Greetings, people who have just read The Herald. I have not actually read the article regarding the Kelvin yet but just in case I came across like a trumpet I thought I would post this first.
Anyway,some background, I have been fly fishing on the Kelvin for a number of years now and call it my â€œhomeâ€ river. That is not to say I donâ€™t fish other rivers because I do, however I consider The Kelvin overlooked by serious anglers as it is classed as â€œa shite holeâ€. It is in fact a very nice little stream, full of trout with increasing runs of Salmon and Sea Trout. Nevertheless, this resource is in threat. It is in threat every day due to possible pollution and over fishing. I for instance never actually kill trout out of the Kelvin but adhere to a catch and release policy. A famous angler once said that a trout is too nice to be caught just once and when I realease a trout I reminded of David Seybold in â€œWaters Swift and Stillâ€
â€ The boy reached into the net and cleared the hook and leader from the trout and lowered the net back into the water. â€˜ Thank youâ€™, said the boy. â€˜Thank you very much. I hope you live forever. â€
I know people do kill trout from the Kelvin but I dont have to agree with it- always remember these are my own opinions
If this is your first time here go and make yourself a cup of tea and then come back and settle down for a wee read. This part of my website is called a blog, Wiki defines a blog as being:
â€¦a website where regular entries are made (such as in a journal or diary) and presented in reverse chronological order. Blogs often offer commentary or news on a particular subject, such as food, politics, or local news; some function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media related to its topic. Most blogs are primarily textual although many focus on photographs, videos or audio.
It might interest you to know that this is the oldest personal blog dedicated to fly fishing on the net. It is also the most visited part of my site with visitors from as far away as Japan and the US. I have been overcome by the amount of visitors that my blog receives and just a wee bit proud of it. I do get the odd criticism (my grammar is appalling seemingly) but enjoy the banter
On the right hand side of this page at the top of the sidebar you will see a way to access my archives- they are split into months. There are a couple of years of entries; however I have compiled a small selection for you, picked for no other reason than I liked the photographs.
Trout:Awsome to the max
Actions Stations: Dry Fly Attacks
Hot Hot Hot
Not so much an attack more a leisurely stroll
Last fish caught?
A Cracking Hour and a Half Fly Fishing!!
A Perfect Storm (to fish in)
First fish on bamboo!!
I hope that has whetted your appetite. Fly fishing is really quite easy; to fish a river like the Kelvin you will need a suitable rod. A typical river rod should be about 8 feet long rated for a 4/5 weight line….that might seem confusing and it is kind of. Essentially a lighter line is for smaller fish and smaller flies and a high number is for big flies and big fish. 4/5 is nice and in the middle. In my mind there is little point in chucking out a worm as all that is going to happen is juvenile trout will get killed (there are good skillful ways of fishing bait but I prefer the fly). Anyway, fly fishing is not elitist these days as you can pick up rods reels and line dirt cheap, all it takes is a little effort.
Drop me a line over here is my contact page if you like
Ah yes, Scottish weather, one minute it is roasting hot and the next it feels like it could snow. You know what they say, if you donâ€™t like the weather stick around 5 mins it will be sure to changeâ€¦
A nice piece of music to tie flies by….
So I fished for a few hours yesterday and caught nothing. I am beginning to think that the easy to get to sections of the river are gubbed, then again it might have been the conditions. I caught lots of those Sea Trout that were stocked, tiny little two inch long silvers but that was about it.
I have also found that for some reason several large rolls of fibre optic cables have found there way into the river. I noticed one down in the Maryhill area and found another 3 much further upstream, where the heck did they come from? Anyone know anything about them?
The effort that must have went into getting them in the river must have been great, unless they were swept in when th eriver was in spate. Whatever reason, they make the river look an eyesore.
My new wading boots are also gubbed, the sole is starting to come away at the sole. Grrrr
So it was a nice evening down at the other river I fish on Thursday evening. It was warm with plenty of flies on the water but the fish were taking there time responding, it was not until 10-11 that trout started to properly rise. It is funny that as this season on th erivers I fish it has not been a quick start, I have spoken to a couple of folk who think the rivers are still a month behind.
It was touch and go whether we went to this river as Alberto wanted to change the plan and go after Sea Trout somewhere else at the last minute. After some discussion, we decided to go after Sea Trout next trip out together, I have been promised 5lbers so I am looking forward to it.
I have been tying up some of those JG Emergerâ€™s that were in Trout n Salmon magazine, I remain sceptical however as the way it was raved about in the magazine made you think they put on a different fly every now and then as they got bored catching so many trout, big ones too.
Both Emmanuelle and I took our trout on black Klinkhammers whilst Alberto took this on some little olive imitation (meaning I forget what it was).
The caption competition is hotting up with a fair few entries, dont forget any picture as long as I have not stolen it from another site is fair game for a caption.
A hook through your foot!
Hook through foot
Not for me thanks !!
So today is the start of the Urban Fly fishing on the Kelvin caption competition! The competition is open to anyone, in any country whether I know them or not. It is a simple little caption contest, nothing too difficult I am sure.
It is however a caption contest with a twist. YOU choose the picture, there is only one rule, it must have been taken by me and not a picture from another blog, so for example the picture on this post would be great; however upon reading the post you find that it is in fact a picture from another website. Have a hunt through the archives on the right to find something you like ! Oh, and you CAN merge pictures together !
You can jazz it up as much as you like, you can even use the very nice Flikr tools from here and here.
Yes yes, all very simple. I suppose I had better talk about prizes. Well, two lucky winners will get a rather snazzy Buff. And what is a Buff I hear you say, well seeing as how the hot weather is coming in I am giving away 2 rather nifty Visor Buffs to keep the sun out of your eyes whilst reeling in those giant trout. If you donâ€™t know what they are I suggest you nip over to the Buff website and check them out.
(note:sexy women not included)
Visor Buff is the latest innovation. Its made out of the original Buff tubular garment combined with a neoprene visor (peak) to bring together all the features of a traditional cap. The result is a very light, high-quality, comfortable, and useful piece of garment that can be worn in many versatile styles (open visor, cap, sahariane, pirate, foulard and many more).
Anyway, I suppose that all seems rather straightforward, the competition will be open for one month , so lets say the closing date for entries is on the 15th July.
Claire will be the judge; so keep that in mind I suppose Send all entries to
Oh and you can use all parts of the website, not just the blog
A lovely site about peoples memories of Maryhill.
Yesterday was roasting hot and last night was warm. It was so hot that I thought I was going to blank at one point. As it was I managed a nice plump trout from a tiny bit of pocket water. It was beautifully spotted, hundreds of them tightly packed along its body. Not the typical Kelvin trout I thought. I never got a picture as by the time I got my camera out I just felt it was that little bit too long, then it jerked and was in the water.
I must have covered the trout around 20 times before it took the fly. When it did, it took it aggressively. Whilst I was fishing I heard different guys on the road near me who were obviously worse for wear after watching the football. Here is a selection of what I heardâ€¦
â€œI have NEVER seen anyone catch a fish out of the Kelvinâ€
â€œLook at that fanny, thinks he will catch a fishâ€¦..hey mate you are a fannyâ€
â€œYouâ€™ll catch nothing but sunstrokeâ€ (note: it was 11pm)
Made that trout all the sweeter!