Scotland Troutmasters reports for week-ending October 30, 2015

Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
Another week of perfect water levels and gin clear water in all the ponds which has resulted in some near perfect conditions and some anglers have done extremely well. There has been a run of big fish this last week as well with 10 doubles caught and released from the three fly ponds in the last seven days. The fish in the Burnside have been very active with huge numbers of fish feeding on the surface. With the leaves falling off the trees there has been lots of terrestrials land on the water and the fish are taking advantage. The rest of the fish don’t seem to be too deep with most fish being caught in the top three feet of water. When fishing dries Shipman’s, Beetles and Shuttlecocks have been best but anything small has worked. The bung has been the top method with Bloodworms, Squirmys and Blobs being favoured. Mr Simpson had 17 fish on the bung with the biggest around 11lb, Mr Adam had 12 with one around 12lb and another around 13lb. Mr Wallace had 14 fish while fishing dry flies with the biggest around 5lb.
The Boathouse has been very clear and the fish haven’t been chasing lures that much. The Bug has again been very effective but stalking fish has been the best option. Damsels, Orange Blobs, Squirmys and Buzzers have been the top flies but dries have been very good at times. The biggest fish of the week was caught by Mr Wilson with a blue around 14lb as well as a rainbow of around 10lb in his haul of eight fish on a small orange lure. Mr Jacobs had four fish for 15lb with the best a rainbow of 8lb.
The Bankside has been on good form for those who have cracked the method. Mr Sherriff had 11 fish on Bloodworms with the best around 5lb and Mr Sheppard had a great day, finding a lot of fish in the second bay hitting fry. He ended up with 16 fish, the biggest a blue of around 14lb. He caught on Damsels, wets and Hummies on a floating line. The Woodside has been very busy and the fish have really started moving around making the fishing much better. A float with orange Powerbait has been the top method as well as spinning. Over the weekend the 45 anglers landed 98 fish for 161lb.

Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
A slower week with gales, rain and colder conditions seeing fish going deeper for most of the week. Only now and again did some surface to dry fly but overall it was intermediate lines and lures. Some good brownies were caught as they fed hard ready for winter with Slater Scott landing 18 fish and his best was a brownie around 5lb which was returned. Jim Walker had a good fish of 6lb1oz; John McKay had a fish of 6lb 8oz; Mark Bell an eight-pounder among his 10 fish; Neil Scowen had a beauty of a brown at 7lb-plus returned in his eight fish bag and Jimmy Rhind had eight fish. Decent averages per session of around four fish and only a few blank rods. Best flies have been Yellow Dancers, Vivas, White Fritzs, Okey Dokeys and lime and white patterns fished mainly on intermediate lines. At this time of year you need to be prepared to change tactics to suit conditions as they vary from day to day. The winter singles starts on November 1.

Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian
It’s important to note that despite the rules being given to anglers who fish the lochs, there is always someone who will ignore them and take away some of the beautiful brown trout when most who fish the lochs know they all get returned. Pleas remember, all brown trout must be returned. The lochs have fished well and sport has continued to be good. The season on the lochs has just about finished although final closing date will depend on weather conditions.

Millhall Reservoir, Falkirk
The fundraising competition organised by Liz Frazer from the Scottish Ladies International team proved a great success. The 36 anglers came from all parts of central Scotland to give their support, raising nearly £1500, including monies gained from the raffle and auction, for the Ladies teams expenses for their trip to the 2016  Home International competition. The first prize of the day, a bottle of whisky, went to local angler George Telford for catching the first fish three minutes after the start. The overall winner, catching 11 fish, was Derek Hessett, second was Ian Earle with eight fish and third was Jim Fairley with seven fish. Of the visiting clubs Dalyell AC had 33 fish for 74lb 12oz and nearly the same on catch and release, while Broxburn FC had 20 fish for 56lb 8oz. Other good bags this week went to J. Allan four for 10lb, John Morton four for 10lb 8oz, Alex Pow four for 10lb, John Taylor four for 12lb 8oz, best 5lb 4oz, Mr Muir four for 12lb, J. Black four for 10lb, Alan Lawson four for 11lb, Jamie Stupart two for 11lb 4oz, best 9lb, J. Watson four for 11lb 8oz, best 4lb, John Miller four for 13lb 8oz and S. Burke four for 10lb 8oz. 
The closing day for the 2015 season is Sunday November 1. Visiting clubs are also reminded that bookings are now being taken for the 2016 season when opening day will be Saturday February 27, closing day Sunday October 30. Call the clubhouse on 01324 714190 or email

Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire 
As the mild weather continues, the fishing conditions remain excellent and the fish are still in the top two to three feet of the water and looking to chase small lures and nymphs. The heavy rain on Friday night-Saturday morning coloured the water a bit but it has now cleared and things are looking good for the coming week. Unfortunately the coloured water made things a bit harder on Saturday afternoon and Sunday, but the rest of the week there was some great sport to be had and some great bags taken. Another big tiger was landed midweek, taken from the burn area. Otherwise the fish are well spread out and being caught all around the pond. The small ponds continue to fish well, particularly the Meadow Pond. Favourite patterns included Buzzer, Damsel, Cat’s Whisker, Dancer, Diawl Bach, Cormorant and Black Nymph. Now that the clocks have changed the Fishery opening hours are 8am to 5pm every day.
David Aitken, from East Kilbride, caught three fish for 15lb 8oz including two tigers, the bigger one at 8lb 12oz; Robert Park, Glasgow, five for 16lb 12oz; Rab Bonnar, Alloa, in two visits, eight for 25lb including a 4lb 12oz rainbow and 3lb 8oz blue; Dennis Lennon, Airdrie, five for 15lb 8oz; John Mooney, Queenzieburn, four for 15lb 4oz; Grant Mooney, Queenzieburn, four for 12lb 12oz; Ian Riddicks, Ayr, four for 12lb 4oz; Frank Turner, Alloa, four for 12lb plus three caught and released; Kevin Cowling, East Kilbride, three for 10lb 8oz; Jamie Murphy, Blantyre, three for 10lb; Aaron Kirkwood, Fallin, three for 9lb; Stewart Marshall, Cambusbarron, three for 9lb plus two caught and released; Allan Whitton, Stirling, three for 8lb 12oz; Donald McMurchy, Fallin, two for 6lb 12oz; Jim Craig, Balloch, two for 6lb 4oz; Alec Knox, Glasgow, two for 6lb.