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Swanswater Fishery, Stirling
Published by TroutAtlas
26-05-2010
Default Swanswater Fishery, Stirling



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By alias on 05-10-2010, 06:02 PM
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Not fished it for a while, but it's always been one of my favourites. I like the free coffee and tea too, and have always been made to feel welcome every time I go back! Most of the fish I've caught have been of pretty good quality, and the fight off the steelheads they stock (or used to at any rate) is ridiculous, akin to fresh sea-trout.
The fishing can be dour, very much weather-dependent, with the fish switching on and off quickly. But once you crack which particular offering is wanted, be prepared for plenty of action.
Successful tactics vary widely. What worked in the morning may completely blank in the afternoon, so be prepared to ring the changes. But an assortment of the "usual suspects" will probably be useful. For me, various damsels, buzzers, mini-lures and tadpole patterns have all produced the goods on their day. As for lines, most of the fishery is reasonably shallow, floater and intermediate is generally enough, although there are a couple of holes which sometimes produce to a sinker in extreme weather conditions.
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By tanushiheadbash on 21-01-2011, 09:46 PM
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Swanswater is my "local" fishery and I can walk there. Ideal place for kids in particular what with the two smaller ponds. I have to say I sometimes go up and just fish the smaller ponds- you can get them to yourself and stalk the fish which can be very visible in places. Great for dry fly on the wee ponds but the fish can be very selective I find and frustratingly difficult- especially the goldies. When you do get it right though you can literally get one per cast. Happened to me a couple of times. Catch and release is allowed on the ponds after you have bagged up on the main loch.
Like the other reviewer states it can switch on and off very quickly. Some spots are very heavily fished- the "regulars" grab these spots early and hold onto them until they bag up, personally I like to move around and don't be afraid to try things- I caught my fish of the season- not my biggest by a long way but most satisfying- on a dry fly ( by far my preference) the first week in November there when everyone else had switched to lures- great fun!
Facilities are good and Alastair is a really nice and helpful guy. Its been iced up for weeks but thinking of a wander up there this weekend just to get out for a cast for a few hours.
My most successful patterns have been: Black Klinkhammers, very small olive spiders (dry), Zulu (wet), and small Humungus and Minkie/mink zonkers/Bunny Leaches.

