Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
A funny old week with a mix of conditions which didn't suit fish. With thunder around and low pressure it certainly pushed the bigger fish deep where they sulked on the bottom, but the other fish kept a little higher and were even taking off the top on some days with dries and Buzzers on the dropper doing well. A whole mix of different flies were tried with none proving consistent, so it was a case of trial and error. As conditions settled and cooled bigger fish began to move higher up and it took until Sunday before they came to the net with some anglers reporting being snapped on the take. Some of the week’s returns were Chris Johnston who had a cracking full-tailed fish of 8lb 1oz among his eight, Wille McRobbie had a nice fish of 5lb 10oz from his nine fish, Gary Gormley recorded 18 with a cracking blue of 4lb 2oz, Jimmy Rhind had 23, Barry Ward had 10, Tommy Anderson caught 11, Rob Harding had 22 on dries, S. Scott had 27, Damian Masson had 11 fish, and Neil Smith had 18.
Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian
Decent returns once again with good mixed catches of browns to 4lb, rainbows and blues. Darren Whartton did well with 23 fish and most others had from eight upwards. Good times on the dries now, plenty of fish rising around both lochs and no weed problems. Sport has been really good and with the lochs sheltered well from wind they offer a good relaxing day on the water.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
A week of very changeable weather saw anglers having to compete with some demanding fishing conditions. The start of the week was warm and sunny with a slight breeze, despite the bright sun the fish remained very active with most being caught at a depth of around three feet. With the arrival of thunderstorms and muggy weather the fish became less interested in feeding and were found four to five feet down, mostly being tempted on lures such as Cormorant and Dancer. Towards the end of the week the cooler breeze and drizzly rain freshened things up and the fish became active again, by Sunday they were feeding right on the surface with dries doing exceptionally well. Traditional wets, especially Bibio have had good success throughout the week. A large number of browns were giving anglers some great sport with the majority being caught around the bridge area.
Joe Potts, from Inchinnan, caught five fish for 13lb 4oz; Ian Henderson, Glasgow, four for 13lb 12oz including a 3lb 12oz brown; Nan Morrison, Stirling, four for 12lb; Danny Doherty, Denny, four for 12lb including a 3lb 12oz brown; Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, four for 11lb 12oz; Martin Stewart, Glasgow, three for 10lb 2oz; Robert Park, Glasgow, three for 9lb; Gary Waugh, Airdrie, two for 7lb including a 3lb 12oz brown; Ian Turnbull, Langholm, two for 6lb; Jude Whitfield, caught and released six; Robert Rickets, Stirling, caught and released five including three browns.