Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
Changes in weather conditions again caused some fluctuations in the fishing returns. However, there were some notable catches when the right methods were employed. The Boathouse Pool hosted the Troutmasters qualifier on Saturday and the winner was Davie Simpson with four fish for 17lb. Davie fished on after the competition and released a number of fish including a magnificent rainbow estimated at 12lb. Second place in the competition went to George Carnegie who took four fish for 11lb. Some other excellent returns also came from the Boathouse with Mr Cook taking a rainbow of 10lb 8oz and Mr Fleming caught four fish for 11lb 8oz on a Nomad. Smith and Leslie returned 12 fish each on a variety of fly patterns. There has been fairly heavy pressure on the Burnside Pool again but some good returns have been made. John returned a fine rainbow of 12lb on a Squirmy, while Joe Westland returned 12 fish taken mainly on Buzzers. The fish of the week from the Bankside Pool was taken and released by Andrew Chalmers (weighed and witnessed by Garry Connell); a superb rainbow it weighed in at 13lb. Also on the catch-and-release system was Frank Sherrif who returned a dozen fish taken mainly on Rob Roy and Dancer patterns.
Woodside Pool (any legal method) responded particularly well to the spinner, with small Mepps being the dominant pattern. Mr Higgins had four fish for 8lb 8oz; Mr. Graham took four for 9lb 8oz and David caught four totalling 9lb 12oz. Powerbait also produced some decent results.
Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampain
A week of two halves from cold winter to spring warm sunshine. First part of the week saw fish lay low as cold water and temperatures (-5 degrees some mornings) made them uninterested in feeding. After this a warm front came in and fish gradually moved upwards and started to feed well, even taking dry flies. Yellow Dancers, Damsels, black and lime Fritzs, Buzzers and Blobs all worked. A floating or intermediate was all that was required, any deeper and you would go past the fish. The Junior Troutmasters winner was Kamen Sievwright who landed a beauty of 6lb 9oz. The senior Troutmasters was won by Willie McRobbie with a fish of 10lb 9oz. Other returns of the week saw Peter Collins take 24 fish in his session, 10 for Tim Albury, Neil Scowen had nine with his best at 5lb 10oz, Doug Low had a beauty weighing in at 10lb 6oz, Dillin Collinson had a blue of 8lb 10oz, Neill Smith had 17 fish and Rob Scorer had 11 fish on nymphs. Most anglers managed an average of three in their sessions.
Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian
This coming weekend sees the opening day of Millbuies and it will be good to see the lochs fishing again after the winter break. Fish will be well overwintered and sport should be brisk with the lochs in great condition. Bookings through the Glen and keys picked up there well. One session from 8.30am to 4pm at the moment until the daylight hours get longer.
Millhall Reservoir, Falkirk
There was consistently good fishing this week and with only a slight breeze, enough to cause a slight ripple bringing the fish up to the top few feet. Hotspots were the grassy margins from Firwood Point right round to the club hut where fish are coming into the shallow water. Old favourite lures like Yellow or Black Dancers, Olive Growlers, Ace of Spades, Black Cormorants and Black and Green Fritz on midge-tips or floating lines were taking most fish. During sunny spells dark coloured buzzers are taking fish in deeper water from the dam wall and from the boats. There were lots of anglers weighing in bags around the 10lb mark with some of the better bags this week going to Ian German with four for 14lb, Charlie Allan four for 13lb on a Bloodworm, Tam Brogan four for 16lb best 6lb and 5lb 8oz on a White Fritz.
The reservoir will be closed on Saturday March 19 for Alexanders FFC competition and is also very busy on Sunday with two other visiting clubs.
Tea and coffee is free to anglers again this season but voluntary donations will be taken for Strathcarron Hospice or Scottish Disabled Anglers.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
The week started with cold nights and bright days and ended with mild temperatures and more overcast conditions. The fishing was excellent with the fish being fairly active and in the top three feet of the water for most of the week. Most were taken between the dam wall and the big tree or from the front of the island, although the road side was also fishing well at the weekend. A large variety of flies were successful from lures, through nymphs and wets, to dries, with favourite patterns including Damsel, Dancer, Cat’s Whisker, Buzzer, Diawl Bach, Cormorant, Kate McLaren, March Brown, Spider and Suspender Buzzer. With the brown trout season about to start the first of a large batch of cracking brownies is being stocked and the fishery is running a little competition with the angler who weighs in the first brown of the season winning a free four-hour permit. After that the first brown weighed in each day until next Monday (March 21) will win a voucher for £10 off any ticket at the fishery. The fishery is now open from 8am to 6pm every day.
Good catches this week include Peter Bryce, from Alloa, with five fish for 18lb 4oz including a 6lb 8oz rainbow; Frank McGeachie, Dumbarton, two for 9lb including a 5lb 12oz rainbow; David Aitken, East Kilbride, three for 12lb including a 5lb 8oz rainbow; David Halcrow, Stenhousemuir, four for 13lb 8oz including a 5lb rainbow and two blues from the Meadow Pond; Frank Barr, Falkirk, in two visits, seven for 22lb 12oz; Darren Hill, Alva, five for 17lb 8oz plus four caught and released; Donald McMurchy, Fallin, five for 16lb including a 4lb 12oz rainbow; Danny Doherty, Denny, five for 16lb; Kevin Boyle, Clydebank, five for 15lb 10oz; Tam Baillie, Kincardine, four for 14lb 12oz; Robert Smith, Falkirk, four for 14lb 4oz plus three caught and released; Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, four for 12lb 12oz; Callum McMillan, Stirling, three for 10lb 8oz including a 4lb rainbow; Henry Fulton, Greenock, three for 10lb including a 4lb rainbow; Willie Nyguist, Stirling, three for 10lb including a 3lb 12oz rainbow; Tom Size, Edinburgh, three for 9lb 8oz; John Relf, Falkirk, and Andy Tervit, Paisley, each with three for 9lb 4oz; John McRae, Helensburgh, two for 8lb including a 4lb 8oz rainbow.