It is nice to be able to report that there have been some really good evening rises this past week at Loch Leven. These rises can take place almost anywhere on the loch where there is a good hatch of fly. Large numbers of smaller fish especially in the southern part of the loch but amongst these have also been some nice larger fish.
The largest (and unluckiest) fish of the week was a real beauty weighing 6 lbs 2 ozs which was caught during a very busy evening rise on a Kate McLaren variant between the Point of St Serfs and Carden Point. The lucky angler was none other than Willie Wilson and this was the largest fish he has ever caught on the loch after more than 50 years of trying and he was overheard saying that it was ‘Worth the wait – really well worth the wait’!
Daytime fishing continues to be challenging but, as the seasons progresses further into the second half, we would expect the day sessions to improve as it has usually done in past seasons from mid August onwards.
The best flies are little changed from last week with traditional ‘wets’, Snatchers and ‘dries’ (when conditions suit) all performing on occasions. One angler put out a team of suspender buzzers last night (Sunday) and caught seven nice fish!
Both the water clarity and temperature remain remarkably steady at 2 metres and 17.5oC respectively.