I am looking forward to some of this action…


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Kelvinators – my faith has been restored!

OK, sure we had a few moments that were a bit dodgy. The tone was set when a chap walked in to the room and started giving Paul abuse as he could not find the venue (like that is our fault) however he gave a quick apology when he was chinned about his behavior. Everyone brought their invites and lots of people had read the newsletter on the site.

We had also told the local pub not to serve anyone that looked like a shifty Kelvin fisher anything stronger than Tennents.

Good Grief - and this was the "good" bit of the room. The best of a bad bunch!

Good Grief – and this was the “good” bit of the room. The best of a bad bunch! One guy in this picture looks as if he has actually died.

I am going to gloss over pretty much everything and cut to the chase of something I really should have noticed on the agenda.

5. Abolish rule 28

Actually it says something totally different on the booklet to the website however it is:

14. All brown trout to be returned to the river regardless of condition.

So the proposal was made and a lot of thoughts drifted through my head not least of which was that a lot of hard work could be getting chapped on the head this season and the Kelvin stocks quickly wiped out if this one got through.

There was a bit of a silence in the hall, I wanted to write stunned silence their however that would be a bit dramatic. However there was a bit of angry brow action from the guys that have noted the trout fishing improve. The bottom line is it did not even get close to being passed. It still amazes me that in this day and age people still have an attitude that big trout just magically appear instead of being assisted along a little, like by not killing them. To be fair the guy then asked about stocking the river with Rainbow Trout so his credibility dive bombed.

All the rest of the AGM was about Salmon fishers moaning at each other about who had bigger nets or something. I jest, Paul will put an update up on the Fishkelvin site soon I am sure.

In other news I am still without a laptop as we head towards this coming season and must look stuff up on either my phone or my netbook. My trusty laptop which I saved an age for was destroyed by the kids and even though I received some cash to get a new one they promptly destroyed my bathroom and it was then spent on that instead. So I am left without a laptop to scribble my thoughts etc. for the foreseeable future. Still, never one to let the mere access to technology curtail my ramblings I can still do my stuff after a fashion. If you notice photos looking the wrong size just let me know.Incidentally if you fancy donating to my current laptop fund you can do so by paypal here. If everyone on my email list donated a buck my wife would not make statements like “It’s all about that bloody website isn’t it!!!”  I have them saved on my Amazon wishlist – if someone actually buys something through amazon after clicking a link through this site I get a bung which is another nice way of donating.  If you spend ten pounds I get 50p or something however it all adds up,.

I have no idea why as I have hardly picked up a rod with purpose for quite some time. I logged on to that infernal site Facebook the other day to see that the Glasgow Angling Centre is having one of its famous open weekends. I gazed at the glossy advert only to see that John Wilson will be in attendance this year. I attended one of the events a few years ago and after sidling up to him asked for a quick photo, he told me he did not have the time and then went off to speak to someone leaving me standing there looking quite frankly like a dick. It was not the case with Matt Hayes who was happy to pose for a photo and a chat. Paul Young is another gent who is happy to stop and chat to everyone and I see fathers pushing their sons towards him so that some of his fishy luck may be channeled through them. Speaking of Matt Hayes I am reminded of a Kelvin AGM when one of the members stated that we should be contacting Glasgow City Council for money and help as he had a conversation with Matt Hayes at an open weekend and that was what he advised to do. It is kinda different down in England though as they do not have a lot of access to rivers with trout and salmon. What access they do have costs an absolute bloody fortune. If you took the Kelvin out of Glasgow and transported it 300 miles South you would probably be paying £50 a day with a limited membership and a keeper for the river. The last open day was great fun and I got chatting to lots of various folk and will definitely be heading along to this upcoming one!

Today I spotted my first wee green shoots poking up out the grass which means Spring is not far off – 35 days or thereabouts.

Hope you guys have got your stuff together!

River Kelvin is not just for fishing #shock#

John Short (Volunteer Bailiff) posted a couple of pictures today on Twitter ..

What are they? They do not look like Cola bottles !

The last time anything like this was spotted on the river a full scale riot was taking place and some Royalty were busy being married. 

Who would have thought it – a rare breed indeed!

I have seen guidance on paddling the Kelvin and thankfully serious  paddlers only go on it when it is at a high height like it is just now.

Hey you sleaze – RKAA newsletter is now out!

It was sent to me the other day by Paul however due to still not having a laptop it took a while to get it looking right.

Here it is

I hope you enjoy what we have been getting up to! The AGM is this week if any of you guys wanna say hello come right up.

Chapman Bag Review

“Have you been treating yourself to a new bag for work?” said light of my life/wife as I opened a rather nice parcel from Chapman bags. I explained that it was a bag for review as my previous tatty old sack that I usually used for fishing was making me the subject of ridicule in certain circles. Being the subject of mockery amongst the gentry of urbanflyfisher.com is the last thing I need right now.

