So Im trawling through University work just now. I have two major essays to do that have to be in within a few weeks and they are hard ones. Was sitting in class today when I began to think about the amount of time that I have got before I can actually cast a dry fly again…..Looking back my diary it looks as if I can start thinking about dry flies around the end of march.
I had a little chinwag with someone from the Kelvin Angling Association and they tell me that they are proposing to make the vet school stretch right down to the bridge at Dawsholm park fly only. Now, if they did this…..and made it catch and release they would be on to something. Within a few seasons that stretch would be teaming with fish and people would actually want to take up the fly to fish their. Bonus!!!
I would also head down there with my trusting garden shears and cut some of the weed that grows so that some more of the water woudl be fishable with the fly…..Would move boulders etc to make nice new runs etc.
The place would be HOT
We shall see!!
Here is another one of those Ollie Edwards DVDs. In this one he uses PTN on a chalk stream. I know a guy that used pheasant tail nymphs on the kelvin with great success. He is showing the technique on the Avon as well. I would love to fish their. Actually I think I will look into it!!!!!
Here we have a typical example of a situation you may find yourself in. …
Some enterprising soul has managed to get a car into the river…..the council will have let it rust out for a good few months ,why bother moving it after all its only a trout stream …much more sense to spend my council tax on….say expensive wallpaper for the office and the like….but do not dispair…..a few fish will have taken up station behind the car and those are the ones you should concentrate on. Do not let the opportunity go to waste!!
Use any standard searching patern if they are not rising ….pity there is no such thing as the beer bottle fly….there is an endless hatch of them during the summer!!
So I phoned Guide the other day to find out what was happening with my waders. They told me that they have sent them on to the actual makers to find out what went wrong and were going to send me a new pair. When i asked a timescale they informed me as I had been put to so much inconvenience they were going to give me a spanking pair of “vision endurance” waders. A model up from my extremes. HAH….The Kelvin was far to “extreme” for vision ….obviously they understood that I would need something to “endure” the POWER of the Kelvin!!
All in all a fantastic result……Iâ€™m not really one to complain about companies…..in fact I am I moan about them all the time when they annoy me. I loathe the shoddy service that people get from big businesses. Its not as if I am a bad customer… I am a model customer….I was careful as ANYTHING with my waders but they still buggered up.
So I was all ready to go crazy and say Guide were shengus â€¦but instead I am grudgingly saying they are greatâ€¦.instead of losing a customer they are keeping a customer. In fact probably have got me as a future customer.
Once I had tried them on I thought they were a little big actually, but I got my personal fashion advisor to check me out and she said they were fine. They are different material as well…..for a start they are greener but they also feel a bit thinner than the extremes…..strange isnt it. And the main thing is that they have the stockingfoot seals taped to avoid leakage…. fantastic.
I also got my new 6 foot 3 weight (4 piece) rod today……..will update with pictures possibly tommorow!!
So seeing as how I did not get a chance to go for Grayling today I managed to get down to the canal for a few hours in pursuit of Pike….
I was actually suprised by the number of anglers out at the canal today. We met about …………..5 or 6 guys.One of them was fishing deadbait and caught a little jack whilst we were there. I caught a little jack at around a pound and the guy I was with caught a couple.
You know, fishing deadbait is something that has not really interested me but today when I was thinking about it……..well it might be worth a try to catch one of those really big Pike I hear so much about.
I have actually been thinking about trying to catch the Pike on the fly……in fact there are some slow deep weedy parts of the Kelvin…..
…that I think would be good fishing for pike with the fly……
Its actually part of the kelvin that I have not paid much attention. It takes an age to get to….you have to walk for miles so you dont see many folk. I think I will do well fishing the dry fly their next year. Why? because I have seen a good few trout rising their in the past…it will be tricky but its worth a shot 🙂
Looks like a good DVD…..you can buy it from Amazon too. I have the one to do with Czech Nymphing……the guys class……..this one is to do with Mayfly time on a chalkstream….looks like well worth the cashdo!!!!
You might remmember a couple of posts ago I spoke about the pond at Gartnaval…well I found out a little more info from here
Bingham’s pond was built at Gartnavel in the early 1880s on the site of old brick and coal pits. Popular skating and boating activities were run by three generations of the Bingham family, with tea rooms established in the c.1885 clubhouse.
