Another urban blog flits across my radar – Urban Fly Ventures
Go check that bad boy out !
Another urban blog flits across my radar – Urban Fly Ventures
Go check that bad boy out !
I was flicking through “Stream Thought” after the writer/photographer posted a comment here and noticed he had posted a a gem of a find !
It is a quote from a book on Sea Trout fishing:
You know – I might just buy that book!
I am all Topsy Turvy here – by this point I am usually fishing most evenings and have really got into the swing of things – instead I am having to pick and choose my fishing opportunities based on experience and knowledge – unfortunately the trout (and pike – see last post) have decided to mix things up a bit.
The other night I decided to hit the Clyde and then at the last minute changed venue to the Kelvin for a dusk session – I have usually found dusk to be a great time on the Kelvin when usually spooky trout will take your fly fairly readily when just an hour ago they were spooky as the Ghostbusters – especially in this heatwave we are experiencing right now.
Turned out that was a load of baloney – when we got to the river at 8pm it was roasting hot with bright sunshine as well as trout rising all the way up the stretch of river – there was some lovely trout rising in amongst them so we dived through the bushes to attack full force – I reckon we spooked every one of those trout – if not with crazy wading then with one to many poor drifts…..
I mean sure we hooked trout in the flats where they were rising however none of them stayed on – it was only when we walked up the river to some riffles did we finally managed to fool some trout – I even had to put on a Jardines Ducks Dun to fool the blighters as my Deer Hair Emerger was just not working.
The trout were never big – I mean we know there are bigger trout mixed up with the smaller ones they just did not let us get anywhere near to them..
Campbell caught a fair few as well…note size of net compared to trout – ever hopeful..
We had not brought bottles of water so made do with what nature gave us:
Still – we knew that we were playing around until dusk – then the trout would really come out and play – sadly, it just did not happen – the rising trout slowly disappeared one by one until finally no trout were showing – or at least as sporadically as they do at any other time.
Still – plenty of action and great chat – casting to rising trout is great after the long sabbatical (mind I went crazy for Pike at the end of last years trout season) and am now storing up a wad of brownie points for the next few weekends.
Now – where are my microscopic hooks!
Up at 0300 on Saturday morning for a dawn raid on a Pike venue – dawn was scheduled for 0430 however when the guys came to pick me up just before 0400 (by jings early as well) the dawn was already in the sky – by the time we got to the venue it was proper light – it was also clear skies with a light wind – a perfect morning. Turned out we were correct – it was a perfect morning – for staying in bed… still Alan managed to wangle his usual couple of fish when no-one else is catching – at least he had a witness this time – “Got one” he shouted..
Turned out it was a cheeky wee Perch – in all the time I have fished this venue I have never had a Perch…
We fished on – I spotted a few Pike which gave a little hope however they were just not for chasing or taking any flies – obviously a combination of the pressure change and bright sunlight was making them particularly belligerent on this fine morning – we fished on….Bang – Alan landed another Perch…
Alex disappeared from view…
Turns out that when you get up ridiculously early and the fish are not biting you can get some kip just about anywhere – including the middle of a loch..
One of the main advantages of sleeping in the middle of a loch is that you are not affected by the evil blood sucking Culicoides Impunctatus – the dreaded Scots midge. Yes my friends – those evil little bastards are out – I apologise for the use of language however if you have fallen victim to the insatiable appetite then you will be giving a wry smile – if not then imagine a tickle, which turns into an itch which then stings a bit – now multiply that by a thousand all over every exposed part of your body combined with a funny high pitched zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ noise.
I am itching just thinking about them – many a strong man has fled his partner due to their evil bite, many a camper had abandoned their tent and driven 90mph along dirt tracks to get to the nearest Bed n’ Breakfast – I myself have beaten a hasty retreat when out for a country stroll – nothing stops them apart from a womens face cream which just makes them stick to you – they laugh at 100% deet!
Phew – I got off on a bit of a tangent their – bottom line – we caught nowt and I am now in need of deep sleep.
OK – I think it would be pretty neat if some of us could meet up for a wee evening session – we have got to come up with a place – this will obviously be based around numbers, for example if a few folk fancy it then we can meet up in the West End or if several folk fancy it we can head a little bit further out the city – maybe above the vet school where there is lots of untapped water (apart from a couple of guys).
At the moment I am planning a trout evening session however if all goes well a Salmon one will be planned when the big runs start – I will be relying on some of the salmon gurus on the forum to organise that one – well I can organise it however for any advice and tactics you will need to ask them.
