Yesterday I decided to get the bus along to Partick and fish the West End stretch. The pools along through Kelvinbridge. My right foot was wet the second I put my foot in my waders, I knew that was a bad sign, My feet had been sweating yesterday as it was so hot and hadnt dried out.
When I got there, I had to actually get down to the water, I climed a fence and before me there was about a two foot drop and then about 10 feet of mud and then another 2 feet to climb back up……..I should have learnt my lesson from that time I got stuck down in the bushes….I jumped down and was ankle deep in mud, black mud, making my boots black. I took another step and then another………EEAAAGRGGG I was up to my shins…..you would think at this point I would have turned back..you would think that, but you would be wrong……another step …up to my knees, stinking clinging black mud…..another step up to my thighs…..getting a bit panicky now…I could see myself sinking and disapearing in this bog, a most bizzare death indeed…..I struggled on spurred on by the fact that I knew the Daily Record would have a fieled day if that happened. Eventually I get to the other side and managed to pull myself out with a big wet “GLOOP”
Anyway, I caught nowt, and found another way to get back up to the path…..eagrh
The water was as low as Ive seen it for a good while. This is a picture of the water guage at the green pool that is under Great Western Road…..sometimes I see bait fishers here and i wonder what they would do if they actually caught a fish…
I walked on through the park, occassonally casting a fly but there was not really much point. I eventually came to the Ha’penny bridge. The kelvin at this point used to be spanned by a wrought iron bridge(which cost a ha penny to use), it was washed away in 1994 when the river flooded. The Friends of the River Kelvin were instrumental in gettin a new bridge built. here it is
I met a guy here out for a walk, used to fish the river years ago byt then gave up fishing as he caught the cludgey from it.
I still had my wet right foot!! It was annoying!!
I walked and walked and walked….a lovely walk Ive got to admit, but wearing waders in such a hot day was pretty tough, even if they are godlike vision extremes.
I came to the big Maryhill basin, A lot of fish congregate here, and at the right times this pool is lined by bait fishers.
I walked on until i got to Dawsholm Park. There was a couple of guys from SEPA investigating a water leak that had been going now for a good few years. The reason they were concerned about it now was that there was a blue dye in it which meant that someone looked as if they were trying to find a sewage line somewhere. A couple of nice guys, and as a plus we seen a kingfisher. I took one of the guys along the river a bit to show him a shady pipe that i had seen sanitary products coming out of, he wasnt that concerned at that time but told me to phone back if it ever happened again. He also expressed great concern as the water was so low, if it continued we should expect another fish kill, there was salmon in the pools and the amonia levels are dangerously high….dodgy!
I walked up to the vet school, boiling hot , I seen a couple of juvinile trout rising but decided not to cast to em.
On my way back i seen a few nice fish rising but would have had to walk back around to the bridge to get to the other bank amd i was knackered……..marked their position and wandered back to the flat for a shower and a meal.
Bloody typical…….I get up early, go out fishing, its not happening, come home, potter about the flat and in the evening when i cant get out it starts getting nice. And what is the script with the weather reports on BBc and teletext anyway, one minute it says rain next minute not…….and then its wrong anyway!!!
Do you ever get one of those days when you just walk aimlessly?
Got up early and walked down to Dawsholm park, at around 8am. No fish rising and for that matter th eriver was very low, down to its bones..
A nice new burnt out car sitting at the bridge, the last one got taken away in ……..what a few months…..so im pretty sure this one will become a nice part of the scenery as well……….it actually looks as if its been sitting there for months not days.
Anyway, I walked and walked and walked untill I was away past the vet school and heading past Maryhill…
It was bare as anything up there, a nice burnt out car as well………………ah sometimes I wonder what it woul dbe like fishing somewhere without a nice car causing a nice pool to form. The shopping trolleys I dont mind, as they weed up meaning that fly life is attracted to the weeds, and juvinile trout can hide in amongst spokes ……….I dont want a river full of them though :/
Anyway, I was walking aimlessly for miles, withot casting, didnt really seem much point to be honest…..
