Ah yes, that was what I said…..a deep river…I have caught Pike there in the past…hell Claire caught Pike their in the past…..except now we will be armed and dangerous!!
Where did it all go wrong?
We had wire traces, giant plugs that rattled (mine cost Â£1.50 but Alex bought Rapalas at 10 quid each) a nice autumn day and a river that was stuffed full of Pike. It had all the ingredients for a major day of predator fishing.
Why then did we end up totally blanking? In fact you could say we had a negative count of fish as allegedly Charlie hooked a Sea Trout (which none of us seenâ€¦he had a Toby on as he had sent his girlfriend into town to pick up lures).
We were doing everything right…..like er…casting out and retrieveing slowly….my rattling plug scraping the bottom…its only a matter of time we kept telling each other
Should have gone to the canal!
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There was a priest that loved to stream fish. One year there was a problem every time he had a chance to go fishing the weather was bad or it was on Sunday, when he had to work. All year he was anable to go. Finally it was the last week before the streams closed. The weather was bad all week until Sunday, when the weather was great. The priest could not resist, he called a fellow priest claiming to be very sick and asked if he could take over his sermon.
The flyfishing priest drove over 200 miles, not wishing to see anyone he knew.
An angel seeing the priest playing hooky went to God and said “Your not going to let him get away with this are you?”. God agreed he should do something .
The first cast the priest made was perfect. The fly floated past a log and a huge mouth gulped the fly down. For 45 minutes the priest ran up and down the stream fighting the mighty fish. At the end he held a 50″ world record rainbow trout.
Confused the angel asked God, “What are you doing?”.
God replied “Think about it, who’s he going to tell?”
Alas, it is time to put my bamboo rod away for another season,
But fear not I shall still be tying flies and going the occasional pike session.
Got a phone call today telling me I am on the advert for Trout n About.
I amgoing away to scan the telly, especially STV
So I headed down to the canal for a bit of Pike action.
No I was not using a fly rod (for my sins) I was using a nice spinning rod with a big â€œfuck offâ€ plug that dived and darted and generally did impressions of a dying fish. It was all very exiting! A few Jacks went for my plug I could see them shoot at it and then be on for a second and then off again. Good fun. In the end I only managed to actually land one (the smallest, thatâ€™s my story and I am sticking too it anyway)
There is a place where the canal goes over the Kelvin so I walked down to have a look at the river; sadly it was at this place that a young woman was murdered the other day, there were police cars and flowers on the ground where her body was found.
Anyway, I took a walk down to the weir and was amazed at the amount of water going down it. No Salmon that I could see trying to get up although they would have to be some pretty fit fish to actually manage it.
I think I just found my next purchase. I have enjoyed using my little bamboo rod a lot this season and I see the same company is now producing reels. I have got to say they look mighty sweet…
It is funny how fishing with bamboo rods is not as popular here in the UK as it is over in the US. I get a lot of mails asking me where I got my rod…….I also get a lot of people asking me on the riverbank where I got my rod….I think I might be the only person on the Kelvin that uses one!
Check out Tea Stick Rod Co’s reels!!