Milngavie Fly Dressers & Casting Club

Damn and blast – looks like I will be missing this week’s guest speaker at Milngavie Fly Dressers  as I am away for the weekend. Magnus Angus writer for Fly Fishing & Fly Tying will be giving a presentation on Thursday 16th April on macro photography of flies and feed back on what it takes to win the FF & FT annual tying competition.

The evening is open to all and will commence at 7pm at Milngavie Library, Milngavie, Glasgow.

Also, Glasgow City Council have given their consent and provided Milngavie Fly Dressers with a pond in Knightswood Park on the North side of the city where we can chuck fluff to our hearts content. So if you want to learn to cast, simply practice or try out a rod and line then get yourselves along. The is plan to meet on a Thursday evening from 6.30pm until dusk and a Sunday morning from 9am until 12. There will be a token charge for attendance of a £1 as we had to take out 3rd party insurance. We will start on Thursday 30th April and run until September.

We have instructors qualified at APGAI, Level 2 and GAIC and who are members of GAIA and will be able to instruct trout and salmon casting.

A few hours on the smelly kelly..

The day was overcast, warmish (around 12 degrees), a little windy, there was the odd olive on the water (big ones too), the water was giving off its usual smell – they don’t call it the Smelly Kelly for nothing – anyway, to cut a long story short I caught one trout on a nymph – a tiny one at that.

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I also discovered a Triffid growing by the river – just sitting there – growing – I have seen the movie and the even better BBC adaptation.

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Before long shit like this will be happening….

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Sinister -damn right…..

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I suppose there is every possibility I let my imagination run away with me so I stand corrected if it is not some evil flesh eating plant – anyone know what it is?

Nastassja Kinski scene in Cat People

Talking of sexy women in waders..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzkxpJbPOek

Submit your photo on fishkelvin.com

OK – so the official site is coming along nicely although I have ran out of a bit of steam – Oh sure, I am still plodding away with the \”serious stuff\” however I want you guys to remember that there is a photo gallery over there. 

Now – I would like all Kelvininators (I love the sexy industrial sound of it) to put the word about that I would like to add some more photos to the photo gallery. 

The gallery is for any Kelvin Fisher to submit their hero shot  for everyone to see – the site states:

Without the fish in the river we would have no future, consequently it makes sense to show some restraint before killing any fish. Please do not hesitate to take the odd fish for the table however stories have circulated about people killing fish indiscriminately. Conservation of our river should be first and foremost in our minds. 

We recommend carrying a camera so that your fish can be returned alive to the water and your hero shot then displayed in our gallery

I think that is pretty self explanatory!

 

Go forth and be snap happy – submit over here: http://fishkelvin.com/photo-gallery/

Seize the moment!

Seize the moment – when your wife tells you that you can go fishing – Do it!

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Sure I caught nothing however at least I was out there – casting and wading.
Sunday was a funny day – it was kinda bright with a cold wind. The Kelvin also was a little cold. In fact it was damn cold (not absolute zero which is still hot) however cold enough to make me think I had a leak in my new waders – turned out it was just an exceptionally cold bottom I had.

A good pre spring day – on days like this you can see all the shady pipes that spew “stuff” into the river. Also as all the bushes are bare you can work out routes to new spots – perfect!

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As usual appalled at the detritus washed up at bottle necks – bizarrely shopping trolleys are good for trout – they give immature trout somewhere to hide, the weed they collect encourages insect life and they put “real” anglers off fishing urban rivers.

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Anyway, I caught nowt – however on looking through my fly box I noted I had very few small scruffy olives – considering my first (and only) trout of the season was caught on one I spent a quick hour (today was an exceptional day when it came to free time – the God’s were smiling) at the Vice. 

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It did not take an hour to tie up the one fly – ended up with a dozen elite fighters to add to the ranks!

Feel Privileged!

While fishing the river today I looked up……”Good Grief” I exclaimed….”I don’t believe it” – “It cant be..”

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The most amazing sight in Nature – the nesting of a “Computeras Chairus” 

David Attenborough eat yer heart out – you guys would rather see this than some crocodile – right?

Urban Fly Fishing – thats what I am talking about!

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River Kelvin Public Relations Day

Check it out – over on the Official Site.

I went for a wee fish before it and caught hee haw – the sun was on the water, only seen a few olives coming off – the one trout I did see consistently rising a guy kept casting a worm at it (I kid ye not). 

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“theswami” brings up an interesting point (and only presses enter once)  in the forum in that he feels the vet school area is not really urban angling – I disagree – go check it out.

I’m not calling to gloat..

“I’m not calling to gloat” I said to Campbell – “I am just phoning to share the ……joy of catching the first trout of the season”

You see, Campbell is a kindred spirit – we both thought if we had our child (like it was planned) in January that would give us a few months with the women and child and then it would be plain sailing for the rest of the year – sure, fishing would be cut down however surely it would not effect things that much. How wrong we were – for those without children – enjoy it my friends – for those with children, I stand alongside you as a kindred spirit – a brother in arms – a hunter of free time!

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So this is why I telephoned Campbell – maybe that is why I managed to catch this trout – I looked down from a bridge on my way home from work – I saw the trout rise, I had put my gear in the car just in case this kind of eventuality arose – hell if I left now I would get caught up in rush hour traffic – I got my new waders on – they feel sweet and comfy – I string up my four weight and tie my knot on the scruffy olive – first cast a little too far right…..second cast the trout took the fly and then jumped clear out the water.

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10 minutes later when nothing else is happening, I think about how in the past it would be so easy to get down to a river and how lucky I am that I was given this opportunity – I get my phone out my pocket – ““I’m not calling to gloat” I say…

River Kelvin Hatch Chart

I am trying to put together a hatch chart for the River Kelvin. Over the years I have noticed people reporting various hatches at different parts of the river. What I would like to do is collect as much information as I can this season and then create a hatch chart. I am expecting to see differences between the top end and bottom end which is why it will be a little tricky.

I would like people to post in the River Kelvin forum with date, weather conditions and name of fly – ideally a wee photo would be good so there is no confusion. Even if you are not an expert in entomology you can still help by taking a photo of the fly (use macro mode) and post the picture – we can then try and identify it for you.

So if you are a Kelvin fisher head over to the forum once you have some photos or the ID of some flies – also if you are definite that you have seen a hatch on the river post it so we can get started.

Looking forward to the crawly fun :-)

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