Weekly water photo – 13 of 52

Took the boy out for a walk beside the Kelvin – he insisted on carrying a net!

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Spring Pike!

Firstly to the gent in the boat who I possibly destroyed his last ten minutes of fishing by attempting to sidle past his bobbing float – a apologise profusely. Why am I doing it here? Because I think the gent may be a reader – after I shouted an apology he called me by my name – it was only later did I realise  that he could not have overheard it. So apologies – put it down to excitement and the fact that you possibly just fished more in one weekend than I will get this season.

We cool?

Yes?

Good – you are  gentleman and a scholar – and also quite possibly a sex fiend – I mean taking your wife fishing in a tiny wee boat for a couple of nights. Well played sir, well played!

Anyway, moving on swiftly – this trip was a trip of firsts – firstly I actually had my first cast of the year and caught my first fish.

Yay - I caught a big green pike!

And here is the boy in question on the end of my line – all fired up for some red hot sexy pike action.

Sex - NOW!

It was actually bigger in my hand – it was a high single – maybe around 7 or 8lb.

Another first was actually getting Alan Atkins (Chair of the RKAA) into his first proper Pike on the fly..

Look at that bender!

Unfortunately I did not get a picture of him holding the beast as it promptly wiggled out my hands however managed to get a picture of it diving in the water.

Kersploosh!

He then went on to catch another smaller one and miss a bigger one later.

Meanwhile buddy Alex was hauling them in on the other side of the pond…

Hauling..

Sweet action all round.

I also got a chance to wear a new pair of glasses sent by Kontrol Sports – they sent me them a while ago however seeing as how it has hardly been sunny I have not been wearing them much. The model is the Polar Ice Polarised Sports Sunglasses” and they cost a rather sweet £25.

They are pretty sweet – they fit comfortably around your ears due to their spring hinges and fitted rather well under my cap. They have a 1.7mm Polycarbonate lens which is 50x stronger than glass. Seemingly this is the toughest most shatter resistant material commonly used for protective goggles lenses. This is the same material used for aircraft windshields! It is also scratch resistant. This is all good news when you have an enormous fly whizzing past your face at Lord Kelvin knows how many miles an hour – a lot I would imagine. Nothing says a trip to the hospital than a Pike hook embedded anywhere your eye.

If you fancy a pair you can buy em’ from the Kontrol Sports website with free shipping – if you meet me by the river and you fancy a shot of them just ask!

You do not want that orange thing in your eye!

Judging by the weather today lots of folk will be out with their sunglasses on over the next day or two – if this keeps up the trout might actually show an interest in a dry fly soon.

 

Fish Kelvin Forum Gubbed + Virus Warning

(This is actually a post on the forum however I thought I would copy it as a post just in case)

 

This is not going well – Ok – Paul K got in contact a while ago to say his Norton was playing up – saying that he got a warning when he tried to access the site. I pretty much poo pood it – I mean it was Paul right? Laugh Anyway, lots of other folk have now been in touch to say the same thing – well, when i say lots I mean around 4. I have scanned the whole site using the built in site scanner thingy that cpanel provides, I then contacted my host who scanned the whole server and found nothing. It seemed to be mostly when folk were trying to log into the forum so I have deleted the forums and reinstalled.

Um – in the process of this it seems that the forum over at FishKelvin is now gubbed – sorry about that, I will try and fix it soon as possible.

If anyone else has problems either leave a comment or make  post in the forum.

Thanks.

A*

edit: just downloaded the whole site, it was scanned with Security Essentials and Malware Bytes and nothing showed up. I have also disabled the Mobile View plugin as that has been known to cause virus warnings on other sites.

Weekly water photo – 12 of 52

A picture of the forth and clyde canal just before clydebank – this whole stretch seems pretty grim. I wonder if there are any pike kicking around!

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Camo Beret – Cool as fu….

You wear a camouflage beret while you are fishing then you are as cool as Top Cat in my book.

(pic is an affiliate link to Amazon)

I am going to add one of these bad boys to my Amazon wishlist for my birthday next month.

