Windy conditions made fishing on Loch Leven pretty challenging at times last week, especially at the weekend. Indeed, even presenting your flies at times proved quite difficult.
That said, some very good fish were landed. Matthew Graham landed a lovely fish at 3 lbs 12 ozs whilst returning another considerably larger fish to ‘fight another day’. Bothwell & Blantyre had a creditable 10 fish weighing 12 lbs 8 ozs and a further 20 returned during a club outing with 5 boats on Saturday – their best fish weighing in at 3 lbs 10 ozs.
On Sunday, Kinross AC recorded 24 fish, all of which were returned. Alan Smith had the largest measuring 53 cms which was estimated at just over 5 lbs. Lewis Wilson had 2 fish weighing 4 lbs 13 ozs and returned 5 others. Previously on Thursday, George Johnston and pal had a good day with 6 fish measuring over 10 inches as well as numerous smaller ones, all of which were returned.
Best flies remain pretty much the same as last week, namely the Pearly Wickham, various Dabblers, all of the Snatcher family – especially a Claret Snatcher with bright green cheeks.
Line density again is very important depending on weather conditions. Generally, low density lines are probably working best but the speed of retrieve needs to be continually monitored. On Sunday for example, fish initially seemed to be reacting best to a relatively slow retrieve but, as the afternoon progressed, things had to be speeded up considerably with some anglers reporting fish coming to a very fast retrieve indeed!
A feature we are now starting to see is some of the mature fish ‘colouring up’ in preparation for their spawning activities later in the year. The various burn mouths will no doubt start to hold a number of these sometimes aggressive fish. Open water drifts are generally still producing good results. Cavelstone Strip and all the way along the south shore to Carden Bay is working well, as is from the Point of St Serfs all the way down to the Willows when wind conditions permit – expect a big fish on the inshore drifts.
Water clarity remains the same as last week at around 1.4 metres whilst the water clarity ha edged back a little further to 16.5oC.
We are now into the last month or so of the season and some very big fish have been seen jumping of late. It would come as no surprise to me at all if we did not see a trophy fish or 2 caught in the coming weeks.
PS Thanks so much to Robert Irvine for sending in this photo of him with the beautiful 6 lbs 7 ozs brownie he caught here on August Bank Holiday Monday.