Scotland Troutmasters reports for week-ending December 18th, 2015

Forbes of Kinennie, Tayside
After all the recent rain this past week has been much more settled and the fishing has really improved. The light winds and much clearer water resulted in some outstanding returns. The Boathouse has been the most productive pond as it cleared almost gin clear. Lures have been successful but for the most consistent sport Buzzers have been the best option. Mr Robertson returned 24 fish on Black Buzzers and a Yellow Dancer. Mr Simpson returned 15 including two over 10lb on a mix of lures. Mr Doyle had three for 10lb and another 11 returned on Buzzers. The biggest fish was 13lb-plus caught by Mr Fisher as well as another six returned.
The Burnside has also been very good with visibility up to over two feet now and improving all the time. Regular angler Mr Barlow has had returns of 18, 13 and 28 fish over the last week with the largest weighing more than 12lb. His top patterns were a Squirmy Worm 2-5 feet under an indicator and small black nymphs. Mr Birse had 18 fish on a Rob Roy and a floating line. Mr Thompson had 11 on Buzzers with the biggest around 4lb.
The Bankside has not seen many anglers this week but those who fished did well. Mr Soave had four fish for 17lb with the largest weighing 9lb 8oz, a black and green lure doing best. Mr Sherriff had nine on Yellow Dancers with one around 6lb. The Woodside has had a steady stream of anglers with 25 anglers landing 54 fish for 91lb. Spinning has been very successful this week as well as Powerbait.

Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
Some cracking 5lb to 7lb rainbows are being landed at Swanswater at present. The weather was pretty wet and windy for most of the week with a change to severe frost on Sunday. Fish were seen moving all week, including on Sunday, with some even taking dry flies on the small ponds on Saturday. In general the fish were well spread out and to be found around 2 to 3 feet down early in the week, going deeper on Sunday. Although the weather was pretty poor, the fishing was very good and the few who braved the conditions were well rewarded with some great catches and good bags. A variety of flies was taking fish with lures, nymphs and wets all catching. Favourite patterns included many of the usual favourites – Dancer, Cat, Montana, Cormorant, Diawl Bach, Hare’s Ear, Buzzer, Spider, Kate McLaren and Bibio.
Spaces are still available for the Annual Charity Competition on Sunday December 27. For full details and to reserve a place, please contact the Fishery.
Joe Hunter, from Alva, caught two fish for 11lb 12oz including a 7lb rainbow; Jim Kerr, a 6lb 2oz rainbow; Jim Milne, Alloa, four for 15lb 4oz including a 6lb rainbow and a blue plus one caught and released; Frank Barr, Falkirk, a 5lb 12oz rainbow; Willie Walker, Larbert, three for 12lb including a 5lb rainbow plus two caught and released; Malcolm Miller Clackmannan, five for 14lb 8oz plus five caught and released; Alec Knox, Glasgow, in two visits, four for 13lb 4oz including a 4lb rainbow; Edward Porter, Airdrie, four for 11llb 12oz; Rab Smith, Falkirk, four for 10lb 8oz including two from the Meadow Pond; Gavin Johnston, St Ninians, three for 10lb 10oz; Les Cooper, Dunblane, three for 10lb plus five caught and released; Donald McMurchy, Fallin, three for 9lb; John Mathieson, Doune, two for 7lb 9oz; S. Campbell, T. Whitfield and D. Jenkins, Livingston, caught and released 19; Tam Kennedy returned a 4lb brown.