Scotland Troutmasters reports for week-ending May 1st, 2015

Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
A fairly settled week with lots of warm spring sunshine kick-starting growth all over the ponds. Some outstanding hatches coming off and this has lead to some spectacular buzzer fishing and some really good evening rises. Buzzers have been the stand-out method on the Burnside with black and red or olive and red the best colours. For those who prefer to fish lures, a Hothead Damsel or Blob fished on a fairly fast retrieve has been best. When the rise has been on either Hoppers or Suspenders have been effective, either fished static or stripped under the surface to make them bow-wave. Mr Spottiswoode caught more than 25 fish on Hoppers and wets with his best fish at 7lb and 6lb. Mr Barlow caught 23 to 8lb-plus on Buzzers and Hoppers; Mr Birse had 21 in three short trips, his best at 7lb and 4lb on Damsels. For the week the 61 catch and release anglers put back 338 fish. The Boathouse has been a bit murky this week but still produced some outstanding results. Most anglers are still fishing lures but Buzzers are just as effective. On Monday Mr Kirk landed 30 fish on Buzzers and FABs on the washing-line method. This included a brown, three blues and three fish over 5lb. Mr Bairner had four fish for 15lb 9oz with the biggest at 9lb 2oz as well as 15 returned on Yellow Dancers. Mr Rice landed four fish including his new personal best rainbow at 7lb.
The fish are well spread in the Bankside at the moment and a mobile approach is paying off. Mr Marshall took 11 fish one evening including a 7lb-plus on a Black FAB. Mr Cowan had 14 on dries with the best estimated at around 5lb. Mr Soave had four fish for 11lb on Damsels. The Woodside has been much better this week with a huge spread of fish all over the pond making the fishing much more consistent. Worms and Powerbait have been the best baits as long as you were fishing quite shallow around three to four feet deep. Mr Bell had 10 fish for 16lb 12oz. Mr Burton and his son had eight for 13lb, and Mr Jones had four for 7lb.

Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
A change in weather saw the tactics change from fishing dries early on in the week back to lures and intermediate lines as it turned colder. Plenty of blues were caught and a lot of big browns seem to be coming onto feed. These browns ranged from 8oz up to an eight-pounder caught by Chris Johnston. All were returned. Other fish taken during the week were one of 8lb 7oz for Steve Turnbull; Ronnie Ewen had a good day with 21 fish to 10lb on small wets; Peter Brown had 10; Gordon Grant 17; Rob Harding 10; George Stewart 13; James Pottinger had a fish of 7lb 5oz; Micky Maguire one of 6lb 1oz; Gavin Crombie 5lb 13oz; Neil Scowen one of 4lb 15oz; Neill Smith had 10 fish; Stuart Hayden had 10 in a couple of hours; and Chris Johnston also landed a rainbow of around 9lb which was returned. The club competition was won by Willie McRobbie who battled the elements to hold off second placed Gary Gormley. New members are always welcome.

Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian
Good fishing continued with the blue trout featuring well and fighting hard along with the browns and rainbows. There will soon be two new boats in the water, which will make a total of six boats available for anglers. 

Millhall Reservoir, Falkirk
The recent early morning cold easterly winds cooling the top of the water can stop fish from feeding near the surface. But floating lines or midge-tips and weighted lures like Damsel, Yellow Dancers, Olive Growlers, Cat’s Whiskers or Blobs and occasionally Buzzers retrieved slowly in the shallows are catching fish. The biggest bag this week went to Ian Yuill with four for 17lb 8oz, best 9lb 4oz, on a Damsel; G. Christie four for 12lb 8oz, best 4lb 4oz, on a Diawl Bach; Charlie Allan four for 9lb 8oz on a Yellow Dancer; A. Nimmo four for 10lb 8oz on a Pink Blob; Sandy Hamilton four for 10lb on a Minkie; J. Ferguson four for 10lb and Pat McLuskey four for 10lb 12oz on Buzzers. The biggest fish of the week went to Rhys O’Connor at 11lb 8oz and was safely returned. The evening sessions start this Saturday, May 2 at 16.30 until dusk. The second heat of the Rod and Creel (Carronshore) sponsored Open competition is on May 10 during the evening session. The qualifiers go through to the free final on Sunday October 4. The reservoir will be closed on May 17 for the members only Flybox Trophy, boats will still be available. To book phone the club on 01324 714190.

Springwater Fishery, Strathclyde
The fly loch is still producing some big fish. Ryan Givens released a stunning 11lb 8oz rainbow; Hugh Mcloud caught and released seven fish; Billy returned four, biggest at 9lb 8oz; Mr McConachie released five to 8lb; Tam McNaughton released two, his biggest a 9lb brownie; Wullie Preston caught and released four fish for 11lb 5oz; Stevie Cope returned five; Greg Dunlop returned seven; Gordy released seven, his best at 12lb. On the bait loch top catch went to Davie Collins with six fish for 14lb. Alfie Clydsdale caught his first ever fish weighing 2lb 8oz. Mick McNulty caught a nice one at 4lb 1oz and Callum Free caught a fish of 8lb 8oz.

Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
A week of huge contrasts in the weather with hot, sunny, calm and often cloudless days for the first part of the week, followed by cool and breezy conditions at the weekend with showers of rain, hail and sleet! The fishing was also a bit variable with some days harder than others, but overall it was a good week and there were some great bags of fish landed. There is still a good selection of various coloured fish being caught and several cracking fish in the 4lb to 7lb range were landed including some excellent browns. The fish are still moving round the water but the best areas this week included the channel between the island and the roadside, the dam and the area around the big tree. When it was really bright and sunny they were around four feet down, coming up to around two feet during cloudier spells. Most were taken on nymphs such as Diawl Bach, Hare’s Ear and Buzzer with other successful patterns being Dancer, Cat’s Whisker, Cormorant, Snatcher and Bloodworm. The fishery is now open 8am to 9pm
Amongst the best bags landed this week were Jim Dempster, from Glasgow, with three fish for 11lb 4oz including a 6lb 10oz rainbow; Jim Dempster, jnr, Glasgow, four for 15lb including a 5lb 10oz rainbow; Kevin Barr, Perth, a 5lb 4oz brown; Frank Barr, Falkirk, in three visits, 14 for 43lb 8oz including a 5lb brown; Andy Nicol, Stonehaven, a 4lb 4oz brown; Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, in two visits, seven for 22lb 4oz; Stan Moore, Falkirk, in two visits, six for 21lb 12oz including a 4lb 8oz blue; Danny Doherty, Denny, five for 17lb 8oz; Donald McMurchy, Fallin, five for 14lb 6oz; George Kochanek, Tullibody, four for 14lb 8oz; Grant Mooney, Queenzieburn, four for 14lb; Barry Hamilton, Muirhead, four blues for 13lb 4oz; Tam McGarry, Dunbarton, four for 12lb 4oz; Stephen Murphy, Motherwell, four for 12lb plus a further 14 caught and released; Eddie McKillop, jnr, Glasgow, three for 9lb 12oz, plus four caught and released; Allan Laing, East Kilbride, three for 9lb 10oz; Tom Adams, Alva, three for 9lb.