Some very nice fish are stilling showing, and quite a number have been caught, over the last week on Loch Leven. The best fish that we are aware of was taken by Dean Barrie and weighed 4 lbs 7 ozs. The fly used was a White Cat and it was caught east of Reed Bower. Mathew Graeme had a good fish weighing 3 lbs 10 ozs on a Merkister Maid, caught just off the weed beds near Harry’s Pier (Kirkgate Park). The small fish are still very much in evidence but perhaps not in quite the same numbers as they were a week or so ago.
Traditional flies are still working best but some of the bigger, more aggressive fish will chase lures or fry imitations during these last few weeks of the season. Line density will also be pretty important as the water temperature drops down to more normal autumn levels. It will be a case of constantly checking and adjusting tactics during the day.
The best drifts holding some very good fish have been in the open water east of Reed Bower and also east of St Serfs. The areas close to the extensive weed beds are also worth considering because huge shoals of fry are now clearly evident close to many of these weed beds. Finally, the estuarial areas just off the main burn mouths are now holding increasing numbers of fish.
The water temperature is now at 16oC which is much more comfortable for fish. Water clarity too is improving slowly, now back up to 1.6 metres in places as algae levels have dropped back sharply compared with a week ago.
You may recall almost exactly 2 years ago that Michael Mackenzie caught the largest trout for 100 years at Loch Leven (9 lbs 7 ozs from memory). Well he doesn’t seem to have lost his touch! Out fishing today, he was in amongst them once again, keeping two fine specimens weighing 3 lbs and 5 lbs 9 ozs respectively. He caught them south east of the Reed Bower on a small competition size black & green lure.