The weather was pretty chilly for most of last week and indeed, at the weekend, anglers had to ensure sleet and snow showers blown in on an artic wind. Despite the inclement conditions, flies have been hatching, sometimes in good numbers, and fish have been caught using Buzzers and also pulling mini lures, Sparklers etc.
On Wednesday, Donald McGregor had two very nice fish on Buzzers, one of which measured 53 cms in length and estimated at comfortably over 4 lbs. Donald returned both his fish. On Thursday, Barry Tindall and Bradley Chalmers had 5 fish, again all on Buzzers and all returned.
Temperatures plunged on Saturday and yet still some areas of the loch did experience a fair Buzzer hatch and yet other areas which had previously had good hatches seemed to ‘dry up’ in terms of fly life. That said, Paul O’Neill and a pal had 4 fish pulling Sparklers and all were returned. He caught the one shown below in a sleet storm just off the Reed Bower.
The Hole ‘o’ the Inch and Reed Bower both produced fish during the week and more were seen on the surface along the ‘banks’ between the Mid & East Buoys.
Water clarity has slightly improved to 1.6 meters but the water temperature actually dropped 1oC to 7oC. Nevertheless, it is encouraging to see these early Buzzer hatches – something which we have been a bit short of these past 3 or 4 seasons. Indeed, some very large Buzzers have been appearing in the area of the Narrow Neck / Hole ‘o’ the Inch area and the fish have definitely been responding to these ‘lifts’ of flies.
As the loch warms up and Spring kicks in properly, we will hopefully start to see some more good movement of fish and enjoy a bit of sport.