I will admit it is not often I use a bag while fishing however there are times that I need an honest to goodness bag. This is because while on the river the aim is to keep as light as possible and I can usually get away with a waistcoat and possibly a small backpack for excess water and some sandwiches. However there are times for me when a bag is useful, one of these is in a boat and another could be when out Salmon fishing (#shudder# when not on the fly) The problem with a backpack for tackle is that it is a total pain in the shoulders when you need to actually get some gear out of the bag , reaching round and taking it off takes two hands and during that time your rod must be held or put down somewhere which all takes time – much better to have a bag at your side to just reach in to.

Chapman Bags

So when I was assessed as being a worthy candidate to review a proper “old school” fishing bag I jumped at the chance. I had to make a choice from a selection of Chapman’s bags which are made by hand in Carlisle just south of the border. The bags are all made of roughly the same materials of cotton and leather. The bonded cotton canvas fabric which is used in most of Chapman’s bags is a strong, waterproof material which is created by bonding two layers of cotton drill with a central core of natural rubber. They also a use British dyed and proofed 24oz canvas, which is not bonded, and has been treated to resist water. I have noted from the past that waterproof things are handy whilst fishing for some reason (#grin#) so was happy to see it is waterproof. However, although it is waterproof, they suggest wrapping contents in an additional waterproof barrier to protect against seepage if the bag is to be exposed to heavy rainfall for many hours.

Chapman Bag 2

When I was deciding on what bag to order I looked at the full range of fishing bags and decided on the Artists Bag as it had two large inside pockets I have already mentioned  as well as the two outside – just to mix it up a little I also asked for the rubberised lining knowing that not only can it be used for keeping stuff totally dry it can be  used as somewhere to keep chapped fish if need be.

It features:

  • L16″xH10″xD5″/L41cmxH25cmxD13cm
  • Weight approx. 1.4kg
  • One main compartment with flap
  • Two interior box pockets with poppers
  • Two exterior box pockets with poppers
  • One rear exterior slip pocket
  • Adjustable shoulder strap
  • Solid brass ring on strap
  • IATA carry on luggage compliant

It does have a hefty price tag of £145 however what you have got to think about here is that this is a quality bit of kit that will potentially last a lifetime. Additionally this is made in the UK by British workers, I think here in the UK we do not celebrate our skills enough and I am glad that on their site they are proud of this fact.

There are some people out there that like all their gear to look brand spanking new all the time (and they look like they just stepped out a magazine) and there are guys out there that like stuff a bit more weathered. I have got to admit I like stuff that has been beat up a bit; to me it looks friendly and feels part of me. I just know that this bag in 20 years’ time will have weathered and will have all its creases in the right place.

Of course, that is if I actually use it for fishing. There is a distinct possibility that it could be used for work before it gets used as a fishing bag as it looks bloody snazzy and stylish.

The bag certainly has enough space for several boxes of flies, a spare reel or two and some sandwiches. It is comfy on the shoulders and likeI say it looks rather stylish as well.

As I hinted when I started this review this bag is actually pretty versatile as it can be used as pretty much anything if you put your mind to it. I reckon I could break this bag in as a work bag (I am office based) or even, get this new fathers to be, a rather trendy nappy bag. If there is something I have learned from having two kids it is women like fashionable nappy bags and you could potentially end up paying a packet for one of those that will last a year. Use this as a trendy nappy bag and at the end of the year you have a rather nifty fishing bag.

Anyone that fancies a new bag could do a heck of a lot worse that considering one of these bad boys – I just know I am now fixed for a bag from here on in.

River Kelvin Angling Association 2013 AGM

It is that time of year again – the finer points of urban river management will be discussed, the accounts will be scrutinized and suggestions made about how the association shall make more money for the urban rehab plan.  People volunteering for roles and odd jobs…

Just kidding!

It is the River Kelvin Angling Association AGM!




This years River Kelvin Angling Association Annual General Meeting will take place at 7pm, on the 7th of February 2013. The meeting will be held at Bearsden Town Hall, 69 Drymen Road.
Invites will be posted to those that were members during 2012, you will need to bring your invite to gain entry. If you have not received your invite by the 25th of January, contact the Secretary. Please bring any unused tags that you might have to enter our free membership draw. Raffle tickets and RKAA merchandise will also be available for sale on the night.

RKAA Fleece (including free choice of hat) – £30
(large and medium sizes are limited, please get in touch if you want to reserve one)
RKAA Hat (skip cap or beanie) – £6

We have taken on feedback from previous meetings, and therefore this years AGM will stick strictly to the agenda which will be posted on the fishkelvin website a week in advance. Copies will be available on the night. Other feedback has highlighted occasions where members have turned up on the night and attempted to steer the AGM towards individual issues. Members are reminded that issues and grievances can be raised at any point through the year by contacting the committee.

If you have a specific proposal that you would like added to the agenda, we would ask that you submit it in advance by contacting the Secretary. If you would like to discuss the matter with the committee face to face, we will be holding an open forum in the Islay Inn (Argyle Street) on the 1st of February at 7pm. Feel free to come along, even if it’s just for a chat.

