24ish days until the season opens – buy this book as well!

Ok – so you bought the book I suggested yesterday – you will be reading up on all the insects you will probably meet by the river so you will actually have some kind of idea what fly to put on – but what about the times you do not actually see any insect activity at all – the answer my friends is in this book which I also have a rather subtle affiliate image to:

oooOOOH – he looks aggressive all right – crouched over like some kind of pantomime villain – A bit  like Pale Watery who likes to kid on he is all tiny flies  and insect life instead of giant Wooly Buggers made out of tortured sheep for the smell (only kidding Jim)

Anyway – it is a good book – I do actually have these books by the way – I don’t just pick books on Amazon and then try and punt them to you – this is why I keep on recommending the same book a few times, its because every year I get them out again usually at this time of the year.


25 days until the season opens – buy this book!

Seriously, if there is one book you are thinking of buying then buy this one – until next week when I tell you to buy another one.

(The image is an affiliate link to Amazon)

Essentially the book breaks down the UK hatches into Spring, Summer and Autumn detailing what artificial flies you can use to cover all possible insects – the aptly named “Dirty Dozen”.

I like this book as it is easy to read and reminds me of what the insects are when I find them on my hands. Plus it gives you extra brownie points when you tell your fellow fly fisherman the Latin name for insects.


Weekly water photo 7 of 52

I have no idea what the name is of this wee burn – I don’t even think it has ever been fished – in a serious way anyway!
It really is a nice wee urban burn!


Kelvin Salmon Season Opening Ceremony

So Saturday was the opening ceremony for the River Kelvin – the actual opening day of the Salmon season was Friday however it was a kind of last minute decision to hold any kind of shindig. Anyway, a quick post was made on the Fishkelvin site and some members agreed to pop along at the last minute. Some folk also popped by to pick up fleeces they had bought and to pick up permits – all was good. We even had a piper to walk us down to the river (it turned out he was a childhood pal of mine so we got to have a good chin wag)

Weird stones in the park...

Derek was drafted in to take photos due to my dodgy camera work so I got to mingle with folk instead of looking like the paparazzi. As usual with these things I was there early with the boy so I got to have a play in the park for a while before folk turned up.

We are not joining you down there.....

Paul and Stephen were sent down to the river – Paul gave a wee speech and then some whiskey was thrown into the river. We all watched from a safe distance.

Some crazy guys stayed around to fish and everyone else went home – all in all a great day.

Back a bit, a bit more, back a bit, keep going, keep going...

Make sure you check out the official photos when they are ready over on the association website – Derek also got in a wee video of the procession which should be fun.

Roll on the start of the Trout season eh?

31 days and counting down chaps!

edit: Here is the video

Opening Day on the Kelvin

In true Kelvin style we will be having our opening day on Saturday 12th feb.

Paul left this messege:

I apologise for the late notice, but with the weather in mind we were not sure if this was likely to go ahead. As it stands we have arranged for a small ceremony tomorrow (Saturday 12th) at 11am.
We will be meeting at Ha’penny House in the Botanics stretch. FORK have been kind enough to open the house and there will be food available for a small donation. Tea and Coffee will also be available, with a good chance of something stronger for those that might want to toast the beginning of the salmon season.
All are welcome. If you know of anyone that might like to come along, please let them know.
Permits, hats and fleeces will be on sale.
Kind regards,

And remember fleeces and hats are in all colors – and by that we mean both blue AND green.

See you there!

A jaunt up the Kelvin…Video Nasty!

Kelvinator Alasdair P posted a nice wee video in my Kelvin Forum of several of the runs and pools at the lower end of the river – pretty much from the Clyde and then up a few miles.

He has very handily named all the pools and areas – If you do not fish the Kelvin and only read this blog in the hope that one day I will fall in again I urge you to have a gander at it – it really show you just how urban the river actually is. It also shows to go you just how imaginative we anglers are at naming pools – like the “White House” due to the white house or “The Big Blue” because of the pub or even the famous “Tree Pool” because….well I don’t want to ruin the surprise do I….

Thanks Alasdair – that was awesome! The only thing missing was the colorful characters we run into from time to time!

Weekly Water Photo – 6 of 52

Here is the next picture in my water photo series – this time of a stretch of the Kelvin …

6 of 52

By heck it looks grim!

Can you see the big black birds? Seemingly they eat lots of fish. They sit up their like big black vultures waiting to swoop down on some unsuspecting prey – what are the chances of trying to get them to eat the crayfish ?

Kelvin AGM 2011 – Outcomes!

So the Kelvin AGM was a lot of fun – if someone had told me a couple of years ago that we would have a strictly no kill policy for trout I would have thought they were havering but there you go. Someone who shall remain nameless who allegedly caught a 3lb brown trout and killed it last year was named and shamed by another member – he also voted in the no kill policy.

There is every possibility that some folk just wandered in out the rain...

As usual the biggest argument was about money – still, the permit price was put up enough to get some bankside work done – get some trees cut down to make casting easier.

Lets see what happens.

