Just because you can does not mean you should!

So I decided to take a walk along the Kelvin walkway as it was a glorious Sunday – hardly a cloud in the sky and very spring like. It was also pretty chilly – maybe sitting around the 7-9 degree mark. As I walked along it was pretty obvious the river is not ready yet for a serious session. Sure, there is every possibility of winkling out a particularly daft trout however you are unlikely to get any real consistent trout coming to the dry fly – the trout are just not looking up yet – the season may be open and you could go fishing however you should not count on catching trout.

Interestingly someone has been taking the litter problem into their own hands and has placed bin bags every hundred yards or so along parts of the walkway at Maryhill – kind of puts Glasgow City Council to shame really.

It was quite nice walking along gazing down at the river – what was especially interesting was being able to look at usually inaccessible areas of the river; usually they are hidden by bushes (and burning cars). What I used to do when I could fish the river every day was mark points which looked promising at the beginning of Spring and then come back later and try and whack my way through the bushes – often I would be rewarded with some nice trout – and cut arms, face and hands.

As it is once more I came to an especially long stretch of pocket and riffle water where guys fishing static probably would just walk by – I marked it in my head for a session – I reckon olives should be coming off in the next few weeks – certainly there were none today.

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River Kelvin Angling Association Bailiffs


They will take no prisoners – Hells Bells – I will probably have to buy a permit this year!

Spring Signs


Named Pools on the Kelvin?

How exactly does one go about naming pools?

Is it through history that the accepted name for a pool comes into being or can they be made up on the spot. There have never been any formal names for pools or areas on the Kelvin and I wondered whether we could try and gather as much info as possible on what people call the areas that they fish. I know at some point in the near future maps will be drawn up of the river and I suppose now would be a good time to start naming pools so that we all had a rough idea where we are all talking about – we all remember the famous tree pool debacle!

Major sections would include: The Vet School Stretch, Dawsholm Park, Kelvingrove Park, and the Botany Stretch etc

Pools my pals and I talk about – The Sanitary Towel Pool, The Petrol Pool, Skateboard Pool

Have any of you guys named any pools or stretches we could put on the map?

Opening Day On The Kelvin

Alas, I could not fish on Saturday however Alex (aka the Nymphmaster) sent me this report. 

We were blessed with a cracking spring afternoon on Sunday, lots of wild life (and wild folk) – more about that later! I opted for the vet school stretch, which had that usual kelvin green tinge about it and running at a nice height.
I had a few casts here and there as I walked downstream, but with not a touch to my flies, and a constant reminder of how cold the water was (thanks to the worsening leak in my waders), my early-season eagerness was disappearing. I crossed the river and fished a nice pool with a dry and a nymph.
The wading in some parts of the Kelvin, it must be said, is horrific! At one point, I was kinda balancing on a pallet that had become rooted in about three feet of fast water. I could feel it wobbling about and tilting in the current as I walked over it. At least it will make a perfect home for thousands of invertebrates! Talking of which, there was a small trickle of flies hatching just after midday. Obviously not enough to get the fish really interested, as I saw nothing rise all afternoon!
At one point a kingfisher flashed right past and into a hidey-hole in the overhanging roots of a large tree. It’s amazing how many of them the Kelvin supports. Next thing, the guy fishing opposite me shouts “Oi, d’you know who those guys are”. I had noticed a couple of dudes downstream of me earlier. Now if my wading experience wasn’t enough, these guys were yomping up through the far side of the river, in the deep channel in front of a verticle jungle of jaggy bushes and other highly effective wader-shredding devices. Not that torn waders would be a concern for these gentlemen – they weren’t wearing any!
They seemed to be having a whale of a time, maybe it was a crazy red-nose day stunt? I’m sure they don’t mind me taking their picture….
Not long after 2 O’clock, the fishers left in their masses to watch Rangers and Celtic slug it out in the league cup final.
Only down the Kelvin!

March 15th – A word from urbanflyfisher.com sponsor – Lord Kelvin



What is it that tells you guys that Spring is finally here?

For me it is when I finally see those first flowers of yellow as I travel up the Great Western Road.


I watch them snake all the way along the central reservation – sadly they are only ever there for a few weeks and their departure I always find a little sad – still, their sharp exit means the leaves will be back on the trees soon – this usually seems to happen in April/ May – one minute the trees are bare and the next suddenly they are full of life!

I think we Anglers look for these signs more than others  – perhaps not gardeners 😉

What signs do you look for in Spring?

GAC Open Weekend Charity Raffle Winners..

The raffle was drawn by the tyers at 5pm on Sunday and the winners are as follows…….. Duncan Egan’s print was won by Mr A. Ferguson of Ayrshire

 Davy McPhail’s print was won by Mr J Fisher from Glasgow

 Mikael Frodin’s print was won by Mr W R Woods from Derby

 A cheque is on its way to each of the three charities, The Dee Trust, NASF and Casting for Recovery.

My congratulations to you all 🙂

What NOT to do if you ever go to the Glasgow Angling Centre open weekend

Okay so it is my first weekend free after being back at work – I wanted to continue my anglingtastic extravaganza after the Friday nights shenanigans so I visited the Glasgow Angling Centre today as it was the open day – tragically it all went horribly wrong – as usual I have worked out how and am willing to share my analysis with you – here is my handy list of what not to do if you ever go along to a GAC open day:

1. Take your wife/partner/other ball n’ chain as well as newborn first child.
2. Promise to only spend a maximum of one hour browsing the goodies and looking at fly tyers.
3. Forget to charge your camera.
4. Ask John Wilson if you can have your photo taken next to him.
5. Take your visa card.

Firstly, your wife/partner/other ball n’ chain will not enjoy it – sure I know some of us are blessed with understanding women however when you have just sacrificed two evenings to fishing clubs (and then talked about it non stop) maybe you should not drag them along stating that they will “really dig this foreign dudes flies”  Your baby will not be happy iether – even if you cannot stop thinking of those tiny wee fingers and how well they could handly size 28 dry flies (not to mention those young keen eyes)

Secondly one hour is not enough – especially if you want to have a listen to what all the reps have got to say – nuff said!

To be fair three and four are kind of linked – seeing John Wilson standing talking to an GAC  employee I sidled up to him and asked for a quick photo – “not right now” he said “I am in the middle of something” – he then walked off (Paul Young on the other had would have not only had his photo taken with you he would also have taken you out for a pint and then stuck you in a taxi at the end of the night, possibly) – that is the last time I watch your show I seethed. Anyway, I took one photo of a rather good fly tier and was then about to zoom in on the flies when my camera died. I suppose taking around 600 photos of my first born son will do that.


I then cursed (not really) John Wilson for not being more organised with his holiday snaps (or whatever it was he was getting ready to show)

Not sure whether the GAC would want me to advise you not to take your visa card however be aware it is very difficult not to buy stuff – especially when you get free gear along with it.

In a nutshell – this really is a day out – which I suppose is why they spread it out over three days – still got Sunday to go though. If, unlike me, you are not chained to domestic bliss you could do some odd jobs around the house to earn some time down at the centre – or start early for the next open weekend

If John Wilson reads this the only way he can make amends is by sending me a signed photo stating “urbanflyfisher.com – hotter than my ass”

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!

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