WTF – the skunk cabbage came back!

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 !!!

Skunk Cabbage - This is now like something out of a horror film!

Skunk Cabbage - This is now like something out of a horror film!

…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?

River movements?

River movements?

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..

Messy Comparadun

Messy Comparadun

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…

Crazy Trout - one of only a few

Crazy Trout - one of only a few

…well pretty much any task that involves drudgery and forced labour!

Work has started on Stewart Memorial Fountain

Work is now progressing on the Stewart Memorial Fountain in Kelvingrove park – rather than regurgitate what the Evening Times is saying I might as well point you towards the article.

Evening Times Article

People not from Gasgow might enjoy reading the comments to gain a great understanding of Glasgow humour!

Posted by: openmind –  But will they make it immune from someone emptying a bottle of Fairy into it?

Posted by: jim – Rename it The fairy fountain.

Posted by: Willieboy – Jim I agree because apart from washing up liquid there are alot of fairies who frequent that park

Posted by: The X Factor – judging by your name I suppose you would be the one to know

Posted by: wild wadi – It should attract a lot of weegies who’ll be curious to see what soap and water look like


Grannom in the Kelvin?

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!

In spring, the first sedge fly of real importance to river fishers is the grannom, and it causes great excitement both on chalk streams and on rain-fed rivers. The grannom appears in April and the main hatch usually lasts for ten days or so, with flies coming off the water from mid morning until late afternoon.

Trout tend to ignore small upwinged flies when the grannom is on the water, but as other sedges are rare at that time a close imitation is probably unnecessary: any small sedge will do.

First Nature

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.

The Fishing

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.

On orders from Willie Yeomans I went back hunting the Skunk Cabbage from a few weeks ago…

Skunk Cabbage

Skunk Cabbage

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!

The Kelvin has been stocked

The Kelvin was stocked the other night – check it out


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

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…


The irony is that the people who defaced it actually paid for it!

Someone is libelling us!

Shit Pipe River..

Sunday – it had been raining for three days so pretty much knew the Kelvin would be out of action. I considered a few other possibilities and decided the “river of pipes” was a possibility, I called it that as it has an extraordinary number of pipes over it – most if em’ shite pipes as it happens.

A shite pipe spewing fandango pads!

A shite pipe spewing fandango pads!

Turned out that even this river was still in spate – still a nice walk in the sun (the pressure was rising) with a bit of river reconnaissance is good for your mind body and soul. We mostly used the duo (a nymph under and indicator) and pretty much only stopped walking at sweet spots which just looked fishy..

Upstream Duo - before we started with wooly buggers

Upstream Duo - before we started with wooly buggers

As usual, we came across the obligatory burnt out car. The amount of fly tipping in this river is disgusting – totally unloved – makes the Kelvin feel positively clean.

2nd Burnt out car

2nd Burnt out car

We were starting to get just a little despondent at the lack of fish – I mean it was in spate right- however we should have been getting more takes on the nymph – I think I may contact both SEPA and Willie Yeomans about this river.

At last however I caught the one trout of the day – totally out of the blue, my super bushy dry slipped under and a trout went bananas..

I sit down to catch em’ now..

I sit down to catch em’ now..

After a battle of man versus nature the beast was netted…


A lot smaller than I thought!

Obviously the extra oxygen in the water (or quite possibly stimulants through the sewage system) had given the trout extra turbo power  as it was a lot smaller than I thought – it fought well above its weight – it was also silvery which means a food source rich in fats – probably McDonalds happy meals and beer by the looks of the local litter.

The Kelvin is still out of action – my sources tell me the trout season has been very slow to start on all rivers in the central belt this year – good trout anglers on the Kelvin are struggling to catch anything decent – possibly now May is with us it is all about to change. – Netted!

A site run by a fly fishing anarchist intent on exposing what he perceived as being the incompetent running of his local club the Loch Lomond Angling Improvement Association has been  instructed to close its doors by his web hosts.

