Scotland Troutmasters reports for week-ending March 25th 2016

Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
A really good week with plenty of good returns. It could have been more but fish were nipping and coming short so new tactics had to be employed so they would hook up. The bigger fish eluded everyone this week although some anglers had them on and lost them at the net. Neil Scowen lost a blue estimated at around 12lb. Best flies have changed with the weather from white to black and green and olive Damsels. Slater Scott caught 13 this week; Gordon Grant 29; NeilScowen 10; Alistair Davidson13; Nigel Burgess 12; Peter Bedikin had a 4lb 15oz fish; Rob Scorer had 14 on nymphs and Buzzers; Mark Bell had 10; Steve Turnbul had 12; Eddie Kanehad 11; Brian Wallace 10; Blair McDonald had 12 and Barry Ward had 15 on a White Fritz. Best lines were floating and intermediate with fish now moving well around the lochs.

Loch Fad, Isle of Bute
The Loch has had a very positive start again this season with a few quality pike in the winter angling from the boats and the bank. The best fish was caught by William Smith from Boathouse Bay. He had a cracking double as well as a few others on mackerel and herring deadbaits. The rainbow and brown trout season is now under way at Loch Fad and Loch Quien. The season at Fad started with a challenge match between the Rainbow Warriors against the local angling club. Warriors won with 122 rainbow trout for 264lb, the local boys were a bit shorthanded but managed 45 fish for 92lb. The most popular lines were intermediate with Dancers, Viva Fritz, Green Pea, Zonkers and Orange Blobs. Martin and Dennis Wheeler also had a great week. Fishing Boobies from the casting platforms they caught overwintered rainbows up to 4lb -plus. Local anglers Mike Spear, Martin Dieghan and Jim Gordon also had good rainbow days from the boat and the bank. The IBM lads caught 14 rainbows with the best one weighing in at 6lb 12oz on a Humungus from the boathouse reeds. Sammy and John Campbell also bagged up on bait and a bit of mepps spinning from first fence side.
Loch Quien has had a great start to this season recording fish to nearly all visitors. Martin Wheeler got a cracker at 5lb on a Black Spider from Scalpsie shore. John McInairnie and James Malcolm caught fish up to 2lb 8oz as well as Alister Spiers with one at 2lb-plus. Loch Quien is catch and release only and has the potential to give some lucky fisherman a double this season. There are five boats available for hire as well as bank flyfishing.
Ferries to Bute are on schedule to resume sailings from Wemyss Bay as well as a cheaper crossing for visitors to Bute. Please contact Caledonian MacBrayne on 01700 502707.
Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian
Opening day on Sunday went really well and conditions couldn't have been better with a slight breeze and sunshine. All anglers had great sport and the quality of fish did not disappoint. No blanks as expected with good returns from all boats. Blues were in great fighting condition as were the browns which were around the 2lb 8oz mark and all returned. Cormorants and naturals did well as did black and olive Damsels which at this time of year always do well on the lochs. As water warms the surface activity should increase and dries will do well. Gary Gormley won the fish-off for the Troutmasters competition and will compete in the final at Grafham in September.

Millhall Reservoir, Falkirk
Last week’s better fishing weather made it the busiest week so far this season with over 180 fish caught and even more on catch and release. Most sport was had in the shallow water during the morning hours or when there is cloud cover. Best tactics are slow sinking or intermediate lines with Yellow Dancers and Hothead variants responsible for 30% of the catches. The sunnier periods produced heavy buzzer hatches just out from the dam wall where floating lines and static Olive, Green or Black Buzzers with orange or red cheeks from the surface down to six feet. It was a bumper weekend for clubs with Alexanders FC taking 70 fish for 163lb with B. Studholme winning their competition with four for 13lb 4oz, best 4lb 4oz. E. Collins caught a blue-tagged fish to win £100 and W. Murray caught a white-tagged fish to win a free day’s fishing. Bonnybridge FC had 40 fish for 83lb 4oz with D. McTaggart top rod with four for 11lb 12oz including a red-tag worth a free day. His boat partner M. Everett had a blue-tagged fish worth £100. Marine FC took 19 for 44lb with Drew Mitchell the top rod with four for 11lb. Cambusbarron FC took 13 for 33lb, their winner being J. McIndoe with four for 11lb on a Blue Damsel. To encourage juniors (under 16) to flyfishing at Millhall they will be allowed to fish free when accompanied by an adult fishing or non-fishing.

Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
A mixed week of weather produced some mixed results at Swanswater. T-shirt weather returned for the first time in 2016 and anglers came out intent on making the most of the glorious weather. These brighter and warmer days tended to push the fish deeper and make fishing tougher. Cloud cover was the key and the more overcast days saw fish much more active and being taken in the top three feet again. Lures and Buzzers were the most effective, with old favourites like Yellow Dancer, Cat’s Whisker and Damsel proving the best. Small nymphs such as PTN and Diawl Bach were effective at times and even a selection of dries saw some sport on the Millpond and Meadow Pond.
The brown trout season started with a bang this year, with Greenock angler Henry Fulton winning a four-hour permit for landing the first of the season, a superb 5lb 2oz specimen.
Darren Hill, from Alva, caught five fish for 20lb 4oz including a 5lb 80z rainbow plus four caught and released; Joe Potts, Inchinnan, five for 16lb; Jim Potts, Inchinnan, five for 16lb; Donald McMurchy, Fallin, five for 15lb; John Alcock, Balloch, five for 14lb 8oz; Frank Turner, Alloa, four for 14lb 4oz plus two caught and released; Frank Barr, Falkirk, four for 13lb plus three caught and released; Graeme Arthur, Stirling, three for 14lb 10oz including a 6lb 1oz rainbow; Joe France, Helensburgh, three for 11lb 12oz including a 4lb 8oz rainbow; Allan Laing, Carluke, three for 10lb 6oz; Mike Palmer, Gairloch, three for 9lb 9oz; T. J. Fallon, Glasgow three for 8lb; Kevin Haughton, Stirling, two for 8lb; Alan Muir, Stirling, two for 8lb including a 5lb 3oz rainbow; Jim Allan, Kilsyth, two for 8lb; Michael McKay, Stenhousemuir, two for 7lb 8oz including a 4lb 8oz rainbow; Les Cooper, Dunblane, two for 7lb; Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, two for 7lb; Henry Fulton, Greenock, a 5lb 2oz brown; Peter O’Brien, Camelon, two for 6lb 4oz; Colin Nicol, Arbroath, two for 6lb 4oz.