Boots on, hats on heads, Polaroids at the ready and………..GO GO GO!!!!

So Sunday was the first trip out of the season – it was a weird hot March day meaning jumpers were off and sun block had to be applied to the face. The Kelvin was stuffed full of fly fishers (or so it seemed) as I met up with Paul, Stephen and later Jim. Two guys I recognized turned up at the Vet School as well.

We had to ask three guys who were spinning to leave – they also did not have permits the chancers. They came all the way from Paisley as well.

Hardly barren of trees!

Peter left a comment a few posts back about how the river now looks bleak and desolate due to the lack of trees – personally I was surprised at the amount of trees that were still around that will provide good shade once the leaves start blooming. I suppose that was what made the day so strange, the sun was blazing and hot and there was not a leaf in the  trees – what was nice was the sounds and smells all around, the birds chirping busily building nests, huge bumble bees diving around, wee funny insects zipping around, the smell of daffs and of course the lovely smell of wild garlic.

It really was rather great.

Pity at the time we arrived and sat watching the water there was aboslutley no rising trout.

Watching!

Of course we were too bloody early – what with the clocks changing and the blazing sun the flies were not going to start coming off until later in the day. One thing I mused on was the fact with bits of carpet stuck on my boots I was sticking to rocks as if I had glue on my feet.

Like walking on carpet!

Of course I got an absolute slagging from Paul after one of them fell off in Marks n’ Spencers as I was buying a bottle of Peroni.

We ran into the legendary Jim Burns down at the Vet School – he nearly fell in which would have been a great comedy moment however managed to save himself at the last minute..

Jim Burns - the Mustached Legend!!

Anyway, back to the fishing – when we did see rising trout it was later in the afternoon down river – this spot produces very well early in the season as the flies are washed down and channeled into a tongue of water at the bottom a deep pool. I spotted the trout rising and grappled down the banks – the keepers of these river banks have been busy and have shored them up with logs which now makes access that little bit more difficult..

In position....

I managed to get away with only some weird jaggy things down my right arm which still feel that weird crawly way the next day and then a few casts later there was a lovey wee Kelvin trout being returned to the water totally unharmed after its tussle…

A wee kelvin trout....

As first sessions of the season go I am going to mark this one down as a success – I am pretty sure if we had stuck around for a bit or just simple staked out a pool for the afternoon then we would have caught more trout however a nice walk in the sun to get the Vitamin D levels was just what the doctor ordered. I still rather annoyingly need to fix the soles of my boots (and it looks like no bugger is flocking my way to give me a pair to review any time soon) so I will be looking out more carpet (eco friendly warrior that I am), problem is when I stuck them on last time with the evostick I managed to destroy the whole tube so now must buy some more of that sticky stuff – I mean it was not its fault that the carpet came off it was actually my choice of carpet that was the problem – a trip to a carpet store is in order unless any of you chaps have any old thin carpet kicking around your house you want to sell me?

Next session will be…..not sure when actually however I am planning on walking the banks this afternoon with the boys so will update on the rising trout action possibly later – I know you love it.

 

By the Kelvin …

I am kinda surprised just how hot it is for just after 12 new time.
I am sitting here surrounded by spring – insects,birds,smells, spider webs drifting around ….

I have spotted one single rising trout so far just at the tree branch on the water , when it rises again I go for it ….

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I have not seen any olives coming off yet, surely it must be a matter
of time …

Rising Trout!

Spotted my first rising trout of the season yesterday – I was actually out at Calder Glen Country Park with the kids and went for a walk along the river. There were rising trout in just about every pool.

Of course, I assume this is kinda old news to you guys – forums and trout chat has been alive with talk of rising trout even before the season started. The mild winter and spring has bumped everything forward by a few weeks  resulting in increased insect activity and trout looking up in just about every river. I have been hearing some good things from the Kelvin with nice fat well conditioned trout being caught – in fact I am hoping to get in on some of that action today, I have a pass from family life for a few hours and am planning on hitting the mighty “K” to capture my first trout of the year.

