Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
A much quieter week as gales and typical seasonal weather arrived, not ideal angling conditions. The wind, which was mainly from the west, didn't affect the Glen as much as the hills either side offer some protection, something to bear in mind for future when deciding whether to go fishing. Those who did fish had decent returns with some larger fish among them. Gerry Grant had three good days with fish of 7lb 11oz, 7lb 9oz and 7lb 5oz all on separate days. John Deans had a 4lb 10oz fish and Andrew More had one of 7lb 6oz. Mark Bell had 10 fish, Tom Anderson nine, and on another visit Andrew More had 10 fish. Chris Johnston caught eight, Slater Scott 8, and overall averages were up around four per session. Budgies and Okey Dokeys did best with Cat’s Whiskers and Yellow Dancers also working.
Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian
Now that the weather has turned colder only a few anglers are taking advantage of the boats, but they did do well and caught plenty of fish with lures and Buzzers working. Opening times will now be weather dependent with the lochs left to overwinter ready for opening again in the new year.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
After some pretty horrific weather which saw around six and a half inches of rain fall over the course of the week, the water level was left high with slight colouration. Despite this the clarity wasn’t bad enough to affect the fishing and anglers were still able to see a couple of feet into the water. This led to some excellent fishing for the brave souls who ventured out in the wind and rain. Like previous weeks fish are still being taken near the surface with floating lines being most effective, with fish looking for a medium to fast retrieve. A mix of lures proved most successful with black and green proving to be the best colour. Nymphs such a Diawl Bach were also enticing fish.
Alan Whitton, from Stirling, caught four fish for 17lb 4oz including a 7lb 13oz blue; Tam Baillie, Kincardine, in two visits, caught nine fish for 27lb 12oz; Gregor McGregor, Falkirk, in two visits, six for 19lb 12oz plus five caught and released; Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, four for 13lb 8oz plus two caught and released; Steven and young son Liam Mullen, Pitlochry, shared four for 12lb; John Knox, Crossgates, four for 12lb plus two browns caught and released; Eddie A’Hara, three for 11lb 4oz; Robert Baillie, Dunfermline, three for 9lb 12oz and John Mathieson, Falkirk, each with three for 9lb 12oz; Alan Burke, Falkirk, three for 9lb 4oz; Gary Waugh, Cumbernauld, in two visits, had 24 caught and released; Sinclair Grant, Cambusbarron, two for 6lb 8oz plus four caught and released; Steven Goldie, Falkirk, two for 6lb.