Tell you what else is happening in a couple of months – my second born child will be hitting the planet – this means instead of fishing for the next wee while I am doing DIY (for me this means decorating) you see my wife is “nesting” – not the old style cleaning every room in the house thing it is the new wave nesting thing where she gets me to paint every room in the house – thanks a bunch Parenting Weekly.

And this weekend it was my sons bedroom.

When number one son was born we decided to put a border around the room – we used “border glue” – if I had been told that once the border glue was on the wall the only way to remove it is to actually get a new wall then I would not have bothered with a border. If you do not get the glue off then it bleeds through the new paint.

Instead I have just spent the last two days using fairy liquid, fabric softener, sugar water, tin foil heated up by an iron, white spirit and finally my spit to try and get this evil stuff off my sons room. None of it helped – finally I bought some stuff that is supposed to cover up hard to remove stains and coated the glue. You can still see where the border was kinda through around 8 coats of royal blue paint however I have agreed with my wife that even if we do still notice it we have NEVER to mention it ever again.

Camo Beret = cool as f#ck!

Border Glue = a pain in the arse!

Weekly water photo – 11 of 52

Ok – so the race is on to actually see a rising trout. Last year the first trout I seen rising was this wee burn running through Dalmuir.
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Congratulations – you made it!

Yay – you made it to another season – today is the first day of the 2011 trout season.

Congratulations on making it this far – we all deserve a great big round of applause for fighting through yet another thoroughly miserable winter.

From this moment on instead of being totally unable to legally fish for trout we can now choose not to fish for them as the conditions are totally against us. We can now look out the window and shake our heads in woe at the dismal temperatures which is going to be keeping the trout comatose at the bottom of the river. Consequently the possibility of catching a trout on the dry fly is incredibly slim – by slim I mean none. There was a time I would have taken the day off work just to head down to the river to have a symbolic cast however I have been stung that way before – and by stung I mean froze my booty in freezing cold miserable water. You see the hope at this time of year is that you would see the mythical Large Dark Olive hatch – they are the main insects you should see flirting around the water with the trout greedily gulping them down. The hatch usually starts in February and peak in March and April – however, personally at the start of the season I rarely see them and when I do they sail down the river are totally unmolested by the trout – of course I might actually be in a place totally devoid of trout which is why this year I will be totally sacking my usual early season haunt and tackling some fresh water upstream. Technically the hatch should be either side of the hottest part of the day – people say noon however to me that never makes sense – going by my temps the hottest part of the day is usually mid afternoon or a little earlier, say 1pm – 2pm.

Still, its not all that bad – give it another couple of weeks and hopefully the temperatures will be up a bit – It is a funny time of year when a week really does make a difference. I always think Autumn slips into Winter a heck of a lot quicker than Winter slips into Spring. The real date that we should all take notice is the 1st April – we should have a bit more sunlight and hopefully some steady temps above 10 degrees. Today we will have an astounding 11hours 46minutes and 14 seconds of daylight whereas on the 1st April we will have a whopping 13 hours 5 minutes and 21 seconds of daylight.

Whee!

Another book from my bookshelf!

This one is all about dry fly fishing – I bought mine second hand without a cover in a wee bookshop on Otago lane .

(the picture is an affiliate link to Amazon)

I see you can now buy it for the princely sum of 1p plus a couple of bucks postage. Good thing about books is you can read em’ on the toilet a lot easier than a laptop.

It covers pretty much everything you ever wanted to know about fishing with a dry fly – including leaders, lines, rods, rise forms etc.

I like it.

 

Weekly water photo – 10 of 52

Passed over my shit pipe river today and it looked great – because all the trees have no leaves I can see lots of riffles and runs!
Only a week until I can choose not to fish for trout – I will probably fish for pike first.

Probably.

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Fishing blogs I think kick ass!

To be honest I think loads of blogs rock however I thought I would highlight a few here that really shine for me. I wish we had some kind of fishing oscar ceremony to show off these guys however we don’t so you will just have to put up with me telling you.

North Country Angler – Once you get past the outstandingly huge nymph he uses as a header (he only put it up as he won a competition with it – I like his style – I would be riding that wave for 5 years) you come across some well written thought out posts which give a fantastic insight into fishing his own neck of the woods.

