Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-05-02

  • It is overcast and mild … could do with a little more heat however it is my birthday and I am hitting the river for an hour or so! #
  • Got rained on and seen one fly .. #
  • Consistent good temps over next few days .. overcast and high pressure …. guess who twisted there ankle! #
  • Out for a walk – the kelvin looks great! #
  • For a city river it sure is fine! #
  • In a couple of miles of river I met nobody fishing! #
  • Just ran into mike from tamanawis at edinburgh zoo … he was watching the monkeys! #

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That Friday Feeling!

I got that Friday feeling – thankfully this week it was actually yesterday – today I had a day off –  physiotherapy has instructed me to make sure my ankle does not seize up so I scheduled in a walk along the Kelvin valley – the boy accompanied me!

First stop was the entrance into the Botanic Gardens – it was here we started as we got the bus along to the top of Byres Road – the smell of Spring hits you as soon as you walk in the park.

BAM - a whole lot of Spring right in yer face!

There is nothing nicer than the heavy smell of damp pollen in the air – it just smells so earthy and ….well –  alive I suppose!

It was at this point it started pissing down with rain so we decided to get into one of the glasshouses to look at the fish – the boy instantly spotted some Carp – a roughfisher he may be.

The boy spies fish - good job bars are in the way!

The boy spies fish - good job the bars are in the way!

The Kelvin had some colour to it and was above summer levels – I could still see rocks on the bottom of the pools – it was overcast and showery and the temp was pretty good – I would say it maxed out at around 15 degrees – all in al fantastic fishing weather – which is probably why in the couple of miles that I walked I only met one fisher and he was using bait at a weir.

Lovely pool - perfect height - of course totally barren of anglers!

Lovely pool - totally barren of anglers!

Later on I had a run in with the infamous employed dog walking people – two people had around a dozen dogs with them and looked suitably “doggy” with welly boots and funny looking plastic handle thingies to throw balls so they do not get their hands all slimy from dog saliva – these people are infamous as they are known to encourage their dogs to enter pools that anglers are in the process of fishing. A couple of the dogs ran up and started to lick the boys face and hands as he had been eating a sandwich – the boy got a fright and started to cry loudly – this attracted the other dogs – dog lady was not really making an effort to get the dogs away – she did kinda half apologise however she then lost control of the main big black dog and it stole her jacket – my boy was crying and we were surrounded by dogs – he was at their level – look I was a bit annoyed ok – all it would have taken was for one of those dogs to just lose it for a moment and they could have bit my boy.

“Feck Off” – I hissed (or something like that) – They must have heard me as after a brief panic and and a few forced smiles from me they eventually fecked off.

Lovely pool - again totally barren of anglers!

I notice that we are supposed to have a dip in temp over the next couple of days – the forecast was certainly not good for today however I would have loved to be fishing today – I would have certainly felt hopeful –  there was lots of insect activity – I could not stick around in any one spot long enough to look for risers however I am sure they would have been there.

So – anyone get out today?

Been bothered by herds of dog walkers?

Are you a dog walker bothered by anglers?

Tenuous Fishing Photos 17/52

This is a picture from last Sunday – sewage leaking into the river from an old pipe. This was reported to SEPA last year as well.


This kind of shit makes our rivers stink and drives people away – it is pretty bad for the fish and insect life as well.

Serious action must be taken – if SEPA will do nothing I may just hit that pipe with some cement and a tree trunk – who is with me boys?

You can see more tenuous fishing photos here

Tenuous Fishing Photos 16/52

I appear to have missed last weeks tenuous fishing photo – so here it is here – if you follow me on Twitter you have probably already seen this however to me it was an important moment – finally after months of freezing temps and many long minutes spent river gazing I finally spotted some trout rising in a wee burn on the way to my work.

Trout Rising

Sure – they were pretty small trout – however it was the first one of the year – it was also 0730 in the morning.

You can see more tenuous fishing photos here

Scott Loudon Fly Casting Tuition

You might not have noticed this but I tend to spend a lot of time on the net trawling through fishing forums – I also love the fact that people have read this blog and become involved enough to actually post comments and email me.

I also love it when someone I have watched develop their fishing technique starts answering the questions instead of asking them.

I have watched Scott develop his casting from afar for quite some time – he regularly leaves  comments here and I always noticed his postings at all the forums that I post in – I then heard he was attending the Glasgow Casting Club and was attempting to go for his instructors qualification.

Next thing I know suddenly he has his own website and is saving up cash to bolt off to New Zealand to become  a Trout Bum –

He is ginger - like all the best Scottish people

He offers a “variety of services” (ooer missus) however most people here will probably want to take him up on his casting lessons before he comes back from New Zealand £20 more expensive.

If you have just taken up fly fishing due to the Sunday fly only rule on the Kelvin I recommend you give Scott a buzz – you will start to catch fish straight away instead of having a  season where you cannot get your fly where it is needed to be – lessons are not as expensive as you might think.

You can contact Scott through his website :

Scott Loudon Fly Casting Tuition

He is also a regular at the Glasgow Casting Club!

