Loch Leven Fishing Report – week ending 7th September 2014

As usual, weather conditions have been a key factor in the sport available to anglers on Loch Leven over the last week. On several days, there were light winds or indeed flat calm conditions which, coupled with cloudless skies, meant that fish were hard to tempt. When the wind picked up, the open water drifts did produce some sport.  Also, along the shoreline weed beds, fish were found feeding on a wide variety of food stuffs, ranging from small fry down to Daphnia and Cyclops (Zooplankton).

Biggest fish of the week that we are aware of weighed 4 lbs 1 oz and was caught by Michael Wilson on Sunday.  Jeff Lawson had a lovely 3 lbs 6 ozs brownie mid week.

At the moment, fish are being found mainly in the top 3-4 feet of the water column. Fishing with different line densities at varying speeds should contact fish – if they are in the mood!

As just mentioned, the open water drifts are pretty much all working at the moment.  The area from Mid Buoy to East Buoy is holding good numbers of fish, as is the south shore all the way from Cavelstone Strip to Carden Point.  When they ‘switch on’, these areas of the loch can show prolific numbers of fish.  The area around Reed Bower is also well worth a try particularly in a fresh south west wind.

The flies to try again have not changed a great deal over the last few weeks.  Muddlers, Hoppers and all the Snatchers seem to be working – fiery brown, black and claret are the most talked about colours.  The optimal size of fly is largely dependent on light intensity and wind strength.

Water temperature near the surface is just on 15oC and clarity is currently around 1.5 metres.

With the end of the season getting closer, fish are just starting to congregate in the burn mouths.  They are usually more aggressive and sometimes a very big fish is available!

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Loch Leven Fishing Report – week ending 24th August 2014

The fishing on Loch Leven has been very interesting at times.  On some days – Sunday in particular – large numbers of fish have been seen on the surface feeding on small flies.  Most of these trout were fairly small but some big fish were feeding amongst them and were catchable when conditions ‘clicked’.

Ronnie Dyer had the week’s biggest fish, weighing in at 5 lbs 11 ozs and caught just off the mouth of the South Queich on an old fashioned Blue & Silver Teal size 12. Ronnie was fishing with his club Crown Fly Fishers who have had some very nice fish from Loch Leven in the past.

Ronnie Dyer with his beautiful brownie weighing 5 lbs 11 ozs caught off the South Queich

Ronnie Dyer with his beautiful brownie weighing 5 lbs 11 ozs caught off the South Queich

Flies with Muddler heads have been doing well, as have Dabblers & Hoppers.  In fact, on Sunday, a fly incorporating a Muddler head with Hopper legs helped Michael Wilson to a bag of 4 very nice brownies, the largest estimated at over 3 lbs.  Michael also had 8-10 small (under sized) trout which were a real joy to see.

The areas of the loch currently working are the open water drifts, both North & South. But, as suggested in last week’s report, the weed beds along the shore lines are producing some nice fish which are now homing in on the fry using the weed beds for shelter.

Water temperature is now very comfortable for the fish at 14.50C courtesy of some very cold nights recently.  The water clarity is slowly improving and now stands at just over 1.6 metres with background algae levels dropping.

As we enter the latter part of the season, fish often seem more inclined to chase flies presented near to the surface, providing some good, old-fashioned, ‘top-of-the-water’ sport.

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Loch Leven Fishing Report – week ending 17th August

Conditions on Loch Leven have often been pretty rough over the last week.  On Saturday, a very strong wind main casting / fly presentation pretty difficult to say the least!  Despite that, the hardy anglers who did brave the very testing conditions did manage a fish or two for their endeavours.  The best fish, weighing 3 lbs 9 ozs, was caught by Scott Doig at the Green Isle using a little home tied traditional fly.  Scott had another smaller fish weighing just over a pound and a further one returned.

Earlier in the week, RAF Northern League were out, again in very windy conditions, and they managed to record a very creditable 15 fish with the best at 2 lbs 6 ozs.

Small fish are still being seen in the top few feet of the water column and, on some days, in very large numbers all over the open water areas.

Water clarity has improved very slightly over the week to 1.6 metres and the temperature has started to drop to more comfortable levels around 16.5oC.  As is normal at this time of year, the open water weed beds are starting to reduce significantly in size. However, the shore line weed beds are still very robust and should harbour fry from now until the end of the season, hopefully prompting some of the bigger fish to start patrolling these areas, giving anglers the chance of a trophy trout.

Traditional flies still seem to be working best.  In the windier conditions, Dabblers, Muddlers and Snatchers have been working well.  If you are targeting the early fry feeders, they will tend to take the many fry imitation patterns such as the Dunkeld variants, Peter Ross, Alexandra etc.

