Just because you can does not mean you should!

So I decided to take a walk along the Kelvin walkway as it was a glorious Sunday – hardly a cloud in the sky and very spring like. It was also pretty chilly – maybe sitting around the 7-9 degree mark. As I walked along it was pretty obvious the river is not ready yet for a serious session. Sure, there is every possibility of winkling out a particularly daft trout however you are unlikely to get any real consistent trout coming to the dry fly – the trout are just not looking up yet – the season may be open and you could go fishing however you should not count on catching trout.

Interestingly someone has been taking the litter problem into their own hands and has placed bin bags every hundred yards or so along parts of the walkway at Maryhill – kind of puts Glasgow City Council to shame really.

It was quite nice walking along gazing down at the river – what was especially interesting was being able to look at usually inaccessible areas of the river; usually they are hidden by bushes (and burning cars). What I used to do when I could fish the river every day was mark points which looked promising at the beginning of Spring and then come back later and try and whack my way through the bushes – often I would be rewarded with some nice trout – and cut arms, face and hands.

As it is once more I came to an especially long stretch of pocket and riffle water where guys fishing static probably would just walk by – I marked it in my head for a session – I reckon olives should be coming off in the next few weeks – certainly there were none today.

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8 comments to Just because you can does not mean you should!

  • Andy

    I was out fishing the other week, when the weather was warm, I headed up to my little honey-hole at the end of my session and sure enough there were some small trout rising to olives. I think the cold of the last week has pushed all the trout downwards again. I have to admit that I did not see ANY trout rising anywhere else during my session.

  • Aye – last week was a little different – this cold snap has put paid to any trout looking up though!

  • Andy

    This week is supposed to be warmer again so here’s hoping the troot might start looking up for some surface action. I’m getting pretty excited about catching on the dry fly again. Been pike fishing recently?

  • The young sir is sucking away all my time at the moment – I think my next Pike trip will be in a few weeks – by then they will have all spawned and it will be time for poppers again!

    You been out for the beasts?

  • Andy

    We were up a few weeks ago but I think it was a week or two early, we were trying to catch them on their way into the shallows to spawn. They are probably already at it by now eh? Been feeling the trout bug but it’s hard to resist pike on topwater flies. The days they were taking poppers last season were possibly the best days of the entire fishing season for me. Epic

  • Campbell S

    Topwater fishing is where it’s at!

    Did you get your mitts on any big poppers yet Alstair?

  • Just returned from my other hobby, carp fishing in France and tried fly fishing for carp and actually caught more on the fly than tradditional methods.

  • You know Dan – if you want to plug your site all you have to do is mail me ;-)