Scotland Troutmasters reports for week-ending April 15th, 2016

Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
Cold east winds have been rather too frequent this week but the fishery has still produced some decent results. However, the better catches have generally been taken by those anglers who have been prepared to move around rather than stay static. Buzzers, Squirmies, lures and dries have all taken fish on the Boathouse Pool. Mr Green had two rainbows for 6lb 4oz and returned a further 13. Messrs Leslie and Gribb also did well on catch and release tickets returning 18 and 12 respectively. On the Burnside Pool Scott Watson returned 12 fish and Bruce Thomson returned seven including a fine rainbow estimated at 10lb. Buzzers were again the best option although small lures, such as a mini Yellow Dancer, did prove useful. The Bankside Pool is again fishing well. On Sunday evening Ian Barlow released 20 fish all taken on Buzzers or dries. Frank Sherriff returned 13 taken mainly on a Black and Green Montana. George Birse released two rainbows, one of which was a superb fish estimated at 14lb. Meanwhile Nick Soave took two decent rainbows totalling 10lb 8oz.
The any legal method pool (The Woodside) fished well on Powerbait and spinners. Moving around was again the key to catching consistently. Mr Robertson took two fish for 9lb 8oz and Mr Smart had two rainbows weighing a total of 10lb.

Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
A very good week which culminated with the flyfishing Childrens’ Academy for 2016 getting underway. Although at times it was damp, some anglers still found success with dries as fish were rising well. Cormorants, Kate Mclarens and the usual Blobs and Fritz patterns also did well. Scott Burness caught a rainbow of 13lb 10oz; Neil Scowen a 11lb 12oz fish; Andrew More 8lb 7oz; Brian Wallace 8lb 5oz; Slater Scott had 17 fish, best at 5lb; Marc Day had a surprise when he caught and returned a tiger trout; Safike Ahmed had 11 fish, best at 8lb 5oz; Mr Bell had 10 fish; Andrew Drummond had 21 on Buzzers; Rob Harding had14; Neil Scowen 28; Richard Kerr had 10; Scott Burness had 15; John Ross had 20 on dries, and Paul Sharp had 13 on an Okey Dokey.
The 2016 Childrens’ Academy began this week and what a great day it was for everyone. Even though it was cold and wet to start with, the enthusiasim from the children was infectious and made it really enjoyable. The next event is on May 8.
Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian
A good week on the lochs with again plenty of fish being caught. Browns are doing well as are the blues which are giving a good account of themselves .Plenty of fish rising around both lochs and dries, Buzzers and nymphs are doing well. At this time of year Damsels and Olives also do well. The water is clear and fish will often be seen following flies so it’s always good to hang them for the last few seconds before making another cast. There are five boats available daily and fishing at the moment is from 8.30am to 4pm.

Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
With the water temperature rising a little the tigers and bigger rainbows are becoming more active and there were some really excellent bags landed. The fish have been moving about the pond with the tigers and browns generally in the area around the bridge and the rainbows and blues to be found upwind. The water remained clear all week and conditions were very good. Most of the fish were caught in the top three feet of the water with tigers and browns being taken nearer the surface. Browns were taking dries off the surface or small wets just under. A moderate retrieve was working well and fish were actively following flies. Anglers fishing Buzzers and Bloodworm were also having some success, but only if fished near the surface. Favourite patterns included Hopper, CdC, Yellow Owl, Black Beetle, Kate McLaren, Buzzer, Damsel, Dancer, Cat’s Whisker, and Ally McCoist. The Fishery is now open 8am to 8.30pm every day.
Donald McMurchy, from Fallin, had an excellent week with three visits, taking 15 fish for 51lb 8oz including a 5lb 6oz tiger, 5lb rainbow and a blue. Robert Ramage, Renton, caught five for 16lb 12oz including a 6lb 8oz rainbow and a brown plus six fish caught and released. Graeme Murdoch, Burntisland, caught a 6lb blue; Martin Stewart, Glasgow, two tigers for 10lb 8oz, bigger one at 5lb 8oz; Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, three for 13lb including a 5lb rainbow; Bob Garvie, Lennoxtown, 5lb rainbow; Alex Wilkie, Coatbridge, five for 18lb 12oz; Willie Martin, Stirling, five for 16lb 12oz including a brown from the Millpond; Frank Barr, Falkirk, five for 16lb, plus three caught and released; Brian MacIntosh, Banknock, four for 12lb 12oz; Brian MacIntosh jnr., Banknock, four for 12lb 10oz; Malcolm Miller, Clackmannan, three for 10lb 13oz including a 4lb rainbow; D. MacKinnon, three for 9lb 12oz; Gregor McGregor, Falkirk, three for 9lb 10oz; Tam Baillie, Kincardine, three for 9lb plus two caught and released; Willie Carr, Kilsyth, three for 9lb plus four caught and released; Nan Morrison, Stirling, three browns for 6lb 8oz; Stevie Johnston, Airdrie, two for 8lb 8oz; Ronnie Cadona, Glasgow, two for 7lb 12oz; Billy Keane, Ayr, caught and released 14; Gary Ross, Stirling, caught and released 11.