1st Visit to the Kelvin of 2007

So toninght I am driving down to Birmingham to see some family. I managed to wangle my way out of work early so instead of tidying up my house I decided to do what any normal fly fisher would do with mounting laundry responsibilities – I went fishing.

I would like to say I caught a trout but instead I went for a nice wander and spoke to a few chaps fishing with bait.

I arrived at the water around 2pm- I got the feeling I was a little late and considering I only seen a couple of trout rising I think I was correct. The actual river is at a nice height bust still has that dark winter look about it.

I did get a couple of trout rising to my dry fly at this little spot.

But I was either to slow or they were just splashing the fly so never actually made contact – they soon stopped.

Later I walked along the river looking at all the pools that have changed. I took a picture of this bridge that goes over the Kelvin

…as I found a photograph from around 100 years ago that I found interesting. In fact I love looking at old pictures of the Kelvin as you can see how the river has changed over the years.

I think showing you all the photographs I have collected may be for another post though.

My next trip out will be Monday!


  1. Tom Chandler · April 5, 2007

    Very cool. I love historical pictures, and the area of Maine where I sometimes go has many examples of the kind of “before and much, much after” kind of photography above.

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Alex · April 5, 2007

    Likewise, Tom. It’s amazing how much the river has changed.
    Sometimes I wonder about what the Kelvin would be like had it been left to it’s natural state, untarnished by mankind’s grubby, uncouth hands.
    Then reality kicks in as a trout splashes behind a submerged wheelie-bin!


  3. Alistair · April 5, 2007

    The river is shallower – i have picture of a gondola on the kelvin 🙂

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