Kelvin Calling

After work I needed to fish – Initially decided the Clyde however at the point in the road where I had to make the final decision I made a sharp left turn and headed to the Kelvin. Mostly because it would mean I would get more time to fish but also because I have been neglecting it of late. The good thing about having a home river is that you can hit it when you think conditions are right.

Kelvin calling

The water was a little dirty but at a good height.

I used a dry and dropper as I did not see a trout rise pretty much the whole time I was there. I worked up the river slowly covering as much water as I could. I immediately lost a couple of trout – well when I say lost I mean they just shook their heads and were off. I was glad I used my five weight – it was blowing a gale, and I mean that literally. I think it is the first time I have used it on the Kelvin all year.

 Small Trout From the River kelvin

I did not catch any trout in the usual spots, I managed to hook some in odd wee pockets. After a couple of trout my pheasant tail nymph was looking pretty mangled. I wondered if Frank Sawyer had this problem with his nymphs. The traditional tying does not use any thread just copper wire and pheasant tail and this is what I use – the whole lot seems to have moved down the hook.

 Pheasant Tail Nymph

I could have fished on but it was now 7pm and the wind was getting strong – I was home by ten past.

Loop Evotec CLWC

My fishing buddy bought one of these reels a few weeks ago – needless to say he wishes he had not bothered. I love the tag on the Loop Page “Be tough on your Evotec CLWC. It will love it”

The Loop Composite flyreel CLW

Purchased one of these recently. I’ve had six sea trout with it, but no thanks to the reel. It literally fell to pieces each time. This would either happen as I’m getting the fish onto the reel, or as I’m reeling the fish in.

Initially I thought it was a one-off dud. The vendor replaced it straight away with no quibbles (GAC for anyone wondering – they’re not all bad!). Unfortunately the replacement has exactly the same problem.

It seems like the thread on the spool retention screw is too shallow. Being plastic , it’s more malleable which I think would cause the thread to become damaged over time. Each time the reel failed, the screw would fall out, causing the boss and spool to also fall into the water. Just as well the bits float eh!

Just my opinion, but these reels are utter mince.

To the point methinks!

Loop Tackle

EDIT: To their credit Loop replied to my pal and the issue has now been resolved(see comments) – are loop taking a leaf out of Orvis customer service?

Tackle Tart – Macro Mode

 

Some people say I am a tackle tart as I like sexy reels – macro mode shows them off best – what do you think?

Hey You Guys…

Greetings readers, I have decided you all know me too well. Someone actually recognised me in Ikea last night. I have decided that it would be nice if I knew what you all look like. Consequently, I want you all to look out a photo of yourselves (preferably with a fish or fishing) and send me it.

Go on……send em’ to:

EDIT: This is great fun – I have had three sent to me so far – get sending over the next week – the one my wife likes most gets a copy of the recent Mongolia Fish Bum DVD

Tell you what – I will give you guys a couple of weeks – say this weekend and next to take a photo of your face and a fish before my wife chooses the winner.

Various flies n’ insects

 

One of the things I love best about fishing is looking at flies – they look so interesting – here is a small gallery, and a snail thrown in for good measure.

Click on the pic for a larger view..

Well hello there my pretty…

Another meeting at the place with a wee river running past it – I was a little early and stopped the car to look at the pool where I caught the trout last time. I watched several trout rising – I had no time so went to the meeting – it ended up taking longer than I thought, I did not mind though as it meant I could have a cast at the end of the day before going home.

I walked along the edge of this little stream – a lot of it is unfishable or to be more accurate very difficult to fish. I never seen a trout.

I only seen a trout at the pool which I promptly spooked as the water is deep and slow. I then managed to get one on a pheasant tail nymph (tied traditionally with no thread) fished under a dropper. After another ten mins I had come in contact with a couple of fish and the pool was spooked.

I crept up and peered into the pool – it was stuffed with fish – obviously the one I had caught was one of the tiddlers. I tried casting to them from where I was watching however they were very spooky and would bolt around the pool every time they seen the indicator. Sometimes the nymph would drift past almost at their noses however the trout would pay it no attention. Eventually I stood up and the trout scattered.

Orvis Podcast…

I am off on holiday next week, I have a long distance to drive and started to scout around for some new music and some audio books to listen to – yegads, suddenly I remembered about the Orvis pod casts – I mentioned them a while ago and they had went totally out of my thoughts. I checked back the Orvis site and they now have a few up to listen to. All the pod casts are on pretty essential subjects – knots, fish habitat, choosing a leader etc.

