-free all week, the fishing continued to be good most days with over 300 fish being caught.Even on the coldest days the fish were lying about 3 to 4 feet down and taking a wide variety of lures, including Damsel, Dancer, Tadpole, Cat's Whisker, nymphs such as Hare's Ear PTN, Diawl Bach and Cormorant, Buzzers and Bloodworm.During the colder weather most fish were taken in the far bay between the boats and the point, but as the temperature rose towards the end of the week they moved out of that area and up the channel between the island and the roadside behind the islands.The small ponds continue to also fish well with the biggest fish of the week coming off the Millpond.

14 year old Mark Hall, Deny 2 for 7lb 4oz from the Millpond, including 5lb 4oz Rainbow, Danny Doherty, Denny, 5 for 15lb including 2 Blues, Willie Walker, Larbert, 4 for 12lb 8oz including 2 Blues and James McIntosh, Grangemouth, 4 for 12lb 4oz including 3 Blues. Euan McDougall, Tullibody, 4 for 12lb 4oz including 3 Blues, Alec Weir, Bathgate, 4 Blues for 12lb 2oz, Darren Stammers, Grangemouth, 3 for 10lb, Ian Sinclair, Livingston, 3 Blues for 9lb 12oz and Julian Rey, Helensburgh, 3 for 9lb 10oz including 2 Blues. John Sneddon, Redding, 3 for 9lb 8oz including 2 Blues, bigger one at 4lb 4oz, Stewart Marshall, Cambusbarron, 3 for 9lb 8oz

including a Blue, Rees O’Connor, Grangemouth, 3 for 9lb including a Blue and John Patrick, Glasgow, 3 for 8lb 12oz including a Blue. Stuart Malcolm, 2 for 7lb 4oz including a Blue, Eddie Scanlon, Glasgow, 2 for 7lb including a Blue, Eddie Fulton, Livingston, 2 for 6lb 8lb including a Blue and Sandy Ireland, Lochgoilhead, 2 Blues for 6lb 4oz.

Week Ending 28th December 2008

The annual fundraising competition in aid of Strathcarron Hospice was held on 27th December and was very successful with £1000.00 being raised for the Hospice, through a raffle, various donations and takings from teas and coffees over the year.This sum will be matched by Diageo and our thanks go to Jim Donnelly for all his help in arranging this.  The competition was won by Charles Devine, Stirling, with 4 fish for 17lb.Joint runners-up were Malcolm Miller, Clackmannan, and Harry Seton, Clydebank, both with 5 for 13lb 15oz.The prize for the heaviest fish went to Andy Hunter, Tullibody, and Nan Morrison, Stirling, was given the bravery award for fishing from a boat for the very first time!Many thanks to all who supported this event by fishing, donating prizes, time or money, and by buying raffle tickets; including Angling Centre Stirling, Alec Peachey, and Rab Don.

Over the five days the fishery was open this week, the fishing was excellent with over 300 fish being taken on a wide variety of lures, including Dancer, Damsel, Cat’s Whisker, Ace of Spades and various Fritz patterns, Buzzers and nymphs such as Hare’s Ear and PTN.

The Fishery is closed on New Year’s Day but will be open every other day thanks to the aerators keeping the ponds ice free.We wish all our customers a Happy New Year when it comes and Tight Lines for 2009.

Featuring amongst those doing well last week Andy Hunter, Tullibody, 2 for 10lb 6oz including 7lb 6oz Rainbow, Charles Devine, Stirling, 4 for 17lb including 7lb 5oz Rainbow and a Blue, John Sneddon, Falkirk, 2 for 9lb 8oz including 7lb Rainbow and Colin Henderson, Sauchie, 5 for 16lb

Week Ending 21st December 2008

The SONIK Roadshow last Sunday was well attended and there was a lot of interest in the rods on show.Ronnie Codona, Glasgow, won himself a SONIK voucher for catching the biggest fish of the morning, a 6lb 15oz Blue.Local youngster, Charles Devine, won both the accuracy and distance casting competitions, collecting two lines as prizes.On the fishing front, despite the changeable weather this week the fishing was still good.Even on the wettest, windiest days fish were being taken in areas where anglers could get a decent cast in. Lures fished deep and slow were the most successful with favourite patterns being Cat’s Whisker, Damsel, Dancer and Humungus, with Buzzers also taking fish.Best colours were Black and Green and Orange.

