Scotland Troutmasters reports week-ending July 29th, 2016

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Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside

The warmer weather has promoted more rapid weed growth on the ponds and necessitated weed removal, which is ongoing on the Bankside and Woodside pools. The Boathouse Pool has again generally fished well. Pride of place this week goes to Joe Westland who returned 14 fish including a superb brownie well in excess of 6lb, a magnificent fish. Bruce Thomson also did exceptionally well returning 19 fish taken mainly on Buzzers fished with a FAB. Mr Adam used a variety of patterns to return 11 rainbows and Mr Anderson took two rainbows for a total of 10lb 8oz.

There has been a lot of surface activity on the Burnside Pool and three anglers each returned nine fish – Ed Valentine, Scott Watson and John Barr. Everything from dries through to lures has had its moment and those who have fared best have changed tactics to find what the fish have been feeding on. The Bankside Pool has not received much attention this week but Frank Sherriff fooled six rainbows, mainly on dries. The water-level is now back closer to normal following weed removal operations, so this should herald better results for the coming week.

Top rods on the Woodside Pool this week were the Strachan family who landed 10 rainbows for 19lb. Other excellent returns were from the McElhinneys who took eight fish for 14lb; the Rose group also had eight for 14lb and a group from a Foster Care Home took six for 12lb. Powerbait again outscored all other methods with spinning being the next best option.

Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian

A steady week of fishing with plenty of good sport reported. Fish are certainly fighting hard judging from the amount of anglers that report being broken. It’s well worth checking knots and leaders which may have been on the line for a while. Fish have been feeding well on the surface with abundant insect life around and the best flies have been in darker colours of black and green. Diawl Bachs, Pheasant Tails, Hare’s Ear Nymphs, Buzzers and Kate Mclarens have done well. Some examples of catches were Slater Scott with 19 fish; Graeme Sievwright seven; Gordon Grant 12; Sandy Stronach had a 4lb fish; Duncan Campbell had one of 4lb 5oz; Ricky Turner had 10 fish; lan Rose caught an 8lb blue; Lukas Gorcki had a 4lb 5oz fish; Keith Hay one of 4lb; Chris Johnston 7lb; Mark Zhang 8lb 6oz and Jim Eddie had 18 fish.

Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian

Lochs are in their prime now and fishing well top of the water. CdCs and Hopper patterns doing well and returns are showing all species being caught with brownies up to 4lb and rainbows 6lb-plus. Water is clear at this time of year

Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire

A hot, muggy start to the week but the torrential thunderstorm on Wednesday morning freshened the water and perked the fish up a bit. The fish were generally in the top three feet, but some people were doing well fishing a bit deeper. Plenty of fish cruising just below the surface and many anglers were doing well with a fast retrieve. Others did well fishing much more slowly although those fishing static were finding things much harder. Favourite patterns included Kate McLaren, Cormorant, Black Spider, Buzzer, Hare’s Ear, Damsel, Black Pennell and Daddy Longlegs. A few fish were taken on dry flies with Muddler being the most successful. Some days the boats were doing better than the bank and at other times those fishing close in to the shore were having the most luck.

There are signs that the large number of browns that have been stocked are beginning to become more active with several being caught this week. Steven Anderson, Glenrothes, had a nice brown in his bag of four for 9lb, as did Alec Peachey, Hamilton, in his two for 5lb. The biggest fish taken this week was a cracking 7lb 10oz rainbow landed by John Sneddon, Falkirk, in his bag of two for 10lb 4oz. Jim Allan, Kilsyth, had a 6lb 9oz rainbow. Frank Barr, Falkirk, fishing from the boat as usual, took five for 11lb 4oz and another regular, Danny Doherty, Denny, also had five fish for 10lb 12oz. Graeme Arthur, Stirling, returned a lovely rainbow estimated to be around 8lb along with a nice brown and another couple of rainbows. A couple of brown trout were also taken from the Meadow Pond which continues to fish well, as does the Millpond. Many anglers opted for catch and release this week and had a lot of excellent sport on all three ponds.