Kelvin Calling

After work I needed to fish – Initially decided the Clyde however at the point in the road where I had to make the final decision I made a sharp left turn and headed to the Kelvin. Mostly because it would mean I would get more time to fish but also because I have been neglecting it of late. The good thing about having a home river is that you can hit it when you think conditions are right.

Kelvin calling

The water was a little dirty but at a good height.

I used a dry and dropper as I did not see a trout rise pretty much the whole time I was there. I worked up the river slowly covering as much water as I could. I immediately lost a couple of trout – well when I say lost I mean they just shook their heads and were off. I was glad I used my five weight – it was blowing a gale, and I mean that literally. I think it is the first time I have used it on the Kelvin all year.

 Small Trout From the River kelvin

I did not catch any trout in the usual spots, I managed to hook some in odd wee pockets. After a couple of trout my pheasant tail nymph was looking pretty mangled. I wondered if Frank Sawyer had this problem with his nymphs. The traditional tying does not use any thread just copper wire and pheasant tail and this is what I use – the whole lot seems to have moved down the hook.

 Pheasant Tail Nymph

I could have fished on but it was now 7pm and the wind was getting strong – I was home by ten past.


  1. scott · July 16, 2008

    I tried my hand at a bit of tench fishing last night but the wind made it a nightmare. right direction, petty about the strength!

  2. Alistair · July 16, 2008

    Ohh – Tench – what tactics do you use for them ?

  3. David · July 16, 2008

    Check out Davy McPhail on Youtube. He uses superglue to secure the wire

  4. Andy · July 16, 2008

    been away for a while and haven’t fished the kelvin in a couple of weeks. Went down tonight and all I could manage were a couple of parr, but there were some big fish about. Salmon I reckon.

  5. Paul · July 16, 2008

    I’ve found the Kelvin pretty dour this week Alistair. Still been catching trout but fewer than normal and mainly smaller fish. I know what you mean about the wind,i nearly got blown away up the Clyde today.

  6. Paul · July 16, 2008

    Scott-thought u were in Greece? We should fish some of your wee burns soon.

  7. George · July 16, 2008

    Hey Alister .. long time no hear from you .. hope your good :o)

    Just read your PTN info … wondering where you might have got the copper wire ?
    Did you buy it … or like me, recycle elec flex from old TV’s etc when they go duff .. just cut off from applience then cust and strip out the copper core … make for a huge saving if needing the copper wire

    Well better pop off

    Take it easy

    George :o)

  8. Alex · July 16, 2008

    Here’s how to stop your nymph sliding down the hook:

    When starting the fly, begin by putting a layer of thread down. This will help the copper wire ‘grip’ the hook shank. Before you wrap the wire round the shank, cover the shank and thread with varnish. THEN put the copper wire on. It will make the whole fly more durable.


  9. scott · July 16, 2008

    Nah paul its the end of august im away! The burns are in for a pounding!

    Alistair, i was using float tactics for the tench down the canal, im considering givin them a shot with fly tackle but i reckon it’s gonna be mega impractical and ineffective haha

  10. Alistair · July 16, 2008

    If you catch a Tench on fly tackle you have GOT to send me a photo 🙂

  11. scott · July 16, 2008

    Im workin on it, doubt it’s gonna be easy though! Im gonna try and tie up some sweetcorn imitations tonight haha

  12. alan atkins · July 16, 2008

    Tench will take white Marabou flees that are tied to immitate bread flake. However, if they are to take the flee then they must be encouraged to the surface with ground baiting of said flake. If its good enough for Bernard Cribbens then its good enough for me !!!

  13. Stuart B · July 16, 2008

    Bernard Cribbens eats bread flake ? 🙂

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