Scotland Troutmasters reports for week-ending October 16th, 2015

Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
A good week of fishing saw fish feeding hard on fry and, when conditions suited, Daddies did very well off the top. Certainly the bigger fish were on the move and chasing flies, leaving wakes behind the fly. Zonkers, Black Rabbits, Daddies and Cat’s Whiskers are the best flies. George Black had a good fish of 8lb 4oz; Blair MacDonald had an 11lb fish; Barry Ward one of 9lb 2oz; Tom Webster had 19 fish with his best at 9lb; Neil Scowen returned a nice double; Willie Liesk caught one of 6lb 8oz on a Daddy; George Downing landed a fish of 7lb 12oz; and best of the bunch went to Stu Hayden with a cracking double-figure blue which was returned safely. The winter singles begins in November and will finish in April and is open to everyone. Names are being taken now for this event and you can fish any day in the month and miss a month and fish two the following month if the weather is bad or due to work commitments.
Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian

Good fishing continued with Tim Pilkington landing a nice 4lb 8oz brownie returned and plenty of blues giving anglers a lot of sport. Fish are now feeding hard on fry and off the top. The lochs will be closed towards the end of October, depending on weather conditions, and will reopen early next year ready for the new season when fish will be well overwintered and ready to give good sport.

Millhall Reservoir, Falkirk
The Millhall Pairs took place last Sunday when competitors were drawn from the hat into pairs. A total of 36 fish were caught for a combined weight of 80lb 9oz. The winning pair, who caught all their fish on Blobs and Bloodworms, were Jim Dougall and Bill Sutherland with 10 for 23lb 8oz. Second were Gordon Anderson and Jimmy Fairley with eight for 18lb 10oz on Rabbits and Blobs. Jimmy also caught the heaviest fish at 7lb 4oz but was capped at 3lb for competition purposes. Third were father and son pair Derek and Brad Gair with seven for 16lb on Damsels. Junior angler Brad had five for 12lb 12oz only to be let down by his father who only caught two fish for 4lb 2oz! Bill Sutherland had the heaviest single bag of the competition with five fish for 14lb 3oz. This makes a grand total of 210 fish caught for a combined weight of 457lb 8oz for all five competitions. This result finalised Keith Lewis, who is this year’s Rod and Creel (Carronshore) sponsored Open Champion, as the club champion for 2015 with 23 for 51lb 3oz. Second place went to Jimmy Fairley with 23 for 48lb 8oz and third was Bill Sutherland with 17 for 39lb 2oz.
The reservoir will be closed on Sunday October 25 for a fund-raiser for the Scottish Ladies team and all places have been filled, no boats are available. 
Visiting clubs are reminded that bookings are being taken for the 2016 season when opening day will be February 27. To book phone the clubhouse 01324 724190 or email or

Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
Changeable weather during the week did not seem to disrupt the fishing and there was some great sport. Torrential rain on Tuesday afternoon coloured the water and raised the level but it also seemed to chase the big tigers out of the burn area. The water soon cleared and the level dropped again and fishing conditions were excellent for the rest of the week. Five big tigers were landed, including a new record for the fishery at 9lb 5oz by William Mair, from Falkirk. They were taken in different locations round the pond including the island, dam and from the boat. In general the fish are still in the top two to three feet of the water and are still looking for a fairly fast retrieve. Many anglers are reporting losing fish or being broken by some of the big fish that have been seen cruising round the pond. Dry flies were not so successful this week, with wets, nymphs and small lures fished just under the surface the best tactic. Favourite patterns included Cat’s Whisker, Dancer, Damsel, Cormorant, Diawl Bach, Buzzer, Viva, Montana and Kate McLaren. The fishery closing time is now 6.30pm
Danny Doherty, from Denny, caught three fish for 14lb 8oz including an 8lb 15oz tiger; Alex Knox, Glasgow, an 8lb Tiger; James McMillan, Glasgow, a 6lb 12oz blue; Robert Smith, Falkirk, three for 10lb 8oz including a 6lb 8oz tiger; Ryan Jamieson, Denny, a 5lb 8oz tiger; grandfather Roy Hatchard, and grandson, Cameron Smith, Alloa, shared six fish for 18lb 6oz from the boat, with Cameron taking five; Robert Anderson, Stoneyburn, and Barry Hamilton, Muirhead, each with five for 14lb 8oz; Jim Donnelly, Milton of Campsie, four for 13lb 12oz including a 4lb 4oz rainbow; John Mooney, Queenzieburn, George Dobbie, Glasgow, and Tony Kilanowski, Dalkeith, all with four for 12lb 6oz; Frank Turner, Alloa, four for 11lb 4oz; Murray Ferguson, Stirling, three for 10lb 4oz; Willie Martin, Stirling, three for 10lb; Alec Allan, Clydebank, three for 9lb 8oz; Alan Stirling, Bonnybridge, three for 9lb; William Bruce, Beith, two for 7lb 8oz; Lloyd Pitcairn, Dunfermline, a 4lb 12oz rainbow; Willie Torrance, Glasgow, a 4lb 4oz rainbow.