Scotland Troutmasters reports for week-ending March 11th, 2016

Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
The variations in weather conditions have made fishing rather more challenging but some excellent catches have been recorded. The Boathouse Pool is clear but water clarity on the Burnside has decreased in the last couple of days due to a little bit of brown algae but it hasn’t stopped the fish getting caught. Stalking with small nymphs has been very productive on the Boathouse, although Buzzers and lures have also taken their share of fish. The washing-line has been the top method. Mr Kirk had a great day landing 21 fish on Diawl Bachs and a FAB. Mr Smith had 14 on a Damsel Nymph. The Burnside Pool has received a lot of angling pressure but has still produced some fine returns on Buzzers and variations of the Humungus. Mr Wilson had 16 fish on Blobs on a sunk line. Mr Black had a good bag of three fish for 12lb with the biggest weighing 8lb. Bankside Pool has, by contrast, received very little angling pressure and is starting to produce some decent catches. Mr Sherriff had 12 trout on Dancers, Mr Birse had 11 on a Rob Roy and Mr Barlow had nine on Buzzers.
Powerbait is still the best option on the Woodside Pool (any legal method) but small Mepps spinners have again proved their worth on several occasions, usually on days when bait has not produced.

Millhall Reservoir, Falkirk
The first full week of the season saw plenty of freshly stocked or overwintered fish being caught, giving excellent sport for both full ticket and catch and release anglers fishing from the boats or the bank. Despite the water still being cold and with gusting cold winds fish are still being caught at all depths, especially in the shallows on the south shore where anglers taking advantage of shelter from the wind were able to hang Buzzers from a bung. Other areas were best fished using intermediate or slow sinking lines with Yellow Dancers, Black and Green Dancers, Cat’s Whiskers and Bloodworms.
Sunday saw the reservoir given over to the Scottish Disabled Fly Fishers Association to raise funds for the annual Home Nations competition at the Lake of Menteith. Twenty-five anglers took part, with first place going to Mark McAvoy with nine fish to win a rod, second was Derek Russell with eight fish to win a rod, and third was Stuart Barclay. He was one of five anglers to catch seven fish but was awarded third place for catching his first fish before the others. This competition was fished as a catch and release event and a total of 110 fish were caught and returned safely. Organiser Willie Leach said the event had raised around £1500 including raffles and auctions.
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Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
Apart from one night’s rain, it was a dry, cold week with frosty mornings and plenty of bright sunshine. The water clarity is excellent and the temperature is around 3 - 4oC. The fish were in the top two to three feet for most of the week until the cold north wind at the weekend sent them slightly deeper but still in the top five feet. A mix of lures and Buzzers fished with a slow retrieve was the best tactic with a few fish also taking nymphs. Favourite patterns included Damsel, Cat’s Whisker, Dancer, Cormorant, White Fritz, Okey Dokey and Bloodworm. Hotspots this week included the dam area, island, around the big tree and the area behind the islands particularly the roadside. On Saturday, when those competing in the Troutmasters fish-off were struggling somewhat in the main area of the water, other anglers were finding plenty of fish at the roadside! However Geoff Gilbert from the Isle of Man managed to take four to win the competition and goes forward to represent Swanswater at Grafham for the third time.
Good catches this week went to Tam Baillie, from Kincardine, with four fish for 13lb 5oz including a 6lb 5oz rainbow and a blue; Frank Barr, Falkirk, four for 17lb 4oz including a 5lb 8oz rainbow; Geoff Gilbert, Isle of Man, over the course of five days, kept five for 16lb 4oz including a 5lb 4oz rainbow and caught and released 21; Mike Bryce, Edinburgh, three for 13lb including a 5lb 4oz rainbow; Andy Tervit, Paisley, three for 11lb 4oz including a 5lb rainbow; Harry Haggarty, Glasgow, four for 13lb 8oz; George Dobbie, Glasgow, four for 12lb 8oz; Allan Whitton, Stirling, four for 12lb 4oz; Kenny Whitehead, Helensburgh, three for 11lb 10oz including a 4lb 4oz rainbow; Nan Morrison, Stirling, three for 10lb 4oz including a 4lb 12oz Rainbow; Jim McInnes, Falkirk, three for 9lb 4oz plus seven caught and returned; Graeme Sutherland, Lennoxtown, three for 8lb 12oz; Brian Maskell, Oban, two for 8lb; John Mathieson, Doune, Marius B0tezatu, Stirling, Les Cooper, Dunblane, and John O’Hara, Shotts, each caught two fish for 7lb; Jim Allan, Kilsyth, landed a 4lb 12oz rainbow.