Some nice big fish have been showing up in returns at Loch Leven over the last week, with the pick of the bunch being a lovely brownie weighing in at 5 lbs 4 ozs caught by Chic Young (the angler, not the broadcaster!!) on a Pearly Snatcher on Saturday. On Sunday, Douglas Scott from Earlston had a beautiful silver maiden fish weighing exactly 4 lbs which he caught near the East Buoy on a Red Snatcher.
As in previous weeks, smaller fish as well have been very much in evidence and are being found pretty much anywhere on the open water drifts. These fish, measuring 4”-12”, appear to cover two distinct year classes and it is great to see them in such numbers at it augurs well for the next few seasons.
Water temperature has dropped slightly to 170C and clarity has also eased back to 1.6 metres courtesy of the east winds which have served to churn up the shallow water at the west end of the loch.
Snatchers in their various guises have probably been best family of flies recently but the Kate McLaren, Pearly Invicta, Doobry and Dunkeld are also still catching fish.
Some long open water drifts are available at the moment and, depending on the wind direction, you can lay on a drift that can last up to an hour or more. One boat at the weekend commented that they had laid on at the Point of St Serfs in an east wind and fished all the way to the Reed Bower, seeing fish the entire length of the drift! Fish are being found close to the shore along the reed beds especially just before dusk – these fish are usually feeding on fry.
We are now moving into ‘back end’ fishing and hopefully the fish will chase as they usually do at this time of year, giving some good sport in the final weeks of the season.