The open water drifts, both North & South, are still proving probably to be the best bets for anglers but, as the season progresses, the shore line drifts particularly close to the mouths of the North & South Queich and along the south side of St Serfs will all be worth watching.

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Loch Leven Fishing Report – week ending 10th August 2014

Small fish have made an appearance big time at Loch Leven this week with some anglers reporting having caught loads of little brownies in the 5” – 10” size group, most of them frolicking around in the top 2 feet of the water column.  These small fish were being found all over the loch but particularly in the open water drifts.

That said, some bigger fish were also being caught, one lovely  3 lbs 1 oz specimen by Graham Birse who posted the following on our Facebook page together with a couple of nice photos (below):

Graham Birse shows off the 3lbs 1 oz brownie caught at last light

Graham Birse shows off the 3lbs 1 oz brownie caught at last light

‘After a bright and sunny Saturday on the loch, fishing was hard; so I was very pleased on the last drift of the day to hook up with this beautiful 3lb 1oz hen fish, at about 10pm, just off the Reed Bower, having changed my point fly to an Alexandria to try and mimic small fry.’

Close up of Graham Birse's trout showing its fabulous condition

Close up of Graham Birse’s trout showing its fabulous condition

Out the previous day (Friday afternoon & evening session), Rab Walls had 5 fish which he kept as well as another 9 or 10 which measured over 10” as well as numerous other smaller fish.  That same evening, Bill Barnes had 5 fish which ‘measured’  and another 8 or 9 below the 10” mark, and Ally Wells had 4 good fish that same day.  On Sunday afternoon, Kinross AC had 19 fish, nearly all of which were returned as well as numerous smaller fish.

Water clarity stands at 1.4 metres currently.  Background algae have become more prominent just lately following the bright, warm weather but the larger blue-green algae appear to have reduced in numbers.  The water temperature is still relatively high at 17.8oC but is now starting to fall slowly.

All of the open water drifts such as the North & South Deeps, are producing fish, as is the area between East Buoy and Castle Island.  Two anglers did see a particularly big fish on Sunday close to Reed Bower which they estimated at 10 lbs or more – it leapt out of the water and crashed down ‘like a slamon’.  It does pay to watch the drifts closer to the shorelines as some of the large fish are starting to chase some of the bigger fry.

The best flies at the moment are the traditionals such as Kate McLaren, Black Pennell, all of the Snatchers (emergers) and all of the many Dabblers and Muddlers tied to traditional patterns.  Fish have been located near to the surface and full ‘floaters’ down to intermediate 2 are probably the best line choice.  However higher densities will also work especially when pulled fast in the top 2-4 feet of water.

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Loch Leven Fishing Report – week ending 3rd August 2014

The fishing on Loch Leven has definitely improved over the last week.  Algae levels have dropped by around 25% and water clarity is improving again, now up to 1.6 metres or so over most of the loch. Water temperature has also dipped back down to 18oC which makes it a little more comfortable for the fish.

Lots of small fish are now chasing flies very close to the surface and they are a joy to see as they are key  to the loch’s performance as a fishery over the coming years.  Bigger are being caught, sometimes amongst the shoals of small trout as Andy Kemp, fishing with Perth RASC, found on Sunday when he hooked a lovely trout weighing 3 lbs 6 ozs.

However the biggest fish of the week was a lovely brownie weighing 4 lbs 4 ozs caught by Jeff Lawson – one of 8 trout caught by Jeff, 5 of which were returned at or near to the Reed Bower on Thursday.

There was one other large fish hooked and lost by an unlucky angler fishing in pretty rough conditions on Saturday with the ABC&D Club.  The poor chap lost his net over the side of the boat early on in the day – I am still not quite sure how!  During the course of the day, he hooked several fish, one of which was estimated at over 5 lbs, but he didn’t manage to get any of them into the boat!

Hopefully, as the season matures, fish will continue to be active near to the surface, particularly in the open water drifts and near to the drop offs along the bank from the North Buoy to the East Buoy.  Fishing onto a shoreline can also be successful  especially for big fish who can be found collecting food on the ‘bouncy’ windward shore

Best flies of the week have been Claret & Fiery Brown Snatchers, Claret & Pearly Dabblers and various Muddlers fished behind low density lines – even full floaters have been working in calmer conditions.

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Loch Leven Fishing Report – week ending 27th July

The very warm, sunny weather over the last week has seen temperatures on a number of days peaking at around 29oC.  That in turn has seen the water temperatures in the Loch rise sharply, with the top 2 foot layer reaching 21oC which is pretty uncomfortable for the fish, tending to push them into deeper water.

