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.

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.

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.

Bought some “stuff”

So I was down in the Glasgow Angling Centre the other day. Honestly, I know I used to slag the place off and it still has no soul but I am slowly warming to the place. A few weeks ago I bought myself a net and a new reel for my Tea Stick Bamboo rod so gave them a wee email about a reel and net I was interested in. They did not have the net but suggested another more expensive one…..well, did he not just give it to me at the same price as the other :)

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I cannot get it out my head!

Company struggling to find workers –

Company struggling to find workers –

You know, if I were single I would bugger off out this country and take up one of those jobs.
Fishing Montana for a living……… that would be some blog ;)

Fish Kill on the Kelvin!

So I took a wee stoat up to the Vet School today as it looks like the last day fishing for a bit as the rain is about to come. I met a guy from SEPA who asked me if I had seen any dead fish. It just so happened that I had seen two but had not thought much about it. It turns out because the water is so low and it is so hot the amonia levels are rising in the river causing the trout to die. I seen a couple of rising trout but decided not to go after them as if I had caught them it would have taken them longer to recover……if at all.
I walked down the river coming across more and more dead fish.
Some looked nice as well.
I allso found a large plastic bag full of maggots next to a porno mag …
scud nag
Kelvin fishers eh?? cant take those buggers anywhere!! tut tut!!

I have seen a remarkable amount of snails this year, seems I have not seen this many ……..well ever in fact now that I com eto think about it!

Here is one stuck to a nettle bush!


The rain started today. I only hope that it starts bucketing down and gives the fish plenty of oxygen!

Evening session, could have been worse!

Hiya, so I got a text at around 6pm asking me if I wanted to go for an evening session on another river. It was roasting hot, not a cloud in the sky, no wind and I thought why the hell not. I was supposed to go to the Kelvin commitee meeting but could i resist an evening session to go and sit in a dank room……..nah!

no clouds
There was absolutely no clouds in the sky, well…..there was some hot air baloons drifting by overhead…….
Not too many fish were rising untill there was a large blue winged olive hatch…….This was a nice trout I caught before all the action started..

Later when the hatch started I caught another one, hooked a really nice fish for around 10 seconds and missed around 10!!

Glad I went!!

River Tummel!!

This River Tummel starts its life 60 miles to the west of Pitlochry on the windswept Rannoch Moor close to Glencoe. It begins as the River Ba and runs east passing through numerous lochs including Loch Ba, Loch Laidon, Loch Eigheach, Loch Rannoch, Dunalastair Water, Loch Tummel and finally Loch Faskally, until it reaches the main stem of the River Tay at Ballinluig.

Two friends and I decided to head down on Saturday, have an evening session and then fish possibly another river on Sunday, although we ended up back on the Tummel. I had a great time, it just goes to show that you dont actually have to catch fish to have a good time fishing. It was roasting hot with blinding sunshine!!
Here is a rather nice Thistle for my American friends that I have been ordered to put on the blog

The Tummel is a big river, on Saturday evening when we first started fishing Emanuele and I scared all the fish away to the other side of the river…

Well, its not strictly true about catching no fish. I caught a nice fish, even if everyone else said it was an utter fluke, Alberto announced “he wasnt even looking at the fly”!!!
me na na fish
Alberto did the right thing, having a snooze and sticking to the shadows…

On the Sunday I lost everyone and walked a power but found this rather nice mushroom…..
On the Saturday evening I caught another few smaller trout as well…….

I will be creating an album in the misc fishing trip where i shall be putting up the rest of the photos if anyone is interested

After seeing no fish at all on the Sunday we decided to stop off at the Kelvin to have a look at the river. Trout rising everywhere. Was going to go down at Dusk but decided to spend some time with my betrothed instdead!!


So I had a wee few hours down on the Kelvin today, uttrely blanked!
Ran into one of the regulars..

who fishes bait and he was blanking as well. Like most guys who have moved from course fishing to trout he easily transfers those skills. He trots the bait down making sure that he is actively looking for any indication of a take. As soon as he sees one he tightens and the fish is on. He has got to be careful as when fishing bait there is always a danger that the fish will be undersized so if the bait is left a long time then it can swallow it resulting in the death of the fish. He practices catch and release. Like me he doesnt understand why people fish with static bait iether!

Tried out my new underwater camera…..
So if you thought all my photos have been pretty crap in the past they are about to get a whole lot freakier!
freaky photo

Off up North tommorow for a bit of fishing. Will have possibly lots more wonky pictures to show off.

Ta ta!

In the bad books!

So I had some visitors around tonight, my step sister and her husband. They were the reason that I had to hump a kilt a couple of thousand miles around the world so that they could have a “traditional” Scottish wedding in Sri Lanka!
Anyhow, we were sitting and chatting about myself and my good ladies impending day and discussing the cost involved. There is the cost of the venue, the meal, the buffet, the dress, my good ladies and the women’s nails etc and it is all fairly mounting up. We got around to the subject of the cake and the cost of that. We are looking at around 400 pounds; yea that’s right 400 pounds for a fucking cake!!! Anyway, I suggested that we go down to the local ASDA and pick up some sponge cake for like a fiver and cover the damn thing with icing but seemingly im “being stingy”
Anyway, my step sister turned to me and said “it’s going to be the best day of your life and that is why you are spending so much money”

I thought for a moment, looked at her and then my good lady and said “I don’t know, it’s got some pretty good days fishing to beat”

She’s away to be early and im tying up flies in the kitchen!

Ah yes, its all coming back now!!

So after spending around 5 hours working on an essay I decided to head down to the Kelvin for a few hours stress relief. First things first I ran into some people from the East End Angling Club who were down for a few casts. Unfortunetly I was not fast enough with my camera to get a picture of one of them slowly toppling over backwards into the water…….awwww bless!
Fished my usuall little riffle bit…
riffle bit
and caught some nice trout…
Later there was a nice hatch going down but again was having little luck in getting them to go to my fly. Eventually after raking around I found some tootsy F flies that I tied up last year.
f fly
Thats not one of mine that is one I stole off another site………..shhhhh!!
They caught me 2 fish. Unfortunetly after each fish they were then buggered…..I spent some time tonight tying more up for a little evening session tommorow night!

Incidentally I am having a bit of a punky type revival at the moment listening to some mighty fine Stranglers tunes………fantastic!!!

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