Finally, the weather has started to warm up a little this past week but we have still had some pretty horrendous conditions, particularly on Saturday with a strong ENE wind blowing gale force at times and accompanied by very heavy rain which put paid to any chance that day of catching fish. Thankfully, conditions were better on Sunday!
When conditions are more favourable, fish are responding to both pulling and buzzer methods. Indeed, there have been some nice rises seen during the day in various areas of the loch. The best pulling flies are still the little black / green / silver variety but traditional Loch Leven flies are beginning to work – ie Kate McLaren, Black & Claret Snatcher, Black Pennel and Silver Invicta have all been mentioned as having caught fish last week. Small buzzers were the order of the day on Friday, down to size 14 with black & olive being the best colours.
Some really nice catches have been recorded over recent days – well, apart from Saturday that is! Rab Walls had 7 fish on Friday, all of which were returned. J Sangster had 5, of which 4 were returned and a nice plump 2 lbs 6 ozs brownie kept for his tea! Meanwhile, on Sunday, Graham Connolly and Ewan Clark caught no less than 14 trout in the Hole ‘o’ the Inch and returned them all. That same afternoon, Connor Campbell went out and had 4 brownies pulling mini lures!
The best areas at the moment are Hole ‘o’ the Inch, Brock’s Hole, Carden Point, north side of Castle Island and Scart to Green Isle, all of which seem to be holding good numbers of fish.
Water clarity continues to improve and now stands at 2.3 metres whilst the water temperature has crept up a couple of degrees to 11.50C, which is still on the chilly side for the third week of May! Weed growth is nothing like as advanced as seen in recent years due to the cold weather but is showing signs of getting going now.
Evening fishing is now well worth considering as there have been some very good hatches of small buzzers pretty much all over the loch and the fish have been responding to these hatches when conditions have allowed.