So for a little stress relief I went down to my little tributary for a couple of hours. It was at a good height but was a little cloudy. It was very windy so I was kind adaft using my 3wt but when I did manage to get a cast everything was fine. I did not manage to land one fish however. I hooked maybe around 5 or 6 but they quickly got off. I thought I would have a wee wander up the river to where the pools kind of get longer and the water slows down……I floated a little dry fly over some deep holes and was rewarded with a nice fish of maybe about 8 or 9 inches………it got away before I could see it for sure.
I got changed in a little car park next to a pub…..my better half told me I looked like a right geek with my waders, waistcoat, Polaroidâ€™s and rather cool cap! Grumpily I told her that down by the river side I looked rather dapper and to pass my thermometer….speaking of which I took a reading of the water and I could hardly see the damn thing as it was so low of the little gauge. It was less than 8 c anyway. I am going to start taking regular readings to see how it corresponds to trout and fly activity !!
Dawsholm park has a good head of Squirrels…maybe I should try this on those dog days!!
THE (ARISING OF THE) KLINKHAMER SPECIAL, by Hans van Klinken
Hans van Klinken talking about the arising of the Klinkhamer special.
Great, prime time Dry Fly action is here and so is the rain. I wake up this morning to heavy rain which means the Kelvin will be out of action for another couple of days. Not that I have been getting my usually every day stints in as I am at University Placement full time now untill i qualify (fingers crossed).
I think later I will tie up some knlinkhammer specials and post em here……
It is funny how some days can go so well and other so bad. After my success yesterday I decided to head down to the Kelvin for some “keli” action. There was none. The water was at a good height but was a very dark chocolate colour. There was also a crowd of guys sitting with bait rods out listening to the rangers/celtic game……rangers won by the way….i could tell as once the match was over they started cheering, whooping and singing up and down the bank…..ah bless em’
So yesterday I went fishing on one of the tributories of the Kelvin.
It was great dry fly water with long pools with little riffles, lots of fly life with trout rising. I lost count of the fish that I caught and returned. It is not too popular with people bait fishing iether as it is quite shallow and the fish tend to be small. I used my little 3wt but forgot to put some wax on the ferules which meant that every now and then they would slip off producing some comedy moments.
Later I telephoned the old ball n chain to pick me up as we were having people around for a meal and walked up the river a little. It got quite deep and slow but there were fish rising…….the banks were steep with dense vegetation at iether side. I should not have cast…..but come on there were fish rising and i had a few moments before my lift came………..what would you have done???
I cast…….I cast again……..fish on…..AAAggggrhh!!! it was darting about all over the place and then it got the tippet tangled in the vegetation. It produced a puzzled time of me attached to a stick in the water with the fish attached to that. Eventually I had to haul on my tippet, grab hold of the stick and then the fish……..release!!
I possibly might go again today for a couple of hours!!
So I have a little 6 foot 3 wt rod I had kinda forgotton about. I bought a 3wt line the other day and strung it up today. Did not put nearly enough backing on it but somehow that seems ok as I doubt I will be catching fish on it that will be taking me down to the backing anyhow. I think possibly tommorow depending on the weather I may be having a bash at one of the Kelvin tributories……I will wait and see if their is any more rain ……..if there is not then with a bit of luck it should have cleared by then…..if there is then I will be wandering about looking like a trumpet..
To connect the fly line to the backing I used the Albright Knot which I must say is much easier than the needle knot………which to be honest in my fumbling hands turns out crap. The fact that I now have my 3 wt in action means I can lend my 4/5 weight out to guests who want to go fishing……a lot of the people I know who want to have a bash at the Kelvin I think always fish far too heavy. I am not sure whether it is just a preference thing though…
ahhhh too dream…………
Was browsing a forum when I came across a post about this report . It is all about trout conservation and really emphasises habitat over stocking.
It gives and example of the three categories that can cause threats to populations of brown trout: harvest, stocking and Environmental degradation. Essentially the Kelvin has threats from all three of these factors what with anglers killing too many fish, the stocking every year of fish and the general erosion of the river…..couple that with very little actual habitat creation by the club and what you will get is year on year a gradual decline in the number of fish caught……which will mean more stocking so the vicious circle will continue!