Although the numbers of fish caught this past week have in general been somewhat lower than we would have liked, some very nice fish are still turning up in catches. Two of the best were recorded on Saturday – David Bowie had a fish at 5 lbs 7 ozs on a Dabbler Muddler off the Cavelstone Strip whilst Andy Gourlie, out with the Leslie & Llanilar AC, weighed in a fish at 5 lbs 13 ozs on a Muddler as well just out from the Factor’s Pier.
The SANA semi-final was fished on Friday on a very breezy day and the 20 competitors did extremely well to catch 34 trout in what were very testing conditions.
Evening fishing has still not really got going as yet. The late evening hatch of flies is still not happening for some reason and even when conditions do settle, rises have been pretty sparse.
Water temperature has risen slightly from last week and now sits at 16.50C with water clarity fairly steady at 2.5 metres although there are large areas off the burn mouths where spate water has churned the loch up a little but that should clear fairly quickly.
The best drifts this past week have been The Old Manse to North Buoy, Black Wood, Carden Bay, Duncan’s Corner and Hole ‘o’ the Inch.
It is now mid season and we have yet to experience a sustained period of settled weather. Hopefully the Yellow Owl (Curly Bum) will make an appearance soon as July is usually a big month for the late evening hatches which bring fish up in good numbers. I know a lot of very patient anglers are hoping they happen to be on the loch when things really get going!