Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
A new season begins and despite the recent bad weather it has now got off to a fine start. Some really good fish are being caught and they are in prime condition with full tails and fins. Willie McRobbie had a fish of 8lb 9oz, Barry Wilkie one of 8lb 11oz, John Main a nine-pounder, Mark Bell returned a brownie around 5lb and Gary Gormley a nice brownie around 3lb. The Glen Club will have its AGM at the fishery on March 18 at 3pm. Any new members interested in joining can attend and anyone wishing to put down any business points can contact the committee. The new club season begins with the first competition on March 25 for all members.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
The start of the week saw a very quiet time at Swanswater with few anglers venturing out in the snowy conditions which led to thick slush settling on the surface of the pond. During the rest of the week there was slightly restricted fishing due to ice forming as the water temperatures dropped to 1 degree, the lowest for some time. Fish were all deep in the water with most being caught around 5 to 6 feet down and deeper at times. On Thursday Donald McRae from Isle of Skye found a thin sliver of clear water in the ice behind the island and was rewarded with 4 fish in just over 30 minutes, taken on an Ace of Spades. The water temperature started to rise as the weather improved, though the bright sun on Friday meant fishing was quite tricky. Saturday was a cold and rainy day but due to the rise in water temperature the fishing was really good, with the fish well spread out around Swanswater and not quite so deep, with the golds being seen close to the surface. Heather Johnson won the Troutmasters fish-off on Saturday and will represent Swanswater in the final.
The majority of fish are still being taken on the usual lures, including Dancer, Cats and Damsel with a few being taken on wet flies and Diawl Bach. Thursday will see the start of the start of the brown trout season, and as usual a large number of browns will be stocked for the big day. This year it will also coincide with a stocking of our latest batch of tiger trout.
Donald McRae, Isle of Skye, caught 5 fish for 15lb 8oz including a blue plus 2 released in 2 visits; Joe France, Helensburgh, 4 for 13lb 4oz plus 7 released; Danny Doherty, Denny, 4 for 11lb 12oz including 2 golds; Heather Johnson, Neilston, 4 for 11lb 4oz including a blue; Steve Salmon, Helensburgh, 4 for 11lb plus 2 released; Harry Dickinson, 4 for 10lb 4oz plus a brown released; Roy Goram, Helensburgh, 4 from Meadow Pond for 9lb 4oz plus 8 released; Harry Harrison, Helensburgh, 3 for 9lb; Eddie McKillop, Glasgow, 3 for 8lb 8oz plus 4 released; Stuart Price, Cumbernauld, 3 for 8lb 12oz; Jim Spiers, Falkirk, 2 for 7lb including a gold; Blair Brown, Helensburgh, caught and released 3 browns averaging 4lb.