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-04-25

  • The gods have made it rain and cold! Is volcanic ash the problem? #
  • Just seen my first trout of the year rise … it was on a wee burn I pass on the way to work! #
  • Rio heard my complaints about tippet and kindly sent me some to review! #

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Slow Start – First Trout!

It has been a slow start to the season – I was full of enthusiasm on Sunday when I hit the Kelvin as I fully expected to see a major March Brown hatch (possibly) however I learned later that all the fly action had pretty much ceased – it turned out the trout did not even look at the flies sailing over their heads.

I kidded myself on for an hour with a single dry and then started using the duo – I had absolutely no takes. It was only when I came to a deep pool that something tried to sip down my indicator dry.

Deep Pool

Within a few casts I finally had a trout – it took the nymph..

A Trout

Ok – it was a tiny trout – but it was my first trout of the new season and saved the day – it filled me full of hope – suddenly that wee pool seemed full of fish as my indicator was yanked down every other cast – I was never quick enough and only managed another one around half the size of the first.

The water was still cold, I did not see any flies – I suspect we will need to wait another couple of weeks yet before the trout actually start looking up for their food.

It is the same every year though – suddenly I will get emails from folk saying they had great sessions down the river.

Usually when I am stuck at work!

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-04-18

  • Going to Glasgow angling centre to buy tippet … but what make? #
  • Two chaps say Rio.. that will be next if the current frog hair turns into mush! #
  • Drinking red wine and eating tapas! #
  • Drinking too much wine .. people are questioning my ability to fish tomorrow! #
  • Now moved on to the rum! #
  • Head spinning .. just left a pub… well a cattle market if the truth be told! #

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Tenuous Fishing Photos 15/52

Do they need to get any more tenuous than this..


Where do people use this stuff?

And what do trout think it is?

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Last Sunday..

You would have thought I could have been a bit quicker with this post however I not only managed to lose my camera charger I also managed to lose my camera data cable – I found the data cable tonight so managed to transfer some photos .

It might LOOK like Summer but just look at those trees

It was roasting – the hottest day of the year so far, I mean it was nearly 20 degrees going by the car temp thingy and it felt like it when the sun hit you on the face – it feels even odder as a couple of weeks ago it was still sub zero temperatures – people are saying that the trout don’t care but from what I am hearing they do care – they care a lot and are pretty scunnered by it all – they are demonstrating this by being damn near uncatchable – or even more scary missing.

Sure we did not see any flies however you would have thought we would at least have fluked a trout – actually – we did see one fly – I think it might be a male LDO – anyone fancy confirming this?

What's that fly?

Still, I ventured out with Alan (Vice Chair of the KAA) – he had already hit the Clyde the day before and totally blanked so we were optimistic the Kelvin would come up trumps – it did not – we did not even see a trout rise – he was using nymphs and I (ever the optimist) was using a single dry.

Secretly my plan was to move to nymphs as soon as he started catching however there was definitely no catching happening – we covered water and moved up to the Vet School.


I seldom visit the Vet School as it is usually one of the busiest stretches of the Kelvin however now that a fly only on a Sunday rule has been implemented I decided to give it a bash – also Paul Reid the secretary phoned from his sick bed to ask us to check it out for guys fishing bait – there is still a few guys not paying heed to the new rule – over the coming months the Sunday fishing rule will be pretty strictly enforced – I would not want to be around when the Salmon are running and a guy is fishing bait on a Sunday. Anyway – Paul had been moaning that hardly any Kelvin anglers had turned up for the first FORK clean up day (1st one my boy had chicken pox and the 2nd I had man shit to do regarding my shed) so we thought we had better do our bit as committee members and head up there – we were pleasantly surprised – everyone we met were fishing the fly – I even managed to give away a few flies to a young chap who had only just started fishing the fly again after a number of years – he put me in mind of Mike from Tamanawis when I first met him all those years ago.

Off yer' trolley!

We caught bugger all in the Vet School as well as our other spot– guys were telling us that the river had better be stocked soon or people were not going to stick around, guys were going to fisheries instead – good, I am glad at that – the fishing should remain consistent as long as good practice is used – if guys can only catch trout that has been stocked then there is something far wrong somewhere – like I say, we caught bugger all at the Vet school.

It was then time to head home and play with the boy.

The Boy

Stuff I need to get sorted:

I have no tippet material – I know it was a long shot but 3 spools of Stroft went bad over the winter – three spools went bad in the space of a couple of months last Spring. Is there such a thing as a Tippet that does not go bad in a few months – trust me throw out any tippet that is older than 6 months – you could lose the fish of a lifetime because of it. I have noticed when tippet goes bad it does not all go bad – it goes bad bit by bit, so a few feet might be ok and then a few feet might be bad – the one bit you test could be the ok bit – throw it out.

I need to stop giving flies to random people – I need to learn that if I have absolutely no time to tie flies I need to try and conserve the 8 flies I have left – I need to bite the bullet and stop going to bed at 8pm and tie some flies – small ones just to keep my fishing buddies happy.

Anyway – I hear that we will have volcanic ash falling on us this weekend as well as more snow – enjoy the fishing boys, enjoy the fishing!

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