Scotland Troutmasters reports for week-ending February 26th, 2016

Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
Another week with no rain saw the water clarity improve greatly in all the ponds. With this change in the water colour for the first time this year Buzzers have been the stand out method this past week. The Boathouse has been really clear all week and has fished well as a result. Black Buzzers and black nymphs fished on the washing-line have caught the most fish as well as the usual lures taking their share. Mr Westland had a good day landing nine fish up to 9lb on Black and Red Buzzers. Mr Kirk had 10 fish including a couple of blues over the 3lb mark fishing Black Buzzers and an Orange FAB. Mr Laurie had two for 5lb 8oz and put back eight fishing Cormorants. Mr Grey had the biggest fish of the week with a 13lb 14oz rainbow taken on a yellow lure.
The Burnside is now as clear as it has been all winter and has come into its own because of this. The only change is that as it has cleared the fish have gone deeper and a sunk line or straight lining Buzzers has been the way to catch them. Mr Barlow had good catches of 10 fish and 12 fish in very short periods on Black Buzzers. Mr Sheriff had 14 returned one day on a Yellow Dancer. Mr Simpson was up twice through the week and landed 19 on each trip on a mix of Blobs and Wotzits. The biggest fish was taken by Mr White with a fish estimated at around 12lb caught on a Damsel. The Woodside has been really busy and lots of fish were landed on spinners which is a little unusual. Mr Smart and his son did well landing eight fish for 14lb, all on spinners. Mr Mitchell had four for 6lb 8oz on a wee toby. Over the weekend the 27 anglers had a total of 48 fish for a weight of 81lb.
The first round of qualifiers for the Scottish Stillwater team have been held this weekend at Allandale Tarn and we are now just four weeks away from the qualifier here at Kingennie. If anyone would like to fish it call 01382 350777/350213 to book a peg before it fills up.

Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
A week of steady temperatures gave anglers plenty of good fishing with quality fish coming to the net and fighting well. The best method was freelined Buzzers on an intermediate line. The takes are rapid and hard so you need to be alert. Tom Anderson caught nine fish including one of 9lb; Mark Bell had 18 fish and also claimed a tagged fish prize; Karen Cameron tempted 15 fish to 5lb 15oz; Paul Sharp had 20 fish on a single Buzzer; Neil Scowen had 11, best at 8lb 11oz; Neill Smith had 16 fish, best at 4lb 10oz; Willie McRobbie had six fish with his best at 6lb 14oz; Andrew More caught eight; and Jimmy Rhind had 10.
This year’s Junior Academy will start on Sunday April 10 with an induction day from 10am to 3pm at the Glen of Rothes fishery. The courses will then be held on the second Sunday of each month making a total of six sessions. A couple of evening sessions are also planned. For details give the fishery a call.
Neil Scowen is the new Glenbuies Club Champion, taking the Club Champions shield, heaviest fish for the year, and the monthly trophy for February along with prizes. Winning by six points in the end, it was close all day as places changed before the final results. Second was Neill Smith and third Willie McRobbie. New club members are welcome for the start of this year and application forms are available at the Glen of Rothes fishery.
 
Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian
The lochs will open on March 20 with stockings already in and some more to come. Fish will be well spread out ready for a great season’s fishing.

Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire 
Cold nights and early morning frosts at the beginning of the week led to some tougher fishing. After mid-week rain the weather turned milder and fish became more active again. Fish were generally being caught at a depth of between two and four feet but with some showing on the surface. The best area this week was from the island fishing into the channel, although the far bay and the area around the big tree where also productive. Fish were mostly being caught on lures including Dancer, Hothead Damsel and Humungus. On colder days bright Buzzers and Bloodworm were working well while on milder days nymphs and wets like PTN, Spider and Cormorants were effective. Malcolm Miller, from Clackmannan, caught two fish for 9lb 8oz including a 7lb 5oz rainbow; Graeme Arthur, Stirling, in two visits tempted six fish for 19lb 8oz; Frank Barr, Falkirk, in two visits caught five for 20lb; Ian Whitelaw, Dunipace, landed five fish from lower Meadow pond for 15lb 8oz plus three caught and released; Robert Anderson, Stonnieburn, five for 12lb 4oz plus seven caught and released; Derek Russel, Stonnieburn, five from Meadow pond for 11lb 8oz plus six caught and released; Kenny Whitehead, Helensburgh, three for 10lb 12oz plus three on catch and release; Danny Doherty, Denny, three for 9lb 10oz; A. Rossi, two for 6lb; and Donald McMurchy, Fallin, caught a 4lb rainbow.