I was supposed to fish up the West End today but what with the weather being so changeable I didnt want to risk it. I think I will wait a few hours and see what happens, if it looks ok I may just stoat on a bus up that way and get Claire to give me arun back up the road when she finishes her shift.
I did catch one juvinile trout, on one of my “grey dusters” that i had tied up the other day….so that was ok
Its roasty toasty outsode today, the chances are it i sgoing to stay like that tommorow…….ach well. Anyway ive decided tommorow im going to hit the west end. I was going to go this afternoon but I was up late last night , steaming drunk at a familly barby. So i woke late, need to hit the gym.
Yesterday was good. I was early for work and took a walk along the Kelvin, there was a guy walking towards me who looked familiar, i was sure that he was one of the guys who had been blowing off steam at the AGM. I had seen him walking along the kelvin in the past with another guy and so i decided to ask him. We chatted for a good while, what a nice guy, its funny the people that you meet that you wouldnt think they were the way you would imagine them……do you know what i mean?? He was responsible for a lot of cleaning on the river, pulling out old shopping trolleys and crates and bikes after spates, in January and through the season. He had had went to a meeting with the council and they were so impressed with his argument that they erected a fence to keep out the dogs that were eroding a certain part of the bank. I dont understand why it is not people like this that the Assocciation is persuing to get them under their wing, the guy is a valuable commodity. Ive seen him more than the bailifs on the water……..seemingly the bailifs do a lot of work at night on the water to deter poachers, hmmmmm I dont know ive never seen any on the water during the day and last season i was down there every day……………I know they are voluntary n all, but why doesnt the Association get more voluntary bailifs to go on the water during the day? All it would take would be a couple of guys at the weekend to walk through the park with a T shirt that said “Kelvin bailiff” to let people know that there was an assocciation and that if you fished you were likely to be asked for a permit.
I know I sound a bit harsh, but as usuall i would like to draw your attention to the vet school. There is supposed to be 6 anglers signed in, any method……….sometimes i go down their and 10 -15 guys are all lounging about with static lines sticking out into the water, catching undersized trout ………all it would take is a bailiff to visit a couple of times a month on the hot days……as thats when they go to get the word out that they should move to another part of the river………im not saying deny them the “sport” im just saying at that stretch………. there are other parts of the river, but they seem to gravitate towards there….ahh well.
Can you tell ive got a bad hangover?
Bought some nice cock capes off of ebay the other day and they arrived today……they look nice, very nice!! 2 light game and 2 furnace. If anyone has any easy peasy patterns I could follow let me know. I went up to the west end today with claires sister. She showed me a little book shop that i hadnt been in before, it was great plus it had a pile of fly fishing books, old ones that looked real nice…….I reckon Im going to take 20 quid and go down in the morning and buy them…….just what i need, more books cluttering up my flat
Its still a bit windy today, I should have headed out this morning but I had lots to do, uni work, tidying up, the windows , out for a run……..stuff like that! Anyway, at 3pmish teh window started to pick up so i dont see much chance of heading to the river……although possibly if at 7pm it looks ok then I might get Claire to drop me off!!Claire is on nightshift right now, has been for the last wee while, next week she is back to day shift which means i can get a lift up to the west end, and make her car a base for my jacket and stuff until I work out whether it is going to be a duff day or not, then once ive worked that out I can start working my way along through the west end stretch……….exellent!!!!!
Had a mail the other day from someone who has been fishing that stretch and been doing quite well with the wee brownies…..im looking forward to it!!!
Went down to the river fora few hours today. Well, one hour to be exact, i caught a couple of tiddlers and one nice sized at around quarter of a pound mark.
It was a bit windy, trees blowing about, little flowery thingsblown on the water that kept getting caught in my fly.Also the water was a good deal lower than usual, i would say around half a foot lower. Did i mention the wind? Have you actually tried to cast a four weight into a strong wind? its not a pretty site I assure you…….damn near had my eye out a couple of times.
Didnt get a chance to try out my “grey dusters” that I have been tying up. I decided to tie up a good few in a range of sizes as
a. They seem to catch fish, they look like a wide variety of insects
b. looks like that fly Bob Wyatt gave me……..possibly a variation
c. I have all the matarials
d. its easy.
