Frustratingly, the weather gods have continued to look less than favourably on anglers venturing out on Loch Leven over the past week. Low temperatures and often high winds, coupled with sparse hatches of flies, have made the fishing a tad challenging.
However, des[ite the conditions, fish are still being caught. On Monday while out fishing on his own, Eric Arthur had 3 fish (all returned) just off Alice’s Bower. Eric estimated his largest fish to be at about 4 lbs which is the largest brownie he has ever caught. Also on Monday evening, Barry Phillips had a lovely fish at 3 lbs 7 ozs brownie when out with Dunfermline Railway AC about 18.30 – again, the biggest brownie he has ever caught! He used a little olive gold head buzzer he had tied up specifically for Loch Leven this year. The drift was point of St Serfs to East Buoy and he was using a Di 3 line with slow pulls. Both this fly and technique have apparently worked well for him this year so far!
On Tuesday, John Findlay was out with a pal and had 4 fish, one of which weighed 3 lbs 4 ozs (see photo below), another 3 lbs and the remaining two much smaller ones at around ¾ lbs. They were fishing traditionals near to Mid Buoy.
On Saturday evening, Cameron Cranston, all the way down from Aird near Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis had a lovely fish weighing 3 lbs 6 ozs caught on a Black Pennell.
Water clarity has dropped to 1.6 meters this week mainly due to the appearance of some small background algae but zooplankton are still prolific in the water column. The water temperature too has dropped to an unseasonally low level at around 15oC. The weed beds are holding good numbers of fish attracted by the wide variety of food sources normally found in that environment.
The open water drifts are all still working, as are all the drop off areas along ‘the bank’ from North Buoy to East Buoy. The area just east of Castle Island and Reed Bower is holding good numbers of fish with some nice big ones in evidence.
Fry are now beginning to congregate around the many weed beds and, as mentioned earlier, these are attracting the attention of stalking brownies.
As reported in previous blogs, it is both surprising and disappointing that Yellow Owl have not made an appearance thus far this season. Equally, the cold, wet & windy conditions over the last month or more have meant there have been precious few meaningful fly hatches of any sort – when are we going to get a summer?