Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
It can be as frustrating for fishery managers as much as anglers when you put fish in and they just don't play the game! This week’s weather certainly had an effect on sport with heavy rain and winds unsettling fish and making them harder to catch. One angler could be catching and the next angler, using the same flies, not catching, probably due to different retrieves, length of leader, distance between droppers, type of line and so on. Despite the conditions over the week there were still some good fish caught, Chris Johnston had one around 7lb in his 10 fish catch, and Rob Scorer had a six-pounder. The average was around two fish per angler, but it was hard and Okey Dokey Buzzers and Diawl Bachs were best.
Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian
With a lot more shelter on the lochs they tend to fish opposite to the norm and that was apparent this week as anglers still enjoyed some good fishing. Paul Keir had the pick with a fish of 9lb 12oz. Buzzers were best for most and all who fished had good sport. No huge numbers but plenty to make it a good session. Some anglers did find the top loch fished better and some the bottom so its worth a cast in both. The brown trout are all of a good size, well over 2lb and some near the 4lb mark. Weather permitting the lochs will stay open all season.
Millhall Reservoir, Falkirk
The fourth and last heat of the Rod and Creel (Carronshore) sponsored Millhall Open took place last Sunday evening in near perfect fishing weather. After a slow start due to strong sunshine, catches improved as the sun went down. In first place was George Telford, second was Keith Lewis, third Bill Sutherland and fourth Willie Barr. These four join the other qualifiers for the free final on Sunday October 4 during the day session. Linlithgow AC’s competition and prize-giving took place last Sunday when they caught 40 fish for a combined weight of 76lb 6oz. In first place was Ronnie Weir, second equal were George Thomson and Willie Orr. Colin Stewart caught the heaviest rainbow at 4lb, Johns Murray caught the heaviest blue at 3lb 8oz with Alistair Gentleman catching the heaviest brown trout at 2lb 4oz. The Scottish Disabled Angling Club (or the Lame Ducks as they are better known) had a bumper day last Sunday when six of their seven members bagged up, catching 27 fish and releasing another 31, for a combined weight of 54lb. Mark Pickering caught a blue-tagged fish in his bag of four for 8lb to win £100. This Sunday (September 13) the reservoir will be closed to bank anglers for the Members only Memorial Trophy. Boats are still available to book, phone 01324 0714190. Please note the evening sessions are now closed.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
The warm, mostly sunny days and, from the middle of the week, cool evenings and nights, led to some very good fishing conditions. Up until midweek a lot of fish were showing on the surface, getting caught in top foot or so of the water and looking to chase small wet and dry flies. The cool breeze and brighter sun towards the weekend sent them down a couple of feet and most were taken in the top three feet, where they were looking for small lures and nymphs fished on a slightly slower retrieve. Once again the boats were doing very well, but there were still plenty of fish being caught from all round the bank. Favourite patterns this week included Buzzer, Sedgehog, Hopper, Daddy, Sedge, Bibio, Kate McLaren, Diawl Bach, Hare’s Ear, Damsel, Dancer and Tadpole. Opening hours are currently 8am to 8.30pm, every day.
Peter Bryce, from Alloa, caught two fish for 11lb 8oz including an 8lb blue; Stan Moore, Falkirk, a 5lb 12oz rainbow, plus three returned including two tigers; Tom Pate, Alloa, five for 18lb 8oz including a 4lb 8oz rainbow; Chris Perry, Bannockburn, and Derek Russell, Stoneyburn, each caught five for 15lb 12oz; Keith Lewis, South Queensferry, five for 15lb; Allan Laing, Carluke, four for 15lb 4oz including a 4lb 12oz rainbow; George Dobbie, Glasgow, four for 14lb 8oz plus five caught and released; John Mooney, Queenzieburn, four for 14lb; Robert Anderson, Longrigg, and Tam Rogerson, Kennet, each with four for 13lb 8oz; Jim Milne, Alloa, four for 13lb; Keith Muckersie, Peebles, and Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, each with four for 12lb; Sandy Donald, Dunblane, Willie Nyguist, Stirling, and Stephen Murphy, Motherwell, all landed three fish for 10lb; James Elliott, Stirling, and Eddie McKillop, Glasgow, both with three for 9lb 4oz; Alec Peachey, Hamilton, and Bill Mouat, Shotts, each with three for 9lb; Graeme Arthur, Stirling, in two visits, four for 13lb plus 10 caught and released; Robert Park, Glasgow, two for 8lb; Chris Donnelly, Falkirk, two for 7lb 4oz; Andy Duffin, Fallin, two for 7lb; Nan Morrison, Stirling, a 4lb 4oz tiger; Jim Donnelly, Milton of Campsie, caught and released 16
Gary Waugh, Cumbernauld, in two visits, caught and released 16 including three browns; Conor Meiklejohn, Stirling, caught and released 10 fish.