Things found in the Kelvin!

I was talking to an angler the other day about things that have been found in the river, its suprising really some of the strange things:

1. Recently a silver cup went for 800 pounds at auction…found by an angler!
2. Ive found various things from the mills, wheels etc
3. Roman things on stones etc
4. Corpses
5. Cannabis plantations
6. Cars , motorbikes, shopping trolleys and traffic cones
7. money (old coines and new)
8. Occasional fish.


I forgotton whilst I was becoming ill about the Kingfishers that i spotted a couple of times the last time i was fishing. It was deadly silent and it was one of those moments when everything is just so still and out of nowhere a blue streak just flew past my head…….damn nice. Im not sure it was the same one as i had spotted the other time i was fishing, if anyone knows what kind of “territory” kingfishers have i would appreciate it.


I had a wee gander on my stats and I see I am fast approaching my 2000th visitor since…………hmmmm….April!!
Im considering celebrating this by smoking a fine cigar on the banks of the kelvin (where else) if anyone has a better idea mail me or leave a messege! to mail me by the way it is my name at …..that is then redirected to my actual email addy. I hate spam!


The river was back in good condition today. There has been no more rain and the water colour had cleared but still left it a good level. I made someone whom mailed me recently and he had picked up a few fish so knew that it was going to be good. I started up at the top of teh stretch but didnt connect to anything. Its funny that because usually I manage to start off there. Anyway i wandered down the stretch untill i got to here
Its funny because I ended up staying here for about an hour and a half and caught…..well…..I kind of lost count. I did however manafe to lose a nice fish of just under the pound mark….kind of lost it… was mostly because i was buggering about trying to get the camera sorted instead of paying attention to how the fish was hooked. To late I seen that the fish was hooked barely through its lip. If I had a net it wouldnt have happened. I dont have one. I should get one though as the amount of times now I have lost a fish because I have not had one is quite a lot. Well, not that many actually but I would still like one. I would like one of these..
They cost about 25 bucks and would fit nicely on my back. I do actually have a net. I have a salmon net (unused, but i was ever the optimist, unlike now when im just glad i dont fall in) which I should punt on ebay or something.
I tried to take a photograph of the contrast in what the Garscube Estate looks like now to what it was like when that old photo was taken. I couldnt. What I should do is take along my good digital camera to take the photo which I will do the next chance i get.

TheGlasgowStory: Garscube House

TheGlasgowStory: Garscube House

old house

Garscube House, 1954.

Garscube House was designed by the architect William Burn (1789-1870) and completed in 1827. Burn designed other large country houses such as Tyninghame in East Lothian. The house faced south overlooking landscaped gardens beside the River Kelvin.

Im trying to work out exactly where that picture got taken. In the distance you can see a bridge, now i reckon that it is the bridge that ………hmm I will tell you what I will do …..later I will take my good digital camera and take a photo from roughly the same place as where that one was taken. Its strange though because looking at that photo would mean that the shape of the river has changed a great deal…..for a start there is now a massive hole just in front of where that picture was taken…..there is now a slight bend as well. Its a lot wider as well……..i wonder if some work was done to make it narrower at some point through the estate….i will have agander around and see what I can find!

EDIT:: If you go HERE you will see the picture a lot larger and you can see the bridge……im now positive that it is the bridge in the estate…..pretty intersting i think!

Dirty tricks at the vet school!

