Once again, the fishing over the last week has been on the whole tough going. Fish seemed reluctant at times to make an appearance even when conditions might have seemed quite favourable and when they did, they proved tricky to tempt.
As always though, some nice fish were indeed caught. John Donaldson from Dalgety Bay had an amazing trout which was estimated at around the 10 lbs mark. Apologies for the fuzzy photo below but it was late evening after all and at least John managed some photographic evidence before returning the fish to the loch to fight another day. The scale on the photo does indeed appear to back up his rough estimate regarding the weight.
John’s fish was apparently in pristine condition and he caught it on Tuesday evening just to the south of Roy’s Folly on a cormorant. That same evening, David Dun had a trout weighing a smidgen under 5 lbs and reported losing another fish of a similar size.
The water temperature has actually eased down a little but most evenings it is still several degrees higher than the air temperature. Water clarity is holding up well at 3.3 metres with background algae levels relatively low – blue green algae are actually unusually low for this time of the year but we are not complaining. Weed growth is now probably at or near its peak with different types of weed being found the length and breadth of the loch.
The summer hatches of big chironomids (Yellow Owl or Curly Bum) have so far largely failed to materialise and this has led I believe to the somewhat limited rises of trout being seen. There have instead been big hatches of Caenis (White Moth) and Silverhorn ( Silver Sedge) taking place but the Loch Leven brownies tend not to ‘switch on’ to these rather annoying little flies.
Fish are to be found along the bank from the North Buoy to the East Buoy, Cavelstone Strip, Reed Bower and from Scart Island to the Green Isle. Buzzers are still working on occasions, as are pulling methods using various line densities. In the evenings especially, pulling methods using lower density lines should produce some action.