We would like to wish all our customers a very Happy Christmas and remind everyone that we are closed on both Christmas Day and Boxing Day, reopening on Saturday 27th December for the annual competition in aid of Strathcarron Hospice.

Jim Donnelly, Tullibody, 4 for 18lb 6oz including 7lb Rainbow and 4lb Blue, Ronnie Codona, Glasgow, 6lb 15oz Blue, Danny Doherty, Denny, 5 for 16lb 4oz including 4 Blues and Scott Aitken, Banknock, 5 for 14lb including 4 Blues. Dave Cormack, Perth, 3 for 10lb 8oz including 2 Blues, Nan Morrison, Stirling, 3 for 9lb 4oz including 4lb 4oz Rainbow and 2 Blues, Gary McDonald, Tullibody, 3 Blues for 9lb 4oz,John Kirkwood, Glasgow, 3 for 9lb 2oz including a Blue and Malcolm Miller, Clackmannan, 3 for 9lb including a Blue.

George Kochanek, Tullibody, 2 for 7lb including a Blue, Lloyd Pitcairn, Dunfermline, 2 for 6lb 8oz including a Gold, Euan McDougall, Tillicoultry, 2 for 6lb 6oz including a Blue and Gordon Fisher, 2 for 6lb 4oz including a Blue. Peter Baird, Denny, caught a splendid 4lb 8oz rainbow.

Week Ending 14th December 2008

The ponds remained ice free all week despite the freezing temperatures.Although fish were seen rising, they were not taking on the surface and anglers had to go deep to catch them.The usual lures - Cat's Whisker, Dancers, Damsel, Fritz patterns and Nomads - along with Bloodworm on a very slow retrieve, were taking the majority of fish.Favourite colours were white, yellow, orange and pink. Plenty of good bags were taken with some cracking 3lb to 4lb Blues featuring in the returns.

Please note that the Fishery is closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day this year. The annual competition in aid of Strathcarron Hospice is on Saturday 27th December, and is fully subscribed.

Danny Doherty, Denny, 5 for 14lb including 3 Blues, Jim Milne, Alloa, 4 Blues for 12lb 8oz, Alec Crombie, Oakley, 4 for 12lb including a Blue, Grant McCauley, 4 Blues for 11lb 8oz and Rab Don, Plean, 3 for 10lb 4oz including a Blue. Kenneth McNicol, Dunipace, 3 for 10lb 2oz including a Blue, Liam Simpson, Bathgate, 3 for 9lb 5oz including a Blue, Ronnie Codona, Glasgow, 3 for 9lb including a Blue and George Rose, Perth, 3 for 9lb including a Blue. John Patrick, Glasgow, 3 for 9lb including a Blue, John Miller, Fallin, 2 for 7lb 2oz, Colin Wilson, Dunipace, 2 Blues for 7lb and Angus Auchinachie, Falkirk, 2 for 6lb including a Blue. Willie Walker, Larbert, 2 for 6lb including a Blue, Allan Mitchell, Stirling, 2 for 6lbs.

Week Ending 7th December 2008

The Fishery remains open despite the freezing conditions thanks to the aerators which are doing a good job keeping all three ponds relatively ice-free.On the days when the temperature rose a few degrees the fishing was exceptionally good, but even on the coldest days there were still fish being taken.Small lures, such as Dancers, Damsels, Cat’s Whiskers and Fritz patterns were the most successful, with Bloodworm, Hare’s Ear and Diawl Bach also taking a few fish.The favourite colours were Black and Green, Yellow, Orange and Shocking Pink.Best tactics are to fish an intermediate line, deep and slow.

Alex Weir, Bathgate, 3 for 11lb 12oz including 5lb 6oz Blue, Euan McDougall, Tillicoultry, 2 for 6lb 8oz including 4lb 4oz Rainbow and a Blue, Craig Ferrier, Helensburgh, 2 for 7lb 2oz including 4lb 2oz Rainbow and a Blue and Ian Whitelaw, Dunnipace, 5 for 15lb 4oz including a Blue. Malcolm Miller, Clackmannan, 5 for 14lb 12oz including 4 Blues and a Gold, Stewart Marshall, Cambusbarron, 5 for 14lb 12oz including 3 Blues, Danny Doherty, Denny, 5 for 14lb 12oz including 3 Blues and Jan Kochanek, Tullibody, 4 for 12lb 4oz. Roy McLaren, Denny, 3 for 9lb 2oz including 2 Blues, Jim Donnelly, Tullibody, 2 for 7lb 4oz, Eddie Fulton, Livingston, 2 for 6lb 8oz including a Blue and Nan Morrison, Stirling, 2 for 6lbs.

