The Phenomenon

I always get paranoid when I take someone new to the Kelvin. I could have had weeks of fantastic fishing, all my hot spots throwing fat trout at me and the Kelvin behaving like, well, the Kelvin. And then I take someone who has never fished it and not only do they blank, but I blank as well (whilst seeing no fish whatsoever). This, I think, is a common phenomenon, I am reminded of the time that we travelled up to The Don and ended up sitting around looking at a wholly fishless river for most of the day.
Anyway, so this must have been what Alan, a long time fisher of the Kelvin, must have been thinking when he took me to the River Avon his now local little stream.
Not only did we not catch anything, but we got caught in a torrential rain storm to boot. The temperature then plummeted, halting all fly life.
Avon Water:From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Avon Water in Chatelherault Country Park.
Avon Water, also known locally as the River Avon, is a 24 mile long river in Scotland and a tributary of the River Clyde. Rising in east Ayrshire, the river flows in a north easterly direction through South Lanarkshire, passing towns such as: Strathaven, Glassford, Stonehouse, Larkhall and, finally, Hamilton, where it joins the River Clyde as it flows between Hamilton and Motherwell.
Points of interest along the river include: Cadzow Castle (ruins), the Cadzow Oaks, (some of which are over 600 years old), and Chatelherault Country Park.


The stretch that we fished was full of rocky pools and some nice glides, very pretty- no shopping trolleys or burnt out cars at all. At dusk we spotted some rising trout in a large pool but either they were being very sporadic or we spooked them and put them down.
All said and done, we caught no trout, got rained on, I slipped a couple of times and had a thoroughly good time.

Actually, now I come to think about what I shall call the phenomenon (blanking spectacularly when showing a friend a sweet spot) happened the last two times I went to Harelaw Trout Fishery.
Alex enthused about the trout we would catch “bring a bag, a big bag….a sack even” and “the boat will be full of blood, it will be like a Satanist wedding” and “Kill em all, let God sort em out”


A Perfect Storm (to fish in)

Harelaw-the second coming!

However, Alex is now glad that I have broke our chain of bad luck and I shall write up that little story later on.

Note: Alex may not have said actual words but most certainly thought them.

Milton of Fonab Campsite- a poor result

Going up to fish the Tummel next week and looking for a campsite in Pitlochry, I found the Milton of Fonab Campsite which looked ideal so emailed them. I explained that we are a group of anglers, fishing from dawn till dusk but the answer was nope, they do not accept groups of single sex parties. It was a very polite email, but still, pretty rubbish that a group of law abiding anglers cannot get a pitch on a camp site just because we are male………its a pity the law is not on our side….oh hang on it is..
UK Law on Equality and Discrimination

I think the pertinant line is

Currently, there is direct legislation dealing with discrimination on the grounds of sex, race and disability that applies in a number of fields, including employment, education, housing and the provision of goods and services.

Anyway, I have mailed them the link so will wait and see what they say


Having looked at some reviews, most notably here I am glad I got somewhere else. It seems a little cramped and a bit of a money making excercise with a busy road running past it….ugh avoid !!

Points to keep in mind

Well, you learn something new every time you go fishing. I think I learned two things last night.

1. Don’t bother going fishing in this crazy heat until it is even approaching dark (ie afer 6pm)
2. If you have difficulty in tying on a size 22 CDC fly when it is light it will be next to impossible when it is dark.
Oh and a third thing- when you get your fly stuck in a tree and you pull it out, you might think it is a good thing the fly is still attached but n actual fact it is not. I noticed that when I was tying on another fly. When pulling tight the knot would break, I think this was because the nylon had been stretched so much. I use that Frog Hair nylon and usually find it very good. AT first I thought it was a faulty batch but after a while I realised it was the whole tree/pull/knot thing. Point to remember that.
sanitary towlel pool

Oh you might have noticed a couple of days ago a discussion that took place of naming places that I fish, most notably was the other river. It just so happened that I was on the phone to the person who first took a pal of mine there and he commented that he was a bit nervous I was introducing so many people to it. I pointed out that it was only a few and they were all trusted characters who would not exploit the spot, he then mentioned about the blog and I had to assure him that no way would I name it. You see the thing is, if I go giving directions to every sweet spot on my blog then readers will stop asking me to go fishing with them to their own sweet spots. I would have certainly shot myself in the foot (more like a kick in the nuts)

sHARP & To the Point

Had a mammoth session yesterday- however modesty forces me to keep this a short and sharp post. An afternoon session on the Kelvin with a couple of trout under my belt and then an evening session down on my other favourite river (or rather part of river)

Needless to say, the Kelvin session was a rather nice warm up to a great evening session. Lots of trout caught on sedges- loving it!
The silt in the Kelvin is now clear, I have been threatening to leave for a session since around 1pm but have now decided to wait until later as it is roasting hot.
I will update on my evening session later

If you have not entered the competition please do so now!

