Vice Chairman Perks!

I was thinking the other day about all the perks of being the Vice Chair of the River Kelvin Angling Association – I mean it is a big club with nearly 1000 members, we have a healthy bank balance, we have good trout fishing and great runs of Salmon. You would think there would be some perks to that little number eh? Anyway the more I thought about it I came to the conclusion there are none. Well, I suppose the only perk is that I can get away with doing next to bugger all – I am a back up guy to both the secretary and chairman (some people say I am a shady bastard who refuses to take responsibility for any decisions that are made however I just blank that stuff out)

The reason all this came to my mind is because I got a chance to watch Paul and Alan fish for the Salmon in the last week of the season – they were also fishing the new area that has been opened up for the Kelvin anglers – we promised we would do it and over the last couple of weeks there has been some serious chainsaw action taking place on various parts of the river – I was not fishing as I had a baby strapped to my chest..

Baby strapped to chest prohibits urban fishing...

For those that do not fish the Kelvin that still enjoy this blog, a lot of the river is unfishable due to access problems as well as trees that criss cross the river making casting impossible. We promised to open up more fishing – we had to wait until now because of nesting birds – the areas will really come into their own next season (hopefully the bushes will not grow back by then although we have a plan to combat those buggers as well)

Anyway, the access is still a nightmare …

Looking hopeful!

And you have got to traverse brick cliffs that are like cliffs – fall off that bad boy and you are dead!

Just a wee step to the left.....aaaaaaaaAAAAAGRH SPLASH!

Anyway – to cut a long story short they caught bugger all and it looks like only real men can actually fish the area..

Only real men fish in among the rubble...

On my walk along the river I also came across other areas that look as if they should fish well for trout..

Good Area?

Anyway, it is proper Autumn now (as you can tell from the pictures) and already I am thinking I should have done a lot more trout fishing than I actually did. At some point over the coming weeks I will provide an overview/summary of the season however at the moment I just cannot be assessed #smile#

Over the winter I intend to get out and about and do a spot of Stargazing if anyone is up for it – I am using a pair of 10×50 binoculars and may well be receiving a pair of 15×70 stargazing binos over the next few days. Over the last few days I have been gazing at Jupiter and its moons from my living room window – if that is what I can see with a street lamp outside my window what do you think we would see out Mugdock way – if anyone fancies joining me for a couple of hours to try and spot Andromeda give me a shout via email or in the comments.


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  1. mike · October 26, 2011

    Didn’t realise you were getting into astro gazing, good stuff sir. The Andromeda galaxy is not too tricky with decent binos, looks like a fuzzy fried egg in the sky. I guess from the middle of Glasgow it might be a bit tough though..

  2. Alistair · October 26, 2011

    Hey Mr. Thanks for stopping by – I am hoping to go out mugdock way which should be a wee bit better although still not ideal!

  3. Paul Mac · October 26, 2011

    As the club has a healthy bank balance maybe it should sponsor your forum Alistair would this be possible?

  4. Alistair · October 26, 2011

    Nah – it has its own forum where members can ask specific questions to do with the politics of the club or any other direct questions to do with anything really!