A Troutastic Day Out!

I had a day on the big river on Sunday – my pal Emanuele was up from Hull for a long weekend and we arranged to meet up for a day’s fishing – we used to fish this place regularly a few years ago.

The day was overcast and warm – at least warm enough for some insect activity, it was also showery and a bit windy. The river was at a good height and a nice tinge of color – perfect conditions if the truth be told.

A wee troot!

I arrived early at 0830 and started fishing – I missed a few trout due to either being too fast or too slow and decided to fish with the duo (a nymph suspended under a dry fly) I finally started to pick up tout and had a half dozen in the space of an hour – on the whole a great start – no big trout however usual Clyde tout with lots of spots.

They got bigger...

Emanuale arrived with his pal David so we got stuck in to dry flies – I walked down river to give them a bit of space and started to pick up trout fairly consistently on dries – the drag was pretty hard going and it took a while for the mental calculations you usually take for granted to kick back into action however soon I had pretty much worked it out.

A lovely side pocket...

I caught well over a dozen trout – the average was maybe half a pound with the biggest maybe ¾ of a pound that took me on a merry dance around a small pool and then downstream into some fast water – what complicated matters was the fact I had managed to decide not to bring a net – nice one!

A Beefcake..

Later in the afternoon I received a phone call from fishing buddy (and kindred spirit with young son the same age as my own) Campbell who was out for a drive with his boy – he came down to the river to join us  – he had a few casts with my rod and caught a trout – he then had the cheek to insist that the flies I was using were too big and that I should use some of his microscopic bits of fluff – Emanuele is over there I was going to tell him (Emanuele loves teeny flies) however resisted.

Watch that back cast....

Flies too big eh? It still managed to catch him a trout – oh yes!

Oh don't worry I got both you and the trout in the photo - the expression on your face is fine - you look happy (that will teach ya for slagging of my gigantor comparaduns)

You know – I actually feel a caption competition coming on 🙂

Anyhoo – meanwhile the Italian stallion was busy hoovering up trout in the bushes..

The Micro King..

All in all it was a great days fishing – it was a long day – fishing from 0830 – 1630 with hardly a stop – I think I may have caught more trout in that one day than I have in the last year combined – fishing life used to be like this – almost every other trip was like this – these days travel time eats into the few hours free that I have to get out and catch trout- family life comes to us all eh?


A Nice Frog...

Oh Aye – on my way back to the car I ran into this wee chap – just chilling and taking in the view – he looked absolutely perfect !


  1. Wee flees or no – the guy is fishing with a baby strapped to his back. Credit due! Looks like a great day out, the trout there are beautiful.

  2. I seem to be enjoying something of a surrogate fishing experience through your recent brilliant blogs. Makes me want to go fishing REAL bad. Which reminds me……..

  3. Hmmmm….Perhaps if you applied as much effort on the kelvin as you do on the clyde you may actually get somewhere-just a thought…

  4. Thanks for all the kind comments 🙂

    Charlie – you missed out two words….”might actually get somewhere WITH SALMON”

    You know I am a die hard trout angler – you are a die hard Salmon angler. Atkins the other day kept telling me the trout season was over and I bet a lot of the guys on the Kelvin are thinking the same – to me after all that rain it has just begun – the trout are feeding properly again at last.

  5. Mibees i’m wrong here Ally but the last posts would seem to suggest that any success with trout you get is on the CLYDE-not the kelvin-anybody would think your forum should dwell mostly on the clyde-seeing as how you dont fish the kelvin-or when you do you dont seem to catch much…..

  6. Ah – now I see – it is good to get that feedback as often I forget how the blog looks and what my fishing life actually looks like … I suppose the key thing to keep in mind is I do not post every time I fish … for example I have fished the clyde once and fished the kelvin twice since the last post ..the clyde was ok and one of the kelvin trips was pretty good … I fished the vet school of all places 🙂
    Up until the rains the kelvin fished poorly for trout and then I lost my way and had a bash for salmon ..poorly!

    The key is Charlie that there ain’t no hard and fast rules to when and what I post!

    Might be worth your while reading the about page for further clarification 🙂

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