Ta Ta !

Dramatic Entrances and Dramatic Exits

bus stop
We had lots of thunder and lightening yesterday morning with lots of rain. I was not sure if the Kelvin was going to be out of action but met Alex down there anyway. Turned out the water did have a colour to it, certainly could not see the bottom, possibly just a little higher than usual. I did not realise we were about to have a great session.
I tackled up and started fishing before Alex made his rather dramatic arrival of climbing over a fence, giving a cheery wave and then falling head over heels down the bank amongst the vegetation. Next time he arrives I will have my camera poised just in case, probably win 10 bucks in the local rag for a picture like that.
We did ok during the day picking up that odd fish here and there, not too hot. I picked up a nice trout from some pocket water after missing a trout at sanitary towel pool (so called because….oh never mind).
The real action started as soon as it got a little darker, we were both considering going home, Alex had lost his mobile phone and was going to look for it before it got too dark and I was thinking that nothing was going to happen because the conditions were poor. As we were walking up to where we cross the river I noticed a trout on the other side, we decided I would go after that trout and Alex would walk up the river. What followed was the most enjoyable dry fly session in a good while on the Kelvin.

At the far bank trout were sipping down flies, I decided they were taking Yellow Mays emergers as they were splashing at them dancing on the surface before breaking free. In a deep very slow run of around 30 yards I must have picked up around 5-6 nice trout. Every now and then I looked up to See Alex at the head of the pool into another trout as well, good looking ones too. I was a little envious as he was at some faster water which would make it a little easier as the trout would not have as long to inspect his fly. Turned out he was getting all his trout on a nymph.
at last
As we packed up we spoke about how good a session it had been, by this point I was now wounded after banging by shin against a boulder so was doing it whilst limping around saying ow a lot.

Oh and Alex’s mobile turned up, it was in his net attached to his back. It must have fallen in there when he was taking a leak. I wonder what he would have done if he had caught a trout of a few pounds and then seen the mobile dangling just above the water, the trout about to be lost due to trying to get the phone out the net – probably let the insurance kick in I would imagine- its only a phone.

You just cannae win sometimes.

So the other night I went fishing with Alex for an evening session. I was sitting on the bus (the number 16) when I got a text “get here quick, trout everywhere” or something like that. Seeing as how I could not get the bus to go any quicker I browsed through my flies for a correct choice of fluff to the bemusement of commuters and grannies going to bingo. As soon as I got to the river all action stopped and it was to be the start of a night skewed in Alex’s favour. I mean, I caught trout, some nice trout actually, just not as many as Alex had on or in fact lost.
We fished a pool where you are pretty much guaranteed a trout, Alex had around 6 and I caught nought, we were using the same flies AND Alex was handicapped by a gammy leg from football.
Still nice, just one of those nights I suppose.
I am now off on holiday for a week, Claire is unfortunately on nightshift all week so I have been filling up each day with places to fish and people to meet, rather considerately I felt but she says I have been selfish, you just cannae win sometimes!
I see Mike is having similar problems with his brother who outfished us all the other day, while we were busy in our walky talkies asking if anyone had seen any trout he was lazily saying “…just putting back my 5th half pounder” (it could have been more but I wouldnt want to swell his head even more)


Sizzling…….nah Brrrrrrrr.

So it had been a roasting hot day. My wife and I had a hectic day rushing about; it got to around 8pm so I decided to go fishing. Alas as soon as I went out the door I could tell there was something a little different in the air, it was a lot colder. Still, I was hoping that the trout might have been turned on to the sedges the same way they were turned on the night before but a proper hatch did not materialise.
I ended up spending a fair old time at this little spot trying to tempt some rising fish, I found that I was deceived as they were mostly those wee sea trout that have been stocked.
Eventually I managed to hook what feels like my first brown trout in ages from this part of the Kelvin. I thought at first it was a lot bigger however before realising it was foul hooked in the back, it made for an interesting fight and thankfully the hook came out easier. Mike, a guy I fish with uses barbless hooks all the time; however I just seem to use them when I remember to flatten the barb. Would be interested to know just how many of you use them.
Oh and don’t forget the caption competition, mind that anyone can enter, just choose a photo and write a caption, jiggery pockery with Photoshop is allowed but not mandatory. Read this post here for more details.