Unfortunetly I did not get a chance to try them out today as the wind was so strong, but pretty much like all my dry flys so far i can pretty much bet they will do U-Boat impersonations.
Today I lost my second biggest trout on the dry fly.
I decided to head away from the vet school as its been getting mighty crowded as of late. I headed down to a little bit I know where the water is deep,slow and has a silty bottom . I usually see trout rising as well.
As you can see the casting is pretty hard as well. Anyway, I caught nowt. BUT i did notice this strange bit of floatsam
I wonder where stuff like that comes from?
Anyway, I decided after all to treck up to the vet school stretch and have a bash. As soon as i got there i could see fish rising but none would take my fly.
I walked down to where I caught my big trout the other day, thinking to myself well, he may have moved back into poisition by now. I waded out ……..not a sausage. I came back in and had a think……..I had a look through my fly box and came across the second fly that Bob Wyatt had given me. Now I was saving that for a special occasion, well actually until I had got some materials together to copy it but I thought to myself “bugger it” Ill give it a go. I moved into position and had a couple of casts…………..and then I seen a large brown flash under my fly and it was gone, looked big i thought, remember Im up to my waist in water so I get a good view, I cast again and then this time it took the fly. It wheeled around and jumped out the water…………….damn it looked mighty fine……….did it look the same size as the one the other day……….well…….im going to say no that way i dont feel so bad I think. Anyway, it fought hard and like a numpty i thought to myself……..”im gonna have this one for a photo opportunity”. I knew that I would have to get the fish closer into the bank, so gradually walked back. Its only about 10 yards but the wading is rocky and big boulders creep up on you.
Anyway, the fish was tiring and took a dive under a …..what I can only describe as a big stick…….I then played the stick out for about ten seconds before i realised that somehow the fly had been moved from the fish to the stick…….how do they do that?
I was not amused….
Im going to get the materials together and tie up some of those drys ……..if I can find a picture I will.
I had a comment yesterday that reminded me that I hadnt told you what fly I caught it on. it was a grey duster, quite a larhe size, 12.
I just tried to match what was drifting past my chest.
If you look at the photo below in the post below , the one that shows to the right of where I was standing you can see a rise form. IT was the rises I was casting to. In fact the more I think about it I think that they were rising to something totally different but the fish probably got agravated to my different fly that was going past them.
It was fantastic.
Well, today I caught my biggest brownie on the Dry fly, it was around the 2 lb mark, probably more over than under. Unfortunetly no photo as I was waist deep in the water and had a few folk watching me. I was all jittery and was having difficulty getting the fly out so just wanted to let the trout swim away as fast as possible.
It was at the vet school stretch and i was casting to the right
and then was casting to the left
I caught the 2lber as i was casting to fish on the left. The hatch must have lasted about a good hour or so and got another couple at the same bit. One of them was teetsy and the other one was around the 3/4 lb mark.
Earlier on I had a lovely trout, on the dry again…..
Picture really doesnt do it justice to be honest.
Before I left there the vet school was starting to get really busy with bait fishers, at any one time there is only supposed to be 6 anglers but when i left there was around 10 and some of them had 2 rods out. I suppose the only good thing is that they were not catching anything.
I reckon i will have to retreat to my little secret pools and runs soon as the bait fishers are coming out in force
I had a bash at tying some dry flies last night and even though they seemed ok when I fished with them they sunk like a stone as soon as i cast with them…….how annoying.
It a warm day, rain was forecast but its roasting, i think the back of my neck is burnt.
My partner is on nightshift just now. She works as a nurse in a hospital that is derectly next to the kelvin. Now, I didnt want to walk to the river just to find that its in bad condition after the rain. So i asked her to look at the river when she left work and tell me what it was like. I said “look at the colour of the water, see if its brown or tan or clear, look and see if it is high, does it LOOK like a raging torrent!. Look at the reeds at the side are they in the water , things like that, and report to me in the morning”
Aha I said to myself……im a genius!!!
In the morning when she came in I asked her how it was, I was half asleep…
“its flowing” she said.
some people…….I ask you !!!