Week Ending 30th November 2008

All the ponds continue to fish very well.The slight rise in temperature midweek brought the fish up to the surface again where they were taking nymphs and small wets, including Bloodworm, Diawl Bach and Cormorant.Early and late in the week when the water was colder the fish were caught mostly on lures such as Dancer, Damsel, Sparkler, and various Fritz patterns.

Stewart Marshall, Cambusbarron, 3 for 14lb 12oz including 8lb 11oz Rainbow and 2 Blues, Steven Todd, Stenhousemuir, 8lb 5oz Blue, Ronnie Loos, Stirling, 4 for 15lb 12oz including 7lb 12oz Rainbow and a Blue and Mark McCann, Erskine, 3 for 12lb including 6lb 6oz Rainbow and 2 Blues. Davy Horne, Stirling, 5 for 17lb 4oz including 4 Blues biggest at 4lb 8oz, Gary Hesletine, Edinburgh, 2 for 7lb including 4lb 8oz Blue, Bill McKay, Alloa, 4lb 2oz Rainbow, Bob Wilson, Denny, 2 Blues for 7lb 4oz bigger one at 4lb and Malcolm Miller, Clackmannan, 5 for 15lb 10oz including 3 Blues. Alan Stirling, Bonnybridge, 5 for 15lb 8oz including 2 Blues, Danny Doherty, Denny, 5 for 14lb 8oz including 3 Blues, Harry Seton, Clydebank, 4 for 13lb 8oz including a Blue and a Gold and Greg Guthrie, Callander, 4 for 12lb 4oz including a Blue. Sandy Jenkins, Carronshore, 3 for 10lb 8oz including a Blue, Les Cooper, Cumbernauld, 3 Blues for 9lb 6oz, Andy Tervit, Greenock, 3 for 9lb 4oz including 2 Blues and Aiden Morgan, Helensburgh, 3 for 9lb 2oz including 2 Blues, bigger one at

4lb. George Paterson, Stirling, 3 for 10lb 8oz, Alan Holbrook, Edinburgh, 3 for 9lb including a Blue and Lorna Kennedy, Stirling, 2 for 6lb 8oz from the small ponds.

Week Ending 23rd Nov 2008

Another excellent week for fishing at Swanswater, with well over 300 fish being landed.The colder weather towards the end of the week sent the fish a bit deeper and they were being caught 3 to 4 feet down, although some were still showing on the surface.Most were landed on lures such as Dancer, Damsel, various Fritz patterns and Cat’s Whiskers, with Black and Green, White, and Yellow being the favourite colours.Buzzers, Bloodworm, Blobs and, occasionally, nymphs were also taking fish.

This year the Fishery will be closed on both Christmas Day and Boxing Day, as well as New Year's Day. 11 year old Robbie Fulton, Greenock, took the biggest fish of the week with a cracking 7lb 9oz Blue and his older brother, Matthew, landed a 4lb 6oz Blue. Billy McPherson, Greenock, 2 for 9lb 6oz including 6lb 12oz Blue, Darren Stammers, Grangemouth, 5 for 16lb 8oz including 5lb 8oz Rainbow from the Millpond, and 2 Blues, Jim Hardwick, Falkirk, 3 for 10lb 4oz including 4lb 12oz Rainbow and 2 Blues and Richard Buckley, Dumbarton, 3 for 10lb 8oz including 2 Blues, bigger one at 4lb 12oz. Brian McAllister, Bonnybridge, 4lb Blue, Frank Barr, Falkirk, 5 Blues for 14lb 8oz, Rhys O’Connor, Falkirk, 5 for 14lb including 3 Blues and Tam Irvine, Bannockburn, 3 for 10lb 4oz from the Meadow Pond, including 2 Blues. Stewart Marshall, Cambusbarron, 3 for 10lb, Pete Jones, Dunfermline, 3 for 9lb 8oz, Sandy Mitchell,

Falkirk, 3 Blues for 9lb 4oz and David Cameron Snr. Helensburgh, 3 for 9lb including 2 Blues. John Moyes, Bo’ness, 2 for 7lb 4oz, David Cameron Jnr. Helensburgh, 2 Blues for 6lb 4oz, Tommy Hamilton, Coatbridge, 2 for 6lb 4oz including a Blue and John Sneddon, Falkirk  2 for 6lb 2oz. Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, 2 for 6lb including a Blue and Sandy Mackay, Dunblane, 2 for 6lb including a Blue.