His photos are superb and I note several gargantuan trout of the brown variety he has caught. He is taking a wee break from blogging just now however maybe if you guys head over there and give him some credit and a boost he will let us know what Spring is like on the Eden. I promise I have not made him first on the list as I will be spending some time in the Lakes in the Summer and need someone to give me info. (by info I mean exact coordinates of where to park a motor vehicle and permit availability) #smile#

Fly Fishing in South Wales – Tell me, who among you do not read Gareth’s blog? If you do not then head over their now and check out his molecular sized flies (some of which are not in the Royal Mail heading in the direction of my fly box). Gareth was a reader and commentator here before realizing he could take this whole blogging thing to a whole new level – he is now a registered instructor and has another site at Gareth Lewis Fishing.  Gareth loves small streams so therefore can do no wrong in my book. He is a handsome chap who I think should be given his own TV show even if it is because I want to be dragged along to some exotic destination as an “advisor” He came up to Scotland a few years ago just as a cold front swept in so totally blanked however still had a good time – I left him fishing the Clyde due to a horrible migraine, ugh! Top bloke – go read his stuff!

Taunted by Waters – Jeffrey Prest is paper magazine “Trout Fisherman” editor. So what caught me eye first about  “Taunted by Waters” ? was it the good writing?, the interesting articles?, the insight into what folk at “Trout Fisherman” discuss in the office? No – it was the picture he uses in his sidebar – it makes him look like Grandpa Munster.

The Munsters

I jest, I jest – it is those other reasons – the good writing and articles and all that jazz. Check him out!

(or your blood gets sucked)

Tamanawis – When Mike actually updates his blog with a post it is actually quite good. In the meantime you can read stuff from the past. Nuff said.

Singlebarbed – The man took an ordinary pair of fly tying scissors and a ring and suddenly BAM :the “sixth finger scissors” were born – making tying flies approx 10 seconds faster.  What else will that crazy mind come up with ?

K.Barton - not selling Snake Oil!

K.Barton was also the chap who came up with the term “Brownlining” – that is fishing in the shite to you and me – as opposed to blue lining which is fishing in nice clear country streams. Top bloke – I use his sixth finger and love it!

Who is next?

Wayward Fly Fishing – #nervous laughter# He tried normal once. he got bored.  So he stopped doing it – and believe me you can tell. I am actually still working through his archives – check out his post on October 8th, it is an eye opener.

Pike Fly Fishing Articles – Ok – here is the deal – ANYONE who fishes for Pike on the fly and has this graphic of their quarry on their blog should be taken seriously:

aaaAAAAAAAGRH!

That fish looks as if it is about to pull out a baseball bat and beat the angler fishing for it into a pulp – and then feed the pulp to the fish it is about to eat.

He also uses a magnificent Jvice – this is probably why his flies are so good.

Trout Underground – Does Tom Chandler need any introduction? Not only does he write consistently good stuff he also somehow manages to juggle being a father with a helluva lot more fishing than I seem to do. He obviously has some secret going on that he is not telling anyone –  he probably makes it all up with stock photos or something – even if that is true it sure is a still a lot of fun. He also still links here as “Urban Fly Fishing on the Kelvin” which is kinds sweet however sucks for SEO.

The Unaccomplished Angler – Ok – listen guys – I know you do not actually read Urban Fly Fisher for the in depth articles about how to fish (which is just as well really) and the Unaccomplished Angler  is kinda another blog in the same vein – a satirical look at fishing. I love it – he said he was jacking it all in a while ago however has been back posting so I am happy.

A Matter of Life and Fluff Chucking – When I think of crazy bastards I automatically think of McFluffchucker – another Pike fiend who ties great flies and is always up for a bit of the banter.

He scares us...

Look at those eyes – just look at them – you can tell he is serious as he wears his hat backwards. I always think he looks a bit like the Terminator (even though no Pike are terminated)

Nadder Diary – Yet another super sweet and slick site that also has great content – his photos are great . One recent post I really enjoy his when he was invited to fish a wee lake and caught a few species after some speculative fishing.

And thats it for now – I have another few blogs I think kick ass which I will tell you about later – in the meantime check out these ones.

Any blogs you guys recommend?

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