Scotland Troutmasters reports for week-ending April 17th, 2015

Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
A busy week at Kingennie with a lot more fish moving on the surface and the better the conditions the better the rise seems to be. The Bankside appears to be the most popular pond at the moment and in the past week has produced over a dozen fish over 5lb. Mr Gordon seven catch and release, best one at 7lb on Buzzers; Mr Marshall five catch and release, one at 7lb on Buzzers; Mr Cowan eight catch and release, one at 5lb on dries; Mr Sherriff fish of 10lb 8oz and 8lb 8oz on Yellow Dancers; Mr Rennie one of 7lb 15oz and returned one at around 9-10lb. The Buzzer fishing has been really good at times but when the weather turns it is better to go on the lures. The Boathouse is still very clear and this has really changed how it needed to be fished as lures aren’t quite as effective as they just seem to be following then turning away. The top method has been two Buzzers and FAB on a floater and just let them swing round in the wind. Mr Holmes temted a fish of 8lb 4oz and put back eight on a Blob. Mr Dixson put back 11 on Suspender Buzzers with two fish estimated to be over 5lb. The Burnside has been quieter but those that have fished it have been rewarded with some good catches, Mr Gibson had six fish quickly after moving up from the Bankside on a Bloodworm. The deid Ferret club did well taking 27 fish for 52lb with the largest at 7lb. The Woodside has been very busy and some people have been struggling as the fish seem to be shoaling up and if you are in the wrong spot then it has been tricky. As usual Powerbait has been the bait of choice. Mr Reid had his four fish for 7lb while Mr White and his son had five for 8lb on spinners.

Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
With a break in the weather and the arrival of warmer climes, fish began to feed better and came more toward the top, especially early morning and late evening. With the sun high and bright at midday deeper tactics were required as fish went down and switched off until later on. The heather beetle arrived and fish were gorging on them. Those anglers who took the advice to use beetle patterns (Kate McLarens, Black Buzzers, Bibios) did much better than those who stuck to the usual Yellow Dancers, White Fritzs and Orange Blobs. Plenty of good fish were caught. Andrew Drummond caught 13 and 15 fish over two outings; Thomas Bramley had 10; Andrew Payne had 16; Robert Bell had a good day with 12 fish and also landed a cracker of 14lb which was weighed and returned safely. Derek O’Neill’s wife landed a 7lb 3oz fish; Archie Miller 4lb 3oz; Neill Smith 8lb 6oz and first-time angler Aaton McIntosh, after a previous lesson, had a fish of 5lb 12oz.
The winter singles came to an end and the winner was Neill Smith with 33 points, second was Gordon Grant with 28, third Neil Scowen with 24, fourth Graeme Gibson 23 and fifth Jimmy Rhind 18 points. The Club has a number of outings arranged this year with a weekend to Loch Fad being the highlight. Fly-tying each week and inter-club competitions for all members are available and new members are welcome. Members’ fees are due by April 26.

Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian
Fishing has continued to be good with top of the water sport very good. Plenty of nice browns have been taken along with blues and some good-sized rainbows. A lot more blues will be introduced shortly with some more rainbows of size to add to the excellent sport on the lochs. Later in the year six boats will be available due to demand on the water. Water is crystal clear and it’s great to see fish following the fly.

Millhall Reservoir, Falkirk
The Troutmasters fish-off for the 2014 season took place last Sunday. Matching the early morning hatch proved successful for Keith Lewis who won the final with 13lb 8oz. Keith will go on to represent Millhall in the national final to be held at Grafham Water later in the season. Heather Brown won the Junior Final. Hotspots this week were the dam wall and Firwood Point using floating or intermediate lines with Black or Yellow Dancers and Black or Claret Buzzers taking most fish. Some of the better bags this week went to D. Meikle with three for 9lb 8oz on Buzzers; I. Yuill four for 10lb 2oz on Diawl Bachs; A. Fleming four for 10lb, also on Diawl Bachs; R. Chapman four for 10lb on a Cat’s Whisker; Jim Dougall four for 10lb 8oz on Diawl Bachs; Mr Bisset four for 11lb 4oz on Buzzers; S. Wilson four for 10lb on Cat’s Whiskers; Chris Mulholland four for 11lb on a Cat’s Whisker and Mr Hunter three for 8lb 12oz. The reservoir will be closed on Saturday April 18 for The Butcherboys AC competition and also on Sunday April 19 for the first club competition of the season, the Millhall Salver. There are still spaces available for this event. The dates for the heats of the Rod and Creel (Carronshore) sponsored Millhall Open are now available in the clubhouse, to enter phone 01324 714190.

