The fishing on Loch Leven has been very interesting at times. On some days – Sunday in particular – large numbers of fish have been seen on the surface feeding on small flies. Most of these trout were fairly small but some big fish were feeding amongst them and were catchable when conditions ‘clicked’.
Ronnie Dyer had the week’s biggest fish, weighing in at 5 lbs 11 ozs and caught just off the mouth of the South Queich on an old fashioned Blue & Silver Teal size 12. Ronnie was fishing with his club Crown Fly Fishers who have had some very nice fish from Loch Leven in the past.
Flies with Muddler heads have been doing well, as have Dabblers & Hoppers. In fact, on Sunday, a fly incorporating a Muddler head with Hopper legs helped Michael Wilson to a bag of 4 very nice brownies, the largest estimated at over 3 lbs. Michael also had 8-10 small (under sized) trout which were a real joy to see.
The areas of the loch currently working are the open water drifts, both North & South. But, as suggested in last week’s report, the weed beds along the shore lines are producing some nice fish which are now homing in on the fry using the weed beds for shelter.
Water temperature is now very comfortable for the fish at 14.50C courtesy of some very cold nights recently. The water clarity is slowly improving and now stands at just over 1.6 metres with background algae levels dropping.
As we enter the latter part of the season, fish often seem more inclined to chase flies presented near to the surface, providing some good, old-fashioned, ‘top-of-the-water’ sport.