Autumn – there is no escape!

I went for a walk along the Kelvin today and was pretty shocked by two things.

Firstly, it is bloody Autumn – sure I knew it was on the way however I appear to have missed the actual start of it – one moment I was looking out a pair of shorts for what we laughingly call Summer and suddenly I am looking out my long johns for the Pike.

Got to admit though – the lack of leaves mean you can see every wee nook and cranny – lovely little pools and riffles I doubt get fished.

Lovely pocket water

Lovely pocket water

In that white water there will be nice trout – I have actually fished in that spot – I ended up getting stuck at the bottom of a ditch – such is the life of an urban fly fisher.

I wandered on to Dawsholm Park -past the petrol pool, the smell was particularly strong today – I think I am going to report it again – I spoke to a chap from Sepa about it when I met him a while ago – he said he would investigate however I never found out the outcome.

The second thing that shocked me was in that over the space of a couple of miles I only came across one angler – I spotted him from behind a tree…

"On yersel Big Man"

"On yersel Big Man"

I gave him a nod and a wave however he looked at me with a “piss off” glance – a look I am particularly good at in the busier sections of the river.

There was even noone at the infamous spots along the Maryhill stretch.  One of the last Saturdays of the season and there is very few guys on the river – saying that though there was probably over a thousand guys set lining in the Science park.


  1. peter · October 17, 2009

    My mate and I went out for a few hours on the Kelvin Fri. evening, me to try out new waders and boots and an 11`0″ 7/8 Flextec rod (not a smart thing to do when you have a broken finger)I bought on Ebay and my mate for his first try for sea trout.Third cast I hooked into a 3/4lb brownie taken on a #12 Teal Silver and Blue. It was pitch black when I had another take,again on the Teal & silver. A good fish, but not a sea trout,another 3/4-ish brownie.Further on, came across a guy spinning from the bank and we stopped to chat for a few minutes. Noticed he had a bait rod cast out and in a rod rest,said he had a permit and flashed what appeared to be one.We left him and had just decided to give it 20mins. more, when my mate hooked into a cracking fish. All we could hear were splashes further down river. Eventually he netted the fish, no, not a sea trout,but a brownie that was just under the 2lb mark. Good finish to our session,rod was great for the price (£32.00 incl. postage),maybe just a wee bit on the heavy side.(All fish returned safe and sound).
    regards Peter.

  2. Roddy · October 17, 2009

    Hi Alastair,
    Yes your right…when all the leaves have gone you get see nice wee nooks and crannies but come the new season you’ll forget all about them.
    Clocked a couple of a**eholes in T&G’s the other week looking to buy 18 Kilo breaking strain line…when I enquired where they were shark fishing they said they were about to fish for salmon in the Kelvin…I told them to f**k off and that there was a line limit (I said it was 12lb) but these two pricks (according to the owner of T&G) are in every other week…incidentally both are Romanians…and I was told that the Poles were the worst!
    See ya

  3. Alistair · October 17, 2009

    Actually – I do tend to go back to these wee spots – I love em’

    I would probably say this is the way I get most of my spots. 🙂

  4. Roddy Finnie · October 17, 2009

    Hi Al,
    Yes I used to ‘discover’ new bits of the river…generally due to falling through bushes and over steep climbs and bouncing all the way down onto the river…still managed not to break anything (especially rods etc) but had a few hairy moments…Busby Glen (the really steep part) is a no, no, no, aaagh bit you definately don’t want to gravitate yourself down…its pretty er dangerous to say the least. Rite lets cut too the chase…wit happened to the day out you promised me Alastair?!?! Even a day out fly fishing for pike…well using a fly rod for pike would be welcomed…any thoughts?

  5. Alistair · October 17, 2009

    Roddy – I have not in all honesty been out that much – being a father has pretty much awamped all my time!

  6. Roddy Finnie · October 17, 2009

    Hi Alastair…being a faither is nae big deal son and its certainly nae excuse fur no takin oot yer auld pal(!) when you hid promised him a day to remember!
    Still, ah’ forgive ye for no taking me, anyway, at the minit, am moving hoose so my time is a bit short the noo.
    Kin I make a sort-of-a arrangement for next year…when the wean will be a lot bigger and he kin kerry you?!?!

  7. Alistair · October 17, 2009

    I am told it gets harder Roddy – harder!

  8. Roddy Finnie · October 17, 2009

    Am no trying to bust yer balls, and I’m not trying putting you under any pressure, but if I said I wiz gaunie take you oot I wid huv dunnit!!!
    Ah no, weans kin be time consuming, but ye must have realised by now that taking the wean oot for a donner is a perfect opportunity to dae some hook slinging intae the bargain: and it gets ye intae the good books of yer missus!

  9. urbanflyman · October 17, 2009

    yer man in the picture is Andy who used to fish the seapool with his wee misses day in day oot but he is the one and only guy i know that gave up the seapool for trout fishing after the new rules and i see he has taken up the fly rod also ,,,good man keep up the faith Andy .

  10. Eduardo Sanchez · October 17, 2009

    I love fishing in Autumn.


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