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It is actually a nice day ….

Some more photos – why not!

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Tenuous fishing photos 43/52

The last day of the season is upon us – not the proper trout one – the funky salmon one!
Today was kinda planned out a week or so ago – a few pals and I were supposed to go fishing and then retire to a house for some bevy ! As the date got closer this plan started to change due to the enormous rain cloud heading our way which was going to ensure the river was out of action.
The rain came last night and it poured down – there appeared to be a new tributary running down great western road and the byres road was totally flooded – I was on a night out and was soaked by a bus driver and then a learner driver!
Shoes are now still drying off!
So today I have came out for a walk with the boy – as usual picture quality not great as it has been taken with my HTC hero but hey it means I get to send this from the river bank !
This is the mighty slush in full force !

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Tenuous fishing photos 42/52

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!
The picture is actually one sent to me by Paul Reid – is is supposed to be used on the official Kelvin site but I have like majorly decide to own it … and consequently him!

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Tenuous fishing photos 41/52

Continuing my (ahem) weekly tenuous fishing photo should actually be a bit easier now that the trout season has finished.
Pretty much every photo will be tenuous now!
Looking upstream of the bonhill bridge pool on the leven… as you can see – motorcycles can’t do stunts!

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Fly Fishing for Dummies?

I hear lots of people complaining they do not know how to fly fish – here is a recent addition to the dummies collection – finally one dedicated to fly fishing.

You can click the book to buy from Amazon.

Saturday Salmon..

Long story short I caught feck all and had my picture taken holding a spinning rod – is this what I have been reduced to?

Paul Reid - not floundering - honest!

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.

Even the Giant Hogweed is dying fast...

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.

The Botanics..

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 !

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Tenuous fishing photos 34,35,36,37,38, 39 & 40/52

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!


34/52 Sitting on the john in work looking at Salmon


35/52 The boy is a natural..


36/52 The spiders were out looking for some sex


37/52 A really cool snail


38/52 a tiny snail...

39/52 I had a take from a fair Jack here

40/52 Some guy I met by the river..

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!

Caught my first Kelvin Sea Beast last night..

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…

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.

In the net..

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..

A classy Kelvin pose....

..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.

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