5 Lessons Learned

1.Try a rod before buying it; those that know me are aware of the rod I bought on a whim. I even got a discount after mailing the owner of Fulling Mill. It is a Fulling Mill Ti4 Fly Rod 9ft 4 Piece #5 rod. Looks lovely, I fished with it once and did not take to it immediately so have not used it again. To be fair I should fish with it properly but do so like my old trusty Greys that I just don’t have the heart to fish with a different rod (other than my Tea Stick Bamboo).

2.If you fly does not come out the bush after the first couple of tugs, go after it- don’t bother pulling again as you will weaken your tippet even if you do manage to get it out. If you do keep on pulling then you will lose your fly to a rather nice trout making you damn your luck when in fact it had nothing to do with luck but stupidity.

3.No matter how many flies you tie you will always have “only one” of that essential fly in your box- you will then lose it in a tree. (see previous)

4.I get panicky when wading- so why did I buy rubber soled wading boots? Oh yea it is because I walk to the river, even though my last felts lasted the test of time….kind of. I suppose the trade off was between saving £25 or slipping every few steps and spooking every trout in a hundred yards- hmmm gimme the cash I said to myself.

5.Look at a rooster cape before buying it- if you are going to spend over £25 on some feathers make sure you don’t buy it mail order. I know some people have managed this and won, unfortunately I was not one of them. I did manage to get a nice cape from Ebay but seemingly they are not shipping feathers across the pond anymore.

End of Season thoughts 2

I am trying to blank the whole end of seson situation, as such I have not updated in a while. On Monday I shall be giving Grayling a bash so will see yo then ….

Brown trout fakes orgasms

I have no idea of the purpose (or for that matter just how they found this one out)

Female brown trout (Salmo trutta) fake orgasms to encourage males to ejaculate prematurely. By doing so, they dupe their partner into thinking it has successfully mated, before the female fish moves on to find a better male with which to do the real thing


Considering no actual er…intercourse takes place then ……um…think this is a lot of crap ?

[tags]trout orgasms,trout, research, fish sex [/tags]

Womens Hour – Fly Fishing

An interview with Mandy Shelvey-Veness – a women fly tyer.

Its on the radio, all very hight tech

BBC radio 4

[tags]podcast,fishing,women,radio [/tags]

Tracking Blogs

When I started this blog about my exploits down the Kelvin and the other rivers that I fish this was the only dedicated fly fishing blog on the net. Sure there were updated regularly news sites but no actual personal fishing experience blogs. Now there are lots of fly fishing blogs out there, kinda makes me feel special in a funny kind of way….some people have emailed me to say that I was the inspiration for their own musings and deep down I am proud of that…

Tom Chandler over at Trout Underground wrote a most excellent post about how to subscribe to all those Fly Fishing blogs out there – check it out

End of season thoughts 1

As usual at this time of year I am on the lookout for some good books to read over the winter- that whet my appetite for the coming year.

I was discussing the end of the season with Mike on our last trout session together; we both agreed that we did in fact enjoy the end of the season and the chance to look at other pursuits. I like to read, go after some other fish when I can and do a spot of fly tying for the next season among other things. Mike however likes to go hill walking in winter and dig snow holes.

Scottish Highlands (Hillwalking Guide S.)

I quite fancy this book for the coming year…
A Man May Fish

It came highly recommended by a pal, I have added it to my wishlist just in time for christmas. 🙂

Baws tae that…

So Alex and I had some serious small stream action at the weekend, coupled of course with a hefty dose of big river action. The small burn is part of the Kelvin system and had a nice amount of water in it due to there being a spot of rain a couple of days before. Alex was moaning about the possibility of catching any trout in a burn so small ….
…but after I had caught a couple of trout I could hardly drag him away from the place. We also found some fairly gigantic Olives which were around an inch long (Alex unkindly said the fish were that long as well)
We ended our weekend with Alex going for a swim after taking one chance too far with his “enthusiastic” wading and discussing what really makes a good day of fishing. We had spotted a fair collection of interesting wildlife- a sparrow hawk, a large red sedge (not its real name), a black swan and seen a badger set. Some people might argue that on a days fishing catching a fish is just a bonus- they go purely for the solitude and fresh air, to contemplate nature.

Balls to all that we agreed, if you don’t catch fish a couple of trips then you would not too bothered but if it happened consistently then I would certainly be thinking that I should be changing my technique. If I seriously wanted to watch the wildlife and go for a walk I would not be carrying a fishing rod.

Next time I go fishing with someone I am going to ensure they take some photos of myself with a fish…..I am seriously noticing the lack of!!

A week left of the trout season…Baws tae that n’ aw !!

Glasgow fined for polluting the Kelvin

Here is one I missed earlier…..

