River Kelvin Angling Association AGM – Major Changes!

Ok – so the AGM was the place to be if you wanted to have a say in the changes. In a nutshell the AGM was carnage – there was disagreements, arguments, calls for the resignation of members of the committee, arguments amongst the committee, a member of the club were told to fuck off by an office bearer (not sure if that one was a joke) and everyone now has an idea that there are deep divisions between the old and young members of the committee (as in age).

In a nutshell the changes are:

  • The permit will be raised to £20 for wage earners and stay the same for youngsters and the unemployed.
  • 5 members of the club will be put through the bailiff course – the names are already decided – looking at two of the guys you do not want to mess with them.
  • Douglas Brown is no longer secretary; instead Paul (a reader of my blog) asked too many questions and was promptly nominated and seconded for the post. He then spent the remainder of the evening with his head in his hands.
  • The treasurer retired – at the moment no one has come forward to take up that post.
  • I am now back on the committee and contrary to what was said at the AGM urbanflyfisher.com and theriverkelvin.co.uk are still my personal sites – I will be making announcements on behalf of the club however this has still to be discussed. This decision was made as the sites are hubs for anyone looking for info on the club – I have done the job informally for years so I may as well do it formally.

The rise in permit prices will help to fund:

  • Putting the bailiffs through the course and paying for expenses.
  • A study of insect life and water quality (possibly the Wild Trout Trust however do not quote me)
  • Putting up signs along the river.
  • Possible future implementation of tags for salmon (may be a hint of limits)
  • The repair of Gavins Mill fish pass

There were major arguments about all these points – the chair wanted the permit price put up to £25 to fund all the proposals however members were only willing to pay £20 – still the cheapest river in the West of Scotland. Even though the river is the one of the best rivers out of the Clyde catchment it is also one of the most abused. Appalling stories of anglers killing large amounts of Salmon on Sundays was discussed – fingers were pointed at anglers who fish the sea pool – many of these anglers were killing Salmon on Sundays. The issue of people using hand lines and badminton court nets to catch salmon was discussed, the issue of major pollution incidents – all of us have witnessed sewage in the river – the infamous “sanitary towel” pool is stuffed with trout – pity they all have breasts. Also how to educate anglers was discussed – people killing black fish is a problem – the permits may be changed in future to show anglers examples of fish that are not cocks and hens and what ones cannot be killed.

Written this very hurriedly for those that could not attend!

The Kelvin Angling Association AGM is Friday 27th Feb at 7pm – Expect the Unexpected!

The Kelvin Angling Association  AGM is Friday 27th Feb at 7pm  – You can see what my views on the direction of the club should be here: River Kelvin Wishlist Take Two – Let us see how many changes take place which are in line with my wishlist!

You can check out what people are saying in the forum: Kelvin AGM update

This will be the the biggest and most important AGM in the history of the club – expect there to be changes made due to the sheer will of the anglers that care about the river! I love the fact that people all over the world read about the trials and tribulations of this wee river – so famous that a temperature scale was named after it – I bet most people think it is a cooincidence!

If you fish the Kelvin tell your pals about my wee forum dedicated to the Kelvin - by far it is the most popular part out of all the sections – I always see a few members browsing alongside several guests – if you are a guest do not be afraid to log in – not only does it make me feel good and other members less lonely it will get you used to actually staying logged in – in the coming weeks I will be changing over to a system where you will not be able to see the posts without being logged in – makes you all feel a little special eh?

If you have not posted yet – head over and Introduce yourself

Anyway, I think the forum has been a great success – it is the number one place for people to visit who fish the river with well over 100 members in a very short time – obviously the rumour that you can buy soft drugs on the forum helped a great deal however most of the seekers decided to stick around!

And now a note from my sponsor – none other than Lord Kelvin himself

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See you on Friday!

River Kelvin AGM – scotty9 has a question!

Scotty9 has a question he would like put at the AGM:

AGM – Someone who’s going?

Glasgow Angling Centre – Open Weekend 27th, 28th Feb & 1st March 2009

Another season is fast approaching and of course this means another open weekend at the Glasgow Angling Centre.

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The visit will be worth it alone just to meet John Wilson – sheer comedy value!

