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Cash up for grabs!

There was a post on a forum I frequent from an organisation called Anglers Voice. There are giving away money::

Dear All,

If I asked you to nominate a deserving cause for a £50 cheque/voucher, who would you nominate?.

Are you personally organising clean-ups on a river?
Are you donating time to help our Rivers in a non-commercial capacity?.

Money to help you is availble from Anglersvoice.
We have a list which we send to Tim Smith at Todays’FF.
For every article we write, Tim sends a donation and works down the list.

What we really want is a list of the people working in the background which never ask for or get any “thankyou’s”.

The main agencies/societies all have membership fees which support their activities, so we would prefer to donate to people YOU think deserve it.

Maybe it’s for some new equipment/waders/kelly kettle for a brew-up, petrol money.. ANYTHING..

Drop us a line and we’ll add them to list.

Kev.

I decided to nominate Friends of the River Kelvin and they are soon to recieve there 50 pounds!

Dead Salmon on the Kelvin- an explanation?

So it appears that the dead salmon on the Kelvin was not just the result of the heat.
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There has been two fish deaths, the heat and a disease. At the moment there are large amounts of dead Salmon in the Clyde and no one really knows what to do about them. The thinking is that every year this particular run of Salmon suffers the same fate with only a few getting through to spawn. It is something to do with the energy required to jump up the obstacles on the river. It seems that this run only has enough energy to make one jump, if it fails it then does not recover but dies. That is why there are so many dead salmon down at the first fall of water on the Kelvin.

So far no one really knows what to do, SEPA sent out someone who was not willing to get into the river and get a Salmon out for testing and also stated that it was not their job anyway as it was only the water they are interested in. Anyway, Dougie Brown now has a fishery biologist in tow that will carry out a test on the next dead salmon they find to find out what is causing them to go belly up.

Here is hoping!!

Envious!!

Dharma over at The Dharma Blog is just back from a road trip where he doubled the rivers he has fished and caught his first cutthroat!

eBay.co.uk: !!!!!!!!!STONEFLY FISH BAG, RIVER FISHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (item 7179744682 end time 09-Sep-05 19:13:56 BST)

eBay.co.uk: !!!!!!!!!STONEFLY FISH BAG, RIVER FISHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (item 7179744682 end time 09-Sep-05 19:13:56 BST)

I suppose it could be used for storing your potatos as well ;)

An Eight Legged FREAK!!

Aplogies to people who live places where the spiders actually try and kill you, unlike ours that sit about and make webs and eat flies but today I found three of these pretty impressive spiders in my house.
spider
Last night I caught one, in glass, took it out to my back garden and let it loose and the damn thing chased me back to my back door. I got another one and turfed it out tonight, in the morning they will probably be waiting for me and beat me up.

Went down to the Kelvin yesterday with with Emanualle, he caught lots and I blanked. I went down myself today and caught a few trout.

Ta Ta

Carbon Shortage…a follow up!!

A while ago I posted about david norwich who had to increase th ecost of his rods due to a shortage of carbon fibre.

Well as an update he now has a further messege on his website

I REGRET THAT BECAUSE OF LIMITED PRODUCTION AND SUPPLY OF THE CUSTOM CARBON FIBRE PRE-PREG USED FOR MY EV5 “HELIUM” FLY RODS I AM CURRENTLY UNABLE TO OFFER THESE MODELS.

I HAVE RAN OUT OF MATERIAL!

THIS IS UNFORTUNATELY BEYOND MY CONTROL.

THIS MATERIAL IS PRODUCED ONLY TO ORDER. MY MATERIAL NEEDS FOR THE EV5 RODS ARE RELATIVELY SMALL AND BECAUSE THE MATERIAL’S MANUFACTURE SEEMS TO BE TIED UP WORLD WIDE ON A LARGE DEFENCE PROJECT.

I HAVE TO WAIT IN THE QUEUE FOR MY ORDER!

TO REASSURE PRESENT OWNERS I HAVE ENOUGH MATERIAL ON HAND TO MEET ANY REPAIRS ON RODS ALREADY MANUFACTURED AND SOLD.

Scary stuff, possibly a move to bamboo will be happening?