Week Ending 7th November

The fishing was excellent throughout the week with fish well spread out round the ponds and in the top couple of feet of the water. The weekend was a little harder but there was still plenty of sport to be had.The usual small lures - Damsel, Dancer and Cat's whisker - were taking the majority of fish with Montana, Vibrating Daddy, Bloodworm and Buzzer also doing well.There is still some surface action on the small ponds with Sedges and CDCs taking on the Millpond.The final total raised for the SANA Ladies International Team was £1766.Many thanks again to all who took part.

Eddie Scanlon, Glasgow, 4 for 14lb 12oz including 7lb 5oz Rainbow and 3 Blues, Phil Stanton, East Kilbride, 7lb 4oz Rainbow from the Millpond, Robert Gardiner, Stenhousemuir, 3 for 14lb 2oz including 6lb 10oz Rainbow, 6lb 10oz Blue and a Gold from the Lower Meadow Pond and George Kochanek, Tullibody, 5 for 17lb 4oz including 6lb 8oz Rainbow and 2 Blues. Matthew Fulton, Greenock, 4 Blues for 13lb 8oz biggest one at 6lb 2oz, George Gemmell, Falkirk, 3 for 13lb including 6lb Rainbow and a Blue, Alec Kelso, Stirling, 2 for 8lb 12oz including 5lb 8oz Blue and Alan Stirling, Bonnybridge, 3 for 11lb 8oz including 2 Blues bigger one at 5lb 4oz. Nan Morrison, Stirling, Danny Doherty, Denny, 5 for 14lb including 3 Blues, Chris Ramage, Falkirk, 5 for 14lb including 4Blues, Euan McDougall, Tullibody, 4 for 11lb 12oz including 2 Blues, Roy Howieson, Falkirk, 3 Blues for 9lb and Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, 3 for 9lb including a Blue.

Week Ending 2nd November 2008

The fund-raising competition for the SANA Ladies International Team on Saturday was a great success with over £1600 being raised from sponsorship and a raffle.The competition was won by Swanswater regular, Sandy Ireland, with 5 fish for 15lb 15oz.Runner-up was John Buchanan.The prize for the heaviest fish went to one of the ladies, Dione Roberts who landed her biggest ever fish, a cracking 7lb 10oz Blue.The competition saw the first day this winter that the fish decided to concentrate in the channel and round the back of the island.The rest of the week saw settled conditions leading to plenty of fish being taken all round the pond.A wide variety of small lures fished not far under the surface were taking fish with Dancer, Damsel, Cat’s Whisker and Tadpole being the favourite patterns.Bloodworm and Buzzers were also taking fish. Jim Craig, Balloch, 3 for 13lb 4oz including 7lb 14oz Rainbow, Dione Roberts, Edinburgh, 2 for 10lb 7oz including 7lb 10oz Blue, Sandy Ireland, Lochgoilhead, in two visits 5 for 17lb 8oz including 3 Blues biggest one at 7lb 8oz and 5 for 15lb 15oz including 3 Blues and Scott Mills, Alexandria, 2 for 9lb 8oz from the Meadow Pond including 7lb 4oz Rainbow and a Gold. Geoff Gilbert, on holiday for the week from the Isle of Man, 28 for 81lb including 5lb Rainbow and 17 Blues,Danny Doherty, Denny, 5 for 15lb 4oz including 4 Blues, Andy Wilson, Tillicoultry, 5 for 15lb 4oz including a Gold and Stephen Hamilton, Glenochil, 5 for 14lb 8oz including 3 Blues. Lawrence Maguire, Maddiston, 4 for 12lb including 2 Blues, Craig Watt, Gargunnock, 4 for 12lb including a Blue, Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, 4 for 12lb including a Blue and Stewart Sangster, Alloa, fishing in his float tube, 3 for 9lb 4oz including a Blue. Davy Horne, Stirling, 3 for 9lb 2oz and  Robert Howieson, 3 for 9lb including a Blue.

