Dusky Maidens!

Another dusk session which ended totally at ….well dusk really. I have heard of trout sessions that last well into dark however on the Kelvin the last few nights all action has ended with the bats being on the water.

I fished up the city stretch and as usual found something in the river that lets you know that you are fishing in an inner city sometimes known for its crime.

Who would throw this beauty away!

Either a Chef (or Butcher) decided to totally jack in his trade or someone was trying to get rid of the evidence pronto – it looks like it has been in the water for some time so Taggart may have an unsolved case.

Anyway, I started when it was still light at around 8pm and thought I would see no action until later, however started to pick up small trout when fishing speculatively in pocket water and riffles..

The standard of trout you expect...

I fished on and the park was heaving with folk having barbecues and generally enjoying the hot sunny weather we are experiencing just now.   I am glad folk are using the bins provided throughout the parks however their gets to a point when you have got to wonder when people might think they should take their shit home with them.

Take your shit home...

I fished on and chatted to another member who was out using spiders – great guy who was enjoying the Sunday action.

Lovely pocket water ...

He let me attack some trout he was having difficulty with and I managed one of them before moving on to the main event – a long slow deep pool which I just knew would hold some nice trout – I was hoping the dusk would make them a little more brave. I managed to spook a few before finally an absolute belter of a trout took my big white fluffy cdc thingy and it jumped clear out of the water and then proceeded to take a tour of the pool while jumping almost a foot in the air a couple of times..

I have lost so many trout I wanted a picture......any picture!

I managed to convince it to come in for a quick photo and thankfully for once it obliged – now I am no expert when it comes to fish sizes however I reckon their is a good pound in this beast.

Bloody flash on my camera - never takes good dark shots!

Of course what I should really do is start carrying a tape measure around with me – at least then I can give a fish a proper size. This trout simply sucked my fly under water, no splashy or aggressive rise, one second the fly was their and the next it was gone.

I walked up the river and found another two trout sipping something off the surface – very small rises. I covered the tricky one first and then I noticed another trout rising closer, I covered it and my rod bent over as another best shot down the pool and took a couple of foot of line, stupidly I tried to get it on the reel and with another pull it was gone.

And that was pretty much it for the evening – bats were on the water and the trout switched off. I hung around for another ten minutes however did not see any more risers.



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  1. Jim Burns · May 27, 2012

    Alistair taking photo’s of your chopper.

  2. Alistair · May 27, 2012

    Just be glad it is not a photo of your chopper Jim!

  3. ChuckG · May 27, 2012

    I’d say the fish is more then a pound. As for size, try starting with small pieces of tape on the rod spaced accordingly. After awhile when I could look at the rid and have an idea on the length I removed the tape.

    (PS- did you get my email about dates?)

  4. Alistair · May 27, 2012

    Got it Chuck – should be good to go 🙂

  5. Mark Bridger · May 27, 2012

    Hi Mark,

    Thanks for your email. The mayfly in your image appears to be a male imago of Baetis fuscatus, the Pale Watery spinner. This species is characterised by the large yellow eyes on the top of the head. Otherwise, it is similar to a small dark olive. I recorded B. fuscatus from the River Kelvin at Kelvingrove last May so this would certainly fit with your observation.

    I hope this helps,

    Best wishes,

    Craig Macadam

    Craig Macadam

    Buglife – The Invertebrate Conservation Trust

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