If you guys are up for it in the fall we can organise a Pike meet up on the canal where we can all freeze our rocks off.
So – I need a rough idea of numbers – I think we need to know this quite early on so that we can come up with a venue – so if three guys say yes and we choose the west end and 10 turn up we will have little room to fish.
If you have been lurking on the forum as a guest this might be a good idea to sign up or log in and put your name forward.
You see this is why I like people using real names in the Kelvin Forum – it means when you guys meet there will be no “Oh, I am Big Boaby Big Baws fae the forum”
Saying that I may have shot myself in the foot there – could be potential for some comedy meetings.
At the moment I am thinking sometime in June – maybe towards the end – depends on the weather really.
Who is up for it?
So I was planning on hitting the Clyde today however as my car had to return to the garage because of a bizarre squeaking sound (any of my readers mechanics?) I took my beloved wife’s motor and hit the Kelvin.
Things went from bad to worse – the temp seemed to plummet and the wind got up – plenty of fly life around – lots of Yellow Mays and other small olives (forgot the test tubes again) however the change in air pressure seemed to turn the trout off – there could of course be another phenomenon at work here and I will tell you about that later.
I wandered down to a nice pool, shaded by trees in the Kelvin valley to get out the wind and came across the seen of my (supposed) skunk cabbage massacre – WTF !!!
…that’s right – the beast is growing back – Willie Yeomans is not going to be happy at this I muttered as I pulled out the stems and dug down to the roots – I suspect I left some of the roots behind meaning the creature will take hold again – next time I go down that way I am going to take a bottle full of weed killer and pour it straight onto the beasts tendrils!
Anyway, I was going to tell you about the other phenomenan – basically one stretch of river one season can fish very well – you know where all the fish are and it can be pretty predictable – the next season the place seems devoid of trout – this can happen with individual pools as well. Anyone got a good reason for this? – is it spates that move around the insect population, sewage that kills off pools? Any ideas?
I fished on for a few hours casting at sporadic rising trout – I was using my orvis superfine 4 weight and initially a deer hair emerger and then swapped over to a comparadun due to the number of Yellow May’s I watched sailing past – usually the trout love em’ – today only crazy trout wanted them..
So – a mixture of cold wind, change in air pressure and possibly even a bizarre phenomenon caused me to have what I can only describe as a great days fishing – I would rather be fishing than be at work, or decorating or ironing or…
…well pretty much any task that involves drudgery and forced labour!
I wish I had my wee sample bottle today – I am pretty sure I witnessed a hatch of Grannom in the Kelvin – I kid ye not!
I have never been lucky enough to witness a hatch of Grannom on the Clyde so when I seen little black sedgy type things fluttering around I was a bit unsure as to what they were – I suppose even if I did actually have my sample bottle there would have been a problem as I could not catch one to take a photo of.
I think this is why getting the hatch chart off the ground is so important – I know it will take a fair old amount of time until we actually have something resembling a month by month chart however it is going to be fun and informative while we do it.
If you have not already done so check out the Kelvin Hatch Chart thread for progress so far.
Even if it was Grannom the trout did not seem particularly interested – I caught a couple of trout on an enormous deer hair emerger (it was my indicator) and lost a couple.
It was a lot bigger – its yellow funnel was gone – I think maybe it was past the point of releasing its seeds – whatever – I stomped it into oblivion – and then pulled its roots out for good measure!
Weird plants – do not mess with me!
So my 2 minute post (that is how long it too me to write it) about the recent closing of the Robbie Red Ball site caused a bit of a stir among the Internet forums, members and non members of the Loch Lomond Angling Improvement Association as well as other blogs (more on that in a minute)
Yea, sure – I admit I do not know the whole story – and yes, I have probably got to concede that things got so out of hand that maybe the long arm of expensive lawyers had to step in and close it down – but a few days before the EGM?
Anyway, it should all be sorted tomorrow night so I guess you guys will let me know.
Meanwhile, new kid on the block Gordon Mack of Between the Lines points out the possibility that running a blog that “trades on fearless and irreverent comment on the world of angling near and far” and juggling official duties as a Kelvin committee member may be a bit like spate wading for Urbanflyfisher.com
He hit the nail on the head – yes – it will be difficult however at the moment the association is heading in a direction that I quite like – one that…..well, does “stuff”
Let’s call it a truce shall we.
Back to the topic of the LLAIA quickly – anyone got a number for their lawyers…
Someone is libelling us!