So I went down to the river this evening for a couple of hours. I went down for two reasons. One I wanted to catch fish and two I wanted to test my waders again… getting paranoid that they are leaking again after last night.
Anyway, when i got there teh water was dirty and muddy. I did the same as last night, i fished with two flies…im getting teh hang of this dropper lark….i put a butcher on the point and a wooly thingy on the dropper.
Basically I was just casting downstream and letting the flies swing across the current. The danger in this of course is that a lot of fish just seem to snap at the flies and around 3 or 4 fish did just that. All the time I was fishing i was thinking that my foot was wet, comparing how my right foot felt too my left…………… minute i would think they were leaking and then the next not. Last night I had taken my waders off to check and my foot was a little damp and then put my foot down on the ground (as i fell over again) so that had ruined my chances of finding out.
Anyway…back to the fishing….Here is a nice little trout!
I was surprised that I caught anything to be honest as the water was so coloured but in the end i caught a few, all small one a little larger than the one in the photo.
I was wading deep, up tp my thighs and the water was cold dammit….this is July???? Anyway I think the cold made me think that my foot was wet again and i was seething……i was going over in my head what i would say to the company that i wanted a new pair and what my rights were……..rah!!!!
As i was fishing there was a duck swimming up beside me with some little baby ducks :))
AAwwwwwww!!!! I love seeing nature when im fishing……and trees for that matter!!
Anyway, so I walked back up the river as finally I had got in a tangle with the dropper (yegads) and seen some fish rising to flies on the surface…….I was a bit unsure as to what to do as the water was so dirty…..i tied on a duster anyway and had a few casts….my foot felt wet so i stomped home in disgust…thinking about all the fishing i would NOT be doing waiting on them come back……raging…..seething.. the foot with the leak felt heavier…it felt wetter…it felt damp…it felt funny/strange not the same as the other one.

Got home…both feet prefectly dry……all in my imagination…..Im obsessive…..obsessive!!!!
When I got home I ripped my copy of the Guardian into appropriate letters and filed them away with the rest!

A can of cider and some cookies are called for!!

Oh…..i nearly forgot. I went into “Cafaro Brothers” and the guy that served me was great……I know im always moaning about fishing shops but the server gave me some good advice and we had a nice chat about fishing for a change…I had a wee gander at the waistcoats ..he could sense the mug in me so steered me towards the hardy ones! Ahhhhh positive 🙂


A nice evening!

So I took a stoat along to the river yesterday, well in the late afternoon actually. When i got their it was looking awfully coloured although what i have noticed is that the pools look cery brown but in the shallows and in the ruffles the water was a little clearer. Anyway I put on a little butcher and a wooly spikey tinsley thing on the dropper. As you know I dont usually use droppers but I thought I had better give it a bash and get into the swing of things.
Anyway….I lost a nice fish because of the dropper when it got tangled up in a fallen railing that had moved from its resident position at the side of a pool to the middle of a pool. At some point, when the water is lower, i will need to go in and haul that damn thing out as it has now ruined a perfectly nice pool. That horrible bit of floatsam has moved because the river has been in some quite strog spates the last few weeks with the changeable weather….. some of the pools have changed shape and where there was nice glides there is now a deep bit. (I explain things so well 😉 )

Ad you can see lots of rubbish has washed down the river as well.

I caught a few more smaller fish and one larger fish and decided to call it a day as i could have sworn that leak in my waders has started again… MAD

I also met one of the people that has been mailing me for a wee while now!

Whiting Golden Badger!!

So I got my Whiting Golden Badger saddle today….im very impressed. I knew the actual hackles would be longer but they are ridiculously long and thin you really can tell the difference in quality. It cost just under 15quid and i got it off ebay sent from the states. The colours are simply fantastic… going to tie up a couple of……wait for it…..Grey Dusters… thats right 🙂 !!!! I will posts some picks of my efforts as well.

I have been getting a few emails about the blog recently that made me realise that some people do not follow that my blog is part of a bigger picture as it were. This blog is my diary of course but if you head over to Urban Flyfishing on the Kelvin you can see some more pictures of the river and some of the little stretches that I fish.

