Stolen Gold

So I managed a couple of stolen golden hours after work to try and again tempt some Kelvin trout and to be quite honest I was almost going to be waxing lyrical about spooky trout and pricked lips.

Not my lips, the trout I managed to prick. You see the first few trout that I managed to tempt to my dry fly were pricked and away quicker than I could say “Ya Beauty” As it was I felt a deep thump thump and felt solid trout and then they were gone – the takes appeared solid enough, in fact the flies were pounced on like a tiger and a lamb. Maybe it was the downstream drift that caused the problems.

I walked, well scrambled, along the bank to where I had spooked some trout a few days ago. I would like to say this time I went after them in a different way however as expected with the exact same tactic of casting directly upstream and lining them they promptly fu*ked off.

I took a few moments to drill into my head again the need for stealth and wariness and then took a few steps upstream.

At this precise moment both soles fell off my Orvis wading boots.

At the next pool I spotted a tiny rise on the surface about the size of a saucer – the water was so clear that I could see the trout come up from the depths (a foot of water) to take stuff off the surface.

Clear Water!

There was a huge hatch of grannom I think hatching and for once the trout were feeding on them. Well, not every trout and in fact it turned out only the big ones as I proceeded to catch within the space of a few mins two of the finest trout I have caught from the Kelvin in quite some time , real proper rod benders that leapt all over the pool and back again.

I telephoned Paul in case we had actually stocked again by accident...

The second trout was in roughly the same pocket of water as the first, I only had one wee sedge thing left so knew that if this one got stuck in a tree (I had already lost a few flies) then my session would be over. The trout was dimpling the surface and I cast over it a few times, when it took the fly it shot all over the pool in an absolute fury before jumping out the water a couple of times – it actually flashed into my head that maybe we had accidentally stocked this year however again it was a lovely truly wild Kelvin trout in my hand ready to be returned to get even larger.

Rod Bender 2

Over the last few weeks I have been hearing great reports (and we have also been chatting about it in the Kelvin Forum) of the trout fishing on the fly being exceptional this year – you know what, folk said we were crazy to stop stocking trout and impose a catch and release policy for them however this year we are really seeing the benefits. Just wait another couple of years, guys who solely fish for trout on the fly should take advantage of the £15 trout only ticket and fish absolutely nowhere near me.

Anyway, on the way back to the car I spotted another swirly rise which was so easy to cast to as a tree had fallen down behind me and it was a rod length away it would have been churlish not to take it up on its offer, the trout appeared to be patrolling as it would boil on the surface a foot away each time it rose, I judged my cast and the fly was bored down to the depths before again another stonker of a trout came to the bank..

I was kinda getting sick of hand shots - the trout was on wet muddy stuff by the way..

All first trout looked like a lot of the trout that I catch from the Clyde with lots of small spots while the other two were your typical Kelvin bastards who have no idea who their parents are – probably a cod or something.

I had wondered where all the good trout at this stretch had vanished too and a thought occurred to me, last season I kept on meeting guys fishing downstream with wet flies (a lot of guys do this), the problem is this will ruin the whole stretch of water and the trout will be thoroughly spooked for a few hours anyway. It stands to reason that if someone is tramping down through pools then trout will be spooked. Another thing to keep in the head is that if you are fishing upstream then the trout will not actually see you – unless like me you cast your fly directly on top of their heads in a big tangled heap.

Raining tomorrow seemingly, and the a showery day on Friday.

Fingers crossed n’ all that I may well see you on the river.


  1. Alistair, must agree with all you have posted. So far this has been a dream season.
    The monster that I had last week took the dry fly ever so softly then all hell broke loose. It then raced all over the place with the best bend in the rod since I got it.

  2. interesting comment about no stocking and lots of good trout being caught – the Aberdeen & District Angling Assoc chose not to stock this year, and plenty of good trout being caught (and released) – pondering whether the absence of stocked fish is letting the wildies get at our flies!

  3. Iain, I do not think it is just letting the wild fish get access to our flies it is the availability of habitat that is the issue as well. When you stock the invasive fish push the wild fish out of the good lies and they do not get the same access to the food – once you have not stocked for a few years and not killed any fish it kinda stands to reason the trout will get bigger 🙂

  4. Hi mate, great report, i fish the kelvin a lot for trout as its just in front of my house, i tend to have loads of success fishing Paul procters CDC spiders but yu tend to fish dries, so i was wondering if yu could give me a few dry patterns to tie and fish, lovin the blog, good luck and tight line

  5. Beautifull fish Alistair.Somebody is doing something corectly.Long may it continue.Never read anything about Sea Trout on the Kelvin.Is there a problem with the runs ?

  6. Thanks mate, i usually fish at Balmore/Torrance part of the river but the problem is that its canal like, overgrown and deep

  7. The trout fishing up at balmore is great – I have spoken to guys who have had a ball up there ! Same with Torrance, you have just got to persevere and get to know the pools !

  8. Good fishing,a good day (3 hrs fishing) is 7 fish, but they’re usually small

  9. was gonna get out today but this wind… the average up here is 4/5 ” my best is a pound but ill tr and give the vet school area where you fish a go. Thnks for the help, tight lines.

  10. I thot u did lol… Been seeing a loads a haawthorn about, but nae troot taking ’em…

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