Lots of flies – no trout!

The Kelvin has been seeing huge Grannom hatches however as consistent with most rivers the trout do not even give them a second glance – I spent a few hours on the Kelvin a couple of days ago late afternoon to find very few trout even willing to take the nymph – which made me suspect the section I was fishing has had a fairly catastrophic disaster causing the population to decline (as opposed to me being crap)

A Grannom

I covered what rising fish I did see with a small CDC Sedge pattern – a trout that was rising certainly had a bash at it however I probably fluffed the strike –  further down the stretch in some slow water there were two trout rising – they were good trout – both were spooked by the tippet.

Sedge Swarm

Like something from the Bible

Interestingly, I hear that elsewhere on the river smolts and parr were taking the sedge – one person let me know the Big Blue Pool looked like it was raining due to all the risers.

As I beat my way through the bushes I found last years horror show was back..

Skunk Cabbage

That is correct the evil Skunk Cabbage is back……again!

Fishing The Tay tomorrow for a few hours – see you guys later!

Tenuous Fishing Photos 18/52

Weekly tenuous photo:

Like something from the Bible

This was a hatch of sedge on the 5th May late afternoon – it is tenuous as the trout did not even glance at them!

You can see more tenuous fishing photos here

Cold Bank Holiday Weekend

Apologies to folk who received a rough draft of this post by email.

A cold front started to move in over the weekend – the reasonable temps  of last week gave way to temps in the single figures Saturday and Sunday – Saturday I went to the Zoo (and ran into Mike from Tamanawis at the Monkeys) however Sunday I had arranged to go fishing with Stephen – at the last minute Alan decided to tag on as well.

The Zoo - working out how to catch wild animals for years!

Originally we were planning on the shit pipe river however due to the fact that three of us were now fishing we decided a change of venue to the Clyde was needed – so we left Glasgow where it was actually quite mild and by the time we got to our spot it was pretty cold with a distinct nip in the air. The temp gauge on the car said 7 degrees  – we knew we needed 10 or higher.

We started fishing and after a few casts of my single dry I decided to switch to a dry and dropper set up – Rio had kindly sent me some tippet to review so used some of the fluro for the dropper.

I fished hard for an hour or so – I did not get a take on either the dry or the dropper – Stephen had a fish that took his dry in some riffle however it then shot towards him throwing the hook in the process.

Stephen - only fishes dusk and dawn!

By the afternoon the temp was not rising and to cap things of we had to walk through some cows (possibly bullocks) – Alan did the manly thing to make em’ move – still there was some stuborn ones in there.

I thought they were bullocks!

Obviously Alan ended up doing something right as he started to attract rising trout – the Martins were wheeling above our heads taking March Browns in the air and from the surface – on both occasions that everything seemed to come together to allow the trout to rise he was in the right place at the right time – his tally of trout was 3 to my one – they were all small with nowt over a pound.

It is close up for a reason!

Still – it was nice to be out on the big river even if we caught next to nothing – we had some action with rising trout (to March Browns) and managed to not fall in or twist our ankles.

There is big fish here!

We also learned where some big trout live and how to get at them – which should be fun!

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! http://twitgoo.com/u0niv #
  • For a city river it sure is fine! http://twitgoo.com/u0nm0 #
  • In a couple of miles of river I met nobody fishing! http://twitgoo.com/u0oeo #
  • 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! http://twitgoo.com/p85li #
  • 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!