Scotland Troutmasters reports for week-ending December 11th, 2015

Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
This past week of very heavy rain has affected the fishing as the venue was not able to avoid the flood water. The levels on all the ponds are normal but the colour of the water was dirty. There have still been anglers out when the weather has been settled. A floating or slow sinking line with lures of various colours have been best. On the Boathouse the biggest fish of the week fell to Mr Watson with a rainbow estimated at around 9lb as well as another six caught on a Damsel. Mr Woods had a good day keeping his four fish for 11lb on an Orange Blob. The Burnside has seen the fish sitting quite high in the water despite the weather. Mr Gowans had eight on a Damsel, Mr Simpson had nine on a Black Blob and Mr Jenkins had two for 5lb and put back six on a black and green lure. The Bankside has seen the fish holding up in the first bay and the north bank, Mr Barlow had eight on a Squirmy Worm, Mr young had five on an Orange Blob. The Woodside has not had many anglers on it but nearly every single person has taken their limit. Powerbait has been the best method fished under a float. Mr Irvine took his four fish for 7lb in just half an hour.

Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
Weather dictated most of the fishing this week with storms deterring many from venturing out. Those who did fish caught well with Rob Harding hitting 15 fish for his session and others landed around six each. Most were caught on Okey Dokeys which at this time of year is always the pick of flies.
Nearer to the new year Glen of Rothes will be holding a Fishing Academy for young people. Ten young anglers, who are keen to get into the outdoors and fishing, will be supplied with all tackle and help and fishing for free in association with You Fish Scotland and volunteers, headed By Wendy Haywood. The course will run over six months to start with and more details will come later. The aim is to get young people into the outdoors and show them the passion and enjoyment that angling can bring.
The fishery will closed over the Christmas period on December 25-26 and New Year’s Day. On December 27 there will be a £50 bonus for the angler who catches the heaviest fish that day on a normal six-hour two-fish ticket.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
Storm Desmond hit the fishery on Friday night and Saturday and deposited a huge amount of rain (over four inches) which led to a torrent running down the road from the top pond and over the overflow! Fortunately there was no serious damage, apart from some erosion to the road, and things quickly settled down again on Sunday. By this morning (Monday December 7), the lake was running clear and the water level was just about back to normal. For those who braved what was a pretty wet and wild week, the fishing was good with the fish to be found around two to four feet down and well spread out round the pond. Damsel, Buzzer, Black Fritz, Montana, Dancer and Ally McCoist were the favourite patterns and the fish were looking for a medium to fast retrieve. The small ponds also fished very well and offered a lot more shelter than the more exposed areas of the top pond.
Stewart Marshall, from Cambusbarron, had two visits and caught six fish for 17lb 8oz plus three caught and released. Malcolm Miller, Clackmannan, in two visits, had five for 17lb 6oz plus three caught and released. Ian Whitelaw, Denny, tempted five fish for 11lb 4oz from the small ponds; Frank Barr, Falkirk, four for 12lb including a blue; Jim Milne, Alloa, three for 12lb 12oz including a 5lb rainbow; Martin Watt, Airdrie, two for 6lb 4oz from the Millpond including a blue; Gordon McCallum, Kirkmichael, a 5lb rainbow; John Relf, Falkirk, a 4lb 4oz rainbow; Stephen Murphy, Motherwell, Jim Dougall, Kincardine, and Gary Waugh, Cumbernauld, each caught and released six fish.