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..
i would have liked to have thought that after a god couple of weeks without doing any serious fishing i would actually hav edone quite well yesterday. When i got to the river it had risen by a good couple of feet , which should have been good although the water was very murky.
I spent a good while using a little spider by this submerged tree stump, ther was a few fish rising arond it , i had tried a fry fly but with no luck. They were iether just splashing it or spitting out….iether way they were to quick for me.
Im still not feeling 100% after being ill, i may go for a wee gander tommorow evening, or quite possibly in the morning. I was hoping that i would hav eseen a Salmon or sea trout by now. Ah well more in the morning maybes.
My other half was taking part in the Glasgow half marathon and as i was walking from place to place to wave her on my path was taken along the banks of the Clyde right in the middle of glasgow. There was a heron sitting in the middle of the River and as i gazed into the water i see a large shoal of BARBEL swimming right in close to the edge. The biggest i would estimate to be around 5-6lb and the smallest was probably no smaller than 3-4lb.
A really good sign for the centre of Glasgow i would say.
Ohhhhh If only it were a Salmon I had seen this year!!!
Oh Oh……incidentally……if you go to GOOGLE and type in fly fishing on the river kelvin GUESS what comes up first
I have changed the font on the site, and added another stretch. i have bought some damsel nymphs and some worm flies so will be trying them out over the next few days.