Deary Deary Me!

There are two very real reasons why you do not see many pictures of me on my blog. Firstly not many of my pals carry cameras and the ones that do always forget to charge them and secondly I always end up looking like a gimp.


I rest my case.

Still, it is better than a dead fish I suppose.


  1. nicolas valentin · May 19, 2008

    Maybe 1 of those day I’ll take some action shots of you in the kelvin !had a great day fishing down the weir today near the botanic ,did clean up a bit too in the river ,the big wheel on top of the weir is now down ,more water should take it to the clyde !!one good photo is worth a million word !great blog always

  2. David · May 19, 2008

    You look like your waders have just sprung a leak in an unfortunate place in that photo.
    Super grayling , never caught one myself and I am not even sure if we have them in Ireland.

  3. Paul Lee · May 19, 2008


    Lets create a caption for that picture competion 1st prize a day on the Kelvin with Alistair

    Heres my entry

    “Oh my looks like the fish have found the maggot”

  4. Derek · May 19, 2008

    have seen you looking better mate ,is their any chance if i see you again on the river you could give me some casting tips ,i catch fish i can get a good line out but im just not happy with my turn over or presentation i would appreciate it very much .
    Oh starting my own blog about the Kelvin its at
    not much in it as yet just started it but looking forward to showing the river from my perspective .
    a great blog as ever .

  5. Alistair · May 19, 2008

    Hi Derek – nice one – I look forward to reading about your exploits! I will add it to my links list when I get a chance.

    It makes me smile that most rivers do not even have one site dedicated to it and the Kelvin has half a dozen 🙂

    Got to admit though I am not the best caster and would be hopeless at teaching – all I would teach is my bad habits. If you really want to push the boat out and get some proper advice I would say contact Alberto Laidlaw at:

    He is probably the most local fly casting instructor – I think he charges a reasnable amount an hour (dont quote me) and will meet you on the kelvin. Probably the best investment you would make !

  6. alan atkins · May 19, 2008

    Where’s your report on the 4 days extravaganza? had a day on the Avon and had 3 nice trout to the dry flee. Had a session on the other river yesterday but have never seen it so quiet. Vey few fish were rising in the bright , low conditions. Off to the Northy soon for 4 days quality salmon / sea trout fishing

  7. Eduardo Sanchez · May 19, 2008

    The same happens to me, except of course the gimp look.

  8. Alistair · May 19, 2008

    Alan, you lucky monkey – I have not seen or heard from you in a while – I am assuming you are hanging out with the gentry and the big rods a lot ? 😉

    Eduardo – thanks for commenting – sometimes I think I have to actually hand my camera to folks 🙂

  9. alan atkins · May 19, 2008

    Alistair, the conditions have been too low for the salomon and the sea trout have yet to appear in numbers in the river i fish. So, i have been re-aquainting myself with the brownies and have had a couple of good sessions on the Kelvin and Avon. I have been finding sport in shady runs and pools and along the foam lines. The other river just did not fish the other day, too bright, too open , too low ?

  10. James · May 19, 2008

    Nice grayling. Looks like a favourite stretch of mine in darkest Perthshire, where flies don’t drift downstream so much as tear your arm from its socket. A place where the current makes a 4 ounce trout feel like a salmon and occasionally it is a salmon. Might there be a railway line not too far away?

  11. Alistair · May 19, 2008

    James – there is the possibility of a train line not too far away 🙂

  12. Stuart B · May 19, 2008

    Clyde with the West Coast line nearby or is that too broad for the Clyde .?

  13. Alistair · May 19, 2008

    Its the Tummel !

  14. Stuart B · May 19, 2008


    “James – there is the possibility of a train line not too far away

    That’s far too subtle ..LOL

    What part of the Tummel was that ?…looks quite nice

  15. Alistair · May 19, 2008

    Yegads – no directions will be given on the blog – mail me if you like though !

  16. James · May 19, 2008

    All parts of the Tummel look nice from a distance. Then you fish it and life gets more complicated. It’s my favourite river outside Glasgow, but I have had a fair few blank days. It’s a hard one to fish when it’s high. And it can get ridiculously high. First time I was there for salmon this year, it was 6 feet about the summer low and the previous week it had been 11 feet up.

    Not far from where Alister was fishing there are complex flows that verge on the insane. You can watch your fly line literally being tied in knots in some places.

    Hint: once the fishing is done for the day, if you’re driving back to Glasgow, it’s worth taking the scenic route home. I like to leave the A9 at Ballinluig and drive beside the Tay to Kenmore, then to Killin and down through Callander. Makes a cracking finish to a day out, if you’re not too tired 🙂

  17. Alistair · May 19, 2008

    The problem I find with the Tummel is that it does not have a lot of features – if there is no fly life then the trout fishing can be slow and pretty monotonous. Hen they are on they are on though 🙂

    I know the bit you are talking about – yikes !

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