Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
The new year got off to a great start with the Club Open competition which was decided by grams rather than ounces. George Flett was the winner with two fish for 9lb 5oz 5gr. Andrew More was second with 9lb 5oz 3gr and Jimmy Rhind, who had the heaviest fish of the day at 7lb 15o,z was close with 9lb 2oz. All in all a great day with thanks to the local businesses who donated so many raffle prizes. The first week of the new year saw plenty of fish being caught and blues were a major feature and really fought well. Anglers averaged nearly 14 fish overall but some were into 30 fish for their sessions. Jimmy Rhind had 16, Chris Johnston 30, Paul sharp 25, Gary Gormley 14, Neill Smith 28, Derek Williamson 11, Lewis Noble 21, Michal McFaul 14, Mark Feurst 15, Ali Hunter 10, and Okane McLennan had 14. Andrew More had a fish of 8lb 14oz and there were plenty between 5 and 6lb. A 9lb brown trout was caught also and returned.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
For most of the week, fish were being caught at all depths from six inches to six feet, although the hard frost on Wednesday night and all day Thursday sent them down. The biggest problem on Thursday was not finding where the fish were, but stopping rod rings from freezing up! The rest of the week was relatively mild and with the water temperature at 6oC at the start of the week the fish were still very active. The goldies are still being seen in the water and anglers are enjoying a lot of sport targeting these highly visible fish. The dam, the island and the bridge area were the most productive, with a number of fish also being taken from the roadside at the weekend. The boats were also doing well at certain times. Small lures, nymphs and wet flies were all catching this week with small flies, particularly Cormorant and Diawl Bach, doing well on the coldest day of the week. In general the favourite patterns were Dancer, Damsel, Cat’s Whisker, Bloodworm, Buzzer, Hare’s Ear, Snatcher and Black Pennell. The fishery is still open every day from 8am to 4.30pm.
There were a lot of great bags this week and here are the best of them: Frank Barr, Falkirk, in three visits, 11 for 35lb 4oz including three blues and four golds, biggest one at 4lb 8oz, plus four caught and released; Lee Currie, Bannockburn, also visiting three times, had nine for 25lb 4oz, plus two caught and released; Danny Doherty, Denny, five golds for 17lb 8oz, plus two caught and released; James Reilly, Fallin, five for 16lb 4oz including a 5lb 4oz rainbow; Graham Fellows, Rutherglen, five for 15lb 8oz; Robert Anderson, Stoneyburn, five for 14lb, plus five caught and released; Sean McGill, Airdrie, five for 11lb 8oz from the Meadow Pond, plus one caught and released; Derek Russell, Stoneyburn, five for 11lb 4oz including four from the small ponds, plus six caught and released; Tomas Olvackey, Bathgate, four for 15lb; Pavel Svac, Bathgate, four for 14lb 4oz; Robert Smith, Airth, four for 13lb, plus two caught and released; Graeme Arthur, Stirling, four for 12lb, plus one caught and released, and on a separate visit he caught and released 10; Davy Quinn, Dunfermline, and Keith Muckersie, Peebles, each caught four for 12lb 8oz; David Lax, Dunfermline, three for 12lb 12oz including two golds, bigger one at 4lb 12oz; Cameron Smith, Alloa, three for 11lb 12oz including a 5lb rainbow, plus one caught and released; Liam Bryce, Polmont, three for 10lb 12oz; Eddie A’Hara, Glasgow, three for 9lb 12oz, plus seven caught and released; Gary Stewart, Glasgow, two golds for 9lb, bigger one at 4lb 12oz; Mark Reid, Livingston, in two visits, caught and released 23; Callum Fellows, Rutherglen, and Alistair Golding, Linlithgow, each caught and released 10.