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!

Tenuous Fishing Photos 14/52

I should really try and get these out earlier than the end of the week – next week (tomorrow or today if you are reading this on Monday) will be the 15th week which should be pretty interesting as the trout season is now under way – I only have one problem – I have somehow managed to lose my camera battery charger and lead to transfer photos on to my computer – I will get it sorted though – what makes it even more annoying is the fact I went fishing today and am now unable to get the photos to you guys – ah well.

Which brings us to the 13th tenuous fishing photo – I tried to take a photo of my son through this bit of stone work using my new HTC Hero Android Smartphone however it takes so long to take a picture he had started to move off…

Tenuous Fishing Photos 13/52

Anyone who fishes the Kelvin should know this stonework – leave your guesses in the comments.

By the way – I cannot believe nobody noticed my my one a week tenuous fishing photos included two for week twelve – actually it was just the numbers that got mixed up.

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Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-04-11

  • Is set lining just a Scotland thing-sticking a worm and a weight on some line and chucking it into a river or lake does not seem fun to me! #
  • The river leven.. another urban river .. #
  • For the love god I need to catch a trout ! #
  • I just had a clash of the Titans battle involving a huge wasp, 3 spiders and a bird while cleaning out my shed #
  • Seriously was trying to get the wasp out with a brush then it was attacked by three spiders I think the bird was interested in the spiders! #

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Pike Tips – Mastering Pike on the Fly

Here is a great book about Pike fly fishing tips – I keep it in my loo for essential reading:

Tenuous Fishing Photos 12/52

Not that tenuous actually..

Pike Flies

These flies were sent to me by Simon Graham – you can buy some of these enormous beast attractors here.

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Vet school


I am down at the vet school for a walk… the joys of mobile internet!

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-04-04

  • Clocks changed last night… means the fish get a longer time in bed and may make em less grumpy! Me? I am going pike fishing! #
  • Just back from first trip of the year … a fair few pike caught .. full report to follow on blog! #
  • Power cut last night … told ya in like a lamb out like a lion! It is now all sleet and freezing out there! #
  • It is Easter! If there was a proper start to the trout season in Scotland this is it! #
  • Cannot stand April fools day posts.. at best an insult to your worse they taunt the gullible! #

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Trip 1 – Pike Madness Takes Hold

It was cold and the wind was blowing – usually I would just score some brownie points and sit it out knowing that in a few weeks things are going to look a lot better weather wise for trout fishing however there was an itch that had to be scratched and that itch was  for Pike.

My fishing companions were  Campbell and Ewan – Ewan had never caught a Pike before so it also made the trip a bit more exciting regaling him with stories of enormous teeth and ferocious monsters.

Big fly for a big fish

Of course all the talk seemed a bit pish as after the first hour it looked like we were going to blank – we did not see any fish at all in the margins – so we decided to try some deeper water (3 footish) – we were bothered quite a bit by weed however Campbell found a channel down the middle where all the Pike were lurking so after taking the picture of his catch I started to cast away frantically– he only noticed this sneaky weasel manouvre after I caught a pike – nice one!

A bend in the Sage...

A Bend in the Sage - Campbell

The wind was fair blowing causing some pretty meaty waves – I suspect the Pike (which were all Jacks – the biggest maybe just above the 5-6lb mark) were using the waves as cover to pounce on any passing bait-fish – the takes to the flies were on the whole very visual – when a Pike took you could see them crash into the fly on the surface – we eventually worked out that they were all pretty definitely in the one channel – we lined up appropriately…

Lined up - waves at the back..

Pretty soon Campbell and I had a few Pike under our belts however Ewan was still struggling – we could not work out what he was doing differently – he was using an ever so slightly smaller fly ..

A classy pose

Holding the Beast!

The way the Pike were taking the flies was very varied – sometimes the fly would be just in their mouths and on others the fly would be down the throat..

Fly down the throat!

I am reminded of my first few trips out after Pike after raking a long break and being scared that I would scrape my fingers with the teeth – I did do that actually – I remember a couple of guys looking at the blood dripping from my fingers with good humour however these days it takes literally a few seconds to get the fly out..

Holding a Pike

Even chinning Pike now holds no problems – the first time I chinned a Pike I was pretty nervous however after seeing how secure and safe the fish is I now use the technique with confidence.

Sadly we found evidence of guys that had not been so careful with their fish – Pike have a reputation for being hardy souls however they are pansies when it comes to taking any kind of abuse – they go belly up quite quickly..

Dead Pike

As you can see the fish was also damaged by a bird – not sure if this was after death or not – at least its nutrients will go back into the system and will feed the insects, the small fish, the bigger bait fish and then will finally feed the big Pike again. I have seen several fish in this area that have been damaged by anglers – Pike fishing seems to attract people who are ill equipped o deal with them.

A Pike in the water - grab it!

Feeling a bend in the rod after the cold months of winter felt great – the jacks put up a fair scrap even on my 9 weight loop. All the Pike we caught were in great condition – they were fat and ready for some hot sex – we commented on how some of them seemed to have small heads not in proportion to their bodies.

Run Run Run...

We wondered why Ewan had still not caught anything – I changed places with him and instantly had a Pike at my fly – we changed his fly – not long after he finally broke his cherry and caught himself a Jack of a few pounds – sadly no photo as it got off at the last moment before pick up however at least contact was made..

At last a fish...

As I was righting this post I received a cracking email from Simon Graham. Simon is quite literally the king of the Pike fishers – he runs three excellent resources for Pike Fly Anglers.

Pike Fly Fishing Articles – Simon’s blog dedicated to Pike fly fishing

Baltic Pike Flies – Simon’s store to buy flies for the monsters

Baltic Pike Tours – Simon’s guided trips

The email was so good as he had tied me up some of his flies and sent some to me – we bloggers do nice things like that for each other – if he ever came over here I would be taking him fishing near some abandoned burnt out cars in the Kelvin.

I must say the flies are going to arrive at just the right time – just in time to whet my appetite or the new season of both trout and Pike.

Bring it on – when baby allows ~grin~