Fishing Urban Rivers

One of the things I like about fishing urban rivers is all the wee nooks and crannies you get to see which are right underneath people’s noses.

a hidden bridge?

Things that people don’t usually get to see just because they are walking along roads instead of underneath them.

This was on the lower Clyde on the very outskirts of the city and whilst not being truly urban you could still see the remnants of industry – a ruined mill causing the river to have an interesting flow. It was still very low and my fishing buddy and I could tell that with a bit of water it would be very interesting to fish  however as it was there was only a few likely looking pools and runs.

I think the cold east wind cause the trout to decide to have a day in their beds as not much action was seen at all. Of course it could be the case the fishing in this section of the river is very poor anyway and it did not matter about conditions however I have not fished it enough to form an opinion.

On my way back from the gym today I had a wee look into the canal – it looked very clear and inviting – what I have found is that good visibility means a high probability of catching a pike on the fly. I had tried a section of canal outside the city the other day and it was the colour of mud. Of course the problem is the nearer the city you get the poorer the fishing gets. I wonder if that is the same for the Clyde? Of course the anomaly is that the Kelvin is fantastic right in the heart of the city – strange eh?

Or is it that some of the best spots on the Kelvin are hard to reach and are not that pleasant to stick around – I think we have all been there when a hatch of tampons has been on and those Sea Running Shopping Trolleys are just not playing by the rules.

Slow Bank Holiday?

It was raining during the night and when I left for the river it was still spitting slightly, it was also overcast and possibly a little muggy – I did not feel the east wind which has been plaguing us for a couple of weeks now.

I tried a new spot on the Clyde (on the outskirts of the city) – I thought things looked promising as when I arrived at a very large pool there was a number of trout slashing greedily at flies on the surface. I soon learned that these trout had obviously seen it all before and then some as my clumsy wading and enormous flies were ignored.

Well, to be fair they were taking something microscopic off the surface and the slightest leg movement sent waves spreading across the pool like a mini tsunami so I should not feel too disheartened.

I then moved upstream (after a rather cheeky chappy started fishing directly upstream of me in a sweet spot I was working towards – he caught a trout)

I caught this trout eventually on a nymph…

There was the occasional trout rising (or rather boiling) to what I think were nymphs just under the surface – I put on an un weighted nymph and let it drift just under the surface – the take was sudden and the trout went bananas. I think it looks like a stocked trout – it certainly does not look like the usual Clyde trout – it reminds me of some of the trout I have been catching on the Kelvin which are obviously stocked.

Later I smelt something pretty horrible – it turned out to be coming from this pipe – a while liquid being discharged into the river – I gave SEPA a telephone who said they would send someone out. It was a very easy process.

A migraine started to develop so headed home only to be caught in Bank Holiday traffic……how was yours?

Deary Deary Me!

There are two very real reasons why you do not see many pictures of me on my blog. Firstly not many of my pals carry cameras and the ones that do always forget to charge them and secondly I always end up looking like a gimp.

gimp

I rest my case.

Still, it is better than a dead fish I suppose.

Four Days Fishing

Looking forward to it I am…

Four full days fishing – two rivers I enjoy fishing….

Leaving in the morning…

Enjoy it I will.

New Discussion Page

Can’t keep track of who is moaning the most in the comments section?

I give you the brand new discussion page. This page shows the last 30 most recent comments meaning you can keep track easier the various topics being discussed. To find it easilly it is the last link in the navigation above the header image on the blog.

Also I have removed the “recent comments” widget on the left hand side of the blog – if people want it back let me know!

Many thanks to Pinyo for this most excellent plugin and for spending the time helping me to work out why it was not working.

Wet Wading in the Kelvin

I decided to throw caution to the wind and head down to the river instead of pumping iron at the gym. Turns out I made the wrong decision….well, two actually. The first was that I should have gone to the gym, the second was that I have a sneaky suspicion I left to early. To cut a long story short I caught hee haw and left when the place got far too crowded.

One person I was happy to meet and chat to for a good half hour is the guy I met away last year who disappeared when I caught my nice trout – I think this is the only kelvinator crazy enough to actually wet wade in the Kelvin. We stood chatting knee deep in water – saying that he did look a lot cooler than I did…..I love it – the guy is a true star!

I gave him several of my comparaduns, DHE and sedges in case there was a big hatch and then headed off home earlyish.

After what I read last night in the comments from Paul maybe I did not give it a chance – who went out and fished?

May Holiday Madness

So the seasons have decided to totally miss out spring and have just dived straight into summer instead. The day was roasting hot, into the twenties and the Clyde was the venue. I split up from Alex (who caught his obligatory 2lber on the nymph) while I targeted some rising trout on some flat water – this was at around 1000. I managed to spook all of them as they had far to long to study my fly so I decided to change to one of my no fail messy olives (I will post a picture later this week). This was during a hatch of what I think were Olive Uprights.
There was a trickle hatch pretty much all day of what what turned out to be Medium Olives (Baëtis vernus/Baëtis tenax)
You can tell it is not an Olive Upright as there is a lack of hindwings. Medium Olives emerge in steady trickles rather than in batches – that is certainly what we found, there was just not enough to get the trouts interest going.
Like I say, what did seem to get the trouts interest was a hatch of Olive Uprights in the morning. Large trout were slurping them down greedily in the deep water.

I managed to finally raise a couple of trout using a downstream cast (why does that seem to be working a lot more these days?) and promptly missed them both. That hatch then slowly died off. What I did notice was my fly got more interest towards the end of the hatch when the trout did not have a lot of choice. It reminded me that I have been in that situation before – with the trout only taking my fly when they have become more confident.

