The cold weather system seems to have been almost stationary over Loch Leven this past week. True, there have been moments when conditions have appeared just right and then, in an instant, we have been battered by heavy rain and hail storms with temperatures plunging several degrees – not hugely helpful at this time of year when the fishing is just getting going.
In spite of the changeable weather, fish are still being caught although perhaps not in great numbers. However, there have been some nice trout recorded this past week, the biggest of which was one of two caught by John Hatton of Kelty Artisans. It weighed in at 5 lbs 5 ozs whereas his other too was not to be sniffed at, tipping the scales at 3 lbs 3 ozs. John caught his fish on buzzers.
On Saturday, Brian McKenzie and Tom Burnett had 11 fish between them (all returned) from various drifts mainly at the east end of the loch.
Stan Headley had a brace of nice fish on Sunday, his biggest being a beautifully conditioned fish weighing 3 lbs 12 ozs. Rab Walls had 5 fish weighing 11 lbs 2 ozs with a further 3 returned, all of which were caught on buzzers at the Hole ‘o’ the Inch. Steve O’Neill and Tony Black had 6 fish between them (all returned), also on pulling methods. Kinross AC had 7 fish of which 5 were returned.
Claret and black buzzers, Dunkeld, Black Pennell and Silver Invicta have proved to be the best of the pulling flies over the last week , whereas all the usual early season buzzers have been catching the odd fish.
East Buoy to St Serfs, Mid Buoy to Sunken Island, Hole ‘o’ the Inch and Carden Point have been the best of the drifts.
Water temperature has risen to 80C and water clarity has continued to improve and now stands at 3.2 metres.