Lots of flies – no trout!

The Kelvin has been seeing huge Grannom hatches however as consistent with most rivers the trout do not even give them a second glance – I spent a few hours on the Kelvin a couple of days ago late afternoon to find very few trout even willing to take the nymph – which made me suspect the section I was fishing has had a fairly catastrophic disaster causing the population to decline (as opposed to me being crap)

A Grannom

I covered what rising fish I did see with a small CDC Sedge pattern – a trout that was rising certainly had a bash at it however I probably fluffed the strike –  further down the stretch in some slow water there were two trout rising – they were good trout – both were spooked by the tippet.

Sedge Swarm
Like something from the Bible

Interestingly, I hear that elsewhere on the river smolts and parr were taking the sedge – one person let me know the Big Blue Pool looked like it was raining due to all the risers.

As I beat my way through the bushes I found last years horror show was back..

Skunk Cabbage

That is correct the evil Skunk Cabbage is back……again!

Fishing The Tay tomorrow for a few hours – see you guys later!


  1. Yeah I think somthing is wrong on the Kelvin too Alistair.I’ve only had a couple of tiny trout so far this season and seen very few risers. In past years the fish have been in a feeding frenzy when the grannom are around.
    Good luck on the Tay, I’ve fished it a few times lately and there have been good hatches of MBs and olives with the trout and grayling switching on to them pretty quickly.

  2. Truly unbelievable that Alistair, no fish showing amongst that is quite an eye opener! I read a comment on the forum saying other areas were alive – you think they were mainly parr and smolts?

    Be interested in hearing how you get on at the Tay, I’ll be up that way in a couple weeks, may fish the river, not sure of plans yet.


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