Scotland Troutmasters reports for week-ending February 27th, 2015

Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
The weather may not have been great this week but the fishing certainly has been. Lots of hard-fighting blues and rainbows in the returns with a few fish around the 10lb mark. The Boathouse pool fished well with some really hard-fighting blues coming off, mostly around 2lb with the odd bigger fish. Chris Watson returned 10 fish with two big rainbows of them just over 8lb and the rest being blues. Stewart Smith, from Brechin, had another fine rainbow of 8lb 8oz. The Burnside pool continues to fish well to Squirmy Worms fished under a bung or freelined. Les Gall had the best return of the week with 22 fish for just a few hours fishing. The Bankside has produced some nice fish this week with two of the season ticket holders doing very well: Michael King caught a personal best rainbow trout of 9lb 8oz and Frank Sherriff had a rainbow of just under 9lb. The Woodside pool is fishing best to Powerbait, either legered or under a float. Spinning with small Mepps and Tobys have also taken a few fish. There are still some places left for the SANA bank qualifier on March 8, call the sports dept on 01382 350213 to book your place. 

Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
When the weather is up and down, it follows fishing will be the same and to take three or four fish in a session is a good day in these conditions. This is where knowledge and patience come in and depth, the lines to use, colour and size of fly, are all important if you want to catch. Lures may work one day and Buzzers the next. Over this week it has been up and down but still fish were caught and there weren’t many blank days. David Cameron had a good fish of 4lb 9oz; Andrew More had 10 fish; Stuart Hayden had 14 fish to 4lb 3oz on an Olive Buzzer and he also returned a fish of around 10lb; while Jimmy Rhind had a fish of 4lb 7oz. Overall most anglers averaged three to four fish. The new Club Champion, decided at the final competition of the year, is Neill Smith, followed by Andrew More. The heaviest fish over the year went to Chris Johnston. March begins the new year for next year’s club champion. Minutes from the AGM are at the fishery for members to view, and applications for membership can also be collected at the fishery.

Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian
After the frosts and ice the fishery opened and the season got off to a great start with anglers enjoying some great sport. The browns have come on well, packing weight on with the rich feeding that Millbuies offers and most anglers commented on the condition and beauty of the fish caught. John Shearson had a great day with 50 fish, mostly browns; Stuart McGhie and Kevin Buchanan had 27 between them; Joe Campbell had 43 with a beauty at 6lb; while Gary Gormley and boat partner had 12 fish between them. The weather wasn’t the best on some days but the fishing bodes well for the coming season with a lot of bookings for boats.

Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
The overcast showery weather that replaced the frost at the start of the week suited the fish well and there was some great sport on offer all week. Early in the week, as the water temperature rose, the fish were to be found up the roadside and in front of the island. As things settled down midweek they were being taken all round the main pond with the far bay, boat jetty and island the favourite spots. On Sunday, despite the return of the frost, the fish had moved back to the roadside and the channel in front of the island and anglers were having a lot of success in these areas. No matter which part of the main pond the fish were favouring, they were sitting between two and five feet down all week and being taken on a variety of flies, with Dancer, Fritz, Cat’s Whisker, Green Pea, Tadpole, Bloodworm and Buzzer being the favourite patterns. A nice selection of different coloured varieties are still being taken with some superb blues featuring in the catch returns.
Keith Muckersie, from Peebles, caught five fish for 15lb 12oz including four blues, plus five caught and returned. Robert Park, from Lennoxtown, caught five for 14lb 12oz; Willie Nyguist, Stirling, five for 14lb 8oz; John Mooney, Queenzieburn, four for 12lb plus five caught and released; Andy Brown, Dunfermline, three for 12lb including a 4lb 12oz rainbow; Peter Bryce, Alloa, three for 11lb 8oz including two blues, bigger one at 4lb 12oz; Peter Paterson, Menstrie, three for 10lb; Jim Sneddon, Falkirk, and John Thomson, Plean, each with three for 9lb 12oz; Alan Armstrong, Dollar, and Graeme Arthur, Stirling, each with three for 9lb 8oz; Dougie Scott, Pencaitland, three blues for 9lb; Malcolm Miller, Clackmannan, three for 8lb 4oz; George Crook, Lennoxtown, two for 7lb 8oz including a 5lb 4oz blue; Henry Fulton, Greenock, two for 7lb; Stewart Marshall, Cambusbarron, two for 6lb 12oz; Jamie Kjorstad, Garelochead, two for 6lb 8oz plus a brown returned; Alasdair Collier, Menstrie, two for 6lb 8oz; Alec Knox, Glasgow, caught a 4lb 4oz blue, while Jim Donnelly, from Milton of Campsie, had seven caught and released.