Others that tend to feature regularly are Yellow Dancers, Diawl bachs, Kate McLarens, olive and claret damsels and a lot of anglers like hanging buzzers under a blob- have to say not my style- akin to float fishing- but each to their own. I don't even like lures but will use them on occasions if thats all thats working. Humungus has been a killer for me I have to say- much to my shame ;-). My 8lb 2oz'er fell to a small tied one.
I think the max depth is about 9 feet in the Swanswater Loch.
Boobies are banned. (good!)
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By tarmangie on 21-01-2011, 10:35 PM
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My mate and I tend to fish here, in the winter, when the bigger lochs are closed. We find it to be well stocked with quality fish. It is stocked every day so you can see what is going in.
As per the previous entries the fishing can vary greatly during the day. I thought I had got the place sussed but during the bad weather when there was ice on it, despite the aerators, I managed two blanks in a row. Although my mate caught fish both times. We were there again this week and had a great day. The fish were on and we had our limit and then went on to catch and release. The fish were changing what they wanted right through the day everything from sunk lures, to wets, to small nymphs and about 1am a few fish started showing and dries worked particularly a black shipmans.
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By tanushiheadbash on 23-01-2011, 09:49 AM
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Fished yeaterday- local trip to get out and blow off cobwebs. Was fairly cold but still day and it got brighter around 12 for a couple of hours.
I tried the pairing of a white bunny Leach with a heavy but not especially large Humungus to start with- the same combo worked well at Wellsfield on Boxing Day when iced up. All rigged on a long leader to a Intermediate line.
Second cast I was into a fit 3.5 lb Blue. After good scrap it was netted and it had taken the BL.
Two more casts and a rainbow: bit of a surrender monkey this one and practically lifted it right out from under my feet.. Same again BL
Both fish taken right off the bottom. The second was covered in shrimps, nymphs and bloodworm- big ones- must have been lying on the sediment in the bottom. Managed to hook my leader in a tree opposite where I was casting so decided to move as I was on a 4 hr ticket and had only been there about 30 mins. Never seen anyone else get a fish in this time.
Took a wander round by the island- its not fishing well just now I was told- maybe due to the aereator.
I changed tactics and using a huge parachute CDC fly on top dropper and a floating line- hung a couple of bloodworm patterns beneath- an Apps BW and one I tied just before leaving home- based on the pattern in this months Trout Fisherman Magazine with the bead head, on point.
Using the same very slow retrieve I got nowt.
I was considering changing tactics after about 20 mins or so but the peg next to me was vacant and the previous encumbent wasn't catching there 20 mins or so earlier so gave it a wee cast. Second cast- again as before a very subtle take and another very fit Blue of 3lbs.
Bagged up I headed over to the ponds for a spot of C&R. I stuck with the Bloodworm rig and soon was on with another fish-VERY strong it was and led me a right merry dance before the debarbed hook came out, never seen it (bent the hook on the beadhead) but I reckon it was a decent fish judging but the bend in my rod and the power it had.
A few more minutes and another take- this time a strong 2lb rainbow- netted and unhooked and released.
I got talking to Alastair and another guy from Bonnybridge AC and while blethering noticed a few fish rishing. It was about 16:00 getting colder- about zero I would say and water about 2 degrees. I love dry fly so decided to try a minute wee "sh*t fly" in size 20 I got from John Emerson on the Dee course in November. About the size of a real live midge in grey. Casting over one of the areas I seen a rise and bang- was taken by a Blue! 22nd of January- who would have beleived it.
Fish was netted and returned none the worse.
Great days sport and my best at Swanswater to date.
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By craigie on 23-01-2011, 10:02 AM
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do they stock grayling kenny.
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By tanushiheadbash on 23-01-2011, 11:36 AM
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LOL Craig!
I wish they did!
Tell you what- the shrimps that came off the bottom made interesting study. I spooned one of the fish I took and that was all thet were in its stomach- though admitedly not a lot of them.
Grayling tomorrow I hope!
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By Editor on 16-01-2013, 12:58 PM
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The cooler weather this week led to a drop in water temperature from 7oC on Monday to 4oC at the weekend. This resulted in the fish moving away from the island and over to the area around the jetty and along the far bank. They were also to be found a couple of feet deeper down at around 4 to 5 feet. They are still pretty active and a fairly fast retrieve was working well, with several anglers reporting being followed in when retrieving quickly. The usual small lures were most popular this week with a few buzzers and bloodworm also attracting fish. Favourite patterns included Dancer, Cat’s Whisker, Humungus, Nomad, and Damsel. Another two double figure Rainbows were landed this week; one from the boat and one from the dam, both taken on Sunday. Plenty of Tigers, including a couple around the 4lb mark, feature in the catch returns and these have now moved out from the burn and were to be found under the big tree and around the island.
This week’s best catches included: Darrell McCorgray, Bannockburn, 4 for 20lb including 12lb 4oz Rainbow and a Blue, Martin Ferguson, Edinburgh, 12lb 4oz Rainbow, Frank Turner, Alloa, 3 for 12lb 4oz including 7lb 8oz Rainbow and Callum McMillan, Stirling, 3 for 11lb from the Millpond including 6lb Rainbow. Colin Anderson, Grangemouth, 4 for 12lb including 5lb 4oz Blue, John Campbell, Stirling, 3 for 9lb 2oz including 2 Tigers, Jim Donnelly, Milton of Campsie, 2 for 6lb 12oz including a Tiger, Mark Tomnay, Glasgow, 2 for 6lb including a Tiger and Glen Anderson, Haggs, 2 Tigers for 5lb 12oz. Last but not least Gordon Simpson, Edinburgh had a fine 4lb Tiger
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By Bond........Bug Bond on 14-02-2013, 09:07 PM
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With the trip to ledyatt rearranged for tomorrow due to weather I decided to give swans water a bash this afternoon. Conditions were a little on the cool side and a bit blowy. Only a handful of fishers 2 of whom out in a bat I had more or less the pick of the pegs. I started at the bay just before the bridge in the north west corner (I think) on Swanswater Loch. Tactics were slow intermediate with a yellow dancer on the point chasing a red holographic comarant on the single dropper attached to a 12 ft leader.

After half an hour nothing. So changed the point fly to a rainbow warrior which brought a violent take two casts later. A fish of about 2 1/2lb provided good sport until netted and despatched.

Resumed fishing with the same set up and shortly thereafter another savage take to the warrior. This felt a better fish and was leading me a merry dance torpedoing each time I tried to net it. Eventually i netted it and was disappointed to find it was another average bow- it felt soooo much bigger. Fish despatched, I remained at the same spot for a wee while but failed to touch anything else so moved on.

I ended up at road side of the big tree not far from the entrance to the loch where I continued fishing with the same set up. Casting into the wind and counting to ten - got to 8 - I felt a sharp tug. I was into another Fish. This time to my dropper fly the comarant. Another rainbow of average stocky size but punching above its weght. Eventually netted, admired and put out of its misery with a sickening blow that always evokes mixed emotions in me.

With the temperature dropping all the time and the wind increasing in intensity I knew my time was up. I made pleasant conversation with folk on my way back to the bothy many of whom had not touched a thing all day . Arriving back at the bothy I weighed my fish and recorded a return of 3 bows for 7lb 12oz.

Overall I think Swanswater is a small jewel in central scotland's fisheries crown. This fishery is set in very pictureque surroundings where staff are very friendly and happy to offer good advice re tactics and flies etc. The bothy was compact but comfortable with clean toilet and hand washing facilities. Quality of the fish was excellent; all fully finned and torpedo like in form. It should also be noted that I paid for 4hrs fishing but when I looked at my ticket they added an extra half hour- a small thing I know but a nice touch nonetheless. I left Swanswater driving away from the car park feeling very satisfied and looking forward to my next visit. Thanks Alex. Really enjoyed myself today.
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