Quote.

Nothing makes a fish bigger than almost being caught. ~Author Unknown

Rain!

So it has been raining a smidgen the last couple of days. I do not think it is enough however to make any difference to the water levels. Fingers crossed that we get some more sustained rainfall!!

Evening Session!

So a couple of friends and I went to our little spot on the other river that we know for an evening session. It was hard fishing from the outset, it was totally in contrast to the other evening when it was hard fishing but at least there was plenty of fish actually rising.
Emanuele as usuall caught the biggest fish (this is turning into a bit of a habit)
eman at shoals
And this was my first fish that I actually landed after missing several..
firsty
As dusk was settling in there was a massive amount of flies on the water, it was kind of hard seeing your fly and it was pretty nerve wracking as trout would make splashy rises near your fly so it was hard to make out if they had taken it or not. Anyway, after around 20 mins of this I finally got one, playing it on my bamboo rod was great…….
Walking back we were talking about the hatch and catching fish and how every time we fish this river it is never the same……we allso counted up the fish we had caught……
…of course my fish counts as two as it was dark Trying to claw back a little dignity..
…it counts as half says Emanuele it was easier as you seen it rising

Humph….some people!!

“Fantastic Four” has no Fly Fishing in it!!

I received a text today from a fishing buddy telling me that he found a several dead Salmon in the Kelvin, around the grilse size…5-6lb. He thought they looked quite old and I have not seen any more dead fish so as long as we don’t get anymore consistent hot weather the trout should be ok.
I decided to go for a wander along the Kelvin today as I know a few places that are very deep and very slow where I have seen fish in the past and I reckoned that there was a good chance that part of the river would be not as affected as much by the weather. I was correct. I was also gagging to fish with my new Tea Stick Bamboo rod. Just my luck, almost as soon as it arrived the sun came out and the weather turned. Well to be fair I did catch my biggest trout of the season but hell….its just so damn nice to fish with!!
snazzy bamboo rod

When I got to the place I could see around 5 fish constantly rising…..the only problem was they were in places that I could not cast to. However as the water was so low I managed to wade across to the other side of the river and make a few casts. I managed to spook them all. The water was so slow that they had plenty of time to examine my fly.
woot
However I walked down and hooked what looks like one of the little sea troots that were stocked. I also caught a 7 inch brownie and a nicer one that happened to do a long distance release on 
wee trootsie
A kingfisher also went zooming buy me at great speed so close if I had put my hand out it would have banged into it..

Walked back and checked a few folks permits, no one had them as usual.
I met two guys who were drinking beer under some trees. This is the second time I have met them and every time I see them they are sitting under the same trees, wearing chest waders with there rods all set up and drinking beer. Two nice guys, we talked about nature and different types of fishing and then I headed home for some fajitas and then off out to the cinema to see Fantastic Four. There was no fly fishing in it!!

Sport Fishing – Marlin Injures Teen Angler – See Video

Sport Fishing – Marlin Injures Teen Angler – See Video

WHEN FISH STRIKE BACK

;-)

Bare bones n Balloons!

I reckon the Kelvin, or at least my end of it is now unfishable untill we get a little rain. Last night I went down to the river with Alex and for the 2nd time blanked. I did manage to rise a trout but it was very small, Alex also missed a smallish fish.
Someone must have been having a party though…..there was some baloons mixed into the reeds..
balloons
Maybe all the trout are away on holiday……..probably deep in the pools not using much oxygen and conserving energy. The water was very low……look at the weeds..
weeds

Usually, to get to that place where I am standing it is very difficult wading, in fact now that I come to think about it I have never actually been there before.
At sundown there was lots of tiny fish rising (minnows), that was when I lost the bigger trout…..when i say bigger…I mean maybe 6/7 inches. Was a bit concerned that there was no larger fish showing.

Rain rain…..where are yoooooooooooooooooo!!!!

A rather interesting thread!

Here is a rather interesting thread about Mikes Tackle Shop in Edinburgh. A customer took a fly line back to the shop where they insisted they had to send it back to the manufacturer instead of just replacing it. The customer comes on to the Fly Forum for a bit of advice and then a representative from the shop turns up.

Click here

Tying Flies with CDC

Here is a nice looking book that I spotted the other day. Have added it to my wishlist in preperation for Christmas. Thought it was appropriate as I have been tying up some flies with CDC lately!

Im Awaaaaaaaay!!

No fishing as I am in Birmingham for a few days. I have always been dissapointed that there is no good trout fishing here, or any rivers for that matter. I did however notice a little burn that turns out to be the River Rea. .

I will look into this I think!

Rubbish!

So Claire wanted to go to a shop that ran next to one of the Kelvin tributaries. First of all I was impressed as I could see some trout rising right next to a wall that is part of a supermarket. The water “ok” although there was a couple of shopping trolleys and a rather bizarre umbrella floating about in a pool.
supermarket

I walked on down to a little park and was appalled at the amount of rubbish in the river. There was plastic bags and litter everywhere. I wish I knew exactly who it is that does stuff like that….I mean do they do it intentionally or something. I could not imagine going into a park on a nice day and then throwing all my rubbish away.
appaling

I went down to the Kelvin this evening but there was not many fish moving at all. Met a guy who regulary fishes the river who caught a couple on the wet fly but in the whole it was a poor night. I am hoping for some heavy rain to give the fish some oxygen.

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