On Tuesday, before the onset of the really warm spell of weather, Jeff Lawson & Eck Dewar had 13 fish, all on buzzers.  They kept in 4 of those fish for the pot, all in the 1 – 1½ lbs range and their condition was a joy to see.  An examination of the stomach contents revealed a mixture of pin fry, snail, corixa and midge larvae. It goes without saying that day time angling became an awful lot trickier after that as the sun shone brightly.

Evening fishing however has been producing some good fish around last light when conditions have cooled down.  Small fish are again very active on the surface which, whilst very encouraging to see, can be very frustrating for anglers looking to hook something more substantial!

As is so often the case at this time of year, algal blooms have become established pretty much all over the open water which has resulted in water clarity dropping to 1.4 metres but there are some indications that these algal blooms may have already peaked.  Weed growth too has peaked and some of the big shoreline weed beds are now attracting some nice fish which are probably feeding on the huge amount of fry now present in the loch.

Long drifts in the open water are working best at the moment, especially in the evening sessions.  The south shore of St Serfs to Carden Bay is reported to be holding good numbers of fish.  We are still not seeing many big hatches of Yellow Owl although some very sizable  hatches of Silverhorn Sedge have been taking place but these do not seem to have been sufficiently attractive to cause the trout to rise in large numbers.

Small traditional flies (ie 12s & 14s) have been catching fish – all the Snatchers, Dabblers and, when the wind is up, Muddlers.

PS – sorry it is so late!

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Loch Leven Fishing Report – week ending 20th July 2014

Historically, July has often proved a real challenge for anglers on Loch Leven and July this year has continued in a similar vein. At times, it has certainly been difficult but then along comes some bumper sessions which get our attention.  That was very much the case here last week.

Fish are to be found in the evening sessions very close to the surface and, for the first time this season, they have been chasing traditional flies!  But Buzzers are also still working as Jeff Lawson and Eck Dewar proved last Tuesday when they had 25 fish between them, nearly all returned, during a combined day & evening session.  Just to prove it was no isolated ‘spike’, the two of them also had 10 fish during the day session on Thursday.

Jeff Lawson and Eck Dewar with 2 of the 23 fish they caught

Jeff Lawson and Eck Dewar with 2 of the 23 fish they caught

It has been encouraging to report that there have been some pretty good catches recorded by evening boats during the week.  Out on Friday evening, Kinross AC had 23 fish in their 5 boats.  They posted this report on our Facebook page that evening:

“Cracking night on Leven. Kinross Ac had 23 fish for 12 anglers. Even Donald [McLaren] caught 3! This one pictured [below] is 500 mm and weighed 3 lbs 7 ozs and took a Kate. The winner was Ally Middlemas with 5 for 1760mm. Most fish were caught in the mid deeps and south deeps area on top of the water tactics however 2 boats ventured to Dunlop bay including Stan Headley and found a large number of taking fish. One Lochgelly boat had 11 fish once they eventually ventured out from the quiet water. Well done Archie and Stevie.”

Michael Wilson with his 3 lbs 7 ozs brownie taken during the Kinross AC outing

Michael Wilson with his 3 lbs 7 ozs brownie taken during the Kinross AC outing

Rab Walls was out on Saturday afternoon and evening and had 6 fish but reported returning a whole load more, many of which were undersized.  Out on Sunday evening, Alistair Middlemass and David Bowie had 10 fish above the qualifying size limit and several more below it.

Congratulations too to Nadine Jarvis who sent us in a photo of her first fish caught on Loch Leven which she got on Saturday evening. It was a beautiful brownie weighing 2 lbs 4 ozs – not a bad way at all to kick off your account here (and she only started fishing a year ago!).

Nadine Jarvis's maiden Loch Leven brownie - a 2 lbs 4 ozs beauty

Nadine Jarvis’s maiden Loch Leven brownie – a 2 lbs 4 ozs beauty

Best areas still seem to be the open water drifts between Reed Bower, Mid Buoy and Point of St Serfs. The other productive areas holding good numbers of fish have been along the south shore of St Serfs and off the east end of Cavelstone Strip.

As mentioned earlier, traditional flies such a Kate McLaren, Pearly Invicta, Yellow Owl, Hopper and Black Pennel have all been working, as have all the many Snatcher variants.

The recent fine weather has seen the water clarity dip somewhat to just over 2 metres pretty much all over the loch whilst water temperature is now very high at 19.50C. If this weather continues as it looks as though it might for a while, I would expect to see some more good evening fishing, particularly if conditions are favourable (dull with a bit of a breeze) whilst day fishing should continue to produce fish.

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