Loch Leven Fishing Report – period ending 19th July

The unseasonably unsettled weather has been the main influence on the fishing this last week at Loch Leven. Boats were prevented on Friday & Saturday from venturing out due to the strong winds – it is not just The Open Championship at St Andrews which suffered from ‘wind stopped play’! Heavy rain accompanied the blustery conditions making it an unseasonable spell for July, even by Scottish standards.

Duncan Petrie was out with Gus Elder from Kirriemuir were out last Tuesday and Gus had this nice looking 3 lbs trout.

Gus Elder with a nice 3 lbs brownie (Thanks to Duncan Petrie for the photo)

Gus Elder with a nice 3 lbs brownie (Thanks to Duncan Petrie for the photo)

Colin Penny, out on Wednesday evening, had a lovely fish estimated at 5 lbs+ which he duly returned. The fish was caught on a Black Pennell just off the south east point of Castle Island. Colin also had one other fish that evening.

Lovely 5 lbs+ fish caught by Colin Penny on a Black Pennell off Castle Island

Lovely 5 lbs+ fish caught by Colin Penny on a Black Pennell off Castle Island

Jonathon Dingwall & David Robinson were out last night (Sunday) had 5 fish, all of which were returned, in the area of the Mid Buoy. Their most successful fly was apparently the Silver Invicta. Also out last night was Corin Smith had a fish tipping the scales at about 4 lbs 8 ozs which was photographed (see below) and then returned. Corin caught his fish on a Black Marabou Muddler at last light off the Reed Bower. He and his boat partner Michael Ross had a total of 6 fish, all returned.

 

Stunning photo of a 4 1/2 lbs brownie caught by Corin Smith

Stunning photo of a 4 1/2 lbs brownie caught by Corin Smith

Barry Tindall & Ross Carnegie were also out yesterday and caught & returned 4 fish on Snatchers (2 fish) and Buzzers (2 fish). Fish are still being contacted on pretty much all of the recognised drifts, with wind direction and strength dictating the preferred ones at any particular time.

Water quality was compromised in the estuarial areas especially at the mouths of the North & South Queich as huge unseasonal spates sent a lot of murky water our way. We recorded just over 70 mm (2.9 inches) of rain over a 4 day period, raising the level of the loch by some 8 inches! Aside from the burn mouths, water clarity is still very good at 2.8 meters.

In case anyone is interested, I thought we might show photos of the 3 different flies given specific mention in this week’s report (courtesy of Google images) – I don’t promise to do this every week!!

Black Pennell

Black Pennell

Silver Invicta

Silver Invicta

Black Marabou Muddler

Black Marabou Muddler

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One Response to Loch Leven Fishing Report – period ending 19th July

  1. Jonathan Gourley says:

    Hi Gus,
    Don’t have your number. Fishing for it.
    Jon Gourley 01 575 530 271

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