Scotland Troutmasters reports for week-ending August 7th, 2015

Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
The weather varied greatly during the week but those who adapted to the conditions were rewarded with some excellent sport. The extra water has been welcome and the pools are now in superb form. The Boathouse Pool was in top form with most anglers catching fish. Liam Kirk took the honours with a superb rainbow of 12lb included in a 10 fish catch/release total. Mr Watson landed a rainbow weighing 10lb and several other decent fish were returned during the week. Buzzers, dries and lures all performed well. The deep Burnside Pool has taken a lot of angling pressure recently and catches have slowed slightly. However, some excellent fish have been taken including a lovely rainbow estimated at 12lb and released by John Barr. Again Buzzers, dries and lures have all proved successful. There has been plenty of surface activity in the Bankside Pool but fish have been somewhat more difficult to catch as there has been so much natural food in the water. Mr Smith took two fish for 6lb and returned a further 11. Frank Sherrif had a couple of hours fishing dry fly patterns and returned eight fish. Sugar-cube Shipman’s and Sedge patterns have brought the most success. The any legal method pool, Woodside, has responded particularly well to Powerbait again, although sweetcorn and maggots have also produced fish. On Saturday 38 anglers took 58 fish for a total of 98lb.

Millhall Reservoir, Falkirk
The third heat of the Rod and Creel (Carronshore) Open took place last Sunday evening. Catches were low at the start, mainly due to strong sunshine and changing winds. However catches improved as the sun went down and the late evening sedge hatches began round the grassy margins with most fish being caught on Black Buzzers, Snatchers, Crunchers and the occasional lure on floating or midge tip lines.  Paul Howarth and Les Grant go forward to join the other qualifiers in the Free Final on Sunday October 4. The last heat is on Sunday September 6 during the evening session 16.30 till dusk. To enter phone the clubhouse on 01324 714190.
Alan Moore caught a blue-tagged fish worth £100, unfortunately it was on catch and release and was safely returned. There was excellent sport this week with most fish being caught in deeper water during warmer sunny spells using slow sinking or intermediate lines with Yellow Dancers and any hothead variants taking most fish. Early morning or late evening rises produced buzzer hatches just out from the dam wall where floating lines Diawl Bachs variants, PTN and GRHE took most fish. Occasional sedge hatches near the grassy margins at Firwood point also gave anglers full bags where traditional wets like Kate McLaren, Butchers and Bibios were the favourite wet flies followed by mini lures such as Cat’s Whiskers and mini Dancers.

Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
The biggest fish of the year to date, a cracking 9lb blue, was landed by Nan Morrison. This beauty was taken on a Sedgehog, as were the other three fish for 8lb that Nan landed this week. It was taken from the bridge area which has proved to be very productive with, amongst others, two lovely browns and a good tiger also coming out there. Throughout the week the fish were in the top two feet of the water and still wanting to chase. Plenty were being seen feeding on the surface although some anglers were finding it difficult to match the hatch. Favourite patterns included Dancer, Viva, Damsel, Diawl Bach, Hopper, Sedgehog, various nymphs and buzzers. The most productive areas were around the bridge and the island.
Frank Barr, from Falkirk, in three visits, caught 15 fish for 44lb 4oz including two blues, bigger one at 7lb 15oz; John Mooney, Queenzieburn, four for 16lb 4oz including a 7lb rainbow; Ian McDougall, Airdrie, three for 13lb 2oz including two browns at 5lb and 4lb 12oz; Barry Hamilton, Muirhead, three for 10lb 12oz including a 5lb 4oz tiger; John Mathieson, Doune, a 5lb 4oz tiger; Danny Doherty, Denny, five for 16lb 8oz; Willie Martin, Stirling, five for 14lb; Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, in two visits, caught six fish for 20lb plus four caught and released; James Elliott, Stirling, four for 12lb 8oz; Stewart Nicholson, Knightswood, four for 12lb 4oz; Peter Paterson, Menstrie, three for 10lb including a 4lb 4oz blue; Gordon McPhee, Cumbernauld, three for 9lb 8oz; Jim Russell, Castlecary, three for 9lb plus three caught and released; Arron Barnes, Cumbernauld, three for 9lb; George Kochanek, Tullibody, three for 8lb 12oz; Sandy Donald, Dunblane, three for 8lb 8oz; and Gordon Fairlie, Alloa, two for 6lb 8oz.