Brown water…

Hit a Kelvin tributary after work – turned out I was way too early to be thinking about it. It was a nice height – possibly a few inches too high but a very muddy colour. A good temp with plenty of flies around – could not catch any to identify them – would be interesting to find out what they were.

I nymphed a few pools with no luck and then at a pool where I though I might get a trout on a dry caught a parr while the fly was being whisked underwater.

Maybe tomorrow, although the temps are set to dip.


  1. Eduardo Sanchez · June 25, 2008

    It is very difficult to fish in a chocolate colour water, and more difficult is to catch a fish, at least you caught one, tiny, but is a fish.


  2. David · June 25, 2008

    You do have to be careful what you wish for, the river here was becoming more of a trickle and spot of fresh water was needeed but after a week of rain I am drawing up plans for the ark. If it would only stop for a few hours to allow me out I would be grateful.
    Lovely looking fish from what looks like a very small stream, you live in a very special place.
    Do you take the temp of the water and if so do you find it helpful ?

  3. alan atkins · June 25, 2008

    Alistair, given the drought conditions that we have experienced over the last 8 weeks, the rivers are in need of a good clear out, however,sediment will take longer than usual to clear and given the amount of rain that fell yesterday i would be very suprised if the rivers did not rise again before settling down to a fishable level. Being a salmon fisher i have become accutely aware of the behaviour of the rivers i fish and , more importantly, the factors that effect their rise and fall. For instance, one river i fish has 2 large lochs at the top of the system and after heavy prcipitation the river rises, settles for a day and then rises again. Often the second ” slug” of water is greater than the first. I have also become aware of micro rises and falls which do the fishng no good at all. For mostly all fishing a settled or dropping river makes for the best angling conditions, and that applies to salmon and brown trout. The only real exception would be the first hour or so of the rise.

  4. scott · June 25, 2008

    I was on a kelvin trib on tuesday night, pissin down but the water was still clear, actually looked kinda peaty which is unusual, managed four wee troots but more importantly got my mate his first fish…on the second cast!

  5. Paul Lee · June 25, 2008

    Hey Alistair,
    A little off topic sorry but can i buy a day ticket for the Clyde and if so how much are they any where can i buy one???

  6. Alistair · June 25, 2008

    Hi Paul,

    This is what you need to read:


  7. Paul Lee · June 25, 2008

    Alistair for some reason or other that web site doesn`t work for me just goes to a white page the frustrating thing is that i have already signed up to it don`t suppose you could copy and paste the info you were referring me to and email it to me please


  8. Alistair · June 25, 2008

    You dont need to sign up for it – try going to

    and then search for Clyde

    If that does not work I will copy it for ya !

  9. Stuart B · June 25, 2008

    Paul …these links might be useful as well but some of the Clyde Clubs need to take lessons on running decent websites especially United Clyde which,as far as I can tell ,doesn’t have one .
    The next one is for the Clyde between Roberton and Thankerton near Biggar.

    Mid Clyde tickets cover the Rutherglen to Bothwell stretch

  10. Paul Lee · June 25, 2008

    cheers peeps for the info i got the site working thanks to a Mr Fred Carrie

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