The Kelvin remains the best..

I have a couple of bugbears when meeting and talking to other anglers (not the two chaps I met this evening) but other guys who shall remain nameless. One of my bugbears is some guys ability to tell the size of a trout by the way it rises. Oh sure, I am quite aware that sometimes it is plainly obvious it is a micro trout however other times you see some tiny dimples and it could be a micro trout or it could be a two pounder. I have been chatting to some guys bait fishing and they point to some lovely looking rising trout and they tell me they are tiddlers.

This lovely trout was simply kissing the surface gently..

This lovely trout was simply kissing the surface gently..

Anyway, I got to the river straight from work at around 5pm. It was warm and slightly muggy, Atkins had told me the river was desperately low however I thought it looked to be at a great height. To be fair he was talking about Salmon heights of water so I let him off. I immediately had to put a chap bait fishing off the water for not having a permit, he said he was fishing for Perch and Roach however I had to advise him their was none in the river.

River Kelvin at a good height

River Kelvin at a good height

I wandered about looking for some rising trout after meeting another couple of fly anglers who did have permits. I then met another chap who used to do some work for the Clyde River FoundationĀ 

To be honest I did not think the trout were up to much and I could barely be bothered hanging around however at a long pool under a bridge an absolutely stonking trout took my dry fly and led me a merry dance because my net was missing from my back (my tatty old net was left in the car).

A Stonker of a Kelvin Trout!

A Stonker of a Kelvin Trout!

I wandered further up the river to another long pool and spent around an hour trying to work out what the wee buggers were actually taking. I first of all tried a comparadun however that was ignored, I then tried a micro fly which was shunned, I then finally put on a klinkhammer which just seemed to sit in the film and I managed to hook two of maybe a half dozen rising trout.

A hard won trout.

A hard won trout.

I have no idea what they were taking as my klink was then shunned – I seen some large olives, wee midges, smaller olives and one of these bad boys…

It is red!

It is red!

I decided that seeing as how I had a good session I could pack up early and be home at a reasonable time.

Fantastic session!

4 comments to The Kelvin remains the best..

  • Richard

    What’s the wee bug in the last pic?

  • Alex

    Excellent! That is a cracking trout by anyones standards.

  • Peter

    Nice post, some nice trout too. Any idea what the new build is, just downstream a bit from the Disabled Riding School? I posted this question on fishkelvin, but it looks as if no one posts there any more. The reason I ask is because my mate and I were going to fish from there, but they had a boom stretched across the river to, quote- “catch and spillage that may find it`s way onto the river”. They also have builder sized bags of sand at the river`s edge, right on the bend, albeit on polythene, but if there is a heavy rainfall, those bags will be swept downstream, silting up a fair stretch of the river bed. There have been a few of the banks washed away silting up a lot of the stretch to Maryhill Bridge, so the last thing needed is another possible problem.
    Cheers Peter.

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