Sunday Struggle

It was like a scene from Jaws – the first one – do you remember the bit where Jaws comes close in to the shore and take the boy from the surface as if he was a popper – it was like that today at the canal.

Before I tell you about what happened I thought I would share with you guys – I feel as if I have lost my way over the last few months – juggling work, home life, fishing and writing about fishing has been difficult – and then there is the choice of what fishing to actually do. The Kelvin appears to have been taken over by Salmon anglers with nobody really interested in the trout and I have got to admit some of the Salmon shine has been rubbing off on me. I have had a few early morning and dusk sessions for Salmon – the fly rod has been with me however where people catch Salmon is not really well suited for the fly. Also considering I have still never caught a Salmon I have been deciding to make it easier on myself.

Anyway – I have been catching no Salmon. I have been out a few times for Pike and hardly at all for trout. It is the trout I am missing. I have roughly two weeks left before the trout season finishes – I need to catch a few more trout before I need to stop for the six month close season.

Today however I decided to grab the brief respite in the rain and walk the few hundred yards to the Forth n’ Clyde canal. I have been leaving the Pike at this section alone for a while – I came down here a few weeks ago with a pal and we both had follows from fairly large pike – the Pike that was following my slow moving lure lunged at it as I jerked the fly to induce it to take – it was not hooked and it glided away back into the depths. I have been down another couple of times and know I just need to hit it right and I will catch both those big boys – they were definite Jacks.


Anyway – it was while I was standing on one of the boat moorings I seen it – you see, you read a lot about seeing Pike taking fish near the surface and them causing a commotion as they crash into a shoal of fish – and to be honest I have seen this behaviour as well – however never on the Forth n’ Clyde – until today – there was an almighty splash about 20 yards above me – I looked up thinking I would see a duck flying away or even a floating bottle of wine – however instead what I saw was a green back and tail slipping back under the water – I think it took a bloody Swan from the surface  – a lesser man may have shit himself however I stomped over there and started to flail away with a fly that had been sent to me by a true expert.

You can tell it is not one of my flies - it has eyes and actually looks like a fish.

Alas – even the super fly did not draw the green giant back from the depths – maybe if I had used a popper the size of a duck I may have moved it again from its slumber.

I also found something rather disturbing – a couple of weeks ago I ran into a well known Pike angler who goes by the name of Vinnie – if you have ever fished the canal for any length of time you will know him – he runs up and down on his bike – he is also a bit of a master when it comes to catching Pike. He had told me he had been finding lengths of thick mono tied to the boat moorings set line style – obviously this for someone to not only catch a Pike but to kill it as well – last year he had noticed someone on Gumtree selling a couple of hundred pounds (in weight) of Pike – the only place they could have came from is the Forth n’ Clyde.

Anyway – I found some evidence for myself – a length of mono attached to one of the boat moorings.

Danger danger!

All I can really suggest is that if you ever see anything like this you cut it and discard the materials safely and make sure it wastes the time of the  people setting these lines. I reckon maybe even a bell to British Waterways might be in order as well – I might actually give them a bell this week just to see what they say.

Anyhoo – I had a very pleasant hour or so – I watched my fly being followed by Perch which were around the same size as the fly itself.

Here is hoping I can find some time to catch a trout in the next week!

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-10-03

  • A dream woke me up – I caught a huge salmon – it was half five – decided to try and get a real one! #
  • You would have thought I would have fluked a fish by this point! #

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Sunday walk

Long time no speak – first frost this morning down my way – car was frozen and the central heating kicked in – the temp will drop to minus fifteen in no time … out for a walk with the family just now .. here are some pictures.. fishing tomorrow morning for salmon – the river looks lovely today – I saw one angler fishing the fly for trout and no others!


Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-09-26

  • Put up a bird feeder a couple of months ago – first bird arrived today – a blue tit ! Starting to think they avoided us 🙂 #
  • Ten salmon that I know of off the kelvin today .. hearing about some chaped red hens! #

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The things you find on Amazon…

Oh man – with Christmas coming up I am sure all the relatives are wondering what to buy the folk that fish – they could do a lot worse/better than this sweet belt buckle -:

That looks like one pissed off fish that’s all I can say – a reviewer on Amazon stated the only drawback was having to buy a belt to go with it. I can think another few – such as finally hitting the style brick wall – you can of course click the picture to buy it straight from Amazon – promise I wont judge you!

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-09-19

  • RT @flyfishmagazine: While everyone was busy at #IFTD we decided to "sneak" into the Orvis Corporate Office. #
  • I am told the kelvin is a good heigt for salmon – in other words it is a muddy mess only fishable with metal monsters – I leave at 3pm! #

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Currently on the kelvin …

Fishing for salmon … just had a touch … here is hoping !


There has been fishing…

Aye – there has been fishing – a fair few trips if the truth be told – I am split between Pike and Troot at the moment – every time there is a bit of rain I think about Salmon on the Kelvin and then get annoyed about all the pishy nonsense that appears to come because of them – poaching, huge ego’s bashing up against each other and snobbery.

And people wonder why I like the simple trout so much.

A wee pike - they don't get much smaller..

Those people that follow me on twitter know that I have been out and about – I even hit a loch at around 0500 in the morning for Pike and then had to wander around for an hour until it was actually light enough for the beasts to see the fly – it then turned out as it had been unseasonably warm the place was stuffed full of horrible green goo – not that the beasts minded they were quite happy splashing about in it – my flies were not so happy at dragging the stuff back in.

Talking of being weird weather – I notice that Summer has now well and truly departed and we are left with good old fashioned Autumn weather – raining and windy! What the heck happened to Summer that is what I want to know – I sear it gets shorter and shorter every year.

Talking of the years flying by – the boy was waving around my Pike outfit down at the local canal the other day ..

What is that all about – feels like he was born a week ago or something…to be fair the old Loop Pike Booster is a 9 weight so I think going gently on the lack of double hauling power is allowed..

Anyway – this was just a quick post to let you guys know I am still in the land of fishingdom – two trips planned this week – possibly a Salmon trip (potential doom factor code red) and a Trout trip on Friday (potential joy factor code green)

Ta Ta!

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-09-12

  • Right – decided on a pike trip – purely because I can get to the pike spot in less time than the trout spot – wife has set a time limit! ! #
  • Caught heehaw fishing today – had one follow a few hundred yards from my front door! Going back to catch the beast at some point! #
  • The boy is a natural… #
  • Meant to post a photo …. #
  • Holy crap – check this bad boy spider out …it stared at me all evening… #

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-09-05

  • NO fishing in the movie inception however still a mighty fine watch! #
  • Watching some guys fishing the leven … worming! #
  • Sitting on the Jon in work … I am joined by this cool moth! #
  • Damn you HTC peep! #
  • In my work when I am on the Jon I can watch for salmon splashing in the river leven – trib of lomond #
  • Pike or trout ?.. someone choose for me please!! #

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