Scotland Troutmasters reports for week-ending February 13th, 2015

Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
Recent frosts resulted in a certain amount of water being iced over. However, for those brave enough to venture out, there has been some reasonable sport. The cold weather has also seen several additional bird species become more prominent with fieldfare and little grebes seen locally. The Boathouse Pool remained clear of ice and received quite a lot of attention during the week and at the weekend. A decent number of fish around the 3lb mark were landed, mainly on Buzzers or Bloodworm patterns. Two large fish were also hooked but both managed to evade capture. Although ice has affected the Burnside Pool it still produced some excellent catches with the best fish reported being a beautifully conditioned rainbow trout weighing 7lb 8oz, taken by Les Gaul. Catch and release numbers were high, Davie Simpson releasing 21 and Robert Gibson 14. The key to decent results was finding the right depth and then being able to stay on the fish as they moved up/down in the water during the day.
Bankside Pool was badly affected by ice later in the week but not before Ian Barlow had managed to catch and return a magnificent specimen rainbow estimated at 12lb-plus. This was part of an 11 fish haul, taken mainly on Buzzers. Trout in the Woodside Pool have remained steady in their preference for Powerbait, with spinners being another decent option. Karl took five fish for 7lb 4oz.

Glen of Rothes Trout and Coarse Fishery, Grampian
This week was more like fishing weather and more anglers ventured out to have a cast. They were rewarded with some very good sport with plenty of fish caught and a lot of good ones among them, especially of the blue variety. White patterns tended to dominate, but towards the weekend smaller flies like Cormorants, nymphs and Diawl Bachs worked well as fish came towards the surface. Some fish were even feeding off the top, which tempted some anglers to try dries and although it’s maybe a little early for that, they did take a couple of fish. Paul Bridgeford had good fish of 5lb 10oz and 5lb 8oz, one of which was a cracking blue; Graham Gibson had a 6lb 2oz fish; Gordon Grant had 26 fish with his best at 7lb 10oz; Graham Murray caught 23; Neil Carmichael had 10 fish in two hours; Mark Bell landed 14 fish; Neil Scowen had 27 with his best at 6lb 10oz; Tom Anderson had 15 fish, best at 8lb; Jim Eddie caught 12 including a five-pounder; Gary Gormley had 14; Willie McRobbie had eight, best at 5lb 12oz; Neill Smith caught 18, his best at 5lb 8oz; Kevin Neri tempted 14 on small nymphs and Derek Williamson had a beauty at 7lb 3oz. Club members are reminded that the AGM is on February 22 at 3.30pm at the fishery.

Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian
The lochs will be open from Monday February 16 for bookings. Having had a good rest due to ice the lochs should fish very well. Bookings as normal through the Glen of Rothes fishery but keys are collected from the staff at Millbuies. Fishing here is from the boat only and no bank fishing is allowed.

Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
Once again the fishery remained open despite the freezing temperatures with the aerators doing a good job keeping the ponds more or less ice-free. The fishing got harder as the week went on and the cold made the fish more lethargic. Having been in the top two to four feet for most of the winter, the fish are now in the bottom couple of feet and anglers need to go much deeper to find them. Buzzers, Bloodworm and lures such as Cat’s Whisker and Dancer are taking most of the fish, with a few also falling to Diawl Bach and other nymphs. The fish are in excellent condition and some lovely blues to 4lb and green trout also featured in the catch returns.
Chris Kerr, from East Kilbride, caught seven blues for 23lb 12oz in two visits; Willie Nyguist, Stirling, landed seven for 20lb 4oz including a blue, also over two visits; B. Brown, Neptune Game Fishers, caught five for 12lb from the Meadow Pond; John Alcock, Balloch, five for 11lb 8oz from the Meadow Pond; Robert Anderson, Glasgow, five for 11lb 4oz from the small ponds; Allan Laing, East Kilbride, four for 12lb 8oz including a 4lb blue and a Green in two visits; Davy Simpson, Forfar, two for 6lb 12oz; Frank Barr, Falkirk, two for 6lb 4oz; Alan Grant, Glasgow, Peter O’Brien, Camelon, and Alan Armstrong, Dollar, all with two fish for 6lb; Brian Lockie, Alva, eight caught and released; Paul Wilkin, Armadale, and Stephen Campbell, Livingston, each caught and released six; and Kevin Gray, Stirling, caught and released five.