Anyways, along with the usual fun and frolics (click on the picture above), in conjunction with Merlin Unwin, publishers of Chris Mann’s Complete Illustrated Directory of Salmon Flies (see below) the GAC have commissioned 3 exclusive prints taken from the illustrations in the book, each signed by both the author and the flytyer, to be raffled to raise funds for the tyers chosen charities:

 The prints are as follows:

A set from Duncan Egan featuring the modern classic Flamethrowers, Flaming Pigs and the Volcano, Duncan has chosen The River Dee Trust to benefit from this raffle:

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Duncan Egan

A set from Mikael Frodin featuring Scandinavian Templedogs and the infamous Octopussy, Mikael would like the proceeds from this raffle to go to Orri Vigfússon’s North Atlantic Salmon Fund:

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Mikael Frodin

And thirdly a set from Davy McPhail featuring his Fatback tubes and traditional shrimp patterns, Davy is donating the proceeds from his raffle to Casting for Recovery.

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Davy McPhail

 The prints will be on display in the fly dressers area for the whole weekend!

Tickets cost £1 and will be on sale throughout the open weekend, with the winners being drawn by the tyers at 5 pm on the Sunday.

Also available over the weekend will be a limited number of books signed by the author and all three flytyers, these can be ordered in advance by calling the store on 0141 331 6330.

Somehow I always seem to miss these weekends – the last one I went to was purely by accident – I had just popped in to pick up some tippet and the whole place was jam packed, sadly I was in a rush and only had time to spend a quick half hour however what I seen impressed me.

I would like to see more days like this – they do not even need to be big events – just invite a few local tyers along to show off their skills. I have read they do this all the time in the States – I am looking forward to this one though !

See you guys there!

Roddy Finnie Flies..

So Roddy Finnie of “The Busby Angling Association” (he is the secretary) decided to send me some flies. Take note you guys – if there is something I like better than having a chat with a fellow angler on the river bank it is receiving free shit through the post – anyway, Roddy would not mind if I shared some of his creations with you, it was also the first time I had put a hook in the Nor Vise – and very nice it was too.

The Flies

p2190295Roddy Says “An excellent early to mid season fly fished slow and deep and is often taken (in rivers) without you inducing movement”

Size 12/10
Black thread
Fine gold wire thread
Pale yellow thread body and dark brown thread for thorax
Brown or black hackle
Pheasant wing folded

p2190296Roddy Says “Another good all-rounder – best fished slowly with agitated draws and near the bottom”

Size 10 is big enough (heavy hook)
Tail – cock pheasant
Body & folded wing – hen pheasant as this produces a buff colour.
Fine copper wire as rib
Black thread
Brown hackle

p2190294Roddy Says “Good all season fly fished on a floating line just below surface – slowly. Represents many dark species of insects”

Size 12
Fine black thread
Fine gold wire
Wing folded seagull (it is more robust)
Small soft badger hackle (or black)

p2190293Roddy Says “Good all season – again fished slow”

Size 12
Black thread
Fine gold wire
Dark olive wool
Peacock herl thorax
Folded wing pheasant
Brown or green hackle

 Thanks Roddy!

So I would just like to say thank you to Roddy for sharing some of his flies with us and especially for sending me them – if anyone out else there  fancies sending me flies I could do with a dozen Deer Hair Emergers.

In the meantime – I have some hot new patterns to try out!

Old Hookers

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Paul Procter at Milngavie Fly Tying Evening – Thursday 26th February

Paul Procter is giving a talk and fly tying demo at the North Glasgow Fly Tyers on some secret river flies. The venue as usual is Milngavie library and starts at 7pm. The fee for non members (or those that attend sporadically) will be around £5.

This will be a most excellent talk by a very well respected angler.

Paul Procters main site

Paul Procter on Orvis

Don’t have a scooby how to catch a trout on the fly?

That’s  right, if you don’t have a Scooby how to catch a trout on a fly or able to look in a book to see what insect is what I have just the day for you.

On the 14thMarch The Game Angling Instructors Association are having an open day on the Tweedswood Beat on the Tweed, Melrose from 9am.

The day includes:

  • APGAI Casting Demonstrations – Trout and Salmon
  • Casting Clinics-spend time with a qualified instructor (must pre book)
  • APGAI – Fly Dressing Demonstration
  • Invertebrate/River Fly Life Sampling – Tweed Trout & Grayling Biologist, Kenny Galt, Tweed Foundation
  • Salmon Casting from a Boat
  • GraylingFishing with a Bug Demonstration – Ronnie Glass, Orvis Co. & Past Scottish Rivers Champion
  • Trout Fishing on a Dry Fly Demonstration

The day starts at 9am and costs £45. This includes Instruction, attendance at the Demonstrations and Lunch – a bargain considering you cannae get these guys to show you bugger all unless you cross their hands with twenty notes per hour.

