Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
A good week of fishing although the sudden drop in temperatures on a couple of days didn’t help as it tends to switch fish off after settled weather. Buzzers worked well along with green and white flies on floating and intermediate lines. Friday was a perfect day for fishing and it had everything, even dry fly sport as fish rose to hatching insects. Andy Ulke had a fish of 6lb 6oz on a nymph; James Able had a nice 4lb blue; Paul Clark had fish of 4lb 1oz and another at 6lb 4oz on a Cat’s Whisker. The Troutmasters fish-off was won by Karen Cameron with two fish for 7lb 5oz. Junior Troutmasters fish-off winner was Jack Mackillop who landed a fish of 4lb 10oz. Club subscriptions are now due and new members are always welcome. On a sad note, the fishery had to ban an angler this week for hiding extra fish in his bag.
Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian
Fishing has been good with plenty being caught on Buzzers and nymphs this week. The brown trout have come on really well and anglers are enjoying catching them. The best brownie has been 2lb 8oz. Booking is essential at this fishery.
Millhall Reservoir, Falkirk
The reservoir is fishing very well despite the cold winds and there are still lots of overwintered and freshly-stocked fish being caught, mainly just below the surface at depths of two or three feet. Hotspots this week were the grassy margins from Firwood Point right round to the club hut where fish are coming into the shallow water. Old favourite lures like Yellow or Black Dancers, Olive Growlers, Ace of Spades, Black Cormorants and Black and Green Fritz on midge-tips or intermediate lines are taking most fish. During sunny spells dark coloured Buzzers are taking fish in deeper water from the dam wall and from the boats.
Some of the better bags this week went to J. Russell with four fish for 9lb; A. Cormack two for 5lb 8oz; J. Graham two for 5lb 12oz; J. Cassidy two for 7lb; Jim Meikle four for 10lb 12oz and J. Bryce four for 12lb. Junior angler Robert Huddleston, from Grangemouth, had a good week catching two big rainbows, both over 6lb and both safely returned. Rod and Creel (Carronshore) are the club sponsors again this season and are giving a 10% discount to any angler on receipt of their day ticket.
Tea and coffee is free to anglers again this season but voluntary donations will be taken for Strathcarron Hospice or Scottish Disabled Anglers. Bookings are still being taken for visiting clubs and there are still a few weekend dates available. To book phone 01324 714190.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
The first brown trout of the season was a cracking 3lb specimen landed by Andy Tervit, of Paisley. Several others were caught and released in the week leading up to Sunday when the season started. The changeable weather continued with some overnight frost, some calm overcast days and others with strong wind and heavy rain. The water remained fairly clear despite the rain and the fishing was pretty good for most of the week. The front of the island, the roadside, dam area and boat corner were all hotspots at times but generally fish were being caught anywhere out of the wind. Most were taken around three to five feet down on the usual variety of lures, Buzzers and Bloodworm. The Fishery is currently open every day from 8am to 5pm.
Stephen Murphy, from Motherwell, caught four fish for 15lb 3oz including three blues, biggest at 5lb 4oz, and a 3lb gold, plus a further seven fish caught and released. William Fraser, Stirling, three for 11lb including two blues, bigger one at 5lb; Andy Tervit, Paisley, three for 10lb 12oz including a 4lb 8oz blue and 3lb brown; Chris Kerr, East Kilbride, four for 15lb 4oz including a 4lb 8oz blue and 4lb 4oz rainbow; Kimin Smith, Plean, five for 18lb 8oz; Robert Park, Lennoxtown, five for 15lb 8oz; Peter O’Brien, Camelon, five for 15lb; Allan Laing, East Kilbride, five for 14lb 12oz; Davy Simpson, Forfar, four for 14lb; Graeme Arthur, Stirling, four for 13lb 12oz including a 3lb 12oz Blue plus two returned including a brown; David Halcrow, Stenhousemuir, four for 12lb 12oz; Danny Doherty, Denny, four for 12lb 4oz; James Brooks, Grangemouth, three for 10lb 8oz; Henry Fulton, Greenock, three for 9lb 8oz; Stuart Hay, Glasgow, three for 9lb from the Meadow Pond including a 4lb blue, plus nine caught and released; John Duncan, Balloch, three for 9lb; Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, two blues for 7lb 4oz; Stuart Murphy, Tillicoultry, two for 7lb; Ian Withers, Kilsyth, two for 6lb 12oz; John Mackie, East Calder, nine caught and released.