Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
The year started with windy conditions but at least there was no snow or ice to contend with. Best fish went to Iain Munro with a 10lb 15oz blue in beautiful condition. Andrew More also had a blue of 9lb which he returned. Okey Dokeys are the pick of the flies at the moment. Prices will remain the same at present and opening times will be 8.30am to 6pm Monday to Thursday, 8.30am to 8pm on Friday to Sunday. Regulars will be able to fish as normal. Accommodation is also available this year. The fly-tying club is growing and will start again on January 10. The Glenbuies club are also taking applications for membership. They organise club outings, competitions and weekends away fishing new venues. They also have access to pike fishing on a private water. The flyfishing Academy for young anglers from age nine starts in April and will run for six months. Tackle and fishing are all supplied, run by Wendy Hayward and kindly sponsored by Youfish Scotland, along with volunteers who have kindly donated their time. Places are limited to 10 young people a year and all the tackle will be theirs at the end of the course.
Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian
The lochs are closed at the moment and will reopen when the weather settles. New this year is another two good solid boats on the lochs, making six available for hire and ideal for club outings. The lochs will be stocked with superb fighting blues, rainbows to double-figures and with plenty still left in the lochs they should fish well. The brown trout are a really good size at over 2lb and beautifully marked. All brown trout must be returned. The weed will be dealt with this year, ensuring good clean clear fishing water. Some does need to be left for insect life and for fish to hide away but that will not interfere with angling. Keys will be collected at the Glen of Rothes and placed in the letterbox at Millbuies office on finishing if there is no one there to take them from you, but staff should be around on most occasions to weigh in.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
The week between Christmas and New Year saw some excellent fishing conditions and was a busy time as anglers took advantage of relatively dry, mild weather. The only really bad day, weather-wise, was Wednesday when there was more heavy rain and strong winds. The fish remained in the top three to four feet of the water and were well spread out all round the main pond. On the small ponds, the fish were nearer the surface and very active, creating some great sport. Regular angler Danny Doherty, from Denny, caught five fish for 19lb 8oz including a 7lb tiger and a 4lb 4oz rainbow. Favourite flies this week included Buzzer, Orange Fritz, Damsel, Cat’s Whisker, Viva, Daiwl Bach and Bloodworm.The Fishery is currently open every day from 8am to 4pm
In two visits Keith Lewis, from South Queensferry, caught 10 fish for 31lb including two blues; Willie Nyguist, Stirling, in three visits, caught 10 for 33lb including a 4lb 8oz rainbow; Robert Park, Glasgow, four for 14lb plus three caught and released; Gregor McGregor, Alloa, four for 13lb 12oz; Alan Burke, Alloa, four for 13lb plus two caught and released; Alan Russell, Alloa, four for 12lb 12oz; Tam Rogerson, Alloa, four for 12lb 8oz; Jim Milne, Alloa, four for 12lb 4oz; Graeme Arthur, Stirling, three for 11lb including a 5lb rainbow and a blue, plus two caught and released; Frank Turner, Alloa, three for 10lb 4oz; Stephen Bryant, Bo’ness, three for 10lb including one from the Meadow Pond; John Bryant, Bo’ness, three for 9lb; Brian Eadie, Cowie, two for 4lb 8oz from the Meadow Pond plus five caught and released; Gary Waugh, Cumbernauld, caught and released nine; and J. McMillan also caught and released nine.
Swanswater Fishery Annual Charity Competition
After a week of rain and wind, the weather gods smiled on Swanswater for the Annual Charity Competition on Sunday. The day was dry and mild and once the wind dropped away, conditions were ideal for some excellent fishing. The sun even made an appearance and at times it looked more like a spring day than the end of December. 33 anglers took to the water for a catch and release competition which involved using the bank all the way round the pond plus a turn each in the boats. A total of 97 fish were recorded with probably half as many again being hooked and lost. There were no real hotspots although the boat nearer the overflow, and the island seemed to do well before the breeze dropped and the far bay was doing well in the afternoon. Remarkably fish were caught on almost every one of the 36 pegs. Fish were to be seen moving on the surface, especially around the mouth of the channel, but most were taken deeper down, with some anglers going really deep and finding fish while others were catching them in the top three feet. As would be expected, a large variety of flies were successful with most anglers fishing an intermediate line.
The competition was won by Gregor Hannen who caught 10 fish on seven out of the nine pegs he fished, to finish with a total of 17 points. Runner-up was Willie Nyguist with seven fish for 13 points and in third place was John Mathieson with seven fish for 12 points. Fourth equal on 11 points were Gary Waugh, six fish, and Radoslaw, eight fish.
After the competition was finished, all the anglers gathered in the lodge for the prize giving and raffle. Top raffle prizes were donated by Scott Mason from Stirling Council Fisheries and included a day for four at the opening of the Teith on February 1, and another day’s guided salmon fishing for two on the Teith. Many thanks to all who contributed to a good day, which raised over £1000 for Strathcarron Hospice.