Week Ending 6th October 2008

The fishing has remained good at Swanswater over the past week with around half a tonne of fish being landed. The calmer, warmer days at the beginning of the week saw the fish remain in the top two feet of the water but as the temperatures dropped and with the slightly windier conditions towards the end of the week the fish were found slightly deeper, although fish were still seen rising. The best choice of fly was mini lure, including Cat, Dancer and Black and Green Fritz, fished on floating line with a medium to fast retrieve. Other fish were taken on nymphs, PTN and Diawl Bach the favourite, with Buzzers working well later in the week.

The biggest fish of the week was a 9lb Rainbow caught by Falkirk angler Frank Barr who in two visits had 10 for 32lb including 3 Blues and a Gold. Other good bags include, Nan Morrison, Stirling, in two visits, 5 for 20lb including 7lb 14oz Rainbow, a Blue and a Gold, George Reid, Glasgow, in two visits, 10 for 24lb 12oz including 5Blues a Gold and a Brown and Michael Stewart, Callander, 7lb Blue. Ricky Goodwin, Glasgow, 5 for 13lb 4oz including 2 Blues, Jim Anderson, Carstairs, 5 for 13lb 12oz including 2 Blues, Mark Sullivan, Bonhill, 5 for 14lb 4oz, Mark Tweedie, Balloch, 5 for 13lb including 2 Blues, a Gold and a Brown and Danny Doherty, Denny, 5 for 13lb 12oz including 2 Blues and a Gold. John Walker, Stirling, 5 for 12lb 12oz including 2 Blues, Alec Paterson, Sauchie, 4 Blues for 11lb 4oz, George Kochanek, Tullibody, 5 for 12lb 12oz including 4 Blues and a Gold and Collin Mitchell, Stirling, 3 for 8lb 12oz. Joe Hunter, Alloa, 4 for 13lb including a Blue and a Gold, John Vickers, Fortwilliam, 5 for 12lb 12oz including 2 Blues a Gold and a Brown, Euan MacDougall, Tullibody, 4 for 10lb 12oz including 3 Blues, David Wilson, Carronshore, 4 for 11lb 7oz including 2 Blues and Jim Miller, Stirling, 3 Blues for 8lb 10oz.

Week Ending 21st September 2008

An excellent week’s fishing with over 450 fish landed.All different varieties are featuring in the catch returns with plenty top quality blues, browns and golden trout being landed in addition to the rainbows.The fish were near the top of the water all week and taking a variety of flies. Buzzers, nymphs, including Damsel, Hare’s Ear and Montana, wet flies, such as Bibio, and small lures – Cat’s Whisker, Dancer and Ace of Spades – were the favourite patterns, with the best tactic being a floating line and a medium to fast retrieve.Despite the heavy rain midweek, the water is clear and conditions are good.

Week Ending This week the Fishery will be closing at 7.30pm

This week’s best bag was taken by Stephen Murphy, Motherwell, with 5 for 21lb including 3 Blues, biggest one at 9lb and a Brown. Also doing well were Henry Lawrence, Glasgow, 2 for 9lb 12oz including 6lb 8oz Blue, Craig Orr, Inverkip, 2 for 8lb 12oz including 6lb 6oz Blue from the Meadow Pond, James Elliott, Stirling, 2 for 8lb 8oz including 5lb 12oz Rainbow and a Blue and Sandy Ireland, Lochgoilhead, 5 for 17lb including 5lb Brown and a Blue. Alec Peachey, Scone, 2 for 7lb 4oz including 4lb 8oz Blue, Frank Barr, Falkirk, 7 for 20lb 8oz including 3 Blues, a Gold and a Brown, Danny Doherty, Denny, 7 for 18lb including 4 Blues and Mike Bolton, Maddison, 5 for 15lb 8oz including a Blue. George Reid, Glasgow, 4 for 13lb 4oz including a Brown, Hugh Moore, Airdrie, 4 for 13lb 4oz including 2 Blues, Sandy Jenkins, Carronshore, 4 for 12lb 4oz including a Blue and Peter Henderson, Cumbernauld, 4 for 11lb 5oz including a Gold. George Simpson, Falkirk, 4 Blues for 11lb, Kevin Duff, Alloa, 3 for 9lb, Brian Smith, Cowie, 3 for 9lb 2oz including a Gold and Derek Reid, Newton Mearns, 2 for 6lb 12oz.

