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Some more photos – why not!
The last day of the season is upon us – not the proper trout one – the funky salmon one!
Just ten weeks to go until the new year – aye, from these on in it will be an uphill struggle until the new season is upon us!
Continuing my (ahem) weekly tenuous fishing photo should actually be a bit easier now that the trout season has finished.
Long story short I caught feck all and had my picture taken holding a spinning rod – is this what I have been reduced to?
I jest – I jest – it was a nice being on the river when ordinarily I would be waiting some 150 days (give or take) before I get another chance to fish – the trout season slipped by largely unnoticed a few days ago – that was a bit sneaky I thought today as I realised I could not actually go trout fishing instead of might not – that make sense? I will tell you what else is sneaky – Autumn! One minute we have full lovely trees looking all green and the sun is warm on your face and next day the leaves are all brown and their is a distinct feeling of cold creeping in.
So where does that leave us…and by us I mean me as at this precise moment I am wondering what my options are – Pike I suppose and I have promised some pals I would drag on my thermal underwear and brave a few Grayling trips.
On the non fishing front it is now time to properly get the old JVice out and start tying flees for the next season – it crept up on me this year and I do not want to let it happen again. I have some lovely Fly Rite dubbing that will cover every shade of upwing and I am gagging to properly fill up my fly box.
I have a sneaky feeling that winter walks are about to fill up my weekends – plenty of walks through the Botanics will be in order – boy in tow.
Close season fun also involves the annual madfest that is the River Kelvin Angling Association EGM and AGM. The EGM will have a set agenda to discuss changes to the constitution and a few other bits n’ bobs while the AGM is usually in the New Year to set out further plans for the future.
What fun – tally-ho !
How crap am I at keeping to my own schedule of a photo a week? Answers on a postcard…
The irony is that people who follow me on Twitter do actually get a photo per week (usually) – so what I should do is just try and combine the two and post the photos from twitter over here.
So lets do that shall we!
Phew – and that is me up to date.
I swear to the wee man I am actually going to be on time for the last 12 weeks!
If I am not someone poke me or something!
It was bound to happen – was it confidence? perseverance? sheer dogged determination? Nope – the fact that I had left my camera in the house meant I was bound to catch a fish!
I was still able to take a few snaps using my phone camera so dont expect to get off lightly.
The fact that I have fished the Kelvin for over 10 seasons you would have thought I would have fluked a Salmon by now however they have swam past me while I have been concentrating on the trout. The last couple of years has been weird – I pretty much know all the guys that fish for trout and now I find there is another whole bunch of guys that fish for Salmon – and they take it seriously – very seriously.
I think I have said it before but the higher up reaches of the Kelvin are not well suited to the fly – Atkins gave it a good go last night with his double hander however felt it was just not fishing right…
Anyway – against the advice of Atkins I was chucking around a metal lure (he wanted me to use a rapala) I covered two Salmon in the space of 10 yards and then decided to borrow a Rapala off Atkins – throwing a piece of plastic around that costs a tenner makes me feel nervous – especially since it was not mine.
Anyway – it was a much more pleasant way of fishing – similar to wet fly fishing – within a few casts a Salmon was on and Atkins was calling instructions so he could net it.
It was a nice cock fish at just under five pounds – it had some colour to it so even if it had been caught last week it would have been returned (all salmon in October are returned on the Kelvin) …
A quick hero shot..
..and then I had to get the fish back in the water – I ended up slipping waist deep into the river before finding a wee ledge to perch on – fishy then swam away – hopefully not too tired out for the sex.