Of course there is always the possibility I will catch bugger all – it happens!

A walk in the park with a Piper!

So it was a beautiful day for the opening ceremony – we had sunshine, a breeze and even flies at one point (of course we also had strangers asking us for our whiskey and a kid with a dog where we wanted to fish but that’s another story)

Jim Burns - Legend

Oh, and remember – for Kelvin chat please join up at the Kelvin Forum….

..where you can post pics of trips or ask advice on tactics etc.

The “K” board –a single stream of thought,talk and opinions. We don’t have sections to confine us as neither does life. There is a thread and post “voting” system in place – if a post is given an undefined number of down-votes the post will disappear into the ether. This means that the mighty “K” board is Kelvinator moderated – kinda just like real life.

If you join you can see serious characters like these guys who fish far too close to each other yet make a fine photo:

Kelvinators - always up for a photo!

This week is the time to get my shit together – sparse flies need tied and new tippet has been bought.

Its all happening!

 

 

Success and Failure!

Lets start with the failures shall we – so I popped into the Glasgow Angling Centre on my way home from work to buy some replacement felt soles (they don’t sell em’) and to drop off some Kelvin permits only to find it was the first day of the “open weekend”. I am glad it was a Friday and not so busy so I got a chance to have a donner around

I ran into reader and honorary Kelvinator Paul Young who was telling me about his recent fishing trips when he said – “just checking out your face to see if you have had a shave – you do talk some shite about razors”

Obviously Paul’s a Mach 3 man – either that or he has some kind of flunky to shave him when he is “on set”

Anyway – I then ran into Nicolas Valentin – the Glasgow Angling Centre Dude – who asked me if I still actually went fishing – well played sir well played!

Anyway, so fishing life has actually been slow of late due to repeated bugs that have been passed around the kids and me pretty much constantly over the last few weeks. The first day of the trout season is today and the Kelvin will be having its opening ceremony on the Saturday which should be a bit of fun.

With both the salmon and trout season officially underway, this Saturday (17th) the opening ceremony will take place on the banks of the Kelvin inside Kelvingrove Park. The ceremony has been delayed this year to give all anglers the chance to attend, and to increase the chances of a fish!
Meeting at the Islay Inn on Argyle Street at 11.30am, the piper will march us down to the river around 12pm. Following the ceremony we can then meet back at the Islay Inn at 2pm for food and a few drinks.

I have been checking through my gear and have found myself to be lacking some key items: felt soles, tapered leaders, tippet and fly lines – and also flies. Well to be fair I probably have enough flies however it is always nice to start the season with some freshly tied dries.

I tried to get some new felt soles at the GAC however seemingly they do not sell them anymore – rather than pay the £15 to get them online decided to take the advice of a pal and use some old carpet that I have in the loft – the carpet coupled with some evostick should be a mighty combination.

I decided on the grey Wildfisher line sold by Fred from the Wildfisher forum – I got myself a four weight which I will bang on to my old Lamson and have found a Scientific Angler five weight which I will bang on to my new Lamson. Speaking of which I got a bit nostalgic over the winter while moving stuff around in my attic and had my old two piece Greys GRX 8 foot 6 rod out and wobbling it about – it felt great and I have not fished with it in some time – that will be changing this season. I am pretty sure I have said before I always loved casting with this rod as it is pretty soft and forgiving however has enough backbone to chuck out a dry and nymph combo. The GRX coupled with the Lamson was a lovely combination and I am looking forward to getting into the action.

Does anyone think it is mild out there? The temps are hovering around the 9- 10 degrees point during the day and I think there is a good chance of olives coming off during the day.

Oh – the success is that I was interviewed by the most excellent “Fishing Jones” a couple of weeks back – you can read it here. 

Trout season starts next week – I might have known !

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Kelvinography – Kelvin medical!

Another example for you chaps …

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Kelvin medical practice

Don’t forget, if you guys see any good examples then let me know !

Two bridge pictures !

An easy one – What two ?

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No prizes !

