Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
With zero temperatures it was not inviting weather for fishing. The fish don't feed as hard and become more opportunist. They will attack a fly as it goes past their noses, while an inch below or above can be ignored. There can be a lot of quiet periods as takes dry up and then a flurry of activity and just as quick, they go off - that's winter fishing! Warmer conditions this week are expected and with that fishing should again pick up. Still plenty of good fish have been taken and the blues are certainly giving all they have got when hooked. One of our first year Academy students, Luke, had a beauty of a blue.
In April the new academy for the children gets underway. It’s all free and each child receives all the tackle needed to keep. Details can be found on our Facebook page.
Millbuies opens in March and it should be a good season with fish having grown on and new fish introduced.
The Glenbuies flyfishing club holds its final monthly competition soon and then the AGM. New members are welcome to join and take advantage of trips away, discounts and being part of a community of anglers. Membership runs from March each year, details are on the Glenbuies club site . It is hoped that next year we will have a junior club and they will be part of the Glenbuies club and this will help grow the sport of angling.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
The past week started wet and ended cold, with a bitter north east wind blowing. The water coloured after the heavy rain on Tuesday and then cleared again quickly. The water temperature finished the week at 3 degrees C, but despite this the fishing was pretty good most days with the fish only going slightly deeper (around four feet) as the week progressed. The island and the channel were still the best areas to fish, with the boats, overflow, roadside and far bay all taking turns to be productive areas. Along with the golds and blues still being seen and caught many anglers are once again commenting on the fantastic condition of the new batch of rainbows being stocked. Top patterns this past week included Cat, Dancer, Humungus, Cormorant, Hare’s Ear and occasionally Buzzers.
Ian Whitelaw, from Dunipace, caught five fish for 14lb, plus four caught and released; Danny Doherty, Denny, five for 12lb 8oz, plus two caught and releaed; Donald McMurchy, Fallin, five for 11lb 4oz, plus a brown returned; Alan Whitton, Stirling, four for 9lb 8oz; Frank Barr, Falkirk, eight for 19lb 8oz, plus two caught and released in two visits; Bill Dawson, Dollar, three for 10lb including a 5lb rainbow; Alex Knox, Glasgow, three for 9lb; Alan Armstrong, Dollar, three for 8lb 4oz; Tommy Wilson, Alexandria, Henry Fulton, Greenock, and Andy Tervit, Paisley, each caught three fish for 8lb; Stephen Irwin, Dunfermline, three for 7lb 8oz from the small ponds, plus one caught and released; Gregor McGregor, Falkirk, three for 7lb 4oz; Stephen and Jim Campbell, Irvine shared five fish for 13lb 8oz, plus a brown returned; Neil Whitelaw, caught and released seven; Charles Campbell, Falkirk, caught and released five.