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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Pike trip ..beside the loch!

It is half five .. dawn is approaching .. I can hear bait fish …not see them as dawn is approaching ! Need to be at work for half nine!


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2 trips for trout..

You would be forgiven with thinking that I have done pretty much no fishing over the last couple of weeks – you would in fact be wrong – I have had two trips after trout – one to my small shit pipe stream and one to the Clyde.

The Shit Pipe Stream was weird – it was a surreal evening – for a couple of reasons. One I have to attend meetings at a building fairly close to this stream which makes me feel kinda weird, almost as if I am playing hooky from work or something. And two, for some reason I got given a serious dose of the heeby jeebies.

Let’s talk more about the jeebies just now. You see every now and then (and I hope this is the case with you) my imagination starts to run riot and I start to imagine all sorts of weird stuff to scare the willies out myself – crazy madmen with big teeth, Giant Killer Rabbits, wolves, being stalked by tigers etc – the usual terrifying scary stuff.

What did not help the jeebies was the fact I kept coming across animal carcasses..

Ripped to shreds by a black panther no doubt...

I found at least three dead sheep carcasses – one was pretty fresh as well – you would think the farmer has some kind of obligation to dispose of the body instead of letting them rot away in the field. Anyway – I started to imagine it was an escaped tiger that had killed all the sheep –  hearing rustling in the bushes did not help. It is not the first time I have beat a hasty retreat from some bushes – I mind a few years ago hearing growling coming from a huge tract of bushes next to a loch in the hills nearby. I almost shat myself that time as well.

Bow to my camera skillz....

Very strange how the heebie Jeebies can affect you – I mean it does not happen often just enough to make you wonder what it is that has actually set it off – I am pretty sure seeing the dead animals around triggered some kind of caveman response in my brain to keep me aware of the surroundings.

Anyhow – in my terrified state I managed one trout – I am actually amazed that this river produces such nice trout – this place makes the Kelvin look and smell like a crystal clear chalk stream.

La' Shiet Peep

Still – like I say the trout are nice and are obviously turned into mutants by all the chemicals..

Shit Pipe Trout

By the way – as I write this I just noticed an enormous house spider run across the floor a couple of times – these spiders are huge and your house is full of them – you only see them as Autumn approaches though as they are out looking for some sex – the devils!

Anyhoo – I caught the above trout in a lovely wee seam of water – it was fast flowing and maybe a a dozen feet long – I was using a dry and dropper and the trout went bananas.

Wee Seam

You can see what I mean.

As the Shit Pipe stream is next to some serious housing estates I listened to a huge party taking place with live music, shouting and general hilarity – I think it may have been some kind of outdoor wedding as there was a bouncy castle for the kids – fishing to live music was kinda weird.

My next trip was too the Clyde a few nights later – a warm day and a nice humid evening – blue winged olives on the water (amongst others) and me and Paul stayed until dark – Paul caught one and pricked a dozen – I managed a dozen and pricked a couple of dozen – more to do with chance than anything.

Dark Trout

All the trout bar my first were caught on the dry fly – I had set up with a dry and dropper and with my first cast into a riffle had hooked into a trout – it took me below the pool into some faster water and then was gone – such is life.

Eventually I started to spot rising trout – they were always very small rises however if you looked at the water in just the right way and watched carefully you would always see some rising trout.

Spotty Trout

We fished until dark..parking ourselves at a long pool so that we could see rises in the moonlight – caught another couple in that pool. It was fully dark by 10pm – what with the spiders on the hunt for mates and the dark now getting here earlier and earlier you can tell that Autumn is now fast approaching. I read an article stating that Autumn may be delayed due to the exceptionally cold winter – personally I do not see that happening.

Tell you what though – you know what this time of year is good for – Pike!

Bring it on!

Tenuous fishing photos 33/52

Sometimes when I am at work I actually am allowed a break … I leave the office, cross the road and am then on the banks of the river leven … it flows out of Loch Lomond.
Sometime I get to watch guys fishing – only ever one with the fly though … it is a tidal stretch of river and last week the tide must have been right as I watched a chap take a sea trout on a trotted worm.
This week I have watched this boat bobbing around … I think it is there as guys are working on the bridge .. I assume it is in case they fall in!


Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-08-15

  • I have no fishing buddy for tonight .. anyone up for it? #

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Tenuous Fishing Photos 30,31,32/52

I have finally caught up with myself on the tenuous fishing photos – ok that was a bit of a mid way blip however I shall endeavour to keep a single weekly picture going – I put it down to the increase of fishing #grin#


I found the above rather nice gesture in the park on a ledge – nothing says romantic fool like some wild flowers stuck in an empty bottle of cheap wine. It conjours up visions of teenage love and possibly drunken advances….or maybe just someone decided to litter in style..


Number 31 is a classic – this stuff appears to be appearing more and more on the banks of the Kelvin – I am noticing it more after the river walk a couple of weeks ago – anglers are warned not to touch it if you break some stems – its sap can cause you to burn and blister – I read somewhere about a guy who’s skin is still photosensitive years later because of its evil juice..


To be fair number 31 is in fact an old picture so do not go panicking at not being able to fish – I just thought I would use it as an example of just how out of action the river can get – hot chocolate indeedy.

Phew – up to date!

You can see more tenuous fishing photos here

Ran out of nymphs…

So I received a phone call from a pal – he was heading out to my “Shit Pipe” river – meanwhile I am having a night at home as my better half is on night shift – there was a time that having a wife that worked shifts was great – now with a child all bets are off.

I received the call to say he had just lost  a nice trout on a nymph – he reckoned it was round a pound – he was using a dry and dropper. Using a dry and dropper has been pretty much the way I have been fishing over the last couple of trips out and I have been doing pretty well with it – I am planning on a trip to my other wee stream at some point and remembered the fact I was down to about 2 nymphs in my box.

Somehow I had managed to leave the majority of nymphs in gigantic trout that stubbornly pretended they were rocks and stuck fast to the bottom of the river – sometimes they were caught in trees next to the Kelvin.

I got my gear out – I used some lovely Poly Seal that gave the nymphs a great translucency about them..

They looked nice and buggy...

The fur comes in pretty much all colours you would ever want a bug to look like – usually I have two colours of nymphs – natural rabbit fur or dyed olive rabbit fur.

Fly Rite Poly Seal

For this evenings nymphs I used some olive and some kinda maroon stuff – I was pleased with the results. As I was having a look through my box I came across something I had totally forgot about – some vouchers for the Glasgow Angling Centre – I reckon I am going to get my ass along there tomorrow and by some Tungsten Beads as sometimes I feel my nymphs are just a tad on the light side – sometimes you want them to sink down fast and really scape that bottom.

Sexy Vice...

Heck – I enjoyed tying up those nymphs – I sat and drank a glass of wine with a cheesy sci fi film on in the background – it was great fun. I imagined how many trout I may catch on those nymphs (it is the wine that makes me optimistic) rather than how many would get stuck in trees or stuck in the back of my jacket.

I received a picture text message later in the evening from my pal at the stinky river..

And it was caught on a ....

…it was caught on a Woolly Bugger – Oh Man, I thought, I have about one of those left in my box as well. Turns out he had been losing loads of nymphs so had decided to try for the nice trout he had lost on the nymph when he had first got there – the lovely trout had nailed the bugger as soon as it hit the water.

Looks like I will be tying up some Wooly Buggers next too.

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