Kelvin AGM Madness, Glasgow Angling Centre U Turn on Wader Warranties and other Random Acts of Violence..

I am man enough to admit I was a wee bit nervous about the Kelvin Angling Association AGM – I mean, up on that stage in front of a couple of hundred intellectuals ready to start an intense debate on the finer points of the books and river management. I was thinking maybe that the members would maybe give a wee bit of praise about all the hard work we have put in to improving access and moving things forward.

Kelvin AGM

Instead we had a rammy involving debatable members (its a loooooong story)  who were stinking of alcohol  shouting and swearing at us – and please, yet another call for a vote of confidence in Paul Reid? I mean, he was up for re-election, anyone in the room could have stood against him however nobody wants to do the hard graft that he does, hell I do not want to do the hard graft that he does – someone (one of the drunk ones) made a point that he does not pay for a permit so why should he be asking others for a permit. Hell, the guy only gives up a huge amount of his personal time to get shit done for the association. So when he was safely voted back in folk decided that he was fair game. Caroline from the Clyde River Foundation was interrupted twice during her presentation on the work being carried out – both times not one good question was asked – unless you call “How much money do you want”? a serious question.

Who I feel sorry for are the ones that do have questions and concerns to address that cannot because of the ruckus.

To be frank, it is a waste of my time!

Got a phone call from Alex, long time fishing buddy who commiserated with the AGM tale and told me his own story of woe involving the  Glasgow Angling Centre. He bought a new pair of Scierra waders a couple of weeks ago – first time out and he was drenched through – day absolutely ruined. Not a nice situation when you are ball deep in freezing cold water. He duly drove the 50 miles to take them back to the Glasgow Angling Centre only to be met with an employee who refused to believe him that they leaked, they did a test seemingly involving filling them up with water and then looking for leaks. Guys, that has got to be one of the shittest ways of looking for seeping leaks in waders there is. He was also told it could be condensation in breathable waders? I have had the odd spot of sweaty legs in summer while wearing rubber waders however in breathable waders in winter? Thing is, all Alex wanted was an exchange of 2 week old waders – can you see any kind of con involved in this at all? It is a motiveless con that should have been resolved there and then –  it is a simple case of a manufacturing fault – seemingly they have now been sent off for testing by the manufacturer.

No pictures of fish - so here is one of Alex's ass when he was wearing non leaking waders

Whatever happened to statutory rights and good customer service? This is another reason to buy a pair of Orvis!

I am embarrassed to say I have not been near any fishy stuff for some time.  I am a member of a forum where I agreed to partake in a “fly swap” – this is where the members tie up an agreed number of flies and then given out to all the members. I was supposed to tie up 28 flies – this may not sound a lot to some folk however when you factor in the fact I get home from work at 5.30pm and then have a hectic time of meals for the boys and then bed time antics I usually go to my bed at around 8.30pm. This is because the whole craziness starts again at 0530 in the morning (with a few wake up sessions during the night).When you can factor in teething and illness into the whole shebang things get messy. It leaves not a lot of time to do much!

So I pulled out the fly swap on the last day – and felt like shit for doing it.

Anyway, so what fishy stuff have I been doing? Well, I have been at a few Kelvin meetings and that is about it. I have got to get my ass in gear and get my rods out, it is kinda funny as I have been thinking of getting my old two piece Greys GRX out – it is a lovely rod very forgiving. I think I will look my old Lamson reel out as well for a change. I have pretty much decided I need a total change of fly lines this year. Last year my 4 weight and 5 weight fly lines were looking a bit tatty (especially the 4 weight) so looks like there are purchases in my future.

Only 37 days to go!

Spotted in the Daily Record!

Was browsing through the Record – Glasgow’s news rag of choice when I got to the usual Friday fishing section – it was not the usual advice given by Silver Wilkie that caught my eye it was this advert on the same page..

Can you spot it?

Is that not a bit like B&Q advertising “Electricians, Plumbers, Plasterers, Burglars, DIY enthusiasts get all your tools here” 

 

 

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