To be fair, sometimes you have just got to see something being done to understand it – I know that my fishing vastly improved when I acquired some fishing buddies to swap notes on stuff. I reckon this day is a bargain at £45 notes just for the Invertebrate/River Fly Life Sampling part of the day – I always think you need to go with an attitude to these days – take a pen and a bit of paper, write as much as you can down,ask questions – get your answers.

You can book or get more details from:

Alberto Laidlaw
info@gameanglingscotland.co.uk
Tel: 07778526859
www.gameanglinginstructors.co.uk/

 

 You can view a PDF regarding the day here.

Sweet Pike T-Shirt!

So I was on the lookout for a new gym T Shirt as I want to get myself back in shape after Christmas – I also want to be in tip top condition for the coming season – all that casting and walking can take it out of one you know. Anyway, you’ve got to feel the part when you are working out and you have got to look forward to getting your gear on for the mammoth sweat session ahead of you. Consequently I wanted something that I would feel right at home in – surprise surprise I managed to track down a fishing T Shirt (wife rolls eyes)- there really is not a lot of them out there you know – this one is rather tastefully decorated with a Pike instead of Nike – classy – sometimes it is the simple things that really tickle my fancy.

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Anyway, I have ordered mine and am in hot anticipation of its arrival – I can just see the envious looks I will be getting as I pound the treadmill or when I am half way through my 1000th squat thrust. People will be eyeing the crazy pike T Shirt guy and I will eye ball em’ back while completing my set of star jumps.

You can buy em’ for £17.99 (and that is including postage) through Dominic’s lovely little site. Turns out he is a writer as well – I read one of his articles many moons ago in Pike & Predators magazine on Canal Pike - I think it was the article that inspired me to go after them – well, if not inspired then at least it gave me a bit of hope.

Anyway, too make a bob or two besides writing he sells these T – Shirts as well as Pike rigs and Pike flies, a lot cheaper than your usual high street prices. Go and check his shop out - oh and when you buy your Pike T-Shirt ask him to make one with the Pike chasing a fly – he will do it I am sure if enough people buy one, which is why I am keeping a permanent link on the left hand side!

Disclaimer: May not encourage weight loss or extreme coolness in gym. I believe Pike T-Shirt can be used for other activities – fishing being one of them.

Nicest trout I caught from the Kelvin in the 08 season..

This my friend is the story of the nicest trout I caught from the Kelvin in the 08 season. By nice I mean biggest as well as most memorable. Not that I judge how well caught a trout is by how big it is, more about the situation, mood and overall experience. I suppose it adds to the experience if by some jammy piece of chance it is also big.

The experience pretty much  sums up pretty much the whole of the 08 season for me – lots of memorable trout however no photographic evidence to back them up (or to show you guys and to keep in this diary)

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I caught the trout one evening, a warm muggy evening – it was after a hard day at work and I decided to head to the Kelvin for some evening action – something that seems to have been lacking in my life over the last two seasons. There is something about dusk that calms the soul – the birds are lazier, the trees seem heavier and the trout get hungry (sometimes)

I worked my way up some slow barely moving water – every now and then I would see a trout rise however when covered it would immediately spook. Just after the slow water there is some nice riffles and this (I thought) was going to be the main event. By this point it was proper dusk and I caught maybe a dozen trout like this one…

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…some bigger some smaller (note slack grip ensuring trouts guts are not squashed – a pet hate of mine in fishing photos) – I was using my Orvis Superfine 4 weight and a CDC & Elk - it was a great night. There had been a consistent hatch the whole evening and all the trout were eager for surface action.

At the top of the series of runs there is a way to battle through the bushes and then climb a small wall without having to wade back down the river. I thought about it for a moment, it was a hassle and would spoil the mood of the evening, it would make me all hot and bothered – it was peaceful, I felt safe – so I decided to just wade back down to my starting point and an easy exit. On my way down I noticed the trout were now rising in the slow water – they must have been made braver due to the darkness – I ended up dapping my fly down the river beside me, maybe a rod length from me as I waded slowly down the river, hardly casting (it is very difficult to cast here a roll cast is a must) – suddenly a trout slashed at my fly – I struck and it was gone I had missed it – I immediately put the fly back in the same place, again the trout took and it was on, leaping around the pool and boring deep – I kid you not at this point I thought I had caught my first Sea Trout on the dry fly – it took several minutes to subdue. Once in my hand I quickly unhooked it (you can see where this went all wrong cant you!) reached into my pocket, got my camera out and …flash…took its picture. Just at the moment of the flash the trout wiggled and was in the water, it paused and then was off like a …..well, like a fish really!

So this my friend is a picture of my nicest trout from the Kelvin in the 08 season.

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