I have no idea who Tom Rosenbauer is, seemingly he is the author of numerous fly-fishing books has been a fly fisher for over 35 years, and was a commercial fly tier by age 14 (which probably means he tied flies for his dad) however his first words of wisdom were pretty interesting so I am looking forward to sticking these on my mp3 player for next week.

Fish Bum 1: Mongolia River Wolf – Review

I have a confession to make – I received this DVD ages ago but due to one thing and another I never watched it until now. That’s the problem when you get stuff to review you can’t just hang around you have got to do it. When I buy a fishing DVD or movie I always wait for ages until the best possible moment to watch it – like winter or when the fishing is especially lousy – possibly a rainy day or just plain old when I want to watch it. It’s not like that when I get stuff to review I need to actually do it quickly- oh heaven help me against procrastination.

Anyway, I bet you have already read a review of the Angling Exploration Groups adventures in Mongolia already? Does that mean I don’t have to do it? I suppose I had better say something as I want them to send me the next in the series at some point in the future…..however when I was watching the movie I was trying to work out exactly what to say about it – something catchy they could quote me on, something they could use on their promotional stuff. How about:

“It’s Fu**ing Great”

“More porno than a drunken threesome”

The last movie I reviewed for them I compared it to a porno film full of “money shots” – if you don’t know what that is look it up. Essentially that moment of extreme satisfaction when you see a fish take a fly off the surface and the rod bends – pure money shot.

I like watching movies like this with pals (edit:fishing movies) – I watched the last two Angling Exploration Group films again a few weeks ago with a visiting friend – we had got home from a hard days fishing and it was nice to watch someone catching enormous fish.

I watched this one rather haltingly as I kept having to go and do stuff, I kept on having to pause it.  The funny thing is every time I paused the film when I looked at the screen it looked like a professional picture – you could pretty much print it out and it would look great – no matter what frame you used. I suppose that is what I like about these movies they just look so damn good.

You can buy from Amazon US..

Fish Bum 1: Mongolia River Wolf

It all comes together…

It was one of those days I have been waiting for. I have been watching the weather forecast like a hawk waiting for a slight respite in the rain and just a tad of heat.

The river was the colour of weak tea, up around a foot and there was a howling gale which made casting very tricky, the temp was good – possibly around 13-17 when the sun came out. There was also the occasional heavy rain storm. Like I say perfect conditions for this river.

I walked down the river and spotted a couple of trout rising the other side of the river, I waded across and discovered that the patch in the crotch of my waders does not seem to be covering the leak. I had spent another hour last week adding more sticky stuff however that does not seem to be working either. However, at that moment in time it did not seem like a big issue as there was trout to be caught. I caught one, two, three, four, five trout from this spot – all big ones maybe around the pound mark – they fought like devils!

 I then waded upstream – the birds wheeling around pretty constantly taking flies on the wing. I never really seen what they were taking, or the trout for that matter – in the   beginning I think they were taking yellow mays and later some kind of olive – I was catching fish constantly – sometimes on my little olive paraloop and sometimes of my comparadun. When the trout stopped taking on the surface briefly I put on a dry and dropper and started catching them under the surface. I managed to foul hook an enormous grayling of around 2lb in its ass – it did not put up much of a fight – it tried to get a picture but it flopped out my hands as I got the camera ready- I really should come up with a better system, somehow I seem to do it the same way every time – although when you are hold your rod, a wiggling fish and a camera something has got to give and the fish is the only thing you would smile at seeing swim away.

 

Meetings!

I love surprises, I pass over this river on the way to a rehab centre – sometimes I have to go there for meetings when people are being discharged. Today I left my gear in the car so I could have a quick cast on my lunch break before the meeting. The water had a blue tinge to it, did not look healthy. I thought it was dead and then I saw a rise – a pod of rising trout with a few nice ones in their as well – fairly slurping at the surface – I got into position and cast – two trout must have been competing for flies as they both went for it – the trout was on and putting a fair old bend in my wee 4 weight Orvis – it was at this point me reel fell off.

I then spent the rest of the fight trying to manage with the line I had out – it turned out ok and then I secured the reel again.

Looking forward to my next meeting already.

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