Evening fishing in particular has been doing well this past week on Loch Leven with some good rises occurring in the last hour or two before dark on most evenings. However, trout can be quite hard to tempt especially when the wind drops to a near flat calm. Over the weekend, the very bright conditions have meant challenging conditions for anglers but this is perhaps not so surprising considering they are trying to catch a well fed quarry.
Some results from last week:-
Jeff Lawson had 10 fish weighing in at 22 lbs 10 ozs and loads more returned!
Mr McFarlane had 6 fish for 9 lbs 2 ozs and returned a further 5.
Mr Irving caught 3 fish for 6 lbs 10 ozs
Mr Wright weighed in 7 fish for 13 lbs 8 ozs and returned a further 14
Jim Thomson had 4 fish 4 lbs 9 ozs and returned one
Paul Chambers kept 2 fish at 4 lbs with 3 returned
Rothes Oak AC recorded 16 fish for 21 lbs and returned 7
Lochgelly S.R.C had 13 fish at 16 lbs 1 oz and returned 12
Fife Constabulary weighed in 4 fish at 5 lbs 6 ozs with a further 16 returned
Edinburgh Walton AC had 9 fish for 12 lbs 8 ozs and returned 3
The biggest hatches of buzzer so far this season have been seen this past week. During the evenings, the yellow owl (curly bum) and pin fry are just beginning to make an appearance mostly along the very substantial weed beds which have sprung up all over the loch.
Top of the water methods, such as emerger, suspender or even dry fly, have all been working when the fish are up high in the water column. Buzzer methods are also still working well but, even with buzzers, the fish are being caught higher in the water column than has been the case so far.
Best areas at the moment are to be found next or near to the drop offs, along the bank at all the buoys. North, Elbow, Mid and East Buoys all producing fish, as are the Point of St Serfs to Reed Bower, Hole ‘O’ the Inch and Scart to Green Isle drifts which seem to be the pick of the main productive areas. However, most of the favourite drifts are holding fish at the moment and should be tried when conditions suit.
The most successful flies at the moment are still snatchers, all the usual buzzers including suspender buzzers – Kate McLaren, various muddlers, Biblio, Pearly Wickham and Pearly Invicta seem to be the best of the bunch but, with the trout feeding on the huge variety of food available in the loch, it still pays to experiment on occasions.
Water clarity remains good for this time of the year at 1.7 meters and the water temperature is steady at 18°C. Weed growth is now firmly established in mainly the shoreline areas and should provide excellent feeding areas for what is left of the season.