Weekly water photo – 5 of 52

So I drove past shit pipe river yesterday – it was in full spate.
Not long to go now before we can catch a trout!
You can see the river between the trees!
Questio: when does a burn become a river? At what point does your attitude change?


River Kelvin Angling Association AGM – this Thursday!

It is that time of year again – the infamous all swearing and general craziness that is the River Kelvin Angling Association AGM.

I wonder what will happen this year? This is only the 2nd time in around 20 years there has been an agenda so lets have a look at it shall we?

Alan Atkins is standing for Chairman

Alistair Stewart and Frank Cook have both served 2 years and are standing for re-election

Unlike Paul Reid who I only met a couple of years ago when he became Secretary I have known Alan for several years. I first met Alan in Dawsholm Park –  Alan was/is an advocate for “Clyde Style” flies and he was a dedicated trout angler – oh how things change.  He is now a dedicated Salmon angler (although I do not hold that against him much) and is a fierce advocate for Salmon fishing on the Kelvin.

Frank Cook I have met a few times and always turns up to meetings, he is a thoughtful chap with some good sound insights. The problems involved trying to get folk to join the committee are legendary – remember the amount of AGM’s when a request was made for people to join and a deathly silence hung in the air as folk looked thoughtfully into the distance? Has it really been two years since the reboot of the Association?

Problem is you have really got to be committed to making improvements – everyone has great ideas about how the association should be run however put them in the driving seat and ask them to do it and then they realise just how difficult it is.

One of the big questions is “How do you get on the Committee?” – it is actually incredibly easy – you volunteer and then someone 2nds you. You then have to turn up to all the meetings and have a shit load of hard work to do – such as counting every leaf in a 4 mile stretch of river.

1000024, 1000025, 1000026 only another few million to go..

Stocking: The Committee proposes that Association do not stock brown trout in the 2011 season, or in any following year unless proposed and voted on by the Association.

Alternatively the members could vote on taking a big bag of money to the top of Queens View and letting it blow away in the wind.

Catch and release for all brown trout: To allow stocks and quality to improve.

It only makes sense – for year’s people have been wondering where all the good trout fishing has gone. It is really quite simple, if you kill a trout it is dead plus the live indigenous trout are fighting mutant trout that have been stuck in with them.

Access: Proposed plan of action (phase 1) for improving access. The Committee are seeking approval for works and agreement on the areas that should be targeted in this initial project.

Unfortunately we cannot attack trees with chainsaws – seemingly landowners and the Council get a bit annoyed at that. Also the fish don’t like it much when all their cover is taken away. Much better to get a qualified professional into do it for you who know what they are doing. It ensures nobody gets sued or their leg chopped off.

Bailiffs: The Committee are proposing that 4 bailiffs should be appointed by the Committee to work on a part time basis. They will receive an honorarium of £5000 per year, paid pro rata on a monthly basis. The honorarium will cover all expenses incurred while monitoring the river and protecting the Associations assets.

Yippee – paid bailiffs (kind of) who we can phone and grass up our poaching, red fish killing, out of season slaughtering brethren. Problem is if it is not voted in then you cannot complain about our poaching, red fish killing, out of season slaughtering brethren.

Permit pricing: The lease from the Crown has increased (from £1000 + VAT, to £2500+ VAT) and the proposals above will increase the operating costs. The Association must agree on the permit price for 2011. If all proposals are accepted the suggested pricing for the 2011 season is: Existing £50, Concession £30, Under 16 £10, New £70

£50 is roughly 14 pints or 8 packs of cigarettes, or 4ish music CD’s or not even a full tank of diesel– when you put it like that it is not exactly a lot of money for salmon fishing. A yearly permit for the Leven is  £114 (the most expensive) and UCAPA is £125 and a day permit is £25 – £35.

£50 is not a high price for a Salmon permit – the vast majority of anglers that I met last year were in favor of a price increase – in fact they requested it. If you pay more for your permit then you and others value the fishing more.

Trout only permit: Only available by post and limited to fly only. Proposed price £30

OoooooH – Controversial! Honest it was not me that thought of this little gem – if it was up to me anyone that fly fshes for trout solely should be given a free permit for life.

Anyway – it is there so I should comment on it. The way things stand just now I would be getting a Salmon ticket as I liked the change of pace last year. However, if this had been 5 years ago there would be no way I would pay £50 for a trout ticket – maybe in a few years once the trout population has recovered but not just now. So, what do you do about guys that want to fish solely for trout as it is mighty unfair to charge them the full fifty bucks– you bring in a trout only ticket. So what stops everyone just buying a trout only ticket and just spinning and worming stating they are “only” fishing for trout – well, you put a major restriction on it forcing the person to solely fish for trout – use a 4 weight fly rod for example.

To be honest though I do not think we will get a lot of trout only anglers until  the catch and release and no stocking on the brownies has been given a chance.

Anyway – I am off – see you all in a couple of days – before I go the Big Man wants a word…

Questions? Want to complain – do it in the comments!

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