Scotland Troutmasters reports for week-ending April 24th, 2015

Forbes of Kingennie Trout Fishery, Tayside
The fishing, like the weather, has been fairly good this week with plenty of fish being caught on all sorts of methods. The Boathouse pool has been gin-clear all week, which has made for some fantastic stalking conditions. Liam Kirk managed to land 16 fish on FABs, Buzzers and Blobs with a couple just below the double-figure mark. Bob Mchardy had 14 on Damsels, also with a couple of fish not far off 10lb. The Bankside has been fishing well to various methods but Buzzers probably just edging out all the rest. The Burnside pool has improved greatly and some good numbers of fish have been coming off. Kenny Spottiswood was top rod with 25 fish on dries for a two-hour session. Buzzers have been the top method all week and have accounted for 90% of the fish caught. The Woodside pools top method has been floatfished Powerbait with spinners a close second.

Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
A great week for those anglers who enjoy fishing the dry fly as fish were rising everywhere. Lures will always take two or three fish, but fishing to the conditions, especially when fish are actively feeding on the top on small beetles, will see much better results obtained. Small Black Buzzers, Beetle patterns, Bibios, CdC, Kate Mclarens and Suspender Buzzers fished washing-line style have produced the goods and sport has been brisk for those fishing this way. Gavin Crombie took 40 fish on Bibios and Kates; Ian Hutton tempted 17 fish, including a cracking brown of around 7lb, on Suspender Buzzers. The fish, which was not a stocked fish, was safely returned. Stewart Anderson had a 5lb 7oz fish; Neil McIntyre had one of 4lb 1oz; Mark Jolly 4lb 7oz; Craig Anderson 8lb; James Morrsion 7lb; Ian Morrison had 11 fish and Danny Miller had a 4lb 7oz fish. Early morning frosts slowed fishing down, but when it warms up it is pleasant and fish have become more active.
Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian

A busy week and with the weather at the moment, boats are best booked in advance to avoid missing out on some great fishing. Anglers are having a great time on the lochs with dries and naturals. The brown trout are in great condition and there are now a lot of blues in the water. Over the next couple of weeks two new clinker boats will be put on the fishery, making a total of six boats available for angling (four for normal angling and the other two for clubs if required). Evening sessions are available now, starting at 4.30pm.

Springwater Fishery, Ayr
Anglers on the fly loch have been catching some big fish. Scott Crossan caught and released 10 including one at 10lb. Big Gordy released 11, his best 13lb 2oz. Mick Goodwilly released six, Ian Crossan nine including fish at 10lb and 11lb, K. Campbell caught two fish for 5lb 5oz and released 10, biggest 6lb. Mr Campbell’s son had two fish for 4lb 5oz and released four. On the bait loch some good catches were reported with some anglers buying a second ticket. Alan Johnston had six fish for 17lb 5oz; John Allerdyce six fish for 15lb 3oz; Gary six fish 17lb; Dakers six fish 13lb 14oz; and Archie Gillespie five fish for 15lb 6oz.

Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
An excellent week’s fishing with plenty of superb browns, tigers, blues, greens and rainbow caught. With the water temperature hovering around 9oC all week, the fish were generally well spread out round the ponds. In the first half of the week they were in the top three feet of the water, but the cold east wind and bright sunshine later in the week put them down to three to five feet although this did not stop people catching on dries at the weekend. Generally the fishing was a bit harder at the end of the week due to the cold wind and bright sun but those going looking for fish were doing better than those staying in one spot as the fish were moving from area to area. At various times the island, dam, overflow, and the area behind the islands were all fishing well. A wide variety of flies were taking fish with all the usual favourite patterns working. The fishery opening hours are currently 8am to 8.30pm.
Good catches were reported by Alex Wilkie, from Coatbridge, with five for 17lb 8oz; Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, in two visits, seven for 22lb 12oz; Darren Hill, Alva, five for 15lb; David Graham, Wishaw, five for 14lb 12oz, plus eight caught and released; Davy Quinn, Dunfermline, in two visits, four for 16lb including a 3lb 12oz brown; Brian MacIntosh, jnr, Banknock, four for 14lb 4oz; Danny Doherty, Denny, four for 14lb; Gavin Miller, Edinburgh, four for 13lb 8oz; Alan Beattie, Clelland, four for 13lb; Graeme Fellowes, Rutherglen, three for 12lb including two blues, bigger one at 4lb 6oz; Raymond Gow, Falkirk, three for 10lb 8oz; Calum McMillan, Menstrie, and Andrew McCauley, Blairhall, each with three for 10lb; Paul Freathy, Alloa, three blues for 9lb 12oz; John Mathieson, Doune, three tigers for 9lb 8oz; Lawrence Maguire, Falkirk, three for 9lb 4oz; David Brodie, Stirling, Hector Cochrane, J. Barbour and Allan Laing, East Kilbride, all caught three fish for 9lb; John Davidson, Bannockburn, and Alastair Irvine, each with two for 7lb 12oz; Brian Maskell, Oban, and Richard McCrimmon, Glasgow, each with two for 7lb 8oz; Andy Henderson, Glasgow, two for 7lb including a 4lb 8oz brown; Chris Kerr, East Kilbride, a 4lb 6oz brown.