1. Tom Chandler · February 27, 2007

    “broonie” season??

    I can never tell if you’re slinging some weird British slang or just a bad typist.

    Still, is that kind of snow normal? And do I get a prize for guessing what happens to the river when it warms and melts?

    Looks like you’re facing the dreaded opening day runoff syndrome . Good luck.

  2. Alistair · February 27, 2007

    Hey Tom ๐Ÿ™‚

    A “Broonie” is Scots slang for a brown trout !
    I am also a bad typist ๐Ÿ˜‰

    We dont really get that much snow these days – If I mind correctly Glasgow stopped moving with that snow- the seasons here are all mixed up – I hear we had bats out in January!


  3. alan atkins · February 27, 2007

    Alistair, the forecast for the next couple of weeks is for mild , showery weather which should be ideal for the start of the season, as long as we don’t get too much rain. I think with a mild start and good water levels the trout will be feeding heavily. 2 seasons ago , i had great sport on the Kelvin at the beginning of the season. So, as long as it remains mild we have a good chance

  4. Alistair · February 27, 2007

    I mind two seasons ago very well. It was at the end of my uni course and I was stressed out my head with essays and sheer utter hell. My one consolation was recieving updates from the many “Kelvinators” who told me the sport was great.
    Ahhhhh – I hope this year it happens again and I can enjoy a good spring fish !


  5. alan atkins · February 27, 2007

    Lets hope so. I always feel that, given reasonable conditions , the Kelvin as it flows through the city fishes well at the beginning of the season. The centre of any city is , on average ,2.5 degrees warmer than say the suburbs, and temperature is especiallycrucial at this time of year . My local river which flows through fairly high lying moorland does not really come into its own until mid – april. I will have the 15th of work , so i may join you for the first throw of the season

  6. Tom Chandler · February 27, 2007

    So Alistair: Where on the Kelvin is theBest Opening Day Spot?

  7. Alistair · February 27, 2007

    Hey Alan, now that is a very good point about the temperaturebeing higher flowing through the city…..I wonder if that will kick start a hatch earlier hmmmmm

  8. Alistair · February 27, 2007

    Tom, seeing as how it is you I will give you precise directions.
    1. Get the bus to the 4th bus stop before the off license on Great Western Road.
    2. Walk through the park and count 63 trees, and then go behind the tree.
    3. Avoid the inebriated.
    4. You will see around 100 bushes รขโ‚ฌโ€œ look for the bush that has slightly less leaves than the others (the last time I was there a bird was sitting in it)
    5. Look behind that bush and you will see the river.
    6. Fish

  9. alan atkins · February 27, 2007

    Alistair, i think the temperayure of our urban river at the beginning of the season is crucial. I remember the start of the season 3 years ago on a wet and windy day starting fishing in the morning on my local river , having no joy , travelling to the Kelvin for around noon to be met with a large hatch of LDO’s. The temp in Glasgow was at least 2 degrees higher than in Lanarkshire and i managed 2 nice trout before the hatch petered out around 13:30. The buildins and , iam afraid to say, the air pollution from exhausts make the city centre a much warmer place in the winter than the suburbs or countryside. Think of where snow or frost will thaw first on a qwintwer’s morning ! The same logic applies to early spring

  10. Charlie dunn · February 27, 2007

    Timing is the key.Mild settled weather at 11 oclock-3.00p.m,and ye shall reap rewards of much brown-ness!

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