Scotland Troutmasters reports for week-ending July 31st, 2015

Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
The recent heavy rains have helped clear the ponds leaving the water in prime condition. Once the water had cleared the Boathouse fished superbly, especially on Friday. Mr Fleming took four rainbows for 10lb and returned a further 10 fish. Mr Purvis had three fish for 9.50lb and released 23. Other good catches included Mr Noble’s four fish for 10.50lb and 16 released; Hugh Bairner had four for 21lb with the best going 9.50lb. Several other decent fish were returned by various anglers. Nymphs, dries and Damsels have been amongst the most successful patterns. A variety of methods have been working on the Burnside with dries, Buzzers and lures retrieved quickly being the best. Mr Stuart had two for 6lb and returned eight; Mr Whyte released 11 including one estimated at 7lb and Mr Gowans released 15, all caught on a Damsel.
There has been a lot of surface activity on the Bankside and anglers have responded by using dries and Floating Fry patterns. Frank Sherriff released 15 and Mr Jones took two for 7lb with a further 11 released. Limited bait fishing is still being trialled on this pond and Powerbait has been by far the most productive method with Mr Mills taking four fish for 12lb including a rainbow of 6.50lb. The any legal method pond, The Woodside has fished well, especially on Powerbait. 39 anglers took 73 fish for 116lb over the weekend.

Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
Another week of cool weather with some very heavy showers led to some good fishing conditions although many anglers are getting fed up of being cold and wet in July. Water temperature is around 13C and the clarity is generally very good. The fish are still in the top two feet and nearer the surface on the small ponds. A fast retrieve is working well just under the surface with favourite patterns being Dancer, Damsel, Buzzer, Diawl Bach, Viva, Hare’s Ear, PTN, Hopper and Sedge. Although fish are to be found all round the main pond, the hotspots were the dam and the boat corner with browns and tigers preferring the burn mouth and bridge area. Catch of the week was Nan Morrison’s three browns for 12lb 4oz including a cracking 6lb 4oz specimen which she reckoned she hooked twice! Nan, from Stirling, was fishing at the mouth of the burn and hooked into a big brown which managed to throw the hook and escape. She then moved to the other side of the bridge, hooked and landed a smaller brown then hooked into and kept hold of the 6lb 4oz one which she was almost certain was the same fish that had got off earlier.
Other good catches reported this week included Davy Black, from Lochgelly, who caught two fish for 10lb 4oz including a 7lb 8oz blue; Jim Milne, Alloa, three for 14lb 4oz including a 7lb 6oz blue plus three caught and released; Gordon Ferguson, Coatbridge, two for 10lb 8oz including a 6lb 8oz rainbow; Martin Stewart, Glasgow, two for 8lb 2oz including a 6lb 2oz rainbow; Jim Allan, Kilsyth, a 5lb 2oz tiger; Alistair Aitken, Dumbarton, three for 11lb 4oz including a 4lb 10oz brown; Danny Doherty, Denny, five for 15lb 4oz; Barry Hamilton, Muirhead, four for 12lb; Paul Christie, Alloa, three for 9lb 4oz plus two caught and released; Robert Park, Glasgow, three for 9lb; Andy Tervit, Paisley, three for 8lb 12oz; Gregor McGregor, Alloa, three for 8lb 8oz plus three caught and released; Henry Fulton, Greenock, three for 8lb 8oz; Stewart Nicholson, Knightswood, two for 6lb 4oz; Jim Craig, Balloch, two for 6lb; Steven Scott, Fallin, a 4lb 4oz tiger; Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, a 4lb rainbow; Darren Barcik, Dunfermline, caught and released nine; and Graeme Arthur, Stirling, caught and released eight.