Scotland Troutmasters reports for week-ending March 4th, 2016

Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
Water clarity has been improving this week, allowing stalking of fish in the Boathouse Pool. There was ice on the ponds at times, especially on Sunday when the three fly-only ponds were completely full of anglers. Results have varied but there have been some outstanding returns by various individuals. On the Boathouse Pool Mr Mills took three rainbows for 14lb 8oz with the best fish weighing 10lb 4oz. Mr Watson returned 12 taken on FABs, and Derek had two fish for 14lb 8oz including one of 11lb 14oz which fell to a Cormorant. Cormorants also worked for Andy Lawrie who took two fish for 8lb and returned another six.
On the Burnside a number of anglers struggled on Sunday but Mr Harrison returned 12 fish on a Yellow Apps’, the largest weighing 14lb. Gilbert Cheetham took five for 11lb and returned 22 taken mainly on nymphs and a Yellow Dancer. Davie Simpson returned 17 fish taken on lures with a sinking line. Fewer anglers than normal fished the Bankside Pool this week but several decent catches were returned with most fish taken on freelined Buzzers, although black and green lures also did well. Spinning and floatfished Powerbait produced the best results on the Woodsidse Pool (any legal method) with a number of anglers upgrading their tickets after catching their initial quota quite quickly. Mr Dempster had four fish for 8lb 4oz and Mr Sperosi took five for 10lb 2oz.
There are now less than four weeks to the qualifying round for the Scottish Stillwater team here at Kingennie. Spaces are starting to fill up with anglers who have failed to qualify on other waters. If you are looking to fish it please call 01382 350777 or 350213 and put your name down.

Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
Once again temperatures have affected sport with rapid overnight drops and ice making fish lethargic. It certainly made for hard fishing and fish caught were deep down. Sinking and intermediate lines with buzzers retrieved very slowly were needed to get any sort of success. Okey Dokeys again did best and lime and white lures took one or two but not as many as Buzzers. Fish are there to be caught but they will feed spasmodically. Thankfully the better fishing weather is close now.
The winter league is three months in with three months left to go. With double points for the last month it’s still all to play for as places juggle around each month. Standings up to the end of January saw Mark Bell on 23 points, Gordon Grant 20, Neill Smith 16, Stu Hayden 11, Willie McRobbie 9, Jimmy Rhind 8, Claire Wishart 8, Neil Scowen 6, Karen Cameron 2, with the rest still to score.
 
Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian

Opening day is March 20.

Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
The first dry week for a very long time brought many anglers out to enjoy some excellent sport at Swanswater. Cold nights, frosty mornings and some lovely sunshine led to good conditions and plenty of fish getting caught. On the nights they were needed, the aerators kept all three ponds virtually ice-free and fish were even seen moving on the surface on a couple of mornings. In general, though, they were around two to four feet down and taking a wide variety of lures and nymphs, with the favourite patterns being Cat’s Whisker, Dancer, Damsel, Diawl Bach, Viva and Buzzer. The fish moved round the main pond during the week with the dam, beside the big tree, the far bay and the front of the island all doing well at different times. Those fishing in boats were also doing well. The Fishery is currently open every day from 8am to 5pm
Michael O’Donnell, from Dundee, caught a 6lb 12oz rainbow; Tam McGarry, Dumbarton, four for 18lb 6oz, including a 6lb 3oz rainbow; Iain Hunter, Glasgow, two for 8lb 8oz including a 5lb 7oz rainbow; Donald McMurchy, Fallin, five for 17lb 4oz; Russell Ferguson and Bryan Wood, Dunfermline, shared five fish for 16lb 8oz from the boat; Frank Barr, Falkirk, in two visits had eight for 24lb 8oz; Davy Thomson, Alva, five for 15lb; Nigel Muckle, Mid Calder, four for 13lb 8oz; Danny Doherty, Denny, four for 13lb; Liam Murray, Glasgow, four for 12lb 8oz including a 4lb 8oz rainbow and three from the Meadow Pond; John Mooney, Queenzieburn four for 12lb 8oz; Allan Whitton, Stirling, four for 12lb; Ross McNeill, Grangemouth, three for 10lb 12oz; Willie Carr, Cumbernauld, three for 10lb 10oz including a 4lb 8oz rainbow; Iain Whitelaw, Dunipace, three for 10lb; Allan Burke, Falkirk, three for 9lb 14oz; Gregor McGregor, Falkirk, three for 9lb 14oz; Rab Smith, Falkirk, three for 9lb including two from the Millpond; Gerry McDonald, Glasgow, two for 8lb including a 4lb 8oz rainbow; Stewart Marshall, Cambusbarron, two for 7lb 12oz; Steve Prevot, Coatbridge, two for 7lb 8oz; David Pattinson, Dunfermline, two for 7lb 4oz including a 4lb 6oz rainbow; Joe Malcolmson, Cumbernauld, and Willie Osbourne, Caldercruiks, each with two for 7lb 4oz; Colin Anderson, Grangemouth, two for 7lb; Martin Watt, Airdrie, a 4lb 4oz rainbow.