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.


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:


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:

Mikael Frodin

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.

Davy McPhail

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


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
Tel: 07778526859


 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.


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)


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…


…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.


I don’t need a float tube – quality (PERV) inventiveness saves the day!

So it turns out that due to having a baby my finances for fishing have been severely cut by the Supreme Commander.

I have been trying to come up with novel ways of getting the stuff that I need. Or rather alternative solutions to the problems that I may have on the water. One of the main pieces of fishing gear that I was obsessively coveting  needed was a float tube – it is by far the most expensive thing on my list. Now – what exactly does a float tube do ? Well, it gets you closer to the fish – it is like a disguise almost – you look like a giant duck to the fish so they do not get spooked. They are portable so you can carry them around and they are a cheap solution to buying an actual boat.

A Float Tube

A Float Tube

Anyway, it looks like there are no float tube manufacturers lining up to actually give me one so I have decided to look into alternatives that meet all the above criteria at a cheaper cost.

Ladies and Gents – I give you – the “Personal Environmental Reconoissance Vehicle”:


As you can see the PERV meets all my criteria:

  1. Blends in with natural wildlife (well it does in Scotland anyway) – it tries to emulate everything a fish might see in the water! (and then some)
  2. Air filled – so float-able!
  3. A handy retractable place to put my sandwiches!
  4. Somewhere to place my head in case of a snooze!

Fantastic – as you can see when you have a problem it is sometimes the simplest solution that is the one that will work.  Looking forward to catching a toothy critter whilst straddling this baby? Damn right I am!

See you (as Tom Chandler might say) in the Sex Shop

A Note on Gravatars

The pictures next to comments are called gravatars, at the moment they are just the default pictures that the software throws up (the little aliens) however you can have your own picture if you like. Not only does it make your comment stand out more than the ones who don’t it is also a good way of promoting your blog if you have one. Even if you don’t it is much nicer seeing something you yourself have chosen.

Have a look here at this pictureof my comments section, I have highlighted the people with gravatars with red dots:


You can use whatever picture you like, for example:

  • a photo as a Gravatar, which will show off your face.
  • a logo as a Gravatar, which will build brand recognition for your blog

You could also have a humorous Gravatar, or a serious one, or whatever you’d like to gain attention to. I just know some jolly jokers are going to have cannabis leafs however I think I will allow this due to the amount of cannabis plantations found on the banks of the Kelvin.

Having a good and thought-through Gravatar is a way to be seen, and to get a message across, in addition to your actual comment.

For myself, I’ve got a photo. This is suitable for several reasons, one being to show my face and therefore imply that I’ve got nothing to hide. Also because no other bugger ever takes my picture.

How to add a Gravatar?

Very simply visit Gravatar.com and sign up. It is very straight forward and within minutes by the power of the interweb your picture will appear in the comments – go and try it now. It works by linking the email address you give when you post a comment to the picture you upload at the Gravatar website.

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