Shit Pipe River..

Sunday – it had been raining for three days so pretty much knew the Kelvin would be out of action. I considered a few other possibilities and decided the “river of pipes” was a possibility, I called it that as it has an extraordinary number of pipes over it – most if em’ shite pipes as it happens.

A shite pipe spewing fandango pads!

A shite pipe spewing fandango pads!

Turned out that even this river was still in spate – still a nice walk in the sun (the pressure was rising) with a bit of river reconnaissance is good for your mind body and soul. We mostly used the duo (a nymph under and indicator) and pretty much only stopped walking at sweet spots which just looked fishy..

Upstream Duo - before we started with wooly buggers

Upstream Duo - before we started with wooly buggers

As usual, we came across the obligatory burnt out car. The amount of fly tipping in this river is disgusting – totally unloved – makes the Kelvin feel positively clean.

2nd Burnt out car

2nd Burnt out car

We were starting to get just a little despondent at the lack of fish – I mean it was in spate right- however we should have been getting more takes on the nymph – I think I may contact both SEPA and Willie Yeomans about this river.

At last however I caught the one trout of the day – totally out of the blue, my super bushy dry slipped under and a trout went bananas..

I sit down to catch em’ now..

I sit down to catch em’ now..

After a battle of man versus nature the beast was netted…


A lot smaller than I thought!

Obviously the extra oxygen in the water (or quite possibly stimulants through the sewage system) had given the trout extra turbo power  as it was a lot smaller than I thought – it fought well above its weight – it was also silvery which means a food source rich in fats – probably McDonalds happy meals and beer by the looks of the local litter.

The Kelvin is still out of action – my sources tell me the trout season has been very slow to start on all rivers in the central belt this year – good trout anglers on the Kelvin are struggling to catch anything decent – possibly now May is with us it is all about to change.


  1. SimonGraham · May 12, 2009

    How the hell did some pilleck get an old golf up a river?

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  2. Jockayethenoo · May 12, 2009

    “How the hell did some pilleck get an old golf up a river?”………….. 😎

  3. Stuart B · May 12, 2009

    Maybe it thought it was a Polo……………a Water Polo of course

  4. Alistair · May 12, 2009

    #Boom Boom Tish#

  5. Alistair · May 12, 2009

    I reported the shite pipe to SEPA this morning – lets see what the outcome is!


  6. JimL · May 12, 2009

    I’m starting to wonder if it’s you that’s burning out these cars Alistair.

    Everywhere you go…… it’s all getting too much of a coincidence LOL

  7. Alistair · May 12, 2009

    Seems to keep other anglers away anyway 😉

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