Wet Wading in the Kelvin

I decided to throw caution to the wind and head down to the river instead of pumping iron at the gym. Turns out I made the wrong decision….well, two actually. The first was that I should have gone to the gym, the second was that I have a sneaky suspicion I left to early. To cut a long story short I caught hee haw and left when the place got far too crowded.

One person I was happy to meet and chat to for a good half hour is the guy I met away last year who disappeared when I caught my nice trout – I think this is the only kelvinator crazy enough to actually wet wade in the Kelvin. We stood chatting knee deep in water – saying that he did look a lot cooler than I did…..I love it – the guy is a true star!

I gave him several of my comparaduns, DHE and sedges in case there was a big hatch and then headed off home earlyish.

After what I read last night in the comments from Paul maybe I did not give it a chance – who went out and fished?


  1. Paul · May 8, 2008

    Hi Alistair,
    I fished the Kelvin for a few hours again last night.Was much less insect activity than the previous evening but still a steady trickle of olives,and some grannom later on.Managed 5 brownies all around 10-11inches and another wee sea trout which went mental when i hooked it.Missed a load more too.Fish were taken on a stripped quill klink and Elk Hair Caddis.
    The section i have been fishing isnt very accessible so i reckon there is much less angling pressure here.
    Best wishes

  2. Paul · May 8, 2008

    Oops meant to say-wet wading in the Kelvin!Brave man.I did notice that the water was roasting last night though,maybe he has the right idea after all 🙂

  3. alan atkins · May 8, 2008

    Alistair, i saw the wet wader and his mate as i left the water yesterday. I had a couple of hours around lunch time and arrived to a steady hatch of olives which seemed to peter out after around an hour. I managed to rise about 6 trout landing 2, all usual Kelvin stamp. After 2, the sun was fierce, the hatch ceased and i saw nothing more, wished i had gone out in the evening though. I’m off to the Teith tonight after the sea trout.

  4. Alistair · May 8, 2008

    So I was both too late and too early – classic.

    Still everyone will be breathing a sigh of relief now as it is pouring down outside – should be good for the weekend chaps!

  5. alan atkins · May 8, 2008

    The rain will be showery and with cloud cover and good temps, i would say prospects look good. On Tuesday another warm front moves in, so more high temps and bright sunshine.

  6. David · May 8, 2008

    I went to my favourite spot on the River Sullane here in Cork only to be shocked to see some one else there. There are miles of fishing but it does feel like an invasion of my space as I never usually see a soul. I had a wander and managed five small browns, some on emergers and some on PTN,s trundled along the bottom.

  7. Alistair · May 8, 2008

    Sounds like fun David – nice looking blog you have there – a wonderful way to log your trips 🙂

  8. Derek · May 8, 2008

    hi alistair hope you are enjoying the season so far ive been on the kelvin a day here and their mostly trying dries with mixed results the wet wader well he is special eh! must try it some time

  9. Dave · May 8, 2008

    Wet wading is the best. Me and a friend waded about two miles of the river tawe in Wales last year when it was warm enough. We caught jack all but it was good fun!

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