And so the wet and windy weather persists and summer remains elusive. Wet, windy weather was the order of the day for much of last week and tellingly the water levels in the loch are about a foot above where they would normally be at this time of year despite the sluice gates at Levenmouth being in full discharge mode!
Some buzzer hatches have started to occur and, when the conditions are reasonably favourable, this has brought fish to the surface and some reasonable catches have been recorded. Yesterday, for example, fish were being caught using buzzer methods but pulling methods have also been working when fish are lower down in the water column.
Some notable catches of the last week:
- Donald McGregor weighed in 2 fish at 4 lbs and returned a further 6
- Robert Walls kept one brownie for 1½ lbs and returned 6
- Alan Smith had 4 fish, all of which were returned
- Blairgowrie & Rattray AC had 11 fish weighing 14 lbs 10 ozs
- CSSA Rosyth recorded 10 brownies at 13 lbs 7 ozs with a further 2 returned
- ABC&D AC weighed in 12 fish at 15 lbs 10 ozs with a further 3 returned
Despite the rainfall, water temperature has remained more or less constant at 170C whilst water clarity has dipped a little to 2 metres due partly to churning and partly due to the presence of some background algae (but nothing like the levels of algae that we would normally expect at this time of year). Weed growth is now very well established and should provide excellent cover for the perch fry which are just starting to hatch.
The whole of the south shore is holding good numbers of fish, as are St Serfs and Castle Island. However you can expect to find fish on pretty much all the known drifts around the loch when the wind is favourable.
Once again, there has not been much in fly patterns that are working but Pearly Invicta, Wingless Wickham and Yellow Owl have all been mentioned a few times over the last week.
As the hatch of perch fry gets properly underway, we should start to see some of the bigger fish crash through the dense shoals of fry and hopefully give us a chance at some of these exciting ‘fry bashers’.