Scotland Troutmasters reports for week-ending May 20th, 2016

Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
A mainly dry but windy week and while fishing conditions were quite difficult at times there were still some excellent catches recorded. Water clarity in the Boathouse Pool was superb allowing fish to be stalked and targeted with dries, nymphs and Buzzers. On Sunday Logan Cumming returned an excellent rainbow of 11lb-plus amongst his catch of eight fish and Chris Watson returned another beautiful rainbow of 15lb-plus in his 10 fish catch. Other notable catches were by Bruce Thomson and Joe Westland who returned 23 and 20 respectively, mainly taken on Buzzers and dries. The best brown trout of the week went to John Crowther who returned a magnificently conditioned fish of 2lb-plus. The Burnside Pool hit both highs and lows with catches often changing on consecutive days. On one of the better days Tam Costello returned nine (all on Buzzers), Ken Jones 13, George Birse 10 and  Lar Findlay returned 10, the latter mainly taken on the Zonker. Some decent catches were taken on dries, especially in the evenings with Yellow Owl and Shipman’s being prominent.
The north-east wind made it very difficult to fish the Bankside but for those who took the challenge there were some fine returns. Mr Carter had two fish for 7lb and returned a further six. Several of the season-ticket holders returned in excess of seven fish, again taken mainly on dries or Buzzers. The Woodside Pool (any legal method) generally fished well with Powerbait and Mepps spinners producing the majority of the fish. Mr Jay had four fish for a total of 7lb and Mr Dennis took five for a combined weight of 9lb 8oz.

Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
It’s been a good week for the dry fly with warmer weather for most of the week. It does make it quieter around lunchtime as the heat reaches its peak and the high sun puts fish down. Fishing the shaded water is the key when this happens. A Daddy is always a good bet when they do this, pulling it fast and watching for the trailing wake of a chasing fish. Flies with yellow in them made a good showing this week, yellow-foam Daddies, Kate Mclarens, Muddlers, Yellow Owls, Yellow Dancers and Dawson’s Olives all worked well. Floating lines were mainly used and with a good ripple Muddlers were a good choice. Slater Scott caught 22 fish this week; Ian Munro had 10 with his best at 4lb 10oz on Diawl Bachs; John McLean had 14 with fish of 4lb 2oz and 4lb 6oz; Duncan Wright had a good fish of 5lb 6oz; Peter Collins had good fish this week with fish of 4lb 11oz, 4lb 3oz and also 4lb 10oz. Blair MacDonald had fish of 9lb and 6lb, Michael McFaull had a cracker at 9lb and Mark Fuerst had a fish of 6lb. A lot of blues being caught. After the cold change at the weekend and temperatures set to rise again the fishing should be very good and top of the water activity will increase the sport for dries.

Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian
Excellent fishing this week and the returns showed plenty of good fish being caught, many around the 4lb mark. It is good to see fish growing on well with the rich insect life from the lochs. The browns are doing well and being caught and the surface activity has been really good with plenty of fish rising for fly. Now is the time the lochs come into their own and fishing is really good, especially in the evening. Five boats are available daily for both sessions. The fish are fighting fit and don't come in easy so careful returning is needed to make sure they recover and go away unharmed.

Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
The welcome bright sunshine, combined with a nasty cold east wind, made for tough fishing conditions. Out of the wind it was hot during the day, but as soon as the sun started to dip the temperature plummeted. The water temperature actually dropped during the week from 14oC on Monday to 12oC by the weekend. The fish were all round the pond but tended to be sheltering down wind and in shady spots under trees and reeds. Most of the week they were to be found between two and four feet down but at times went deeper. There was a bit of surface activity all round from time to time with the small ponds seeing more of this, as would be expected, and those trying dry flies had a certain amount of success. Buzzers fished either static or with a slow retrieve was the best tactic for most of the week, although those fishing small lures and nymphs with a reasonably fast retrieve were also lucky – if they got the retrieve just right. Unusually for Swanswater, a large number of anglers opted for catch and release this week, thus the shorter than usual list of catch returns.
Agris Kalns, from Stirling, caught four fish for 15lb including a 7lb 4oz rainbow; Alex Knox, Glasgow, landed a 6lb 10oz tiger; Frank Turner, Alloa, a 6lb 2oz tiger; David Milne, Falkirk, two fish for 7lb 6oz including a 5lb 5oz rainbow; Peter Bryce, Alloa, five for 14lb 4oz including a 5lb rainbow; Frank Barr, Falkirk, in three visits, caught 13 fish for 30lb including two blues; Danny Doherty, Denny, five for 10lb 8oz plus four caught and released; and Jim McInnes, Falkirk, tempted three fish for 8lb 8oz.