Glasgow Corporation tried to acquire the site in 1956, but it was sold for redevelopment. Various schemes were mooted in the late 1960s, and eventually the easterly third of the pond was filled in to allow Reo Stakis to build a five-story hotel. The remainder of the site was donated to the Corporation for use as a public park
Anyway, I was going to go for Grayling today but had lots of stuff to do so have decided to just go down to the local canal and have a bash for Pike.
So after hunting around for ages I finally found an ideal little fishing camera. It is a Mustek gSm@rt D35. My last fishing camera was another Mustek which was actually pretty pants but served me well for a couple of years. I didnt hear too many people complaining anyway.
A fishing camera has to have certain features. Its got to me small and its got to be cheap. This one also has a flash which my last one didnt and this one also has a viewscreen.
This is much better as before sometimes I missed the fish…..which was annoying….and damn its teensy
Its small enough to go around my neck and fit in my wader pouch (if I ever get them back) and cheap enough that if it gets dipped in water again and ruined I wont be devastated (much)
It also takes nice photos which is a plus 🙂
The pictures taken at Gartnaval in the last post were also taken by the Mustek gSm@rt D35 so you can see the quality is pretty good. As usuall though you get what you pay for…..I have taken some pretty pants photos with it as well……its like any new toy you have got to play about with it untill you can get it to perform at the optimal level.
I got mine off ebay for a song…….second hand but had been used very little……it comes with 16mb built in but this can be expanded using mmc or SD cards…..takes two AAA batteries….its best Ive found to use Rechargable batteries anyway
Like I said I got mine off ebay but if you would rather get a brand spanking new one you can get one from Amazon…..you can click the picture below
There is a large pond near to where I live next to a hospital. The pond was just a featureless concrete bowl that was half filled with stagnant water. The was swans in their as well……vicious ones at that..they would peck your lunch out your hands. There was a big sign up that said “DO NOT FEED THE SWANS”
So the pond has been in disrepair for years now…their used to be little boats years ago and people would come on nice days to row and eat ice cream. Nice for families and summer days. Those boats are long gone now, families dont come now, the only people that sit at the edges are staff from the hospital and the occasional school kid smoking a joint. Plus the usuall hardened drinkers enjoying the sunshine!
At the start of the year it started to change. Workman came and started to clear out all the junk and pile in earth. They were not filling it in… they were “landscaping” it.
The end result is actally quite nice…
I would like to show you a picture of what it was like before they did all the work but I couldnt find one. They put in earth around the edges so that it looked like a natural pond,reed beds and put some nice flowers as well. I watched the changes happening slowly. During the summer when I was walking by (I drop a client off at the hosptal regular) I noticed minnows in the pond. Some of them were pretty damn big as well. In fact I would go as far as to say that they were massive minnows. Perhaps one day some young kids will try and catch them and move on to fly fishing in the Kelvin …would be nice.
There is still a big sign up to say “DO NOT FEED THE SWANS”
You would think that after doing all that work they would want to encourage people to come and use it, they say it is because the pond cannot support the swans. They have been their for as long as I can remmember though.
Its funny how long Glasgow City Council takes to do stuff like that….I was emailing a guy from Canada for a while. He came over to visit Glasgow on business and we were going to meet up for a fish. But things being the way they are I couldnt make it. He went for a walk along the river and he commented about the sheer amount of rubbish that was in it and he wondered why the council did nothing about it……..I wondered about that too!!
Ah, Christmas and the dark nights are closing in again and it is time for good books. Whilst I seem to spend my time reading textbooks when I go to bed I like to read and dream about fishing…..this looks like a doozerThe Small Stream Dry Fly
. In this book Lou Stevens presents a new and radical approach to fishing the dry fly on a wide variety of small streams. Whether you are fishing the dry fly on chalk streams, hillstreams, brooks or moorland streams, the theory is the same. However, the tactics used vary enormously from one type of water to another. The dry fly is now widely accepted for use on almost all types of water, but the chalk stream technique has had to be extensively modified to achieve good results. Lou Stevens describes the techniques required and introduces the reader to the ‘Change of Pace Zones’. He goes on to describe the variations of tactics that are necessary to exploit such zones. The book introduces the reader to a number of little known tactical flies. These are described in detail and include the flies needed to practise the radical ‘damp fly’ approach. For many fisherman there is something utterly delightful and intriguing in taking a trout on a dry fly, especially a fly that has been tied (and perhaps evolved) by the angler personally. The Small Stream Dry Fly with its clear diagrams, informative text and colour photographs will help the reader to develop new techniques and hopefully catch more fish.
It may be my next buy…or on my crimbo list 🙂