Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
No matter how cold it gets there is always open water at the Glen and the fishery is never closed, unless conditions are unsafe for anglers. This week saw plenty of anglers out and about and some very good fish were caught. Anglers couldn’t go wrong on Saturday although Sunday was that bit harder. The only common factor was the colour of fly and white was the most successful. Okey Dokeys, White Fritz, White Nomads and Lime and White Scruffs were all taking fish. Fish were to be found deep down rather than higher in the water. Dave Drake caught a 5lb fish; James Abel had a great day with a 10lb rainbow in his bag of 13 fish; Graham Yeaman had an 8lb fish; David Geddes had a beautiful blue at 7lb 8oz; Robbie Fowler included a fish of 6lb in his catch of 12; and Jamie Arthur also caught a six-pounder. On his birthday Seamus Maguire was rewarded with fish of 6lb 13oz and 5lb 11oz and with his third fish made a bag weight of 14lb 11oz. Most anglers managed an average of three fish on their sessions with only a couple of blanks during the week.
Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian
The loch has been frozen so there hasn’t been any fishing this week. Clearing fallen trees has been the main activity and that is all done now. The loch should fish really well once it is clear of ice. The newly-introduced browns that went in at the back end of last year should have settled in and with some rainbows and blues to go in it should be interesting fishing this year. There will be some filming taking place at Millbuies in the better weather and the fishery will be closed for a couple of days, dates to be announced. Daily updates are available on the Moray Flyfishing Facebook pages.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
The Fishery remained open all week despite the cold weather with the aerators keeping the ponds virtually ice-free. The fishing was slow at the start of the week but things picked up towards the weekend as a result of a slight rise in air and water temperature. The fish were at various depths with a few seen turning on the surface, but most were taking around four feet down. Favourite patterns included Dancer, Damsel, Cat’s Whisker, Bloodworm, Diawl Bach, Cormorant, Kate McLaren, and one angler even had success on a dry Daddy Longlegs on the Meadow Pond. There were some excellent bags this week with a large number of rainbows and blues around 4lb to 4lb 8oz being taken.
Donald McMurchy, from Fallin, caught five fish for 18lb, biggest one at 4lb 8oz; Danny Doherty, Denny, five for 14lb 12oz; Nigel Muckle, Mid Calder, four for 15lb 8oz, including a 4lb 8oz rainbow and two blues to 4lb 8oz; Allan Laing, East Kilbride, four for 14lb; Michael Goodwillie, Prestwick, four for 13lb 8oz; Frank Barr, Falkirk, four for 12lb 12oz; Eddie Canon, Falkirk, three for 12lb 8oz; Joe Hunter, Alva, and Glen Anderson, Haggs, each with three for 11lb; Willie Nyguist, Stirling, three for 10lb 8oz; Chris Kerr, East Kilbride, three for 10lb 12oz; Charles Devine, Stirling, three for 10lb; Stewart Marshall, Cambusbarron, three for 9lb 8oz; Steven Long, Glasgow, three for 10lb 4oz including a 4lb 4oz rainbow; Adam Wywial, Grangemouth, three for 7lb from the Millpond, plus seven caught and returned; Jim Allan, Kilsyth, two rainbows of 4lb 8oz each; Gregor McGregor, two for 8lb including a 4lb blue; Colin Pattie, Edinburgh two for 8lb; Nan Morrison, Stirling, two for 7lb 12oz; Kenny McCallum caught and returned eight, while Charles Campbell caught and returned seven.