Time for discussion on proposals will be allotted, however due to time constraints it will be limited. In order that this meeting can progress as smoothly as possible, members are asked to adhere to the following guidelines.

– One singer one song. To avoid interruptions, please raise your hand and wait to be acknowledged before you make your point.
– For the benefit of those taking notes, please stand and state your name before addressing the hall.
– Please speak up, and talk as clearly as possible.
– Be polite. Listen to others when they are speaking. There will be breaks for chat, cigarettes etc.
– Show respect for other association members, even if their views are not the same as your own.

This years news letter will also be posted on the fishkelvin website early next week. If you would like a hard copy, please send a stamped addressed envelope to Box 441, Mailboxes etc. 145 Kilmarnock Road. Glasgow G41 3JA.

For people not from Glasgow you should be aware that in the past the meetings have been a bit of a rammy with accusations of all kinds of shenanigans being thrown about however at the end of the night everyone ends up shaking hands and saying they had a great nights entertainment and it is a great way to start the season.

If you follow me on twitter I announced I would be tweeting live from the event for a laugh, I may not go that far however you may get the odd picture sent from the stage.

If you read this blog and attend please come up and say hello, obviously I will not be able to chat long however it makes my day when folk say hi. If you fancy a chat come along to the Islay Inn on the 1st February and I will let you buy me a pint!

See you there!

Sometimes even the ….


...mundane can be astounding !

A useful book for you (UK Guide)

A pal showed me a copy of this book the other day and it looks great. Good pictures and ideal for the fly angler who wants to brush up on their types of olives and Sedge.

The picture is a link to Amazon of which I am an affiliate.

Pocket Guide to Matching the Hatch

Milngavie Fly Dressers Spring Program

The Milngavie Fly Dressers Spring Program is now available here.

The 7th of February is looking pretty good as Craig MacAdam of the Riverfly Partnership will be giving a talk. This year a survey is being carried out on the Kelvin (Willie Yeomans has drafted me in as seemingly we can collect samples as we fish) and anyone who is interested in collecting samples will probably find Craig’s presentation useful.

The tying nights are aimed at all levels – if you are interested in starting fly tying I urge you to head along as you would meet a better or nicer bunch of guys. My attendance has been lax of late however now that the madness of having kids is starting to abate I once again will redouble my efforts to make it along.

2013 Resolutions Required ..I guess!

I suppose I need to write some kind of 2013 resolution post as all the cool kids are doing them these days. So what I should really do is look at last year and what I did poorly and then look at this year and see what I can do better.

Quite frankly I was totally great last year and could not get any better.

Job done!

Kind of…

Well, when I really examine the last year I suppose I can begrudgingly come up with a few things I can try and accomplish – let’s have a look shall we?

   1. Try not to break any rods.

I broke two rods last year which luckily for me ended well. First my trusty Greys GRX (old school) 4/5 was attacked by a car door and then my faithful Sage SLT 5# was trampled on by my clumsy boot. Greys/Hardy were totally shite and Sage (with a lot of help from the mighty Glasgow Angling Centre) totally showed how it was done and a new tip was forthcoming. A reader stepped in and swapped me their old GRX for a chib.

   2. Try and fish those other rivers.

Last season was a year (technically half a year due to the rain) dedicated to the Kelvin. I am not complaining as it was hot whilst it was fishable however there are another couple of rivers I have neglected of late – one is my shit pipe river and the other is the Clyde.

Obligatory burnt out car on shit pipe river

I also have the upper reaches of my urban burn to explore with my Tenkara rod, which brings me onto….

    3. Seize the day/moment.

One thing that surprises a lot of people is just what lucky bastards we are in Glasgow to have some top class trout fishing within 10 mins of our front doors. There are guys that must travel a couple of hours to get to their local trout stream. This year I truly intend to have the Tenkara rod in the car at all times with a bag made up of tippet, flies and camera so that if the sun comes out briefly in the Spring (the season starts on 15th March) I can catch a trout – absolutely no fannying about.

Tenkara Trout – sieze the trout!

    4.It is the 10th anniversary of Urban Fly Fisher..

I need to do something however I have no idea what – I should really get some kind of jolly down by the riverbank set up. Maybe a fish off or something! Maybe I should try and fish with as many Kelvin fishers as possible in 2013 – heck, if you fancy meeting up for a fish just mail me!

   5. Tie some flies – urgently.

I don’t know, I suppose a fishy resolution might be to actually tie some flies before the season starts. In preparation and to spur me on I am going to share a step by step with you guys of my Kelvin scruffy olive. Will get it photographed and post it in a week or so, how’s that for commitment.

I also need to get my shit together and obtain a new laptop to write these posts on – at the moment I am using a daft wee netbook as the boys managed to break my laptop. If anyone out there works for Bill Gates or Google and fancies tossing me a laptop I would greatly appreciate it. Anyone else can donate to the laptop fund by buying me a gift certificate through Amazon on my wishlist if you wish although I am aware times are pretty hard just now for folk.

So do you guys have any special (or just simple) stuff you wanna accomplish in 2013?.