Conditions at Loch Leven this past week have not changed much at all. The cold weather is still the main feature and it is affecting the fishing and fishermen alike. I was out fishing on Sunday and we had just about every season in the eight hour day session but cold was the main feature. Hand and toes were just not safe!
Water temperature is creeping up but is still a chilly 10C. the water clarity is excellent at just over 4 metres, weed growth is now well under way. Hopefully the onset of warmer weather and good light penetration will provide was with the good weed beds we need for later in the season.
Buzzers are hatching albeit in relatively small numbers but some good catches have been recorded using buzzer tactics. Pulling methods are also taking a few fish and line density is pretty important – bright day high density, dull day medium or low density is the general rule. Best areas have been Hole ‘O’, The Inch, East Buoy, West Point of St Serfs, North side of Castle Island and Paddy’s Point.
No change in fly patterns this week, traditional wets are all working – Kate McLaren, Black or Claret Snatcher, Imucla and Dunkeld all working. Most of the popular buzzers will work providing the fish are ‘in the mood’.
Some catches this week – Willie Sternicks and a pal had 17 fish – 9 @ 13lb 3oz and 8 returned. The Scottish Team out on Friday had 37 fish – 78 lbs 10 ozs and 30 returned. Colin McGlone, 9 all returned. Alan Smith 5 all returned, Alan Wells (2 boats) 6 all returned and Rod McLennan 15 all returned.
Finally we would like to urge all anglers to remember and return their life jackets if they have used one borrowed from us. One or two are still missing from our stock. Indeed if anyone happens to come upon one of our life jackets we would be very happy to get them back thank you.