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Friday, 29 July 2011

Friday, 6 May 2011

rain is here at last

well fellow anglers all over the central belt , the rains have finally come and will offer much needed refreshment to many rivers and still-waters bringing fish on the feed and even the possibility of a few fresh run salmon too which would be great to see ,and would have me at the g.a.c stocking up on my spinning gear which for the moment is non existent as i gave all mine to my bro last season and well lets just say he is my bro and thats that.

the rain is going to be so welcome and i expect to see the river full of anglers chasing that first salmon of the season ,but me i will still be chasing trout as thats what i set out to do more of this season at least until the back end when the bigger runs come in then i go silver skinned too and act like a man possessed charging up and down the river searching pool after pool for fresh salmon,and lets hope this season i get to get on the numbers quick as i could not bare another season without a silver tourist as last season was quite enough.

i am going to get the camera active again too as its always better to see what Ive been doing by means of a few pics to and it also allows people a chance to see the different runs i am fishing when I'm out on the kelvin , so need to get the battery charger out and get all the battery's charged for the next outing in the hope that i can get one or two of the bigger trout in the kelvin and let you guys see whats really in their.

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

the river is running dry

well i have been down a few times this week and found the river to be in much need of rain of which i don't see happening in the near future ,,but who knows maybe the fishing gods will smile on us and give us some.
the river is slowly starting to get a thick covering of blanket weed along its shallower sections and this makes wading treacherous indeed as i found out today while having a look through a few of the runs i fish when the river is a little higher ,,,i like to do this when the river is running low so as i can see what the river bad is like in certain areas i fish , so i have a better knowledge of how to fish each section as i come to it on my fishing days out.
i love it when the river gets that new flush of water into it as it brings everything back onto feed as the water drops of and in the kelvin depending on how much rain you get the river can drop of very quick over a few hours .

i also here their are plans for another kelvin grove party this weekend ,,,great !!!! i hope the authorities put something in place to stop this as its not been kind to that section of the river as when i walked along it today i noticed the amount of bottles and plastic bags in the river were at a very disturbing level and only wish i had more time and people to do something about it.

Saturday, 5 March 2011

A new season as a bailiff on the Kelvin

well after last year and the accident i had around June I'm looking forward to a new season as last one was as dim as they get with most of it spent in a wheelchair , its time to get back on the water and also this year I'm offering my help alongside the bailiff squad on the Kelvin as its something Ive wanted to do for some time and have always been vocal about this matter in the past ,,,so its only fair i try out my hand at it to see just how hard a job these guys can have on the river Kelvin.
i have 10 days to wait before the trout season begins and i really cant wait for it to come around as i love fishing the Kelvin for trout as i enjoy the light tackle and getting in close and personal with the river wild life as i love wading from pool to pool ,,,but this year i know will be different as i don't have any confidence in wading as my injuries are still healing and I'm sure it would only take a small twist to set me back along time ,,,so easy it goes is the strategy I'm going with ,,,and as for early season salmon fishing in the Kelvin ,,well thats hard going at the best of times ,so Ive not been out much as wading is all important unless I'm spinning which is my second choice of method as i just like the whole idea of the double hander when i get the chance to use it on the kelvin as it gives me better control over my flee and allows me to present it better and in the right location which is all important if you are going to getting among the fish.

well guys good luck for the season 2011 and lets all hope we get that dream fish from our home rivers and may the trend of urban river continue to get better and better with each and every year...............

Monday, 22 March 2010

A slow start

Winter was very long this year and very, very cold with temperatures falling well below freezing for weeks on end and rivers and still waters were well iced up and would have caused its own problems for the fish and invertebrates in the system.

I have been on the river twice since the start of the season and have fished nymphs and wet fly both upstream and down and across to no real avail as I've only had a couple of small fish to show for it.
I expect the river is going to take into late April to really pick up and start showing daily sport using the correct method , take the duo method , it works very well on the river when their seems to be nothing happening as the fish often see the klink in the surface and come up to investigate when the come across the nymph / spider or whatever flee you have chosen to be your klinks partner and is often the imitation that the fish will take so the klink is often a sight indicator most of the time , but be ready for them coming up fast and hammering that klink too as it happens .

i love everything about the river Kelvin , the fact it runs through the heart of the city of Glasgow and has some great days sport in the right conditions for both the trout and salmon angler,, i have had numerous trout over a pound from the river and to many to name of the quarter pound mark ,,, and as for Parr the system is teaming with them and every run has to be fished through the Parr before you get at the trout , this is what I've found anyway over the past year or two as i see the trout numbers falling and the salmon numbers rising which is great news , but for me the brown trout are as important ,,,and i know as i hear it all the time " Kill those brownies as they eat all the salmon eggs and disturb Redd's ,, but trout are as important to the system and angler who prefers the use of the fly as its the trout that give the main flow of sport through out the season.

i intend to give a more in depth report of what is happening on the river this year as well as Harelaw which i will be fishing whenever i can ,,and i cant wait to get up their as Alec has stated that he is going to take me out on the water on the boat to show me his new tricks for fish on the Pollock shores ,and i cant wait .