Scotland Troutmasters reports for week-ending April 22nd, 2016

Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
Just when it felt like spring was here this past week has been plagued with very cold strong winds and it has been bitterly cold at times. The fishing has still been very productive if you get a bit of shelter and take advantage of the early season activity. The Boathouse has been the standout pool recently with some outstanding returns including some stunning blues and a few real big fish. The water has been really clear and the fish are responding well to Buzzers. A Cat Bug or a wee Blob under the bung has also done really well when it’s not been so windy. Mr Leslie took advantage of the conditions and had over 20 fish on small Black Buzzers and Hare’s Ear nymphs, the biggest fish was around 12lb. Mr Watson had 16 in four hours on Buzzers and a FAB. Mr Simpson returned 11 fish on a White Blob with the biggest one quickly weighed at a fraction under 15lb. The Bankside has been fishing well as well but as always it has been all about location and when you get on the fish it has been easy fishing. Again Buzzers have been very effective but there has been a lot of fish caught on lures. mostly a Damsel or Yellow Dancer. Mr Barlow had 20 fish in three hours on small Black Buzzers. Mr Soave had four for 10lb on a green lure then came back two days later and had four for 11lb.
The Burnside has still been struggling a bit after a brown algae bloom but anglers are still catching fish as long as they can find what the fish want which has been tricky at times. A combination of dries, Buzzers and yellow lures have done most of the damage recently. Mr Thompson had 11 fish on Black Buzzers including one of around 11lb. Mr Ker kept two fish for 8lb and put back four on a Damsel. Mr Birse had five on a yellow Foating Fry. The Woodside has produced good numbers of fish to all methods. The spinner has been best this past week with Powerbait a close second. Over the weekend the 31 rods landed a total of 52 fish for 98lb. The biggest was a 3lb 4oz rainbow taken on sweetcorn by Mr Adams.

Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
It’s been another cold week which certainly made fishing that little bit harder and tactics had to change often in order to engage with any fish. Just plugging away with your normal catching fly just didn’t work and a change to another not so often used fly, such as a nymph or dry fly, might just work a lot better. Blobs and Fritzs won’t catch all the time, especially if fish are feeding on the surface. Fishing deep means you are way past fish and just pulling for the sake of pulling. Ian Morrison did well with 18 fish on Diawl Bachs, Slater Scott had 27, Iain Munro had 10 with his best fish a beauty at 7lb 4oz, Neill Smith had 11, Paul Sharp had 10 on a single Okey Dokey and also dry flies which returned him a nice double and also a fish of 7lb. Mark Bell had 13 fish, best a nice blue at 4lb.
 
Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian

Only the hardiest of anglers ventured out this week and did catch decent amounts. The benefit is that the lochs are well sheltered from a north or southerly wind. Some fish were moving on the top but the majority had to be enticed using intermediate lines and Damsels.

Millhall Reservoir, Falkirk
The first club competition of the season, the Millhall Salver, took place last Sunday under the new format to include catch and release. Twelve members took part, a total of 21 fish were killed with a combined weight of 52lb and another 38 on catch and release capped at 2lb for competition purposes. The winner with 12 fish was George Telford on Skinny Buzzers, Jim Dougall was second with 10 on Blobs and Gary Howarth with six on Buzzers.
The next club competition is on Sunday May 15 and spaces are still available. Some of the better bags this week went to C. Wilson with four for 12lb on Buzzers, J. Morton four for 10lb, G. Anderson four for 10lb on Buzzers, Mr Hunter four for 11lb on Olive Damsels, Mr Shaw four for 12lb on Damsels, Mr Borthwick four for 10lb 8oz, C. Brown four for 12lb 8oz and M. Russell four for 11lb.
The reservoir will be closed this Saturday (April 23) for the Butcher Boys annual club competition, evening session will be open as normal. The first heat of the Rod and Creel (Carronshore) sponsored Open competition is on Sunday May 8 and spaces are available. All qualifiers go forward to the free final later in the season. All four heats are Sunday evening sessions and the final is a day session, for dates phone the clubhouse 01324 714190 or check the new web-site at www.millhall-reservoir.co.uk/

Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
There was excellent fishing all week and the fish were moving all around the main pond following the wind so in different places on different days. They were in the top three feet and taking whatever small hatches are coming off the water at the moment. The cold on Sunday slowed things a little but there were still plenty of fish caught with the small ponds being popular as they were a bit more sheltered. Dry flies including CdC and Spiders were taking a few fish along with the usual nymphs, wets and lures. Other favourite patterns included Cat’s Whisker, Damsel, Diawl Bach, Buzzer, Snatcher, Viva, Kate McLaren and Cormorant. Some cracking tigers and rainbows in the 5lb and 6lb range were landed. The Fishery opening hours are 8am to 8.30pm.
Robert Smith, from Airth, caught a 6lb 13oz tiger trout; Graeme Murdoch, Burntisland, had four for 15lb including a 6lb rainbow; Danny Doherty, Denny, five for 18lb 12oz including a 5lb 4oz rainbow; Alan Kyle, Kilbarchan, five for 17lb 8oz including a 5lb 10oz rainbow and 4lb 8oz tiger; Ian Ritchie, Kilbarchan, five for 16lb 12oz including a 5lb tiger and two browns for 5lb; Brian MacIntosh jnr, Banknock, four for 17lb 12oz including a 5lb rainbow and 4lb 4oz tiger; George Dobbie, Glasgow, four for 14lb including a 5lb 8oz rainbow; Ian McLean, Kilbarchan, two for 8lb including a 5lb 8oz tiger; John Bell, Kilbarchan, two for 7lb 10oz including a 5lb 2oz tiger; David Rogan, Wallyford, a 5lb 12oz tiger; George Kochanek, Tullibody, a 5lb 4oz tiger; Henry Fulton, Greenock, a 5lb rainbow; Stuart Nicholson, Knightswood, in three visits, caught 12 for 38lb 14oz including a 5lb rainbow; Frank Barr, Falkirk, in two visits, five for 17lb 8oz including a 4lb 12oz rainbow; Frank Turner, Alloa, four for 15lb; John Small, Dalkeith, four for 13lb 8oz including a 4lb 12oz rainbow; Brian MacIntosh, Banknock, four for 13lb including a 4lb 8oz rainbow; Graeme Fellows, Rutherglen, and Ian Hunter, Glasgow, each caught four for 12lb 8oz; Martin Watt, Airdrie, four for 8lb 8oz from the Millpond; John Middleton, Shotts, three for 10lb 8oz including a 5lb rainbow; Alan Jackson, Carluke, three for 10lb 8oz including a 5lb rainbow; Mike Christie, Scone, two blues for 6lb 8oz; Andy Gibson, Bonnyrigg, two for 6lb 8oz; Tom Pate, Alloa, two for 6lb 4oz including a 4lb rainbow; Harry Haggarty, Glasgow, two browns for 6lb; Les Cooper, Dunblane, two for 6lb including a brown; Dougie McLean, Cumbernauld, caught and released 12.