Landfill activities cause problems for the environment
9 Jun 2006 – Ext01-D01

Landfill less. Recycle more. Protect the environment. This was the message from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) this week, after one of Scotland’s largest Councils was fined for polluting a major Glasgow river.

Glasgow City Council was fined £2000 at Glasgow Sherriff Court on Monday (5 June) after contaminated liquid leaked from their Summerston landfill site in the north of Glasgow and entered the River Kelvin. The liquid was the by-product of decomposing waste buried in the landfill.

Officers from SEPA noticed the leak during routine inspections of the site on 16 June and 5 August 2004. Samples of the liquid discharge and of the River Kelvin were analysed and both showed high levels of pollution.

“This liquid is supposed to be collected, contained and treated on site, so that there is no damage to the environment” said Simon Pattullo, investigating officer for SEPA. “That was clearly not happening on these two occasions. The River Kelvin is a well known fishing river, with increasingly good water quality. It is unacceptable that contaminated discharge from the landfill site found its way into this well known stretch of water.”

The collection and treatment of liquid from landfill sites is just one of the reasons that landfill is becoming an unsustainable way of waste disposal. SEPA is a key player in the challenge to change the way Scotland disposes of its waste.

“There is a massive drive to reduce, reuse and recycle going on throughout Scotland at the moment” said Al Dewart, South West Area Manager for SEPA. “The Councils in Scotland are currently investigating the options available to them for continuing the reduction of waste going to landfill. Until we have a full range of disposal methods developed and in use, the type of pollution incident witnessed at Summerston landfill in 2004 will always be a risk.”

For more information on what can be done to reduce waste to landfill, visit the Scottish Waste Awareness website at: www.wasteawarescotland.org.uk.


Notes to editors

The actual charges against Glasgow City Council were:-

On 16 June 2004 and 5 August 2004, at Summerston Landfill Site, Glasgow you GLASGOW CITY COUNCIL did cause or knowingly permit poisonous, noxious or polluting matter, namely contaminated water indicative of landfill leachate, to enter controlled waters, namely the River Kelvin, by way of a peripheral surface water drain and a consented outfall pipe serving the leachate settlement lagoons, all there ;

CONTRARY to the Control of Pollution Act 1974 Section 30F(1) as amended

The Kelvin alas….

The Kelvin, alas, is still out of action after all that rain.

So last Sunday was a bit of a non starter when it came to trout rising and flies hatching. I mean the water had settled from the day before- a little lower and clearer but there was very little action. I just took my time picking up the odd small trout whenever I seen one rise.
I watched Mike for a while expertly picking up what looked like a nice Grayling which I thought was one of many but turned out to be one of few.
I enjoyed just working my way up a little pool like this one making sure that every little pocket of water was being covered, I would say that once every 10-15 casts I might have got an offer at my fly, it was iether on or off….usually off !

This weekend we are heading for a small river we have never fished before and then to my other fave river on Sunday.

Fishing a Nymph…

I got to the river at around 0930 on Saturday which with hindsight a little optimistic as it was still quite chilly, there was no fly life and no fish moving. In fact I spent most of my time just sitting watching the water waiting for something to happen. When I got bored of that I experimented a little with using nymphs.
I have never been happy with the New Zealand style of fishing a nymph. What I was finding was that, yes, I was hooking fish but then I was finding that they would do a bolt into the weeds and because there was another trailing hook they would escape capture. The other thing I found was that thy would rise to the dry fly, fail to hook themselves as there was a bit of trailing mono and if they did hook themselves the trailing nymph would catch in the weeds again. All this added to the fact that I usually have enough trouble trying to keep my dry fly floating without a bloody big anchor dragging it down made me have a rethink about the system.
I remembered having a chat to Mike about this who recommended the use of a piece of sheep’s wool; this would act like an indicator as well as ensuring a nice drift. Looking around the field I was in there was only cows which are not known for their floating abilities so I had to come up with a more radical solution- well not that radical actually, as I had already bought some of this floating putty.
box of shame
I had bought it primarily for the little box as I was going to fill it with flies and attach it to a lanyard around my neck; I just never got around to it. You use it by pulling off a little piece and then squeezing it around the line- it works”so so” -probably slightly better than using a dry fly.
flating green putty
The river was very muddy and was up around 6 inches, I was surprised as the day before we had absolutely no rain, the day before that however we had a bit of a rainy day but I did not think enough to seriously colour the river.

The insect life started slowly, I watched a bee buzz past, and then noticed some of those cow pat flies buzzing around, then some butterflies and finally some olives. The trout were just not interested but I managed to sneak out some Grayling almost by chance.
I can feel the season coming to an end, which is strange as last year we had good sport right up to the last day of the season.

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