I dont seem to have fished the river in ages now….at least in a couple of weeks, what with being ill and the river being in crap condition. I passed by it today and it looks pretty good. Im working the next couple of days and hopefully if there is no more rain (a little is ok) then i will blitz it next week. Im also hoping to target some Sea Trout as well so if the going is fair i will do a spot of night fishing. If anyone fancies a bit of targeting the Kelvin at night drop me a line or leave a comment. I think it may be best to go down in pairs, sometimes there are some dodgy characters around. Not that Im ever really bothered by them I usually think that if you look like an angler they will not bother you, they will just give you a bit of banter whereas if you are just a bloke carrying a fishing rod they will nick it off you! Always be pleasant to people you meet when urban angling, even if they look like a dodgy character, exchange the time of day and have a chat. They will remember you as someone ok…….everyone loves a lover and an angler!!!

Im still planning heading down to the Allander at some point. The Allander is a tributory of the Kelvin. Ive walked it a couple of times but never fished it. Well thats not strictly true i fished it when i was a lot younger using a worm letting it trot down, caught a few fish as well…….. but in my younger years I didnt really have a clue what i was doing. Unlike now when i can fake it particulary well!

Bob Wyatt!!

So I see Bob Wyatt has his book coming out soon. I was having a read at this months Fly Fishing and Fly Tying magazine and he had an article about Grey Dusters. He ties a variant called a “Dirty Duster” ….
dirty duster

…..This is one of the flies (not the ACTUAL fly, this is one from his site) he gave me that time we were filming for that Trout N About programme……it was allso responsible for my best trout on the dry fly.

He says::

Courtney Williams (A Dictionary of Trout Flies) considered the old Grey Duster to be the best pattern for a mayfly hatch, but couldn’t say why. We know now. It’s the way the tail-less Duster floats. This clipped hackle, sunk-abdomen version improves on an all-time classic, and couldn’t be easier to tie

Well thats true anyway, ive been tying them up like crazy. All the things ive read about the duster say that it is a good all round fly. Ive bought myself a “Golden Badger” cape from the states, I know that the traditional duster is tied with a silver badger but after some advice from a messege board I decided to get this cape as Grey Dusters tied with a variety of badger variations is a great way to get flies for different species of olive.

For example Pale Watery = Grey Duster with light brown thread and pale cream badger

Large Dark Olive = with dark brown thread and yellowish badger

Iron Blue Dun = with primrose thread and yellowish badger with very pronounce black tips but a thin list

So go and check out Bob’s site and buy his book when it comes out.

Loch Awe!

So I went to loch Awe on Sunday their, a cracking day on a lovely loch with good company and fantastic scenery (you can tell I didnt catch anything)
I was in a boat with Alberto and Emanuele. Emanuele was a bit of a novice in a boat like myself but Alberto kept us right. We were using long rods with intermediate lines …i was using my old 10foot “daiwa wf98 rod” with a line rated wf 6 or 7. I had bought some wet fly casts special to save time but laughingly I spent a lot of time trying to sort out tangles as soon as i took them out the packet…..I would have saved time tying my own!! you live and learn i suppose.
Anyway the idea is you motor to a place and then drift towards the lochside with one person on the oars keeping the boat level and staying the right distance away from the shore…
towards shore
Anyway, Alberto knew exactly what he was doing but when it was mine and the other novices turn on the oars it was all “out a bit” or “in a bit” and on a few memorable occassions “turn the engine on” at this point i would panick and try and work out what way to turn the handle on the engine!

Loch Awe was lovely, you could watch the rain drifting across the loch,,,,

Wildlife………..we seen an osprey and a wild goat staring at us from the shore…..there was some mayflies hatching as well and caught an eel. Well, technically we didnt catch an eel what happened was we seen this thing bobbing up and down in the water and it turned out it was a float with a lengh of mono attached and on that was an eel. The eel must have got itself snagged and the “angler” must have snapped the line trying to get it out.

Alberto caught a nice fish, lovely looking and lost another. the novices caught nowt. But hey catching fish is the aim of fishing but not the purpose!

I managed not to do anything too crazy until we got back to dry land at the end of the day……i was taking off my waders and fell over like a tree being felled and nearly broke Emanuele’s sage rod!!

Ah well!!!

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