Springwater Fishery, Ayrshire
The Fly loch continues to fish well. Darvel angling club had a great day and the top bag went to D. Russell with four fish for 25lb 8oz. His catch included fish of 7lb, 8lb and 10lb. Second was Mr Cox with three fish for 15lb including one at 8lb. Third was Tam with four fish for 13lb 4oz. Other catches from the fly loch this week included Mick Goodwilly who releassed 14 including on at 8lb; Dezz caught and released nine; Gordon caught and released 10; Scott Crossan released five; Mick Hamilton released six; Campbell Kenny and his dad released 22 between them including fish of 8lb 8oz and 10lb 8oz; Ian Crossan released nine; Bryan O'neil eight, biggest 7lb; Hugh Mcloud released six including fish of 12lb and 6lb; Robert Hannah released a lovely 10lb 8oz fish; Charlie Johnston caught four including a cracker of 8lb 2oz . Best flies are Black Buzzers and Yellow Dancers. The Bait loch catches included Mr Lorimar with six fish for 18lb 6oz; Mark Fleming caught a nice rainbow of 7lb 14oz; Morgan Allan, age nine, caught a rainbow of 8lb 6oz; and Davie Kernachan caught five fish for 16lb.

Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
With a day or two of lovely warm weather, it was as if spring had actually arrived. However things changed again at the weekend and it was cold, breezy and showery with sleet mixed through the driving rain! The fishing was very good throughout, though, with excellent bags featuring large numbers of different varieties of fish including several in the 4lb to 5lb range. The biggest fish this week was a lovely 5lb 12oz brown, and several other browns and tigers were also landed. There were no particular hotspots this week, although at times the dam, overflow and island were doing better than elsewhere. In general the fish were around two to three feet down and taking the usual large selection of lures, nymphs, wets and Buzzers. The Fishery is now open until 8.30pm every evening.
John Crawford, from South Queensferry, caught four fish for 15lb 4oz including a 5lb 12oz brown and a blue; Jim Riddicks, Ayr, four for 15lb 8oz including two blues at 5lb each; Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, in two visits, caught eight for 25lb; John Thomson, Fallin, in two visits, seven for 21lb 8oz; Andy Henderson, Glasgow, five for 18lb 4oz; Brian MacIntosh, Banknock, five for 18lb; George Dobbie, Glasgow, and John Mooney, Queenzieburn, each with five for 16lb 8oz; Chris Walder, Newbridge, and Willie Martin, Stirling, each with five fish for 16lb; Tam Cartwright, Glasgow, five for 15lb 12oz including a 4lb 6oz brown; Barry Hamilton, Muirhead, five for 15lb 8oz; Frank Barr, Falkirk, and Danny Doherty, Denny, each with five for 15lb 4oz; Walker Watt, Newbridge, five for 15lb; Brian Little, Peebles, five for 14lb 8oz including a 4lb 8oz blue; Alec Knox, Glasgow, four for 14lb 8oz; Allan Laing, East Kilbride, four for 13lb 4oz; Brian MacIntosh jnr, Banknock, four for 12lb 4oz; John Mathieson, Doune, three for 11lb; Gavin Johnston, Stirling, three for 10lb 8oz including a 4lb 4oz blue; Stan Moore, Falkirk, three for 10lb 4oz including a 4lb 12oz blue; Paul Christie, Alloa, in three visits, caught and released 19 fish.