The site started simply enough – one mans dream of sharing his passion for a river he fished for Salmon – he then started a forum which quickly gathered a group of people who were not happy with the way the club was being run.

Accusations, threats, counter accusations, banning,  a walk out by the committee at an AGM (oh it all sounds so familiar) and finally now a legal notice issued telling him he must remove himself from the sandpit and take his nasty friends with him.

This is what happens when people start taking fishing just a little bit too seriously – sure we all mump and moan about our clubs (I did my fair share) however maybe there has been possibly a tad over reaction on the part of all concerned.

You see, if there is a large group of people who have a major grievance against the way a system operates then usually at the heart of the matter a very real problem lies. You either get these people around a table and prove them wrong or admit that your system is fundamentally flawed and try and fix it for them to be happy.

Banning a place where people come together to discuss only kind of makes you look bad – makes it look as if something needs to be hidden away.

Anyway, I do not know who is right or who is wrong – who did what or what happened when, I am just rolling my eyes at a situation that should not have happened. – I salute you in your efforts – whatever the hell they were – maybe one day you will be back sharing your enthusiasm with the world – I hope it all works out for you guys I really do!

Let me know!

“It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.” – Benjamin Franklin

Wild Weather!

Pouring rain, howling gales, hailstones , snow on the hills – ah yes, the Scottish summer is almost upon us.

It looks set to continue over the next couple of days which means the Kelvin will be messed up for the weekend (probably) – I will be hunting on Sunday for a clearing burn somewhere however in preperation I have been tying up some killer kelvinator flees to try out!


A rather nice selection of troops if I do say so myself!

So who has been fishing, going fishing or just been plain old making plans about fishing?

£500,000 project to restore historic fountain in the park

I think this is great :

More than £500,000 will be spent restoring the Stewart Memorial Fountain in Kelvingrove Park.

An underground water recycling system will be installed which will allow the fountain to operate in a sustainable way for the first time in its long history.

Until now the fountain has been fed from the mains supply, and drained into the River Kelvin. The Stewart Memorial Fountain was built in 1872 to commemorate Robert Stewart, the Lord Provost of Glasgow from 1851 until 1854.

He secured a supply of clean drinking water for the city from Loch Katrine.

Robert Stewart ensured that when the cholera epidemic of 1866 swept the country only 55 people in Glasgow died – in 1832-3, 1849-50 and 1853-4 12000 people died due to a lack of clean water.

The fountain is topped by the Lady of the Lake and for far too many years has been an eyesore due to it being boarded up and out of action.


For £500,000 Glasgow City Council would probably give it a lick of paint!

Link: The Herald

Murky Water = Nil Pike

What I wanted to do was get the boy and wife in the car and head for the hills for a couple of hours – I could have a cast at trout in a burn and the family could watch at a respectable distance – no doubt impressed not only by my fish catching ability but with my incredible manliness as a hunter gatherer.


Hunter Gatherer in Action - Wife not Amused

As it was the boy was not impressed at going into his car seat so the plan was changed to a walk along the canal – preparations were quickly made for urban pike on the fly action, or at least urban fly action as it turned out the water was so murky due to the previous two days rain that no respectable pike would even see my fly unless it landed on its head.

Still, a nice walk and cast is a nice walk and cast – it is pleasant watching the transition into spring – also I noticed some nice new bollards had been erected at a path that leads to the road – these bollards stop cars from being driven onto the canal walkway and then into the canal – if you look at the above picture you can see them on the right next to the graffitied electrical box.

Bollard next to canal

Bollard next to canal

On closer inspection I turns out they have been decorated with a rather nice fish – I wonder who designed and spent all the time coating the bollard.

Doubt it swims in the canal though...

Doubt it swims in the canal though...

It was nice casting the 8 weight again – it was only when I returned home that I thought I maybe should have tried a popper. 


Loose Loops - not really sexy ones!

Loose Loops - not really sexy ones!

Oh well – there is always tomorrow!

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