There is not a great deal of fresh news to report at Loch Leven over the past week with the summer holiday season still in full swing meaning many anglers are otherwise engaged on family duty! Fish are still being caught but in the main it has been pretty hard work.
Barry Tindall had the week’s biggest fish (by a tiny margin!) estimated at 4 1/2 lbs – he also had another at about 2 lbs whilst his fishing partner had a further 2 smaller sized fish which too were returned. Barry caught his brownies pulling Muddlers just off the Reed Bower.
On Wednesday, Mr Walker from Perth had 2 fish with a total weight of 8 lbs, one of which was 4 lbs 6 ozs and the other just under 4 lbs. He caught these 2 fish on an Invicta and a Snatcher respectively fishing in a west wind just to the east of Castle Island.
Fish are now ‘hanging around’ some of the big weed beds and raiding the huge shoals of mainly stickleback fry but are proving to be very wary and don’t drop their guard too often. The open water drifts are still holding good numbers of fish of all age groups but they too are only ‘switching on’ when the conditions suit.
Dry flies have been taking a few fish during the week which is a really satisfying way to catch them. Snatchers, Kate McLaren, Bibio and various types of Invicta have all been catching fish on occasions.
Some of the flies which we traditionally associate here at Loch Leven with late summer / early autumn are now beginning to appear such as Daddy Long Legs, Sedge (mainly Silverhorn) and, believe it or not, Yellow Owl albeit as yet in not particularly prolific numbers. A great photo was taken last night by Corin Smith of a hatch over Reed Bower – thanks Corin for sending this in.
Water clarity is down slightly at between 1.2 – 1.4 meters and water temperature is still a comfortable 15oC.
Just to finish off this week’s report on the blog, we thought we might share some great photos we found posted on Twitter over the last few days taken at Loch Leven. We are not sure the name of the first photographer (goes by the moniker of @TheChaosBoys on Twitter) who took some fabulous action shots of an osprey in action on the loch – nobody has obviously told it about ‘Catch & Release’!
In the second photo by Phil Johnston, it shows a roe deer also trying to find out what’s with this fishing malarkey!