Greetings new readers!

Greetings, people who have just read The Herald. I have not actually read the article regarding the Kelvin yet but just in case I came across like a trumpet I thought I would post this first.

Anyway,from some background, I have been fly fishing on the Kelvin for a number of years now and call it my “home”  river. That is not to say I don’t fish other rivers because I do, however I consider The Kelvin overlooked by serious anglers as it is classed as “a shite hole” . It is in fact a very nice little stream, full of trout with increasing runs of Salmon and Sea Trout. Nevertheless, this resource is in threat. It is in threat every day due to possible pollution and overfishing. I for instance never actually kill trout out of the Kelvin but adhere to a catch and release policy. A famous angler once said that a trout is too nice to be caught just once and when I release a trout I reminded of David Seybold in “Waters Swift and Still”

 The boy reached into the net and cleared the hook and leader from the trout and lowered the net back into the water. ” Thank you, said the boy.Thank you very much. I hope you live forever.”

I know people do kill trout from the Kelvin but I dont have to agree with it- always remember these are my own opinions 🙂

If this is your first time here go and make yourself a cup of tea and then come back and settle down for a wee read. This part of my website is called a blog, Wiki defines a blog as being:

..a website where regular entries are made (such as in a journal or diary) and presented in reverse chronological order. Blogs often offer commentary or news on a particular subject, such as food, politics, or local news; some function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media related to its topic. Most blogs are primarily textual although many focus on photographs, videos or audio.

It might interest you to know that this is the oldest personal blog dedicated to fly fishing on the net. It is also the most visited part of my site with visitors from as far away as Japan and the US. I have been overcome by the amount of visitors that my blog receives and just a wee bit proud of it. I do get the odd criticism (my grammar is appalling seemingly) but enjoy the banter
On the right hand side of this page at the top of the sidebar you will see a way to access my archives- they are split into months. There are a couple of years of entries; however I have compiled a small selection for you, picked for no other reason than I liked the photographs.

Trout:Awsome to the max

Actions Stations: Dry Fly Attacks

Hot Hot Hot

Not so much an attack more a leisurely stroll

Last fish caught?

A Cracking Hour and a Half Fly Fishing!!

A Perfect Storm (to fish in)

Awright Muckers!!

First fish on bamboo!!

I hope that has whetted your appetite. Fly fishing is really quite easy; to fish a river like the Kelvin you will need a suitable rod. A typical river rod should be about 8 feet long rated for a 4/5 weight line….that might seem confusing and it is kind of. Essentially a lighter line is for smaller fish and smaller flies and a high number is for big flies and big fish. 4/5 is nice and in the middle. In my mind there is little point in chucking out a worm as all that is going to happen is juvenile trout will get killed (there are good skillful ways of fishing bait but I prefer the fly). Anyway, fly fishing is not elitist these days as you can pick up rods reels and line dirt cheap, all it takes is a little effort.

Drop me a line over here is my contact page if you like



  1. Gareth Lewis · June 22, 2006

    More publicity I see Alistair? 😉

    Doing well mate!


  2. Gareth Lewis · June 22, 2006


    Not sure whether you’ve seen it yet…but I noticed a link to the Herald article you’re in over on the Fly Forums website.

    And don’t worry mate, you don’t sound like a trumpet!

    Hope this helps!


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