Do you want to join my Urban Alliance?

This is a three part post – today the setup and later  all going well will be the reveal – I will then give you a bit of time to think before I act. This will be a hard task my friends – I do not want to say at this stage what it is however rest assured that I do not think “short term”

The explanation and reveal has three parts as I have a big job ahead of me – I intend to form an angling alliance. I need all my readers to come with me on this journey  – even the crazy one!

It seems like any old bunch of self important wannabes group of pals can get together with a common goal and cobble a website together and call themselves a fishing club – so why not me?

Exactly – why not?

I remember being a wee boy and forming “clubs” with pals – never gangs as they were scary and we were not allowed to be in gangs by our Mothers – clubs were OK as you get “Youth Clubs” however “Youth Gangs” take on a whole new meaning – probably involving tattoos and smoking wacky backy.

My Mother would not have approved!

So as kids wee boys have “Dungeon and Dragons” clubs or simply the  “play in the woods”  club. As they get older things get a little more complicated and wee boys join more “official” clubs like the Boys Brigade or the Scouts and you begin to see there is a hierarchy in clubs that is adhered to (usually).

Later in life boys might go on and join even more serious clubs like the Masons or even the BBC and things get even more complicated and wee boys ruffle their feathers with kid on importance.

So what makes people join clubs, and what makes a club tick?

A Reason..

Well – a reason for the club to be actually in existence is a start – lets just talk about fishing clubs though or we will be here all day.

It could be a club centred around a reservoir, a river, a part of a river, a stretch of a canal, an area of coast line, a sea angling club etc  – there are many examples of groups of guys just banding together and calling themselves a club – some take themselves far too seriously while others are more down to earth and get on with the job of being excellent fisherman.

Generally the worse angler they are the more seriously they take their own club.

The reason for my club will be shown in part two – which is a moon away yet – lets just say it takes Urban to a whole new level – that’s right – a whole new level!

Lets look at the punters and how to rule them..

Structure of the Regime

A club usually has a structure – if the club is big it should have a “Office Bearers” as big clubs need serious people to run them like a treasurer and Presidents or Chairman etc - The Kelvin Angling Association is slightly different as it is not a club – it is an association of anglers working together for the common good.

Beware of small clubs only made up of office bearers and a few hangers on- they will probably think they are something special when in actual fact they are just a group of desperadoes. Ideally the people in charge should not be best pals – you need a healthy distrust of each other to get shit done.

I am expecting a huge influx of members in my alliance so will need a suitable title for the man in charge – there will be no President or Vice President though – no Chairman etc – it shall be run with an iron fist by a power hungry spin doctoring dictator.

I will give you one guess who it shall be?

That’s correct – moi – the only person I trust enough to give this awesome responsibility is myself.

Do not worry my friends I will be a benevolent dictator and will cater for everyone …

NO Sexual Discrimination

NO Sexual Discrimination in the club

I will need some ground rules for my followers members..

Rules ( A Constitution)

I wont lie to you – I have had some experience in creating constitutions – a constitution is essentially a blue print of how the alliance will operate. They are usually used to gain funding from the National Lottery or to prove that you are a proper club to someone/ anyone that will listen – however do not trust a fishing club constitution in times of strife as they are essentially one big lie in the wrong hands.

However I jest (or do I) – being the natural leader of my new alliance I shall give forth some basic commandments for my serfs members.

Summary

I have work ahead of me – my new alliance will require a detailed explanation of what it involves – it must have a reason (a place), a structure (possible dictatorship) and rules (just in case any bugger decides to play silly buggers)

I wont lie to you – I have an idea for all three – I have a place arranged (well half arranged), a structure (a dictatorship) and rules (one rule)

If I asked you right now to join would you do it?

Fly Tying – Milngavie Style!

So I decided I needed some contact with other anglers and the best place for that was at the fly tying class along at Milngavie (rather than standing in the freezing cold chasing Grayling, some people might say actual fishing for a change) – an added bonus was that Jim from Palewatery was visiting to show a couple of Kelvinators how to tie his extended bodies.

Here he is the man himself giving instruction..he is a bloody patient guy to be honest (all this after travelling bloody miles on the train) – I found it difficult tying up foam body extended bodies never mind using glue and thread..

Milngavie Fly Tying Night

And it is not even the glue you get high on either.

All in all a great night – if being a new father did not force me to go to bed at around 8pm I would go every week.

By the way – if you are thinking of taking up fly tying and stay in the west of the city (or Wishaw and fancy travelling many miles) the night is on a Thursday in Milngavie library – check out this link for more info.

North Glasgow Fly Dressers

I can honestly say that if it was not for this club I would not be able to tie up the flies I do today – I mean sure they are pretty shit however they catch fish, after a fashion #grin#

Kelvinography – Kelvin Court

Submitted by Jim (lazy get’ could not even take a new picture and that is with him being a fancy pants photographer)

Kelvin Court, viewed from beneath the railway bridge in Great Western Road, 1955.

