Burnhouse Lochan, Stirlingshire
After a mixed bag of snow, wind, rain and then more wind the fishery is still giving good results. Bridge of Weir Royal British Legion anglers braved the foul weather and G. Andrew had three fish for 8lb 6oz; Ally Cameron had three for 8lb 1oz and Murry Watt had two for 5lb 8oz. Eddie Cannon (Camelon) had three fish for 7lb 12oz on a Cut Throat Cat; Stefano Carboni (Stirling) had two for 5lb on Squirmy Worm; Kevin Wells (Camelon) had three for 8lb 3oz on Okey Dokey; Ian Donn (Bonnybridge) had four on catch and release using a Fire Fly; John Andrews (Parkhead) had two for 5lb 5oz on a Cat’s Whisker; James Strang (Glasgow) had two for 6lb 1oz on a Hothead Damsel; Alan Davidson (Airdrie) had two for 5lb 1oz and went on to release another eight using Hothead Damsels; Alan Smith (Cumbernauld) had 15 on catch and release using Black and White Zonkers. John Hunter (Alloa) caught four fish for 10lb 9oz on a Goldhead Viva; Rodger Geary (Bonnybridge) had three fish for 8lb 9oz on a Green and Black Fritz; Davie MaGuinness (Antrim) released seven using Hare’s Ears; Derek Simm (Camelon) had one fish of 2lb 8oz on a Red Daiwl Bach; Ian Harvie (Shettleston) had two for 9lb 5oz on Orange Fritz; Linda McIlear (Shettleston) had one of 2lb 6oz on a Yellow Dancer; Eddie Hunt (Cumbernauld) had four for 12lb 5oz on Montana Nymphs; Thomas Masterton (Crossgates) had three for 8lb 7oz on a Red Daiwl Bach; Robert McInnaly (Busby) had four for 11lb 3oz on Cat’s Whisker and Red Cormorant; Tom Boseman (Bunkle) released one using a Squirmy Worm; John Gould (Bellshill) had two on catch and release using Black Buzzers; Colin McAtemey (Kirkintilloch) had two for 5lb 12oz on Buzzers.
Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
Each day seems to go from spring back to winter, so the fish do not know whether to come to the surface or go deep to feed as temperatures go from 15 to 0 overnight. One day it’s floating lines and the next it’s intermediate and sinkers. Flies that have worked include Kate McLarens, White Fritz, Yellow Dancers and then black and green, so plenty of choice. Despite the uncertain weather conditions fish have taken well and a good number of blues featured. Ronnie Smith had a couple of good days, catching 19 and 23 fish all on Kates. Gavin Crombie caught a 4lb 1oz fish; Neil Smith had eight; Jimmy Rhind had 14 with his best at 6lb 7oz; Scott Burness had nine; Tom Anderson had nine; and Gary Gormley was £50 richer as he landed a tagged fish. Andrew Oneill took the best fish for the week at 7lb 9oz and then landed another at 10lb-plus which he returned. The club competition was won by Jimmy Rhind and that gets the first points on the board towards the new club champion for 2016.
Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian
Despite the bad weather there were still plenty of good reports as anglers enjoyed catching the hard-fighting brownies and rainbows. Being a busy week on the loch the anglers all reported a good day’s fishing.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
In a week of mixed weather conditions the one constant was the cold wind that varied from a breeze to nearly gale force at times. This kept the fish down around three feet deep, but even deeper at the windiest times. On the more sheltered small ponds fish were to be found in the top couple of feet. Heavy rain overnight on Friday led to an influx of dirty water on Saturday but this cleared well for Sunday and the start of the new week. On the windiest days the fish were to be found up-wind with most being taken in the far bay and around the boat jetty area, but generally they were well spread out round the main pond and those anglers doing best were those prepared to move about and go looking for fish. On certain days the boats did well as the fish moved out from the edges. The best flies in the wind were lures and nymphs, with Buzzers and wet flies doing better on the small ponds and on calmer days, with all the usual favourite patterns taking fish. Now that the clocks have changed, Fishery opening hours are currently 8am to 8pm.
Good catches this week included Craig Smith who caught three blues for 11lb 10oz, the biggest one at 4lb 8oz; Chris Kerr, East Kilbride, five for 17lb 2oz; Kimin Smith, Plean, five for 16lb 12oz; Alan Harvey, Glasgow, five for 15lb 4oz;
Barry Hamilton, Muirhead, and Donald McMurchy, Fallin, each with five for 15lb; Allan Laing, East Kilbride, five for 14lb 12oz; John Alcock, Alexandria, four for 15lb 8oz; John Mathieson, Doune, four for 12lb 12oz including a 4lb blue; Ian Watson, Alexandria, four for 12lb 12oz; Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, four for 12lb 8oz; George Kochanek, Tullibody, four for 12lb; Liam Murray, Glasgow, four for 11lb including three blues, biggest at 4lb; Jack Dixon, Stenhousemuir, three for 10lb 4oz; Frank Barr, Falkirk, three for 9lb 12oz; Jim Allan, Kilsyth, two tigers for 6lb 12oz; Alec Goodwin, Glasgow, two for 6lb 8oz; Mike Baldwin, Glasgow, two for 6lb; Adam Wywial, Grangemouth, two for 6lb, including a blue from the Millpond plus seven returned; Stuart Galloway, Bannockburn, caught and returned nine including two greens and a brown estimated at 6lb.