I recieved a rather nice mail from a guy today. We had been mailing each other for a while. He usually fishes up at towards Kirkintilloch and was finding it rather difficult. Anyway, this is part of the mail…..
…….just thought i’d let you know about my fishing exploits today. i managed to get a lift down to the vet school stretch this afternoon, and fished thereabouts until 7pm. it was really just a fantastic time. completely different from what i’m used to upstream near kirki. i caught more fish than i’ve ever done before in a single session fly fishing for trout, around ten or so, plus quite a few that got off. they all faught like the bananas. as soon as they got near me and i tried to lift them out to unhook off they would tear away again. great sport even on my 6 weight rod. the biggest today was also my biggest trout ever (says more about my past trout record really….) at between half a pound and three quarters of a pound. there was some real fight in that one..!
I think its great when people catch alot fish on the fly , especially when someones actually had a look at my site and got the idea to go to a stretch from myself.
Oh yea and i had to mail someone from Smoky Mountains On The Fly as i did not mail them to get permission to use the picture of the trout on the front page of the the site EAK
If it changes you know they said no !!!
Up early feeling like shite.
Freezing cold morning, and the water was very brown and dark. Was up possibly around half a foot.
There was no fish rising at all at that little run where I have been getting fish on the dry fly so I moved to the area with the reeds….
I trundled a little Butcher through the weeds and managed to get 2 fish, This was the smaller one….As you can see my amazing photographic abilities have not improved any. For the size of it this fish fought like the devil…….Possibly through its little mind it was thinking …SEXSEXSEXSEXSEXSEXSEXSEXSEXSEX
I fished down a little and thought I would have a bash at this spot here.#
In the middle it is around a foot deep with lots of weeds. If you look across the other side of the river you can see a little rocky outcrop. There are fish in front of the rocks. I hooked two but lost them.
I was talking to a guy called Chris for a good while. He fishes bait , wasp grubs and maggot mostly. He always does well, and attends his rod at all times, is carefully the way he unhooks them and is generally a fine angler. If only all the guys fishing bait were like that!!!!!
I need to get up early to get to the river!!!!!!!!!!!!
Doubt I will manage down to the river today. It was my first day at placement for Uni and I’m cream crackered. Its pouring with rain outside , so even if the river is ok just now by tomorrow it will have risen a fair wee bit. May be good for the Worm actually as there should be Salmon in the system now.
One of the things that Douglas Brown told me was that there was a lot of Salmon killed during the hot weather, a lot of trout as well……..At least it wasn’t anything dodgy in the water I say!!!
Anyway, so the river will be too high tomorrow, so the chances are I will get down on Sunday, the only problem being that Sundays are particularly busy. BLAST
Damn Uni……..Interfering with my busy fishing life…….Just when it was getting good too.
I want a new jacket!!! One I can fit in my snazzy new bag if i get it!!!!!!!!
DAMN YOU William and Joseph……….get some Scottish Stockists NOW!!!!!!!!
!!or even better ……..send me one!!
Well, turned out a mighty fine day. There was a slight colour to the water but I decided to have a go with a dry fly at the place I had so much luck last time.
Anyway I don’t know whether it is my imagination but the fish I am catching on the dry seem to be larger than the ones on the wet fly. I have no pictures of fish this time I’m afraid as taking the fishes picture whilst holding a rod as well as unhooking it without damaging the fish is very difficult. But hey, I get to put in other nice pictures
Some rather nice mushrooms came out while I was fishing, not of the magic variety however. This was down at the vet school stretch, if you look back a couple of trips u will see where I was before.
Anyway eventually I switched too a tiny wee midge fly as the fish were consistently ignoring mine……Well after I had hooked a couple they must have switched what they were taking. I could then see them inspecting my fly and turning away in disgust. I swear one of them gave me the fin. Possibly the same one that I hooked near the vent bizarrely enough. A fish swirled at my fly and I struck immediately and the efish fought extremely hard. I thought it was a really big brown until I realized it was swimming upside down. When I went to unhook it the fly was just next to the fin near the vent. It must have swirled the fly and when I struck then got hooked.
Another thing about the fish today was how hard they fought……..The two biggest actually jumped out the water , something the trout in the Kelvin don’t often do, at least with me.
After I had some fun their, I walked down to the bridge and watched a few trout from there. I decided to wade in and have a god bash at them seeing as how I was now feeling like an experto
Here I was
There is a fish just in front of that bit of green and another 3 in the middle. Anyway, I worked my way from my side out , missed the one next to the bush and must have spooked the ones in the middle. Although I did get them to have a go at the fly. So as far as I’m concerned I got a result….. I waded out and went back up to the bridge to see if they were still there…….They had managed to get back in position very quickly. Ill remember that for next time.
