Scotland Troutmasters reports for week-ending May 13th, 2016

Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
The weather finally changed for the better and gave seasonal fly conditions with fish rising everywhere. CdCs, Black Spiders, Daddy Longlegs, Beetles and Suspender Buzzers all caught well. Those anglers who stuck to lures and indicators did not do as well. Graham Martin had 14 fish on Yellow Buzzers, Slater Scott had 25, Eddie Kane had a full house with blues, rainbows, browns and also a tiger trout. Gordon Grant had 15 fish on Yellow Owls and Klinkhamers, Gavin Addison had 19 on Yellow Owls and Klinkhamers, with others returning on average five to eight fish. Neill Smith had a beauty weighing 8lb 9oz on a small black nymph. Last weekend saw the Kids Academy event, another great day for them and the tutors. The youngsters were studying flies and what they represented, casting and had some games with fishing in the afternoon. The next event is on June 12. The Glenbuies flyfishing club are having a Gala flyfishing competition evening on June 18 with fishing from 6pm to 2am. All are welcome.

Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian
Plenty of great fishing on the lochs this week with some really good browns been caught along with blues and rainbows around the 5lb mark. Fish are lying under the tree lines and both top and bottom lochs are fishing well. This weather suits Millbuies well, especially for those anglers who love the dry fly. Five boats are available.

Millhall Reservoir, Falkirk
There was a good turnout of members and non-members last Sunday evening for the first heat of the tackle dealer and club sponsor Rod and Creel (Carronshore) Open. Most fish were caught very early on using methods from Buzzers to lures. Nine of the 11 entrants bagged up with their five fish with a total catch of 52 fish for 117lb 14oz recorded. The qualifiers going through to the free final on October 2 were J. Johnstone with five for 12lb 4oz, second D. Russell five for 12lb 2oz, equal third B. Sutherland and junior angler Brad Gair with 11lb 12oz. The remaining three heats are on June 12, July 31 and August 21. To enter contact the club on 01324 714190. Club member, Peter Cowan, is running a fund raising day for the Diabetes Unit at Forth Valley Royal Hospital on May 22. Cost is £25 per person, this includes competition prizes, £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. The reservoir will be closed during the day session this Sunday (May 15) for the club Flybox Trophy and all the boats have also been booked. The evening session is open as normal.

Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
Cool, windy weather at the start of the week made things a little harder but there was still plenty of excellent sport to be had. The temperature started to rise at the weekend and things are looking very good for the coming week. During the breeziest times the fish were down wind and mostly in the top three feet or so. For much of the week the fish were feeding on beasties that were falling from or being blown off the trees, so many were caught in areas where trees overhang the bank. Hotspots included the area around the big tree, the island fishing towards the wooded island, and the roadside. A good number of browns featured in the catch returns, being taken all round the water, along with some good sized rainbows and tigers. Favourite patterns included Dancer, Cat’s Whisker, Hare’s Ear, Buzzer, Kate McLaren, Diawl Bach and various other small nymphs. On the small ponds, many anglers were having a lot of luck using a variety of dry flies including Spiders and Sedges, as the more sheltered conditions meant the fish were taking off the top. Opening hours continue to be 8am to 9pm
Frank Turner, from Alloa, caught four fish for 16lb 4oz including a 7lb 9oz rainbow; John McMillan, Dumbarton, two for 12lb including a 6lb 12oz rainbow and 5lb 4oz tiger; Alec Allison, Kilmarnock, three for 11lb including a 6lb rainbow plus two browns caught and released; Stan Moore, Falkirk, caught a 6lb rainbow; Davy Quinn, Dunfermline, in two visits, recorded eight fish for 26lb 8oz including a 5lb 12oz tiger and 4lb blue plus seven caught and released. Tom Pate, Alloa, had four fish for 13lb 8oz including tigers at 4lb 12oz and 3lb 8oz; Donald McMurchy, Fallin, in two visits, landed 10 for 24lb 12oz plus three caught and released; Billy Weir, Bannockburn, five for 11lb 8oz; Barry Hamilton, Muirhead, five for 11lb; Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, four for 10lb 4oz; Gregor McGregor, Falkirk, two for 7lb 8oz; George Dobbie, Glasgow, two for 7lb including a 4lb rainbow; Tom Wilson, Alexandria, two for 6lb 12oz including a 4lb 12oz tiger; Peter Wormald, Bridge of Weir, two for 6lb 12oz; Nan Morrison, Stirling, two browns for 4lb 4oz.