Fishing in Lilliputian Style!

Fished a tiny stream on Sunday – the day was warm with a forecast of rain – it began to cloud over by midday – the rain never arrived. The stream was in a gorge and for once there was no burnt out cars (although strangely still an exhaust). I fished with Paul the KAA Secretary before checking some permits on the Kelvin.

Casting could be problematic

Casting could be problematic

Fishing this small stream made you get down and dirty and think about your presentation, casting and your stealth. The trout were never big and some were certainly par – some were true brown trout and were absolutely gorgeous.

Spots!!!

Spots!!!

Casting was difficult; the gorge has trees up either side so roll casting was pretty essential for most of the small pools. Every now and again I would forget and my fly would be in a tree.

Even taking pictures was difficult!

Even taking pictures was difficult!

We found some surprises in deeper pools which came up to above the waist when waded through – in these pools we spotted trout which were a lot bigger – possible between a quarter and half a pound – real monsters for small streams – these trout were super spooky and it would only take a few casts to spook them and they would stop rising. I think I missed more trout than I caught, in fact I don’t think I know!

Deep Pools

Deep Pools

The gorge itself was stunning – with small cliffs at some parts with dark peaty water – ideally I would like to see what this river fished like after a spate and dropping – it would make some of the pools even more fishable and maybe spread out the trout.

Steep Cliffs

Steep Cliffs

I stuck to a couple of tried and tested flies – a small comparadun (using cdc instead of deer hair) and a deer hair emerger – I used my Orvis Superfine with a 4 weight line – thinking about it I could have overlined to make presentations at short distances easier.

Peaty Water

Peaty Water

The river probably only gets fished by a few people every season – and for good reason – hard fishing to spooky trout – fantastic fun though!

Avarage

Avarage

I had one kinda spooky moment – I was fishing a small pool and heard some noises behind me up an embankment in the bushes – it sounded like thuds. I thought maybe Paul had got out the river to walk up the bank to join me and listened to it for a few more minutes – I then fished on waiting for him to come out – I was then hit with intense heebie jeebies – what if it was not Paul (I watch far too many X- File repeats) – I called out however there was no answer – I moved up a pool and away from the noise and possible strange slithering thumping brain sucking creature which was probably a hedgehog.

Returning Trout!

Returning Trout!

9 comments to Fishing in Lilliputian Style!

  • JimL

    Now you’re talking my language…. LOL

    Looks very cool Alistair

  • Great review.reminds me of a small river round my way

  • Yes! Awesome report and photos, and excellent report Alisair. That’s my type of stream! Great stuff :)

  • scott

    That’s actually quite a big river compared to what I’m used to! :)

    If you e-mail me at least it’s name I’ll sned you to another half dozen like it, promise ;)

  • Love the photos Al…hope big sister buys me a digital camera for birthday (30th August, 18 days time) so I can take quick photos instead of waiting on the development.[I presume that this is a Kelvin tributary?!]
    Its nice to know that there are some anglers out there who make the effort to explore against the many who just part their arses. Keep up the good photo-journalist work and the reports.
    Cheers
    Roddy

  • Al,
    Forgot to mention that the Upper Avon Angling Club are having an Open Competition on Saturday 15 August at Dungavel Reservoir (brown trout) and it kicks off at 9am. Dungavel is situated on the Muirkirk Road (just past Dungavel Prison) about 5 miles from Strathaven.
    Roddy

  • Andy patterson

    Its hard to believe ye get wee rivers like that so close to home! It reminds me of jurasssic park lol

  • Paul R

    It was like fishing in a jungle most of the time, but these pictures make it look amazing. It probably was, but I was concentrating on the water so much I forgot to look up. Guess I’ll need to go back!

  • That is a nice looking stream, Alistair. And very pretty fish too. There are a few streams near here that I’ve been meaning to try but haven’t yet. Hopefully soon before the season ends!