Summer Tactics At Glensherup Trout Fishery
Stan Moore heads to the Perthshire Hills to sample the summer fishing at Glensherup Trout Fishery.
Sometimes we anglers can get all too comfortable in what we know, I have heard the proverbial “Yeah I’m here three times a week mate, I fish nothing else apart from a Yellow Dancer on an intermediate line and I always get fish”. There are probably anglers you may know that are like this, and if not, then not too far from it. I am not disputing there is anything wrong in fishing your favourite water in the way you want to; at the end of the day it’s all about what you enjoy doing, however sometimes variety is the spice of life. It was this that made me think about Glensherup fishery located in Dollar. I had fished it before and thoroughly enjoyed it, however I will have to be honest and say, if I were to be asked what fisheries are near me and where do I go, Glensherup would probably slip my mind and this would be totally undeserved.
Afloat On Glensherup
A few hours in the afternoon was all I could manage on this particular day early this summer, and it was what had become the norm throughout the month, another hot and sunny day. I took the half hour drive over the Clackmmanshire Bridge, being stuck behind the inevitable tractor of course while driving through the small villages, before eventually making it to the fishery car park. On approach I could see 12 out of the 13 available boats were still laid at the jetty. This was a bit of a surprise and I couldn’t see many bank anglers either. I had forgotten there were no outboards on the back of the boats, however rowing wasn’t going to be too big a deal, it’s not a massive expanse of water sitting at 29 acres. At least rowing would burn off a few of the excess calories consumed from the recent barbeques that had been getting caned in the recent good weather. I had remembered from previous outings that fish can be caught all over, however there are two main areas that tend to be a focal point on the water – the dam end or the burn end. I had made the decision fairly quickly I would fish the dam end first. I had made this decision on the basis it would be significantly deeper than the rest of the water, making it an attraction for fish due to the high temperatures and sun. That was easy but deciding on tactics was not so.
Straight Line Buzzers
I could not make my mind up as to what tactics to use. Would I straight line buzzers or fish a Di7 with lures? I decided to opt for the more chilled out version of fishing first. I setup up my 10ft 7-wt Loop Evotec that has a medium/fast action which is great for pinging out long distance casts, a floating line, 7lb Sightfree fluorocarbon with three flies; a heavy superglue buzzer on the point, a lighter buzzer on the middle dropper and a Tequila Blob on the top dropper, all spaced around 5ft apart. The heavy buzzer on the point not only helps with turnover, it takes the other flies down. I had decided to put a Tequila Blob on the top dropper as an attractor on thought that fish may be drawn up to the Blob, maybe not to take it but more out of curiosity. In doing this, the fish have to pass the more natural looking buzzers on the way.
Off came the floating line and buzzers and on went the DI7 with a Tequila FAB and Cat Booby on the point.
Dam To Start
With a gentle row, I made way for the dam wall. There wasn’t much of a drift due to very little wind and when the boat did move, it was more of that awkward, confused, swirly action. Those who boat fish know all too well what I mean and how frustrating this is. Half an hour had passed without the slightest sign of a fish, and I was already starting to contemplate a change of tactics, when suddenly the line shot out of my hand. I was in and it felt a good fish as it bored deep. Every time I thought I had it beat, it would take another deep dive under the boat until eventually I managed to slip the net under the nice rainbow of the average size of 2.5lb. It certainly felt it was something bigger. Even though I had just caught, I wasn’t convinced I was fishing the most effective way and I decided to make the decision, which may seem strange to some, a change of tactics.
Di7 Down Deep
Off came the floating line and buzzers and on went the DI7 with a Tequila FAB and Cat Booby on the point. With the previous fish coming to the point buzzer I thought I would start a count on 15 seconds working the flies back with a mixed retrieve with a couple of pauses throughout. A few casts were made without a take, so twenty seconds it was, but same outcome. 25 seconds and it tightened. Another hard fighting fish that this time fell to the Booby. The fish were deep around 15ft down. A couple of casts later I was in again on the 25 second count. It was worth the change of tactics. I managed to pick up a couple more fish, with one of them taking on the hang. Holding the flies at the end of the retrieve and drawing them up from the depths can take a number of fish, but on this occasion only once did I see the fish follow them up and commit to the take. I did fish the burn end of the water for a short period, but knew almost instantly my chances of catching were significantly higher fishing at the dam end on this particular occasion.
As with any outing the time just seemed to disappear and it was time to call it a day. Glensherup had produced and I wasn’t disappointed. Hard fighting, good-sized trout is what most stillwater anglers are after, and Glensherup offers this. It’s a water that may have slipped out of my mind, but it’s now a water that has certainly established itself back in the forefront.
England born Stan Moore is a Loop Ambassador. He currently resides in Scotland and fishes extensively across the UK and Ireland targeting trout, grayling, salmon and sea trout. Rivers and loch-style are his favourite disciplines competing nationally south of the border. Like most, presenting a dry fly to a wild fish, is his preferred method of fishing.