Scotland Troutmasters reports for week-ending July 15th, 2016

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Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian

Anglers have had decent returns as fish have once again settled into feeding after the heavy rains. It’s been a hard few weeks with coloured water but it’s good to see it back fishing again. Latest stocking saw a good number of blues to 6lb introduced, and there are more to go in again this week. Slater Scott recorded nine fish, Jim Eddie six, Brian Walllace five, Neill Smith seven, Tom Anderson with nine and then seven, Billy Campbell seven, and new to the sport and first time out, Dean Nicholl, Conner McIntosh and Brian Hutcheon all had two fish. Kyle Moir did well also with four fish and also a blue just over the 4lb mark. Kirsty Mcphee had a blue of 4lb and a decent session. Fish are showing on top again as well.

Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian

Returns here have been very good with a good mix of blues, rainbows and brownies to 5lb-plus. Most anglers have had upwards of five fish for double-figure bags, which is a good day’s fishing. The fish are fighting fit and leaders should be a minimum strength of 6lb to avoid being broken. Plenty of fish topping all over both lochs and weed is non-existent for this time of year which is good. Both the lochs are producing well to traditional flies, Buzzers and nymphs.

Swanswater Trout Fishery, Stirlingshire

The week started with a double for local angler Kyle Crossan when he bagged a 10lb 4oz rainbow on a Goldhead Daddy fished with a fast retrieve just under the surface. He continued to get loads of follows and takes before bagging another 8lb 12oz rainbow. This set the pattern for the rest of the week with loads of offers and fish seen chasing, but once again anglers finding it challenging to land the fish. Another big fish was landed by Mike Needham from Liverpool, weighing in at 7lb 4oz. Fish were mostly going for small nymphs, wets and dries with Greg Donaldson doing really well fishing a Muddler and Kate McLaren combination from a boat. The fish were generally in the top two to three feet of water, with a lot showing on the surface. Some of most successful patterns this week were Hopper, Spider, Diawl Bach, Hare’s Ear, Damsel and the occasional lure. Fishing was looking good towards the end of the week with quite a few anglers getting bag limits although things slowed a little with the muggy weather on Sunday.