Scotland Troutmasters reports for week-ending April 29th, 2016

Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
It feels more like winter and finding a day for fishing is very hit and miss. Those who managed to get out and brave some of the conditions did have decent fishing, but they did need to wrap up. Unusually fish were not as deep as thought and were feeding quite high. Best of the flies over the week were Cat’s Whiskers, Okey Dokeys, Orange Blobs and White Fritzs. Slater Scott caught 16 fish this week; Rob Harding 15 and 21; George Stewart snr 12; Paul Bridgeford 22 with his best at 7lb 14oz; George Scobie had 14 with a cracker at 10lb 1oz; Archie Miller had 10 during his four-hour session; Barry Ward had 10 and Tom Anderson had 14.

Loch Fad Fishery, Strathclyde
The loch has fished well throughout April and has recorded some great catches for some visiting clubs and day anglers. Best catches recorded have been from Boathouse Bay, Pump House, first fence and first jetty. Fishing from the boat Bill Bowman and grandson had seven rainbows on Black Viva and Black Fritz on intermediate lines. The Dow party had 43 rainbows on bait and fly. Jimmy Coxford’s visit at first fence produced 54 rainbows, while Kenny Malcomson had 12 rainbows at first jetty. William Smith and Stevie Woodford had 69 rainbows at Old Boathouse Bay. Black Bull lads had 17 rainbows on bait at the first fence. Lillybank Angling Club had 30 rainbows along first shore and Boathouse Bay on bait. Albion anglers had 57 rainbows from jettys, Pumphouse and first fence. John Smith’s memorial day lads had 80 rainbows from all around the loch on bait.
At Loch Quien the best catches have been from the Scalpsie shore and the bird hide shore. Dunrod Angling Club managed seven quality brown trout up to 3lb 8oz on Black Buzzers, small Spiders and mini green lures. John McInairnie and James Malcolm had 20 brown trout with best fish 3lb 14oz on intermediate lines, Black Spiders and Buzzers.
 
Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian
With the wind coming from the north it was a more comfortable fishing experience on the lochs as they are sheltered from the north and southerly winds making it more calmer, although it does keep the cooler air more. Despite this fishing was still good and Dave Leitch had some good-sized brownies over the 4lb mark, all returned of course. Neil Smith had a blue of 3lb 9oz and anglers said that the fish were fighting extremely hard and felt a lot bigger than they were. At the end of each session please ensure the boats are secured the way you find them and chains are attached to the boat and locked. Also single hooked flies only, no Boobies, Snakes or indicators allowed.

Millhall Reservoir, Falkirk
The persistent early morning cold easterly winds are keeping the surface water temperature a bit lower than normal for this time of the year and can stop fish from feeding. But with floating lines and weighted lures, Damsel, Dancers and Cat’s etc retrieved slowly in the shallows are catching fish. In deeper water from the dam wall or the boats static or slowly retrieved Buzzers will catch fish. During the occasional milder evening sessions with good buzzer hatches, static CdCs or Suspender Buzzers should be the main tactic and has been productive for anglers who have the patience to wait. Of the visiting clubs Butcher Boys AC had a bumper day last Saturday when all bar two of their 24 members bagged up taking a total of 94 fish for 224lb. Top rod on the day was B. Ferguson with four for 12lb 8oz. Bathgate British Legion had 24 for 55lb and 84-year-old John McCann’s only fish was a blue tagged and won £100. Other good bags went to Harry Broadley with four for 11lb on a Cat’s Whisker; A. Fleming four for 10lb 8oz on a Diawl Bach; Alec Pow four for 11lb 8oz on WSW; and Pat McLuskie four for 11lb on a Damsel.
The second heat of the Rod and Creel (Carronshore) sponsored Open competition is on May 8 during the evening session. The qualifiers go through to the Free Final on Sunday October 2. The reservoir will be closed on May 15 for the members only Flybox Trophy, boats will still be available, to book phone the club on 01324714190.
Club member, Peter Cowan, is running a fund-raising day for the Diabetes Unit at Forth Valley Royal Hospital on May 22 at £25 per person. This includes £5 of raffle tickets, lunch and fishing. There will also be a prize auction, Peter can be contacted on 07785 335755 or phone the clubhouse for details.

Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
Bright sunshine, cool breezes, and cold nights meant that the fishing was a little harder this week although there was still a lot of excellent sport to be had. The small ponds proved very popular particularly on the days when there was a cold north or east wind. On Swanswater the fish were generally at least three to four feet down and deeper at times; on the small ponds they were often to be seen moving on the surface. When the sun was at its brightest, any shady areas were doing well as the fish looked for some cover. The boats were also popular as the fish retreated to the deeper water in the middle of the pond. Most of the fish were taking the usual wide variety of lures and nymphs, but a few anglers successfully tried dries, particularly on the small ponds. Favourite patterns included Dancer, Cat’s Whisker, Tadpole, Cormorant, Damsel, Diawl Bach, Buzzer, Stalking Bug and Sedge. The fishery opening hours are 8am to 8.30pm every day.
Danny Doherty, from Denny, caught five fish for 15lb 12oz plus two caught and released; Donald McMurchy, Fallin, five for 13lb 4oz; Frank Barr, Falkirk, five for 11lb 8oz plus three caught and released; Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, four for 15lb 4oz including a 5lb 4oz rainbow; Stephen Murphy, Motherwell, four for 14lb including a 5lb 8oz rainbow; Barry Hamilton, Muirhead, four for 13lb 4oz including three blues, biggest one at 4lb; Henry Thomson, High Valleyfield, four for 12lb 8oz including a 5lb rainbow; Stuart Nicholson, Knightswood, four for 10lb 10oz; Jim Craig, Balloch, three for 7lb 8oz; Will Henderson two for 9lb; Stewart Traquair, Glasgow, two for 7lb 4oz including a 5lb tiger; Sandy Donald, Dunblane, two for 7lb 4oz including a 4lb 8oz rainbow; Jim McInnes, Falkirk, two for 6lb 12oz including a 4lb rainbow; Paul Casci, Brightons, two for 6lb 12oz; John Moyes, Grangemouth, two for 6lb 8oz; John Paul, Bathgate, and Allan Whitton, Stirling, each with two fish for 6lb 4oz; Jamie Dempster and D. Donaldson each landed a 5lb 8oz rainbow; Jim Keyes, Cumbernauld, a 5lb rainbow; George Dobbie, Glasgow, a 4lb 8oz rainbow; Lawson Devery, Moffat, a 3lb brown; David Bullen, Edinburgh caught and released 12 fish.