There have been some very nice ‘baskets’ of fish recorded on Loch Leven over the past week, mainly for anglers presenting flies below the surface. Given the pretty breezy conditions, pulling a team of traditional flies has appeared perhaps to be the most productive method but buzzers have also been working during those periods when conditions have been relatively calm and dull.
Alan Campbell & Ian Simpson had a nice few fish (11 between them) fishing buzzers at the Hole ‘o’ the Inch, whilst Graham Connelly had 15 fish in total, two of which weighed 4 lbs 7 ozs and 4 lbs 8 ozs which he kept and he returned the other 13(see photo below).
Alan Smith has had a very good week here on Loch Leven. He was no less than three times during the week and on each occasion reached double figures in terms of brownies caught using pulling methods, all of which were returned. Alan’s line of choice has been a DI7 and his cast has been a Claret Dabbler on the tail, a Claret Snatcher one up followed by another Claret Dabbler next to the bob and finally another Claret Snatcher on the bob – claret was obviously the colour of choice for the fish this past week. However the Loch Leven fish population will be relieved to hear that Alan is off on his travels for the next fortnight or so and will therefore have a period of respite as far as he is concerned!
On Sunday, Brian Mackenzie & Tom Burnett had 14 fish between them, all of which were returned, and Shane Kelly & Ian Dobbie came up one shy on 13, again all returned. Senhor Carvalho, on holiday from Portugal, had a beautiful trout weighing 5 lbs 1 oz on a Black Snatcher just off the Point of St Serfs.
Fish are being located by anglers widely across the loch but the drop offs along the bank from the North Buoy to the East Buoy have definitely been holding good numbers of fish as has Reed Bower, Carden Bay and obviously Hole ‘o’ the Inch.
Water clarity is particularly good at the moment, measuring 3.8 metres which has led to weed growth getting properly underway courtesy of the clear water allowing good light penetration. The water temperature has edged higher over the week to 15.50C.
With the season now well underway, evening fishing is showing signs of getting underway. We have not had that many evening boats out so far but Connor Campbell had 4 good fish on Sunday evening and reported having seen a number on the surface. We always look forward to evening fishing getting going and all we really need now are some good hatches of fly at around dusk such as the buzzer hatch photographed on Thursday evening below (if you look really hard!!).