Scotland Troutmasters reports for week-ending October 2nd, 2015

Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
A very good week that saw plenty of quality fish coming to the net. The best of these was a beautiful blue of 10lb 8oz taken by Del McPherson. Archie Miller wasn't far behind with a fish of 7lb 2oz and another of 4lb 14oz. Wullie Wood had a fish of 4lb 9oz, Sean Davidson 4lb 1oz and Michael Parkinson had a tagged fish but returned it as he was on catch and release. Some good bags caught with Tom Webster taking 20 on a Black Rabbit, Josh Davidson had 10 on Bloodworms. Dries took quite a few fish this week with Shipman’s doing well and average per session was five fish.
Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian
Plenty of fish moving which is always encouraging. Dry flies worked for some anglers and lures for others with plenty of fish being caught. A good mix of blues, rainbow and browns taken. Keys can now be collected from the Glen of Rothes and returned at Millbuies so no need to come back to the Glen to drop keys off.

Millhall Reservoir, Falkirk
With the weather slightly milder and sunnier this week the reservoir has been very busy and the fish are still feeding in the top few feet. As the fish are fattening up for the winter pulling lures seems to be the preferred method. In the shallows, where most fish are being caught, fish are falling to intermediate, floating or midge-tip lines and flies like Cat’s Whiskers, Damsel variants, Olive Growlers, Ally McCoist, Yellow Dancers and Blobs.  Traditional wets like Kate McLaren, Bibios, Black Spiders and Diawl Bachs are also catching fish when fished with a slow figure-of-eight retrieve. Static or drifting Buzzers from the boats or dam wall in the deeper water has also been giving good sport. Of the visiting clubs Dalzell AC had a bumper day when all eight members bagged up with 32 fish for 70lb 2oz and nearly returned the same amount on catch and release. Not only did Harry Kane have the heaviest bag with four for 10lb but it included a green-tagged fish to win £100. Another member, Kenny Gray, caught a white-tagged fish to win a free day’s fishing. Falkirk AC had 22 fish for 45lb 12oz with Ronnie Wood top rod with 9lb 8oz.
Qualifiers are reminded that the final of the Rod and Creel (Carronshore) sponsored Millhall Open is this Sunday October 4, 9am to 4pm with good prizes for the winners and a free lunch. Club rules apply. Bookings are now being taken for 2016 season with opening day February 27 and closing day October 30. To book phone 01324 714190.

Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
This week’s somewhat mixed weather, with cool nights and some warm days, meant mixed fishing at Swanswater. Once again lots of fish were being seen and anglers were getting loads of follows, but sometimes it was hard to connect or hang on to fish. On the days when it was calm and overcast the fish were up in the top 18 inches of the water and taking dry flies, other days they were a bit deeper and looking for small lures or nymphs. Anglers fishing a reasonably quick retrieve were getting a huge amount of sport either on or just below the surface; those fishing static often fared less well. Favourite patterns this week included Sedge, Yellow Owl, Caddis, Bumble, Cormorant, PTN, Greenwell, Kate McLaren, Hare’s Ear, Damsel, Dancer and Buzzers – when retrieved.
Martin Stewart, from Glasgow, caught a 5lb 8oz tiger; Keith Muckersie, Peebles, five for 14lb; Alan Knox, Peebles, five for 11lb 12oz from the small ponds; Frank Barr, Falkirk, four for 13lb 4oz; Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, four for 12lb 8oz; B. and M. Dale shared four for 12lb; Gregor McGregor, Alloa, three for 9lb 4oz; Jim Craig, Balloch, three for 9lb; Eddie Murphy, Oban, three for 8lb 8oz including two blues; Billy Weir, Bannockburn, three for 8lb 4oz including a brown; John Mooney, Queenzieburn, and Mike Bolton, Maddiston, both with two for 8lb; Willie Martin, Stirling, two for 6lb 12oz; Graeme Arthur, Stirling, two for 6lb 8oz plus three caught and released; Rudi Graham, Oban, two blues for 6lb 8oz; James Henderson, Stirling, two for 6lb 8oz; David Halcrow, Stenhousemuir, two for 6lb; Gary Waugh, Cumbernauld, caught and released 15 from the boat; Blane O’Donnell caught and released eight. The fishery is now closing at 7pm.