Well, what a difference a week makes! Last week we reported that the water temperature at Loch Leven was struggling to stay at around 100C but by Sunday we were up to 17.50C – a quite dramatic increase in such a short time! Water clarity has also improved to 3.8m and, with it, there looks to have been a surge in zooplankton in the water column. All the activity below the surface is great for trout.
However, there is always something to have a moan about. The hot weather not surprisingly brought very bright conditions with it, with the powerful sunlight tending to push the fish deep and making catching them quite challenging. That said, some very nice fish have been caught. Glasgow University had an outing on Monday where they had some beautiful fish, the best of which was a lovely brownie weighing 6 lbs 9 ozs caught by O Robinson. R Parton had one at 4 lbs 5 ozs and John Bennett had 3 fish for 6 pounds.
On Tuesday, there was a SANA preliminary heat held on Loch Leven in very bright conditions. However, the top rods on the day managed 4-5 trout each which was a testament to their ability and diligence! As the week wore on, the fishing became pretty difficult but there was an improvement at the weekend, especially in the evenings when some very nice rises were seen – including some small fish which was particularly encouraging.
Best areas are still the drop offs, Hole ‘o’ the Inch, Brock’s Hole and the North Deeps – but Cavelstone has had its first mention of the season! Buzzer methods have been up and down in terms of fortune but are still very much worth a try. Pulling methods have certainly been working but, as ever, line density is very important.
Evenings are now well worth considering as the aquatic flies (mainly buzzers) start to hatch in numbers. As mentioned earlier, there have been some nice evening rises reported.