Well I didnt have a day down at the kellie yesterday as you may have noticed. The water was looking distinctly dirty looking…not too bad but bad enough to make me do other more pressing things 🙁
Its started to rain again as well today.
Right, Im gagging to get back to the kellie for a bit of dry fly action. I cant be bothered getting all my stuff together heading down there just to find that its all muddy so I have a cunning plan. Instead of heading down to the gym I am going to go for a run….through Dawsholm Park and then along the Kelvin. Mwa ha ha!!!
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So today was the first bit of proper river fishing ive done in ages. I did not go the the Kelvin but went to another river with a friend.
When we got theire the river was still very high but we had travelled a fair old distance so stayed for a good few hours. Enough to get sunburnt anyway. I caught maybe around 3/4 but my friend did not fair so well. Seeing that it was his first time river fishing, he found it a little difficult. He was more used to stillwaters and fisheries.
Becuase the river was quite high it was tricky wading. My friend misjudged his step and ended up over the top of his chest waders…..he actually slipped backwards. Once he got out he had to take off his waders and empty them out….he was absolutely soaked underneath.
So like a proper gentleman I laughed and laughed and took photos. Except now I cant find my camera …….I think I left it in his car……the battery will run out and all the photees will be lost.
Thats karma for ya.
**hilarious photo update**
After finding my camera it seemed to not be working…all my photos were deleted!!!:/
I had a look through this book the other day when a friend bought it. It is now on my list for crimbo (massive hint to familly)Matching the Hatch: Stillwater, River…
A guide to help the angler choose the right artificial fly, including macro-photography of insect life combined with selections of the most lookalike lure. The book suggests that the angler observes the insect that seems to attract the most, and choose a fly from the photographs supplied.
Its a classic!!!!
So I headed down to the canal today to have a bash at the Pike. I knew there was plenty of fish in their I just didnt think there was so many. There was massive shoals of Roach……and I seen a several shoals. My spoon was chased by little Perch…….To catch the Pike i was casting along the margins….along the weeds..
Exiting stuff….kind of. It started to get absolutely roasting hot and I had to come back to the house for my sunglasses and to leave my jacket behind. When I got back to the canal I headed up towards Maryhill…..
Aaaaaah the views..
It was while I was taking photos like that when my camera battery packed in….jeesh!!
Which is why I dont have a photo of the rather nice jack pike that I caught……it was around the 3.5lb mark and faught like an old turnip…it was still fun though!!
Part of the canal runs over the Kelvin via a large aquaduct…
When construction of the canal recommenced in 1785, Robert Whitworth replaced John Smeaton as engineer. Whitworth designed the largest aqueduct in Britain, the Kelvin Aqueduct, built between 1787 and 1790. 122m (400ft) long and 21.3m (70ft) high, it cost Â£8,500 – Â£2,000 over budget.
So I walked over the aquaduct down the side and had a few casts with the spoon in the Kelvin. It was a raging torrent but there was some calm bits at the side where a salmon may have been resting…..it was worth a try anyway 🙂
All this talk about Pike and the canal made me hunt through my old photos. Here is one of the first fish I ever caught in the canal. A little perch whilst spinning. I remmeber this photo getting taken, there was a thunder and lightening storm going down and as soon as it started the Pike and Perch went crazy and we caught a fair old few. The pictures are poor quality as I took digital pics of them……all high tech thats me!!
I took my other half fishing a few years ago (a good few years ago……I had long hair). We went Pike fishing to a litte stretch of the Endrick that I know of that has lots of them.
“oh yes my dear, I shall show you how to fish” learn from an experto I said.
I caught bugger all and she caught a good few.
The second one she caught was even bigger….
After that I got in a strop and wouldnt take anymore photos.
Anyway, so I got my spinning stuff out today. Just to kind of look at it..you know. Still got some of those old spoons as well. Ive got two spinning rods actually. I doubt I will ever get rid of them……I cant remmember the last time I used them..probably on the Leven a good few years ago now. In fact the last time I used an actuall spinning rod was when I took my little telescopic spinning rod on a walk along the allander and then the kelvin. At the time I was searching for Pike in the slower deeper parts of the kelvin…there is some nice bits that just scream out Pike.
Anyway, I found myself going through all my stuff, checking the old spinning reel and making sure I had appropriate traces and swivels.
I then got a phonecall from a friend. We had been arranging to head down to the Kelvin together for a few hours but as you know the rain has turned it into a raging torrent so that was out the question. I mentioned that I fancied going to the canal for some Pike and he thought that sounded like a grand idea. Im going to head down in the morning and check it out and possibly he might come and meet me later.
What I should be doing is heading down with the fly rod and having a bash with that…especially after watching Trout N About tonight and it was on Pike fishing on the fly amongst other things.
I think I will head down with the spinning gear, check it out and then go back with the fly gear later. If anyone fancies joining me for some fly action on the forth & clyde canal I would welcome the company (misery loves company).
Well the rain just keeps on going doesnt it. The level seems to have topped at around 2.8m and is starting to fall. It still means that the river wont be back in condition untill sometime a good few days from now….unless the rain keeps falling.
I passed by the canal today and I started to think about the Pike that are in it. Here is an old photee
Its a tasty little Pike spot. I think it would be pretty hard to fish with the fly so Im think about getting the old spinning rod out and heading down with some plugs. In the past Ive had some nice Pike out of that canal……hmmmm. I used to raid my Mothers cutlery drawer and steal spoons, drill two holes, put a treble in one and a swivel in the other. A little smiley face in paint and it would catch Pike all day.
You know something….this is turning slowly into a plan…..
Its now up to like 2.2 or something. It has been raining all night and showing no signs of slowing or stopping. Claire is on nightshift tonight so I reckon it will be a night of fly tying. Or possibly the cinema.
I feel as if i should be building an Ark or something!
So the last 3 days have been pretty heavy weather wise. Very very heavy. On saturday it was warm and humid, if you have a gander at the last post you can see that the river was in bad (dirty ) condition. Well the problem is that the river has not had a chance to recover and now it has been raining for the last 2 days. heavy rain as well…….have a gander at this
There was a picture here but I had to remove it
The usual summer level is around 0.40…….a good height when its clear is 0.60…….as you can see its a helluva lot higher than that.
Ive been tying up some flies today….more of my favourite little fly and expermienting with some parachute flies. Never tied them before but they have turned out ok for the first couple of ones ive tied!!