That once spooked they come back quick!!!
I phoned the Sec of the club today and asked for the stretch from maryhill bridge down to the bridge at the vetschool be made fly only….It sonly around 500 yards …..But hey that’s where I see the most fish getting killed by the bait fishers. allso I may be getting made a Warden.
Who do you trust when it comes to the weather?
The BBc say it will be nice and the telly says orrible……….bah im not lugging around my rain jacket again…..im taking my chances.
AND putting all my towels out to dry..
Mwa Ha Ha Ha
WEATHER I DEFY YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!
Humph, no fishing the last couple of days, the weather has been bad. I was going to go today but I had the feeling that the river would be too high. Anyway, I took delivery of some rather nice dry flies today from a company called Flying Hooks whom I cant recommend highly enough. I’ve bought flies off him a few times now and every time they have always been tied to a very high standard. Also check out his Auctions there is usually some mighty fine bargains to be had. That’s the thing I don’t like about buying flies out of shops, especially companies like Lureflash I always get the impression that no …….Well care has gone into the tying of them. Whereas these flies are beautifully tied…..If you don’t tie your own buy these
Its now went kind of bright and it looks as if it may turn nice, although I have been conned in the past , the water will still be dirty from the last couple of days rain. I am going to wait until tomorrow morning until I go to the river and that should have given it plenty of time to clear. IM quite exited about that stretch I fished the other day there, I have some spider patterns as well which I will be trying out…….I quite fancy fishing them upstream of myself!!!
I have updated the links section of the site, I have put in only the links that I think will be worthwhile. Incidentally, I have received a few emails from people regarding the site and the Blog already, that is marvelous. Please feel free to drop me a line, I do so enjoy receiving mail that is nothing about penis size!!
ps…….Ive just noticed a spellcheck so with a bit of luck my hoepless spelling should be better now!!
You know, I wonder sometimes whether people i meet are actually fishing the same River as i do. I ran into a bloke today , he asked me how many fish i had caught. I said i had caught a few and the biggest was just shy of half a pound …….he said nothing of any real size then ……what River is he fishing …….the Spey? a chalkstream down in England…..same thing happened the other day when i caught all thos other fish…..two blokes said ach they were just wee yins……..BLOODY EEJITS they were nice fish….and in fact the best fish you are likely to catch on the river…….unless of course you do get one of those fish that make you go ooooohhh every now and again. I caught one at about a pound and half a month and a half ago…..Superb!!!!
Anyway……this was where i caught the first two trout
I trundled a little Butcher through the weeds…….great sport
I was just using a single little green winged wet fly and let it trundle round. I couldnt really do much else as the trees were pretty bad.
I could tell you where that is but if ive got to scramble through bushes to find stretches then so should you
Ach mail me and i may tell ya
MORE TO THE POINT GET SOMEONE IN SCOTLAND TO STOCK THE WILLIAM JOSEPH BAGS
I want a new bag as University has stated back in full swing. Its a pain to transfer all my stuff from my trusty old rucksack …..My fishing gear and then my uni stuff. Plus my uni stuff now smells of fish.
Instead what I want is one of these rather snazzy William Joseph bags…….They are going to send me a catalogue.
Problem is they do not have a Stockist in Scotland………Anyway, go and check their site out and if you like their bags go into your local tackle shop and get them to stock them. I will be doing the same. Although you would then recognize me on the banished as I would have a rather snazzy new bag……..Ahoy well
SUCCESS AT LAST
I was starting to get a little paranoid for a while there, perhaps the curse of the blog or something as I was not catching any fish. WELL today certainly made up for all that …..I caught over ten lovely trout all on a dry fly. To be honest I don’t fish the dry fly often but I must say that I am now well and truly hooked.
The water was a lot clearer today, as you can see from this rather bizarre picture…
Well maybe you cant…But that was just one of the strange photos that I managed to take today. Its damn tricky trying to unhook a trout, whilst standing in a river , and at the same time try and take its damn photo…
OK ok….I take crap photos, you try it!!!!
here is a prepared one…
The day was almost spoiled by two blokes with there bait rods out and at the same flogging the water with massive fly rods, all within 20 feet of each other.
Met another nice guy who is over for a few weeks from Holland, he was staying with his parents. He had quite a heavy rod and did not seem to be catching anything so I told him where I was getting all mine but he still had no luck. I offered him my rod for a while but he said no…….Must have been put off by my amazing casting ability…………
as for the ten minutes I was casting with him watching there was no tangles,fly catching on my waistcoat and all line generally ending up in a big heap. I even caught a fish when he was there….Probably thought I was an expert hehehehehe
Oh by the way, I caught all my fish on the vet school stretch at the part…….Well if you look at the picture below this post you will see it..