I think that the fishing on Loch Leven over the last week could best be described as ‘interesting’! One day the trout simply will not look at a buzzer and yet the next day they are all over them. The same to perhaps a lesser extent applies to pulling methods.
As we reach midsummer, the main food source for the trout is very much sub surface, which means that buzzers do go down well with the fish, as do ‘wets’ fished with high density lines. Fish are now starting to come up to feed at or near the surface in localised areas in the evening, where hatches of Caenis and some Sedge are coming off and some good rises have been seen. A huge thanks to Martin McLaughlin for posting this lovely photo looking out from the pier on Monday evening when he reported ’.. flies all over the surface and fish rising around the pier’.
Until Tuesday evening, we had not recorded any big fish being caught over the period with a few reported as having been hooked but lost. However smaller fish had put in a welcome appearance. On Friday evening, Ally Wells 23 trout, most of which were small but measurable (10 ½ inches or more). Ally had most of hi fish drifting onto the Levenmouth Bank but he had 4 at the Castle Island using an intermediate line. The rest of the time, he was using a full floater and his best fly was a black UV Spider, with the orange UV Spider also working well. That same evening, Kinross AC had 24 fish for their 7 boats.
Earlier that day, SANA held one of their Area Semi-Finals. Unlike those fishing in the evening, the day session was pretty tricky for anglers with fish relatively hard to come by. Donald McGregor was top qualifier with 6 trout, Mick Thomson second with 3 whilst Ally Middlemass claimed the 3rd and final qualifying place with two.
As intimated earlier, we did have one good sized fish recorded on Tuesday evening by Brendan McWilliams who reported ‘5 1/2lb fish taken at the Green Isle on Tuesday night on a Deer Hair sedge. It took off in the direction of Glenrothes in a bad mood and took a fair bit of effort to get him into the boat, ably assisted by R McKean on the net – that’s his hands holding it. Safely returned to fight on’. Thanks so much Brendan for the photo and commentary!
Water conditions are pretty stable with water clarity having reduced a little from last week to stand now at 3.3 meters. The water temperature of 14.5oC is pretty low for mid June. Some algae are now present and weed growth is well underway as reported previously.
As high summer approaches (well, we live in hope!), the large Yellow Owl should become prevalent and hopefully give us some good evening sport.