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?
So I went along to the Kelvin for a few hours today, its funny I donâ€™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 â€œFriends of Dawsholm Parkâ€ 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..
I hadnâ€™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..
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.
I also met a rather nice â€œman of the clothâ€ 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?
I realised almost instantly that I had made a wrong decision.
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 eyesâ€¦..all in all I was not happy.
I could see Omens everywhereâ€¦
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 capâ€¦.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.
â€œWhat are you after Sir?â€
â€œUm, where is you payphone?â€
â€œWe donâ€™t have one Sir; most people have mobiles these days!â€
Damn and blast, that was me stuck here until later, and I hadnâ€™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.
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”
Itâ€™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 rainâ€¦.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!!
So I went camping with my sister, brother in law and my better half to the Lake District. For some bizzare reason I did not throw a rod into the back of the car thinking that I would not be able to get any fishing done, how annoyed then was I when we camped here around a few yards from this little burn..
What made it even worse was the fact I could see little rises every time that I walked up to check it again.
Anyway, we did some walking and nearly got blown off the top of a hill..
So I went along to one of the Kelvin tributaries for a little evening session, after that heavy rain it was up around a foot and a little dirty. There was fish rising so I knew it was worth a bash..
I was using my little Tea Stick rod which is absolutley perfect for this type of fishing..
Unlike one of these green bubble floats which I found hanging from a tree..
I honestly have no idea why people use such things to try and catch perfect little trout like this..
I caught around 7 perfect little trout and would have got more if SHE WHO MUST BE OBEYED had not turned up to get me……managed to get my hands covered in nettle stings getting out.
On and I received a phone call from my university tutor as well, it might interest my long term readers to know that I am now a fully qualified Social Worker. I am thinking of putting a little sign up outside my house “no problem too big, no problem too small”
Not being one to slag off anothers fishing atire I noticed this picture on a forum that I visit..
The DAZ clean shell suit, the matching cap, a cigarette at jaunty angle and the rainbow held like an OUZIâ€¦â€¦.Bring back the days of tweed jacket and tie…..ach maybe Burberry would be the new tweed.
Thats a weird expression isnt it, gagging to go fishing? Yes it is!!
Anyway, it has now been raining pretty hard for a couple of days and the Kelvin is unfishable. There is a possibility that one of the tributories will be fishable as long as their is no more rain but I suppose it is all down to whether it clears quickly or not. I may ask SHE WHO MUST BE OBEYED if she can take a wee drive past to see what level it is at!
I am away for the weekend, I am going down to the Lake District to do a spot of camping and hill walking…..yippeeeee!!!
In a smilar vein to my Urban Fly Fishing on the Kelvin site we have a website entitled “Fishing the Leven”. Some nice images of the River Leven, for my American readers the Leven is a river that runs out of Loch Lomond into the Clyde. The Kelvin also runs into the Clyde but is much smaller and not as heavilly fished for Salmon as the Leven.
Some people say that the reason The Kelvin gets a run of Salmon is because the Leven salmon got a bit lost one year and now keep coming back
So after praying for rain for weeks it finally came, just as I and Alex arrived at the Kelvin. It was pissing it down and to make things even worse I had forgotton my lucky hat! We were doomed from the beginning. Alex even fell in but by this point it did not really make much diffirence as the rain was so heavy anyway.
What made it even more galling was that the conditions had been perfect all day, overcast/warmish.
In between heavy rain I put on a little dry fly and managed to rise one fish which promtly spat the fly out! When we started fishing the water was crystal clear, after a few hours it was very coloured with bits of weed tangling up on our flies.
To get out of where we were fishing we had to scramble through bushes which is where I got stung on the face with nettles.
Ah yes, urban angling at its best!!
Looking forward to my next outing already!!