A man was stopped by a warden down on the Kelvin recently with two buckets of live trout . The warden asked the man, “Do you have a license to catch those fish?”
The man replied to the warden, “No, sir. These are my pet fish.”
“Pet fish?” the warden replied.
“Yes, sir. Every night I take these here fish down to the river and let them swim around for a while. I whistle and they jump back into their buckets, and I take em home.”
“That’s a bunch of hooey! Fish can’t do that!”
The man looked at the warden for a moment, and then said, “Here, I’ll show you. It really works.”
“Okay, I’ve GOT to see this!” The warden was curious now. The man poured the fish in to the Kelvin and stood and waited. After several minutes, the warden turned to the man and said: “Well?”
“Well, What?” the man responded.
“When are you going to call them back?” the warden prompted.
“Call who back?” the man asked.
“What fish?” the man asked
Nothing makes a fish bigger than almost being caught. ~Author Unknown
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!!
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)
And this was my first fish that I actually landed after missing several..
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
I received a text today from a fishing buddy telling me that he found a several dead Salmon in the Kelvin, around the grilse sizeâ€¦5-6lb. He thought they looked quite old and I have not seen any more dead fish so as long as we donâ€™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 hellâ€¦.its just so damn nice to fish with!!
When I got to the place I could see around 5 fish constantly risingâ€¦..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.
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 ïŠ
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!!
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..
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..
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!!!!
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.
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!
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!