Greetings, I have done very little fishing so I have not had the time to update the blog. I have been away in the Lake District doing a spot of walking and hiking. We stayed at a reasonable campsite called Scotgate and did a few interesting walks around Keswick and beyond. Lots of lovely walks in the English countryside with stake n ale pie for dinner on the evenings we could not have a BBQ.
I have added the photos to my gallery for anyone that is interested.
A rather nice update from Rob Wilson, a frequent Kelvin fisher
I headed out early this morning, and wandered down from my house as far as the art galleries. The river was pretty coloured, and no real sign of any fish. On the way back, despite the rain coming back on, the water was clearing and fish had started rising. Took a beauty from the last stretch of the park, photo is a bit rushed after a great fight, and I had a small crowd by that time. I fished back up to the Botanics and had another five fish. Had another few hours tonight after a bit of diy, caught another four. Seemed to be a day for spectators – a fox sat a rods length away on the bank and watched me catch my last two!
No, it is not some kind of Kiwi sex position it is in fact a way of fishing, or at least using a dropper, let me explain…
Last week I headed down to the Kelvin with Alex, he is fishing quite a lot with the New Zealand method and doing rather well I must say. For those not in the know what you do is take a nice bushy dry fly (I use a parachute), say a size 14, then tie a short dropper onto the BEND of the hook, approx 18inches long, and add a nymph, for example, a size 12 or 14 Hares Ear or Pheasant Tail.
Anyway, the Kelvin is now down to bare bones, the fish are very sluggish, there seems to be some fly life around but all in all it has been slow for me. I would be interested in hearing how other fishers are getting on?
I have copied and pasted this from a forum I visit…
Call for inquiry into river drowning
By Eric Nicolson
THE DEATH of a father-of-three in a Highland Perthshire river last week could have been avoided and should be investigated at a fatal accident inquiry, a councillor has claimed.
Gordon Robertson (41), from Midlothian, was fishing in the Tummel, yards from holiday chalets at the Tummel Valley Holiday Park, last Monday when he was dragged away by treacherous currents.
Ken Lyall, who represents the Breadalbane ward on Perth and Kinross Council, has learned that the opening of nearby sluice gates could have caused a rapid rise in water levels and understands that there was no warning of this.
Mr Lyall has questions he wants answered by the relevant authorities and has written to the procurator fiscal in Perth to secure an FAI.
The SNP councillor said, â€œAs with all fatal accidents I was sad to hear about the drowning but having spoken to locals, the police and ambulance services, I feel that the accident could have been avoided.
â€œWith that in mind I have written to the procurator fiscal in Perth requesting a fatal accident inquiry.
â€œI understand that a cause of the accident may have been due to the opening of sluice gates, which causes a very quick and substantial rise in the water levels.
â€œI also understand that there is no warning of this. If that was the case then there are surely questions that should be answered.
â€œWho is responsible for this, how often does it happen and what prior warning is there to the public?
â€œWhat signage is there at present to warn the public, is it suitable enough to explain what may occur, and what responsibility do the caravan/camping/other holiday accommodation owners have in warning their visitors about the circumstances around the loch and river?â€
Mr Lyall added, â€œI understand in the past there may have been prior warning in the form of a claxon five or so minutes before any discharges into the river. This does not appear to be the case now.
â€œI hope that the procurator fiscal will initiate an inquiry and that it answers not only my questions but helps to ensure that this sort of accident does not happen again.â€
The tragedy unfolded at around 11am when Mr Robertson, who had been fishing with others, had been left to continue fishing alone.
It was then a witness saw a man wearing chest waders disappear beneath the water.
He and onlookers tried to rescue himâ€”one throwing a rope into the waterâ€”but the stricken angler was lost to sight.
Online magazines are all the rage at the moment- a particularly good one (dare I say the best?) is Fish Wild, you will not see any boobies or blobs in this baby- it is traditional tactics all the way!
Check it out
Not done any fishing as it has been too damn hot and my driving lessons seem to be getting in the way of things. However, other anglers have been on the water and are seeing roughly the same amount of fish as I am- namely doodly squat. Alex sent me this rather nice picture of a ski to add to the bizarre things found in the Kelvin, a one legged skier perhaps who just decided that his other one should be buried at sea perhaps? A hopeful water-skier whoâ€™s pals didnâ€™t manage to get through the bushes to build up enough speed? There is surely a story there somewhere!
I suppose there has been stranger things in the river at some point.
For those brave enough to venture onto the river here is a little tip for you- I have seen lots of flying ants here there and just about everywhere, tie up (or buy) some and keep them in reserve for the next week or so as the trout will go wild for them if they get to the river- as Kelvin fisher Alex found last season- he did not have any!
So where was I?
Right, so on the Sunday we decided to make a proper day of it. My wife was working, Emmanuelleâ€™s girlfriend was in Italy with their baby and Alexâ€™s was away for the weekend to Edinburgh. So we did what any right minded male gents without a care in the world (other than my coughing) would do and went to the pub for a meal and then to the Glasgow Angling Centre. We had to pick up some little LED lights because of falling everywhere the night before (nothing to do with the heaby jeebies in the darkâ€¦I just donâ€™t like cows ok!!). We found them a little too expensive in the GAC so headed down to Maplins and picked some up there; I managed to grab the last fancy one that wrapped around your head but to be fair I just know the old ball n chain will be taking it off me to go to the loo when we camp.
So we then headed back to the river in good time, the two guys caught a fair few fish but for me it just did not seem to work, I caught a few smaller ones but just did seem to be getting the same takes as last night. Just before dusk we moved to a new stretch of river that did not look fished, well we had to jump over an electric fence (I was not happy) and then as there was no paths in the grass Emmanuelle fell into a giant nettle bush.
Emmanuelle fished down stream and once I came to a funny long pull I noticed some fish rising. Well, I waited all that time for one to come along and then caught two the night before and low and behold I caught another grayling, this one was a little larger than the others and I started to get a very good feeling about this pool. I cast again as I thought there might be a shoal of them as I could spot a couple of risesâ€¦.
I watched my olive klink drift down and suddenly it disappeared, now it did not look like anything had actually taken it, it just was sucked under the surface â€œhello- I thought- I have heard of things like this beforeâ€ so I struckâ€¦this all happened in a split secondâ€¦I struck into a lovely brown troutâ€¦as I was still thinking of grayling I think I called out â€œwhat the fuck is that?â€ as all I could see was a massive tail turning over in the water, what followed was then one of the most memorable fights with a trout I have had in a long time, a couple of leaps out the water, swimming up and down and around, taking lineâ€¦.ah the joy- all this in around two foot of water as well Alex walked up to net the trout for me and in the walky talky saidâ€hey Emmanuelle, Alistair has caught himself a right clunkerâ€â€¦he replied â€œBig grayling, big trout what the hell is going on up thereâ€
Weighed in at one pound and 10oz.