We have just found this one page article about fishing in Loch Leven in a publication called The Sketch dating back to September 1894. Apologies for the tiny size of print (you will have to zoom in to read it) but the original page is quite a lot bigger than allowed on this blog.
There are some very interesting snippets of information. Apparently prior to 1856, the trout showed no interest whatsoever in coming to the fly, preferring to feed on other foodstuffs in the loch – ok, some of you will still maintain nothing has changed! However, something obviously did prompt a dramatic and sudden change in their behaviour seemingly from 1856 onwards.
The cost of fishing back in 1894 was said to equate roughly to £1 sterling for every 1 lb of fish caught. In current money, that would be £90 for every pound caught. I know Loch Leven can be extremely challenging at times but I would hope the implied cost of every fish caught (for most of you!) is considerably less than £90 per lb!