Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
The 2017 Childrens’ Fishing Academy kicked off this week and all the children received their new rods, reels, lines and accessories which they get to keep on completion of the Academy. A lot of fun was had as they were taught how to set up rods and cast and then went fishing and everyone enjoyed catching their very first fish on the fly. Some of last year’s students came along and helped out. On the fishing front, there were plenty of fish caught, mainly on small buzzers, Suspender Buzzers, nymphs, and some on lures. Fish were again quite high in the water on better days but as the cold winds developed later in the week fish went deeper and intermediates were needed to reach them. Some examples of catch returns were Gordon Grant with 27, Slater Scott 28, Stuart Clarke 17, Mariuos Antnvici had his best fish yet weighing 11lb 7oz, Tommy Anderson on two outings had 10 and 12 fish, Billy Davidson had a 6lb 4oz fish, George Flett had 22, John Taylor had 14, John Callinson 24 and 17 on two trips, Steve MacDonald had 14, Craig McIntosh 15 and 19, Mark Bell had 11, Alan Simpson had a 7lb 14oz fish, Willie McRobbie had 10 and Barry Ward had a 10lb fish weighed and returned safely.
The Glenbuies club is off to the north east for their annual trip away this week and will enjoy friendly competition with some England internationals who are friends of the fishery and should have a good time on some new waters.
Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian
Lochs have been fishing really well with excellent top of the water sport. Suspender Buzzers, Buzzers and nymphs doing really well in both lochs. A good mix of browns, blues and rainbows has given anglers great sport and as the season progresses this can only improve with better weather. All fish are in superb condition with full tails and have done well over winter. May will see the start of evening sessions from 4.30pm to 10pm on the jetty as the park closes at 10.30pm. The day session is from 8.30am to 4pm on the jetty. It’s important that these times are adhered to for exchange of keys by staff for other anglers to get out on the boats.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
The main feature of the weather this week was the persistent cold wind and bright sunny days, but despite this it was another good week’s fishing at Swanswater with a large number of fantastic brown trout caught. During the brighter spells, when mostly rainbows were feeding, anglers had to go down to about four feet to find the fish, using sink-tip or intermediate lines with lures including Ace of Spades and Hot Head Damsels. The browns however preferred the overcast periods and seemed to thrive in the blustery conditions, when they were chasing traditional flies, including Kate McLaren, Bibio and Diawl Bach just under the surface. The water temperature is remaining fairly constant at 10 degrees which means the fish are wide spread around Swanswater including around the wooded island and the top end.
Danny Doherty, from Denny, caught five fish for 13lb 8oz including two browns, plus two fish caught and released; Barry Little, Peebles, five for 12lb 8oz; Stephen Bissel, Dalkeith, four for 11lb 8oz plus 10 caught and released; Paul Shirke, Dalkeith, four for 11lb 8oz plus four caught and released; Robert Smith, Falkirk, four for 11lb; Alan Kyle, Locher, four for 10lb 14oz; Harry Haggarty, Glasgow, three browns for 9lb 8oz; Jim McInnes, Falkirk, three for 9lb plus three caught and released; Ricky Goodwin, Falkirk, three for 8lb 8oz; Mike Morhulec, Crossgates, three for 8lb 4oz; Michael McDonald, Bridge of Weir, and Steven Watson, Kelty, each with three fish for 8lb; Jim Craig, Balloch, and Hugh Meighan, Bridge of Weir, each caught two browns for 7lb; George Dobbie, two for 6lb 8oz including a 4lb brown; Rab Bonar, Alloa, 4lb brown; Connor Meiklejohn, Crossgates, four for 8lb from the Meadow Pond plus 16 caught and released in two visits; Liam Mullin, Pitlochry, four for 8lb from the Meadow Pond, including a double hook up, plus three caught and released.