Scotland Troutmasters reports for week-ending December 4th, 2015

Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
Another week of wind, snow and rain has made for challenging conditions but those who braved the weather have done well with some outstanding returns from all the ponds. Different ponds are fishing better depending on the day and the amount of rain we have been getting which has caused some dirty water in the ponds. The Boathouse has fished best to lure with Damsels and black and green standing out as the top flies. Mr Noble had a great day returning 19 fish on lures with the largest around 5lb. Mr White had two fish for 7lb including a 5lb rainbow as well as another 11 returned. Mr Bairner continued his run of big fish with a 13lb 8oz rainbow on his second cast of the day in a bag of four for 21lb.
The Burnside has been the dirtiest pond this week but the fish are still high in the water taking a mix of lures fished on a floating line. The bung is still working very well set at around three feet with a Squirmy being the most popular fly. Mr Simpson released 20 fish on the bung, Mr Valentine had 18 on lures with the largest around 10lb, Mr Neri landed eight rainbows in two hours in the middle of a snowstorm while fishing the bung!
The Bankside has been quiet but the water has been the clearest in that pond. Mr Japp did well landing 11 on Diawl Bachs, Mr Stevens had two for 6lb and put back 11 including a double on orange lures. The Woodside has not seen many anglers but those who have ventured out have done well with a lot of fish being caught on floatfished Powerbait. Mr Bourne had four fish for 7lb.

Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
It’s been a cold week but not a bad one for fishing and plenty of fish were caught. Fish were rising so Henry Fearne put on a Klinkhamer and landed a nice fish of 4lb 15oz. During the winter league Gordon Grant had 15 fish with his best weighed-in at 9lb 6oz. Depth again was key and freelined Buzzers worked well as did Blobs and Cat’s Whiskers retrieved slowly. Neill Smith had a good fish of 5lb 10oz on a home-tied fly. Check the fishery’s Facebook and website page for ice and weather updates. 2016 members’ season tickets are now due for renewal. Those on the waiting list will be offered tickets in the event of any renewal not being taken up.
Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian
The lochs are now closed for the season and will overwinter ready for the new 2016 season. We look forward to seeing all our regulars and new anglers who want to enjoy the quality of these lochs again next year and a big thank you for your support this year.

Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
The week started and finished with cold weather, including snow showers on Sunday, but there was some milder weather midweek. The fish were mostly to be found two to four feet down and well spread out round the pond, although the island and the far bay were probably the most popular areas partly due to the wind direction. The weather at the weekend deterred all but the most determined anglers, but those who did brave the wind, rain, sleet and snow, were mostly well rewarded with good catches. A good number of 4lb to 5lb rainbows are featuring in the catch returns along with the usual size of top-quality stocked fish. The small ponds continue to fish well and provided a more sheltered location in the worst of the weather. Most fish were taken on small lures this week, with nymphs also taking. Favourite patterns included the usual Dancer, Damsel, Cat’s Whisker, Ally McCoist, Cormorant, Diawl Bach, Bloodworm and Buzzer.
Names are now being taken for the annual Charity Competition to be held on Sunday December 27. Please contact the fishery for details.
John Mooney, from Moodiesburn, caught four fish for 15lb including a 4lb 12oz rainbow; Alan Armstrong, Dollar, four for 14lb 8oz including a 4lb 8oz rainbow; Gordon Ferguson, Coatbridge, four for 11lb 8oz plus five caught and released; Frank Barr, Falkirk, three for 13lb 8oz including a 5lb 12oz rainbow; Stewart Marshall, Cambusbarron, three for 12lb including a 5lb rainbow, plus five caught and released; Malcolm Miller, Clackmannan, three for 9lb plus two caught and released; J. Murphy, three for 9lb; S. Ferguson, three for 8lb 8oz; Nan Morrison, Stirling, three for 8lb; Rab Smith, Airth, three for 6lb 12oz from the small ponds, plus seven caught and released; Kevin Gray, Camelon, caught and released 11.