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Designed by J N Fatkin of Newcastle, Kelvin Court was built 1937-1938 and consisted of two H-plan blocks of luxury flats with separate garage blocks

The construction of luxury flats was rare in Glasgow at this time, although the development bears strong similarities to blocks of luxury flats that were built by property speculators in and around London during the 1930s.

If anyone send me an up to date photo of Kelvin Court (that you have taken) you can claim a couple of flies off me when we meet.

Mechanic Needed Urgently!

Need work on Motor – will pay in cash and flies!

(and possible sweet spots)

It is cold – I want to see an olive.

One month until the start of the season and it is still very cold.

I am currently wondering if the temperature is going to rise and give us a good start to the season. The first fly we should all be looking out for are “Large Dark Olives” – an absolutely lovely wee insect:

Large Dark Olive on Windscreen

The above picture was taken a couple of seasons ago – It was early season (late March early April) and I realised as I walked up to my car and drove away that all the flies were busy buzzing around the main road as opposed to being on the water – all very inconvenient.

I am looking forward to hearing about the work that Louis Kitchen will be doing on the river regarding insects – for those of you at the AGM you will know about this if not check out the FORK newsletter and his piece is on page 11.

Even if you do not fly fish you have got to realise just how important this study is – essentially all the wee fish in the Kelvin feed on beasties and other creepy crawlies – they are the life blood of the river – if their is something wrong with them then there is something wrong with the very foundations of the river.

If you have got the time – contact him to become part of the project – I am pretty sure he can be contacted through Willie Yeomans.

The Large Dark Olive is the first important hatch that occurs on the Kelvin – damn right I am looking forward to seeing them – I always remember catching a few nice trout during a LDO hatch under some trees on my first day out a couple of years ago – they were the only trout rising at the particular section of river I was fishing.

If you are looking for a handy guide on insect life I cannot recommend this book highly enough:

I think if you look at other posts you will see my favourite fly for just about any olive hatch..

My Olives are not THAT big!

Anyway – looking back in the old diary I notice that some years we get a good early season hatch and other times not – looking forward to finding out what happens this year – I am being pessimistic though after all the cold weather – we really need some good high temps – like around the 12 degrees point to really make the flies hatch – and even then we need some trout that are crazy enough to actually eat them.

Anyone seen an olive….anyone?

Rivers on the Edge

A disturbing video from Charles Rangeley – Wilson

Kelvinography – kinda!

I am assuming that hardly anyone happened to see the Kelvin Angling Association in the news probably because the only people that knew about the opening day event were the people that were there – nothing sinister – STV just dont give much notice about whether they will give you air time or not.

However if you missed it due to the joys of the internet you can actually watch it again on the STV website.

Click here

It should keep Tom Chandler happy – there is bagpipes and whiskey!

Tenuous Fishing Photos 7/52

It is a room full of men at the Kelvin 2010 AGM:

This is half a room of Kelvinators – this post was actually deleted by accident however Tom Chandler over at Trout Underground asked where the Kilts and bagpipes were – that is easy Tom – they were in the other half of the room.

Many thanks to everyone for their kind words and offers of help – I shall be contacting you in the days to come!

You can see more tenuous fishing photos here

Kelvin AGM – Faith Restored!

This will be a quick post as I drove to the AGM directly from the airport and am currently sitting in bed writing this.

My faith has been resolved in that when the push came to shove the members of the Kelvin Angling Association agreed that the only way forward was to keep the current Office Bearers in place as well as vote on some new ones.

My faith has further been restored in that even the guys opposing were man enough to actually shake hands and agree to work together for the future of the river.

It has been a hard few months all round – personally I am glad it is now all over and certainly do not envy the office bearers jobs.

I have got to apologise for my language tonight and am sorry if it offended anyone – essentially before the vote of confidence in the secretary was made I stated:

“The decision that you make tonight will have repercussions in the years to come”

Um – I then added the river would be fucked if the wrong one was made.

Sorry bout that!

I will wait until something is prepared for the club website before I say anymore – personally I want to get back to writing in this diary and discussing fly fishing on the forum.

Kelvinography – A boozer and a couple of birds!

Two photos kindly submitted by Peter D in the forum – A boozer called “Kelvin Dock” and then a photo of the actual “Kelvin Dock” with a couple of what looks like giant vultures waiting to steal some fish next to it (you can post if you know what the birds are)

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The Kelvin Dock pub looks like a lovely typical reputable establishment – I hear Kelvinator Campbell went in for a quick “lager and lime” the other week -“Ah dinnae do cocktails” was the answer at the bar. He should have known better – someone asked him if he was carrying any weapons on the way in – he said no so they gave him a blade.

The actual Kelvin dock itself is rumoured to hold enormous Pike – I have caught a few jacks out of it but nothing of any great size.

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