I Stand in Defiance of the East Wind Curse

Well that was a turn up for the books. I decided to spend a few hours down at the Kelvin before I jet off on my holidays tomorrow. I was expecting things to be hard going however the fishing was pretty good – even better than the last time I was down. It was busy again though – I counted at least a half dozen guys – only two were fishing bait and the rest were using the fly.

Nice Trout from Kelvin

I noted that the park rangers have been chopping down lost of trees making some more pools accessible. In one particular spot I spent around a half hour getting myself into position to cast my fly – on my second drift the trout took however I was looking away at the time – such is life.

Spot The Trout

I was really surprised at my last trout of the day – I was fishing a nice run at around 1630 thinking that all the action was finished for the day when I noticed a little gloop just a couple of yards in front of me. I cast, the trout took and I missed. I cast again, the trout took again and this time the trout was on and thoroughly pissed off, it went for a tour of the pool before finally coming to hand.

Nice Trout

All my trout came to Deer Hair Emergers – I tried the duo when I first arrived with no luck. After spotting rising trout I decided to target them and the nymph never went back on.

No fishing for a week and consequently no postings – well there will be one – next Monday – My River Kelvin wishlist.

See you guys when I get back.


  1. Eduardo Sanchez · April 22, 2008

    Nice brown trouts! I like very much fishing with emergers.

    Always when you decide to leave the river, you catch a fish or you wish to that happen.


  2. Alistair · April 22, 2008

    Hey Eduardo – thanks for commenting, yea the trout took me by surprise, trout do obviously key in on emergers more than fully hatched flies.

  3. GlasgowGav · April 22, 2008

    Hey Alistair, whats with the fishing on a schoolday, when the rest of us are working!

    Have a great holiday.

  4. Andy · April 22, 2008

    That’s one lovely trout Alistair, a lot bigger than the ones I’ve been catching on the Kelvin! Have a great time away.

  5. Gareth · April 22, 2008

    Nice fish Alistair! Although I agree with GlasgowGav above; hardly fair to be out fishing when we’re stuck in work :p

    Have a good holiday mate…although I’m sure you can pack a small rod in the case….

  6. Alex · April 22, 2008

    Alistair, that’s a superb stamp of fish for the Kelvin – congrats!. I’ve noticed myself this season that even though I’ve not seen much in the way of Kelvin trout rising this year, nearly all my success has been with dries.

    Have a great holiday!


  7. Alistair · April 22, 2008

    I am off work for a couple of weeks – it meant I could join the riff raff on the river 🙂

  8. Stuart B · April 22, 2008

    Nice fush they certainly are .

    I was wondering if anyone can help on telling me about access to the Kelvin in Garscube Estate .I know there are entrances from The Switchback and also maryhill Road ….Which is best or can you get access to the river using both .The Maryhill Road one is signed west of Scotland Science Park but it’s not clear from my OS Map if you can get to the river that way .
    Anyone know .If I use the Vet School entrance would that be easier ….can you get parked near the river ?

  9. charlie watson · April 22, 2008

    a joke for the salmon fisherman;

    two maggots sitting in the pub, one says to the other ; fancy a game of darts…

    a couple of games in, the other maggot says, why the fuck are we playing darts….the other maggot retorts; beats fuckin fishing!

  10. alan atkins · April 22, 2008

    Stuart B,
    Either entrances will enable you to park within 5 mins walk of the river. Alternatively, you could fish throuhg Dawgholme park and come out at the bottom rugby pitch at the end of the vet school stretch. The water upstream of the Dawsholme bridge has some lovely pool that are lightly fished due to their relative inaccessability

  11. brian · April 22, 2008

    hey ali can you tell me if the river is fishable at the weir at yorkhill hospital i see a lot of people bait fishing of the bridge ,

  12. Alistair · April 22, 2008

    I have no idea Brian – I have only went down that way a couple of times but it was always too busy – get yer waders on and let me know 🙂

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