So Emmanuelle and I met Mike and Steve on our other river for a spot of evening action from around 6pm onwards.
We got off to a slow start with only a couple of smaller trout caught, however Steve powered ahead picking up trout consistently on a deer hair Sedge.
Emmanuelle caught this corker of a brown trout on a size 14 olive parachute from a special little pool that we discovered. If Mike had not been around with his net it may have managed to escape the camera. We are still pretty unsure of the weight; it went from 2lb to 3lb, leave a comment if you are good at guessing weights?
For some reason even though we knew Steven was picking up trout all day on a sedge we did not change to one until much later on when it started getting a little darker. Possibly dues to over confidence in the one fly- more probable bloody mindedness.

This was my first proper trout of the evening at around 2200.
I cast up a tiny little riffle and kept just going a little too far to the left. I think I did this 4 times. When I corrected myself and managed to get the drift down the middle of the flow the trout took first time. That was when the fun began. I knew this trout was going to need the net as there was a big riffle behind me going into a new pool. Also it gave a rather spectacular jump. I reached up behind me to pull the net away from the magnetic release on my waistcoat and nothing happened, it just stayed stuck. At this point the trout decided to go down for a spot of sightseeing after all, shooting past me and rolling around in the pool behind. I scrambled over some rocks and behind a bush, still pulling frantically on the magnetic release, still it would not come away. Turns out I had attached the magnetic release completely wrongly so no amount of pulling would have solved my problem. As it was the trout was now laying quietly in some slack water as it had wrapped itself in nylon. After a couple of quick photos I held it in the water, after a tense couple of mins it gave an indignant kick and was off.

Tattered Fly

Tattered Fly has went through a relaunch with a diffierent layout. Lovely site and quotes me for his inspiration.

usually I just inspire people to the booze bottle so that is a plus 🙂

Greetings new readers!

Greetings, people who have just read The Herald. I have not actually read the article regarding the Kelvin yet but just in case I came across like a trumpet I thought I would post this first.
Anyway,some background, I have been fly fishing on the Kelvin for a number of years now and call it my “home” river. That is not to say I don’t fish other rivers because I do, however I consider The Kelvin overlooked by serious anglers as it is classed as “a shite hole”. It is in fact a very nice little stream, full of trout with increasing runs of Salmon and Sea Trout. Nevertheless, this resource is in threat. It is in threat every day due to possible pollution and over fishing. I for instance never actually kill trout out of the Kelvin but adhere to a catch and release policy. A famous angler once said that a trout is too nice to be caught just once and when I realease a trout I reminded of David Seybold in “Waters Swift and Still”

” The boy reached into the net and cleared the hook and leader from the trout and lowered the net back into the water. ‘ Thank you’, said the boy. ‘Thank you very much. I hope you live forever. ”

I know people do kill trout from the Kelvin but I dont have to agree with it- always remember these are my own opinions 🙂
If this is your first time here go and make yourself a cup of tea and then come back and settle down for a wee read. This part of my website is called a blog, Wiki defines a blog as being:

…a website where regular entries are made (such as in a journal or diary) and presented in reverse chronological order. Blogs often offer commentary or news on a particular subject, such as food, politics, or local news; some function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media related to its topic. Most blogs are primarily textual although many focus on photographs, videos or audio.

It might interest you to know that this is the oldest personal blog dedicated to fly fishing on the net. It is also the most visited part of my site with visitors from as far away as Japan and the US. I have been overcome by the amount of visitors that my blog receives and just a wee bit proud of it. I do get the odd criticism (my grammar is appalling seemingly) but enjoy the banter
On the right hand side of this page at the top of the sidebar you will see a way to access my archives- they are split into months. There are a couple of years of entries; however I have compiled a small selection for you, picked for no other reason than I liked the photographs.

Trout:Awsome to the max

Actions Stations: Dry Fly Attacks

Hot Hot Hot

Not so much an attack more a leisurely stroll

Last fish caught?

A Cracking Hour and a Half Fly Fishing!!

A Perfect Storm (to fish in)

Awright Muckers!!

First fish on bamboo!!

I hope that has whetted your appetite. Fly fishing is really quite easy; to fish a river like the Kelvin you will need a suitable rod. A typical river rod should be about 8 feet long rated for a 4/5 weight line….that might seem confusing and it is kind of. Essentially a lighter line is for smaller fish and smaller flies and a high number is for big flies and big fish. 4/5 is nice and in the middle. In my mind there is little point in chucking out a worm as all that is going to happen is juvenile trout will get killed (there are good skillful ways of fishing bait but I prefer the fly). Anyway, fly fishing is not elitist these days as you can pick up rods reels and line dirt cheap, all it takes is a little effort.

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