Some big fish have showed up this last week in the catches at Loch Leven, topped by a beautiful fish weighing 5 lbs 12 ozs, part of a 2 fish bag (kept) weighing 8 lbs. Stan Headley was responsible with his pal for that excellent catch.
On Friday evening 4 fish between 4 lbs & 5 lbs were recorded – two of them returned. Small fish are still very much in evidence mainly in the deeper water.
Best areas at the moment appear to be the shallow side of the drop-offs at all the marker buoys, from Scart to Green Isle (especially for buzzer methods),Castle Island to Mid Elbow Buoy and Hole ‘o’ the Inch.
Traditional flies pulled behind a low density or even a full floating line is working well, whilst buzzers are still catching fish when conditions suit.
Fish are now sneaking around the extensive weed beds and attacking the huge numbers of fry to be found in these areas. However, catching these trout is quite another matter! The most successful method to date has been the dry fly in various patterns.
Water clarity remains at 1.5 meters and the water temperature is 17°C. The loch level rose some 9 inches last week which is very unusual for August.
Evening fishing is now much shorter but, if you can get here early, your boat will be available provided it is not in use from the day session.
As a post note, Mr Murray Bolar on holiday from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand had a day out on the loch and caught a beautiful fish weighing 4 lbs 5 ozs. We hope this was some reward for Murray after looking after the Scottish Angling Teams when they fished the Commonwealth Championships in 2008!