Later after walking upstream I managed to tempt a nice trout on a Deer Hair Emerger at around 1100- this I think was the second hatch of the day and also turned out to be the final one.

There were flies trickling off all day but not enough to get the trout’s interest going. I met Mike who I spent the afternoon with – he managed to lose several trout (videoed).

There was a few rises which I did not understand. I noticed a couple of trout rising two rod lengths from me – they appeared to be taking surface flies. On Mike’s suggestion I put on a bigger fly and the trout boiled under the surface of my fly- I could not figure out if this was a refusal, the trout taking a nymph under the surface or the trout possibly trying to drown whatever was on the surface. There were spinners and the odd olive on the surface. Whatever the case they did not like my offerings anyway.

A possible answer to another difficulty did flash into my head as I was trying to get to sleep. As Mike and I were mulling over how annoying the wonders of fly fishing and how belligerent selective the trout can be we watched trout very occasionally take “things” off the surface – there was no hatch going on however these trout would just occasionally “gloop” at the surface. I reckon they were taking some kind of terrestrial insect, maybe a daddy long legs (we saw some) or a beetle. I wondered how the trout would react to a nice juicy terrestrial going over its head instead of a suspiciously lonesome dry fly which was ignored.

Anyone have any easy terrestrial patterns? Are grasshoppers out yet in the UK, I never heard any?

Leaving Mike to his madness, my troop decided to stop off at a small burn – from a distance it looked lovely, a few small pools, and a nice run. It was shaded as well. Quickly assembled the rod – we were anticipating a few trout to the dry fly however were disappointed to find what seemed like a dead river. I would like to be proven otherwise however there was just something not quite right with the place – the water was a dirty brown colour, no insect life, the stones appeared bare and we caught no fish. Alex never caught a 2lber so there was something far wrong with the place..

Considering this is a feeder burn for the Clyde and whatever has damaged this river is getting washed into the main river we pretty much decided a call to Sepa may be worthwhile. It looks as if this wee river has been like this for a while so we decided to wait until next time we pass to make sure the river is guff and not just us jumping the gun. Someone who lives next to the river told our pal he has never seen any fish in it. I need to get a map out to find the name of it…

It is amazing the amount of these wee streams that criss cross the countryside – I think on another day like we had it would be better trying to seek out one of these wee burns instead of flogging a dead horse which is what we ended up doing on the Clyde – a nice wooded stream, plenty of shade, a bit like the Kelvin in parts really….

Tamanawis V Trout

River Kelvin Wish List

I know that my wish list may not be popular with all however please remember this is only my opinion. I would like to hear what others think.

Considering that over 1000 permits have been sold this year I think that the Kelvin as a vulnerable recovering river needs every bit of help to make sure that it continues to recover. Consequently some guidance on managing fish stocks is advisable – advice was given many years ago when a study was carried out on the trout and salmon population. One of the main outcomes was that the river would fail to thrive if the killing of fish went unregulated.

  1. Signs to be put up at strategic parts of the river stating a permit is required.
  2. The river to be patrolled by a qualified bailiff and a number of informal wardens to assist.
  3. The Vet School to be made fly only and catch and release.
  4. Only five Salmon to be kept in any one season.
  5. Catch and Release of trout to be encouraged – trout over 12 inches to be returned.

Reasons

So far there are no signs at all along the whole course of the river – nothing to say a club is in existence which leads to widespread poaching of both salmon and trout. From what I gather you can fish the river for trout without a permit (at least that was what I was told by the old chairman) however it still makes sense to buy one.

I have never seen a bailiff on the river, the people I speak to have never seen them either – that just isn’t right.

The Vet School is enclosed and has some excellent fly water. Lets as an experiment make it fly only for a few seasons and see what happens – I guarantee you the trout will become enormous.

From what I gather the Salmon chaps are having a bonanza – let’s limit those buggers fun. Only joking – what we have is an improving river if lots of salmon are killed then we are losing this years breeders and consequently the next few years run. Same goes with big trout – point to remember – if you kill a big trout you are killing the genes that got it big. I remember reading through the original report that examined the Kelvin around 15 years ago – it stated that undue angling pressure on the trout population would significantly affect future stocks.

Am I being unreasonable? I would particulary like to hear from people in the States and people in England – how are your rivers managed?

I Stand in Defiance of the East Wind Curse

Well that was a turn up for the books. I decided to spend a few hours down at the Kelvin before I jet off on my holidays tomorrow. I was expecting things to be hard going however the fishing was pretty good – even better than the last time I was down. It was busy again though – I counted at least a half dozen guys – only two were fishing bait and the rest were using the fly.

Nice Trout from Kelvin

I noted that the park rangers have been chopping down lost of trees making some more pools accessible. In one particular spot I spent around a half hour getting myself into position to cast my fly – on my second drift the trout took however I was looking away at the time – such is life.

Spot The Trout

I was really surprised at my last trout of the day – I was fishing a nice run at around 1630 thinking that all the action was finished for the day when I noticed a little gloop just a couple of yards in front of me. I cast, the trout took and I missed. I cast again, the trout took again and this time the trout was on and thoroughly pissed off, it went for a tour of the pool before finally coming to hand.

Nice Trout

All my trout came to Deer Hair Emergers – I tried the duo when I first arrived with no luck. After spotting rising trout I decided to target them and the nymph never went back on.

No fishing for a week and consequently no postings – well there will be one – next Monday – My River Kelvin wishlist.

See you guys when I get back.

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