Back in Action!!

So I went along to the Kelvin for a few hours today, its funny I don’t think I ever know how lucky I am having good trout fishing within a fifteen minute walk from my front door. Anyway, I walked up to Dawsholm Park which I see now has a “Friends of Dawsholm Park” sign up. I will need to look into that actually and see what exactly they do, might be worth joining up.
Anyway, fished right upstream until the Vet School where I started picking up the odd fish, eventually I got this beauty of a fish..
beuuuuty
I hadn’t brought my net so it gave me a merry dance jumping all over the place before finally bringing it to hand.
I was using my usual olive parachute which I have been tying up a lot of these days..
olive

Found a float on a tree as well, removed it, I am thinking that it belongs to one of the guys that I regularly see float fishing as the rig was quite well made up with a suitable hook. If they want it back and they read this send me a mail and next time I see you I will give you it back.
flaot

I also met a rather nice “man of the cloth” working on his Sunday sermon sitting under a tree with his notes. We had a chat about the river, seemingly he goes down most days, and then I left him to it.

All in all a rather nice few hours down the Kelvin, it was nice to be back actually in my old haunts as I feel as if I have not been down much the last wee while what with the weather and the river being in poor condition. One thing I noticed though was that there did not seem to be as many trout rising as normal although that might have just been the conditions today. Possibly if I had stayed longer there would have been a nice evening rise.

Is it my imagination or are there massive amounts of Daddy Long Legs (crane flies) around at the moment?

Just one of those nights!!!

I realised almost instantly that I had made a wrong decision.
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Ordinarily it would not have mattered I would just give my better half a phone but this time it was different: I had lent her my mobile phone as she was going on a night out. I had arranged for my future mother in law to come and pick me at quarter to nine and it was around 6pm. In this little tributary the water was too low, it was too bright and the action would be happening just when I was packing up and in the morning I had banged the side of my head off a door meaning I could not wear my cap to keep the sun out of my eyes…..all in all I was not happy.
I could see Omens everywhere…
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So I started my get out plan, there is a wee pub near the river that I was sure would have a phone, I phone my better half who would come back and pick me up (she would not have left yet) and drop me off at the Kelvin. That was where I should be this evening, I was pretty sure it would have cleared as well, in fact in my minds eye it was looking absolutely great, in fact when my better half comes to pick me up I would get her to bring my cap….bugger the pain!!!
I dismantled my stuff and headed up to the pub, they were not amused to see me tramping in with wet waders and dark sunglasses looking like some kind of deranged fishing commando.
“What are you after Sir?”
“Um, where is you payphone?”
“We don’t have one Sir; most people have mobiles these days!”

Damn and blast, that was me stuck here until later, and I hadn’t caught any fish either. I made a determined effort to make the best of a bad situation and went looking for deeper pools, finding a couple and spooking all the fish, the Omens were getting worse as well.
welly boot

Finally I managed a couple of teeny troot and sat outside the pub on the grass wondering what kind of mushrooms were on their grass, people gave me odd looks but bugger them.

I developed a very sore head, when I got home I decided on a large pizza and went to me bed with a gin & tonic.

EDIT….almost as soon as i wrote this post I then checked my mobile phone that my other half had taken out with her…….there was a text from another kelvin fisher that said….“The kelvin is looking fishier than billingsgate market! Probably in as good condition as its been all season”

AAAaaaaaaAAAAAAGRH!!!!!!

Raining!!! Caught at the last min…

It’s now pissing down with rain out there. It has been warm and overcast all day, I suppose threatening it really but I thought like yesterday it would not come to anything. I was supposed to be fishing the River Gryffe and was going to get the train but my better half decided to give me a lift (just as well as it turned out) As we were approaching where I was to be dropped off there was a few spits of rain….then the clouds opened and it has been miserable ever since. Damn, I am working tomorrow but I suppose I may get a few hours in the morning if I get the chance, although saying that this rain might cloud the river.

Ach well, it will do the river good!
It will also mean the Salmon fishers will be out in full force. I had am email off someone telling me about the bunch of guys heading up with a couple of bait rods each to a popular bit for Salmon. Ah well!!

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