Loch Leven Fishing Report – week ending 7th August 2011

It is probably fair to say that small fish were the main topic of conversation amongst anglers at Loch Leven this past week.  Large numbers of 6 – 10 inch trout have been seen in various areas around the loch and sometimes right up on the surface.  In amongst the small fish, however, bigger fish can be encountered – indeed on Sunday evening two trout estimated to have weighed in excess of 4 lbs (both were returned!) were caught in among a shoal of these small fish.  The presence of these very large numbers of small trout hopefully bodes well for seasons to come. 

Open water drifts are producing some good sport, even during daytime sessions when conditions are right.  However, some fish are now to be found on the edge of the weed beds chasing the large numbers of fry to be found in these areas –  dry flies sometimes work well in that situation. 

Buzzers still seem to be working at times, but the first choice of most anglers now appears to be pulling traditional flies pretty close to the surface – a flashback to the old days? 

Water clarity remains at about the same as the last two weeks at 1.4 meters, whilst the water temperature remains steady at 18°C.  Interestingly, the level of the loch appears to have actually risen three inches courtesy of some very heavy rain last weekend! 

As we move into the back end of the season, day fishing should improve; the evenings at the moment are probably still just the better bet but the gap is closing. 

Some of this weeks returns:- 

Mr McAffrey – 1 trout @ 1 lb with a further 10 returned

Mr Cowan – 2 @ 3 lbs 2 ozs and 6 returned

Stan Headley – 3 @ 8 lbs 10 ozs with a further 8 returned

Mr McAllan– 2 @ 3 lbs and 4 returned

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2 Responses to Loch Leven Fishing Report – week ending 7th August 2011

  1. gboag says:

    Gilmerton Miners Fly Fishing Club had a good day out last Saturday. Our 8 anglers managed 8 fish for 11lb 3ozs, the largest was 2lb 12ozs. Lots of small fish caught and returned.
    Traditionals on sink tip or floating lines were the most successful tactic.
    Many thanks

  2. Ice Coolers says:

    Have read your blog about Loch Leven, i must admit that its good reading your posts. Fishing really requires great timing of the environment most likely when you seem to have a competition out there. Haven’t gone fishing for a while, must keep up this season and must try night fishing! Thanks for sharing!

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