Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
Despite quite changeable weather, the ponds have generally fished well. The lowest returns have usually coincided with cold easterly winds, which tend to be the worst for both angler comfort and fish activity. When water conditions have been ideal, the Boathouse Pool has fished extremely well to those adopting a roving approach. Small flies have been the key to success, with Buzzers and Diawl Bachs being the most productive. Small lures have also taken a reasonable number of fish. Mr Williamson took two fish for 6lb and released a further 10 including a well-conditioned rainbow estimated at 8lb. Chris Watson and Liam Kirk both returned 14 fish each. Burnside Pool was rather more moody but there were still some excellent catches. Mr Porteous landed a fine rainbow weighing 12lb 14oz. Joe Westland used a variety of small flies to catch/release 18 fish including one estimated at 7lb. Ian Barlow and Mr Higgins each caught/released one fish but they were estimated at 15lb and 13lb respectively.
Catches are starting to climb steadily on the Bankside Pool. Messrs Ross and Taylor took seven fish for 16lb 12oz and returned one. Ian Barlow showed that Buzzers can work in most situations if fished correctly, returning a dozen fish. Frank Sherrif also fished well, returning 11 fish taken on small lures. John Barr returned six in an evening session, the best estimated at 8lb and Joe Westland released eight fish with the biggest a beautiful rainbow estimated at 14lb.
Woodside Pool, the any legal method pond, had some highly productive spells along with some quieter ones. Amongst the best returns were Mr Lorimer with seven fish for 13lb 8oz; Mr Murray with five fish for 11lb; Mr. Kerr six fish for 10lb; Mr Goldie five fish for 9lb 8oz; Mr Martynas four fish for 9lb; Mr Hogg four for 8lb 8oz and Mr Higgins four fish for 7lb 8oz.
Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
A steady week with a small blip midweek as temperatures dropped Wednesday and Thursday to minus and the fish switched off until it warmed up. Saturday saw a perfect fishing day with fish rising in overcast conditions and the dry fly sport was really good. But it’s still early spring and no one day is the same. As quickly as the fish come on they go off again. Best flies have been Buzzers, black and green patterns and olive nymphs. Still good numbers of fish caught: Gordon Grant had 11, Slater Scott had 24, Mark Bell eight, Tom Anderson nine, Jimmy Rhind nine, Rob Harding 10, Ian Morrison nine, Dave Mackay returned an 8lb fish, Rob Scorer caught eight on Klinkhamers, George Flett had 16 and Barry Ward had 15 with his best at 9lb.
Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian
With all five boats operational anglers enjoyed some good fishing on the lochs. Plenty of browns caught along with rainbows and blues. Anglers have enjoyed the aerobatics of the blues and this was mentioned a lot in reports. Both lochs doing well to Buzzers, nymphs and dries when conditions are right. Fish are holding around the margins waiting for the odd morsel to drop into the water from trees.
Millhall Reservoir, Falkirk
Excellent sport for both full ticket and catch and release anglers fishing from the boats or the bank. With the water warming slowly again, fish are still getting caught at all depths especially in the shallows around Firwood point and from the dam wall. Intermediate or floating lines with Yellow Dancers, Black and Green Dancers, Cat’s Whiskers and Blobs and Squirmies fished slowly are taking most fish. Fast sinking lines and Boobies are fishing well on the south shore. Boat anglers are doing particularly well during warmer sunny spells and taking advantage of buzzer hatches with black and red being the prominent colours.
The Troutmasters fish-off for both juniors and seniors is this Sunday (April 10) with a 9am start, club rules apply. The evening sessions start on Saturday 16 from 16.30 till dusk and the reservoir will be closed to bank anglers on Sunday April 17 for the members-only Millhall Salver competition. There are still places available, the evening session will be open as normal, to enter phone the club on 01324 714190.
The Rod and Creel (Carronshore) sponsored Open Competition dates are now available at the clubhouse and on the club website http://www.millhall-reservoir.co.uk/Open-Competition.html The heats are all evening sessions, the qualifiers go forward to the free final on October 2.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
Fishing conditions remained excellent and plenty of fish were being caught on all three ponds. Water temperature remains around 7oC and for most of the week the clarity was excellent although the rain all day Friday did colour things up a bit for the weekend. Generally the fish were around one to four feet down, although they were just under the surface in the coloured water on Saturday. The first tiger of the year was landed on Sunday, a lovely 5lb 2oz specimen, and a good number of browns also figured in the catch returns. Browns and tigers are often to be found around the bridge area, although browns were also being taken from the roadside. The usual wide variety of flies were attracting fish with the most popular patterns being Dancer, Cat’s Whisker, Ally McCoist, Damsel, Diawl Bach, PTN, Montana, Snatcher, Buzzer, Bloodworm and Bibio. The fishery is open every day from 8am to 7.30pm.
Gregor McGregor, from Falkirk, caught three fish for 15lb 12oz including a 5lb 12oz rainbow, plus three caught and released; Tam Baillie, Kincardine, 5lb 8oz rainbow; Paul Casci, Falkirk, two for 8lb 14oz including a 5lb 4oz rainbow; Chris McAdie, Bearsden, a 5lb 4oz rainbow; Alex Botezatu, Stirling, 5lb 2oz tiger; Rab Bonnar, Alloa, three for 10lb 8oz including a 5lb rainbow; Willie Nyguist, Stirling, five for 18lb; Donald McMurchy, Fallin, five for 17lb 10oz plus three caught and released; Danny Doherty, Denny, five for 16lb; Kevin Haughton, Stirling, four for 14lb plus three caught and released; Hector Cochrane, Bannockburn, three for 11lb 12oz; Alex Knox, Glasgow, three for 11lb 12oz; John Relf, Falkirk, three for 11lb 6oz; Jim Prentice, Glasgow, three for 11lb 12oz; Allan Burke, Falkirk, three for 11lb 4oz plus two caught and released; Jim Allan, Kilsyth, three for 10lb 12oz; Pavel Svac, Bathgate, three for 9lb 8oz; Frank Turner, Alloa, three for 9lb 4oz; Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, D. McMahon and Robert Erskine, Kincardine, each with two for 7lb 4oz; Graeme Adam, Bannockburn, and Andy Tervit, Paisley, each caught two for 7lb; Jim Craig, Balloch, and David Lax, Dunfermline, both caught two browns for 4lb.