Week Ending 14th September 2008

The biggest brown of the year, and the biggest landed for three years, was taken last Sunday – a cracking 11lb 6oz specimen.Several other good browns were landed, including one at 5lb 4oz. One double figure Rainbow was also taken.The fish are very active and can be seen moving all over the water.Most are being taken either on or just under the surface on a wide variety of flies including Buzzers, Bloodworm, Sedge, Muddler, Hopper, Damsel, Hare’s Ear, and small lures, such as Cat’s Whisker and Yellow Dancer.Even when the weather was warm and bright, a rare occurrence this summer, the fish were not deep and were still taking in the top 12 to 18 inches. Closing time is now 8.00pm

This week’s best catches included Stephen Divers, Clydebank, 3 for 16lb 8oz including 11lb 6oz Brown, Roy Hatchard, Alloa, 4 for 18lb including 10lb 15oz Rainbow and a Blue, George Reid, Glasgow, 4 Browns for 12lb 12oz biggest one at 5lb 4oz and Murray Rankin, Polmont, 6 for 17lb including 3 Blues and 2 Golds. S Drylie and son, Connor, 6 for 16lb 4oz including 4 Blues and a Brown, Danny Doherty, Denny, 5 for 18lb including 4lb 4oz Rainbow, Willie Martin, Stirling, 5 for 14lb 4oz including a Brown, John Simpson, Falkirk, 5 for 14lb including 4 Blues and Jim Milne, Alloa, 5 for 14lb including 4 Blues, from his float tube. John Webber, Port of Menteith, 5 for 13lb 12oz including 4 Blues, John Clifford, Dumbarton, 4 for 12lb including a Blue, Grant McCauley, Clydebank, 4 for 11lb including 2 Blues and a Brown and Dave Forsyth, Tillicoultry, 2 for 7lb 4oz. Ronnie Codona, Glasgow, 2 for 7lb 4oz, Andy Wilson, Tillicoultry, 2 for 7lb including 4lb Blue, S Eaves, St Helens, 2 for 6lb 8oz including 3lb 12oz Brown and Stewart Malcolm, Denny, 2 for 6lb 8oz.

Week Ending 08/09/08

An excellent week’s fishing with over 450 fish landed.All different varieties are featuring in the catch returns with plenty top quality blues, browns and golden trout being landed in addition to the rainbows.The fish were near the top of the water all week and taking a variety of flies. Buzzers, nymphs, including Damsel, Hare’s Ear and Montana, wet flies, such as Bibio, and small lures – Cat’s Whisker, Dancer and Ace of Spades – were the favourite patterns, with the best tactic being a floating line and a medium to fast retrieve.Despite the heavy rain midweek, the water is clear and conditions are good.

Week Ending This week the Fishery will be closing at 7.30pm

This week’s best bag was taken by Stephen Murphy, Motherwell, with 5 for 21lb including 3 Blues, biggest one at 9lb and a Brown. Also doing well were Henry Lawrence, Glasgow, 2 for 9lb 12oz including 6lb 8oz Blue, Craig Orr, Inverkip, 2 for 8lb 12oz including 6lb 6oz Blue from the Meadow Pond, James Elliott, Stirling, 2 for 8lb 8oz including 5lb 12oz Rainbow and a Blue and Sandy Ireland, Lochgoilhead, 5 for 17lb including 5lb Brown and a Blue. Alec Peachey, Scone, 2 for 7lb 4oz including 4lb 8oz Blue, Frank Barr, Falkirk, 7 for 20lb 8oz including 3 Blues, a Gold and a Brown, Danny Doherty, Denny, 7 for 18lb including 4 Blues and Mike Bolton, Maddison, 5 for 15lb 8oz including a Blue. George Reid, Glasgow, 4 for 13lb 4oz including a Brown, Hugh Moore, Airdrie, 4 for 13lb 4oz including 2 Blues, Sandy Jenkins, Carronshore, 4 for 12lb 4oz including a Blue and Peter Henderson, Cumbernauld, 4 for 11lb 5oz including a Gold. George Simpson, Falkirk, 4 Blues for 11lb, Kevin Duff, Alloa, 3 for 9lb, Brian Smith, Cowie, 3 for 9lb 2oz including a Gold and Derek Reid, Newton Mearns, 2 for 6lb 12oz.