Much to my relief after flagging it up in several weekly reports, at long last we have seen some pretty substantial hatches of Yellow Owl on the loch last week. Yesterday evening, Rod McLennan and a friend got into a big hatch and it served to bring fish up to the surface and they had 4 very good fish between them in the last hour or so of daylight.
The feature to look out for are gulls feeding on the water – the small black-headed gulls are the ones to keep an eye open for rather than the large predatory black backed gulls based on St Serfs. Last night, many hundreds of these gulls were seen between Scart Island and the Green Isle and Rod commented that it was the most black-headed gulls he had seen in the last 4 years! John Reid was out one evening last week and had 7 fish in that same area where again there had been a big hatch of fly.
Big fish are still making fairly regular appearances in catch returns. Last Tuesday, Jeff Lawson had a nice 5 pounder amongst a total bag of 6 fish. Frank McFarlane had a lovely fish on a buzzer weighing 6 lbs 8 ozs last Wednesday whereas the following day Alan Campbell had another weighing about 6 lbs. Out last night, John Patrick from the Falkirk area had a fish at 6 lbs 7 ozs near the Green Isle and reported losing another even larger fish.
As a result of the fly hatching, the last hours of daylight can provide some good sport but it is dependent to an extent on the weather and, if conditions aren’t right for whatever reason, it can still be pretty hard going as some anglers have found. Hopefully however, these hatches of Yellow Owl will continue and ‘kick off’ in a few more areas of the loch.
Water clarity has improved significantly to 2.7 meters as the recent localised algal blooms have started dying back. Conversely, Zooplankton is still prolific at all the sites where we gather our records. Water temperature is 15.70C. As reported last week, weed growth appears to have peaked and some fish are being seen in and around the large weed beds where food supply is abundant.