Scotland Troutmasters reports for week-ending August 21st, 2015

Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
Another fine week of weather with just a few rain showers around. The fishing has been steady in all the ponds with each one having spells of doing very well. The clarity in all the ponds is becoming really good with the Woodside and Bankside being extremely clear making for some interesting and sometimes frustrating fishing. The evening fishing is still available with the off the water time at 9.30pm at the moment. The Boathouse has been on good form with the fish well spread out and taking a number of different patterns. Lures have been best with Hothead Damsels the best fly. Dries are also doing well when conditions suit, with Mr Saunders landing a 10lb-plus rainbow on a Shuttlecock. The Burnside has been good but you have to go deep to get them. A sinking line and various lures have been the best approach, letting the flies go down deep. The bung fished fairly deep has been the other taking method with small Buzzers and a Cat Bug popular patterns. Mr Stevens had 13 fish on Buzzers with the best around 6lb. Mr Rice had the best fish of the week with one of the big blues taken on a Damsel.
The Bankside has been the hardest of the ponds with the fish sat out at range at times. The best patterns have been a Floating Fry and other small nymphs with a bit of pearl in the dressing. Mr Easson had eight fish on the Fry and Buzzers and Mr Whyte had an 8lb rainbow on a Black Nomad.
The Woodside has been very busy and this, combined with the heat, has put the fish very deep. Powerbait fished with a lead has been the best method by far. Over the past week the 146 anglers landed 241 fish for a total weight of 385lb.
On Sunday September 13 Kingennie will be holding a fundraising competition for the Scottish Stillwater Fly Fishing Team who will be travelling to Ireland in October for the international. The competition will be fished to catch and release rules with lunch included and a raffle on the day. Fishing will be charged at £25 per head. If you would like any more information please call 01382 350777/350213.

Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
Apart from a couple of days when the damp and wet suited the midges more than the anglers, the rest of the week gave good fishing with plenty being caught. Somewhere close to the normal tactics for the time of year with dries and wets working best and it was good to see fish rising, something which has been missing this year due to unusual weather conditions. Kate Mclarens, CdCs, Buzzers and Suspender Buzzers have been best along with Cat’s Whiskers doing well. Slater Scott had 11 fish; Mark Bell had nine fish; John Watt had a 4lb 15oz fish; Billy Campbell caught 10; Jim Eddie had a 4lb 14oz fish; Ian Baird one of 4lb 2oz; Bob Sutherland 5lb 9oz; John Reading 5lb 4oz; Tony May 4lb 10oz; M. Sutherland a fish of 4lb 8oz; Alan Graham a five-pounder and Jeff Geddes a fish of 5lb 9oz.
Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian
Excellent fishing with perfect conditions for top of the water sport. Plenty of fish rising and taking dries although there were times when anglers needed to fish down a little to locate fish. Tree lines produced most sport rather than open water as fish waited for insects to fall off trees. Some good returns of browns to 3lb and plenty of lively blues and rainbows gave anglers great sport. Best flies have been black traditionals and lures such as Tadpoles and Cat’s Whiskers.

Millhall Reservoir, Falkirk
Warmer sunny conditions towards the end of last week and over the weekend have not stopped fish from feeding, especially early morning and later during the evening sessions. Some anglers took their bag limit before the afternoon heat and sun and during the last two hours of the evening. The best bank catches of the week were caught from the dam wall and the south shore where rainbows, an occasional brown and a few blue trout made up mixed bags. Anglers using floating or intermediate lines with Buzzers, PTNs and small traditional wets were doing better than anglers pulling lures, especially during overcast evening sessions. During the sunny afternoons boat anglers are doing better than bank anglers where they can take advantage of deeper water. John Taylor caught a green-tagged fish in his bag of four for 8lb 4oz to win £100, and L. Skinner caught a white-tagged fish to win a free day’s fishing. Of the visiting clubs, Falkirk FC had 13 for 29lb with A. Kidd top rod with 9lb 8oz; The 1314 Flyfishers had 16 for 37lb with Scott Walker winning the prize for the heaviest fish at 3lb 8oz; and Dalziel FC taking 37 for 77lb 4oz and releasing another 26, P. Lawson won a free day’s fishing for the heaviest bag at 9lb 8oz.

Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
The biggest tiger ever landed at Swanswater was taken this week, a cracking 8lb 11oz specimen caught by Frank Barr, from Falkirk, fishing from the boat. In two visits Frank caught eight fish for 27lb 8oz. In a week with probably the kindest weather for months, including some warm sunshine, the fishing continued to be good. For most of the week fish were seen moving on or just below the surface and many were actively looking for flies to chase. Towards the weekend they went a little deeper but were still feeding in the top three feet or so. On Saturday, anglers fishing Buzzers deep and slow were successful as were those trying dries and nymphs on or just under the surface. Conditions were a little harder on Sunday and although fish were still showing all they were interested in were small nymphs or dry flies. Favourite patterns included Green Nymph, Diawl Bach, Sedgehog, Damsel, Greenwell, Kate McLaren, Spider, Sedge and various Buzzers.
Rab Bonner, fishing from the bank this weekend, was broken by a 4lb rainbow that took his Buzzer and indicator. Fortunately for Rab, Jim Donnelly, fishing from the boat, managed to hook the indicator and play and land the fish before returning fish and tackle to Rab!
Stewart Nicholson, from Knightswood, in two visits. Caught six fish for 28lb 12oz including an 8lb 6oz rainbow and 7lb 10oz blue; David Aitken, East Kilbride, four for 14lb 5oz including a 7lb 2oz tiger; Douglas Murray, Bridge of Allan, two for 11lb including a 7lb blue and a 4lb brown; Charlie Waldie, Airdrie, caught a 6lb blue, his first ever fish on the fly; Stephen Mullin and young son, Liam, Pitlochry, shared six for 16lb 8oz including tigers at 4lb and 3lb 2oz from Swanswater and four from the Meadow Pond; Alec Wilkie, Glasgow, five for 18lb; George Crooks, Glasgow, five for 15lb 4oz plus a further 11 caught and released; Robert Park, Glasgow, four for 14lb; Frank Turner, Alloa, four for 13lb 8oz plus nine caught and released; Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, four for 13lb 4oz plus five caught and released; Donald McMurchy, Fallin, four for 12lb 2oz; James Henderson, Stirling, four for 12lb including a 4lb 3oz rainbow; Alec Peachey, Hamilton, in two visits, four for 11lb 12oz; Brian Stewart, Falkirk, three for 10lb; John Mooney, Queenzieburn, three for 9lb; Nan Morrison, Stirling, two for 6lb 12oz; Connor Meiklejohn, Stirling, two for 6lb 8oz from the Meadow Pond; Jim Donnelly, Milton of Campsie, caught and released nine; South African visitor R. Irvine, caught and released seven.