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River Kelvin Trout Permit

I live only a few miles from the River Kelvin so I thought it was about time that I applied for a permit. River Kelvin AnglerAs I don’t fish for Salmon the £15 for an annual trout only permit was an excellent bargain. So a few weeks ago I downloaded the form, filled it out, included a £15 cheque and sent it off. I waited over a week, nothing. Meanwhile, my brother, who had sent off the same application a few days after me and despite not signing his cheque, had received his permit. So I wrote to the RKAA and received a reply stating that they had not received my application. The man who emailed me couldn’t be more helpful and gave me his home address to send another application to in order to speed the process up. I went through the the downloading and form filling and sent the form off on the 20th March………nothing. Beginning to wonder if the GPO are kidnapping my application, which is ironic as my brother, who got his permit is a postman. Will give it till Mondays delivery then I think I need to resort to hand delivering the application to the poor bloke who gave me his home address.

Oh! Joy. I had all but given up on the permit when the post arrived on the 2nd. of April and there it was. The secretary had been away on business for a week and had been late in processing it, at least it is here and I can enjoy some river fishing for wild brown trout. Now if only the weather would behave.

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2014 in General

 

First Trip of 2014

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Derek and Wellsfield Fishery

I have not written on the blog for a good while, due to ill health and the weather, namely that the weather has been too cold, wet and miserable for me to fish in. I have reached the conclusion that a cold, frosty day is preferable to a wet miserable one, and at least with a cold frosty day the sun is normally guaranteed to shine.

At Christmas, my son had gifted me a pile of vouchers for the Glasgow Angling Centre and a few for Wellsfield Fishery, which my brother and I fished last year in beautiful weather, just a pity it wasn’t fishing weather but more lying on a sun lounger weather, but we did enjoy the fishery.

I used the Angling Centre vouchers on some fly tying equipment and arranged a day at Wellsfield for myself and my brother.

We arrived at around 8:30am and after a quick word at the lodge with the owner regarding flies, depths etc. we set off up the the top loch where we had all the pegs to ourselves.

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Two 3lb Wellsfield Rainbow Trout

I tied a Red Fritz Lure on point and a Black Spider on the dropper, despite being advised by the owner to use Orange Lures or an Ally McCoist. The weather was lovely for fishing, cloudy with a light breeze creating a lovely ripple and on my third cast had a fish on, but was left disappointed when it got off after a minute or so but it was looking good. Ten minutes later I had another on which gave an excellent fight until it was netted by my brother. It was a lovely conditioned Rainbow of 3lb, which was duly dispatched to the bag as Wellsfield have a no catch and release policy, which I find strange.

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5lb Rainbow

An hour later and the fishery was filling up with anglers on all three ponds, I had had a couple of takes and Derek had also missed a couple. I had been fishing fairly deep as the sun had been shining and had been getting some twitches. I then decided to try just a few feet below the surface, on my first cast I was into another Rainbow, which gave me a brilliant fight for about ten minutes, when I eventually netted it I found it was the same weight as my first, bag on 3lb but what a fight it gave me. I would have returned it but the no catch and release forbade it.

Derek had been getting a few takes but nothing concrete and asked me what I had been catching on. I told him the Red Fritz Lure had did the damage and gave him a couple and he quickly tied one on to replace the Orange Lure he had been using. Fifteen minutes later he had a fish on and after a good battle, landed it,  finding that it had taken his dropper and not the Red Fritz Lure. It was quickly dispatched and put in the bag, he too lamenting the lack of a C&R policy.

We continued fishing in the same spot as the only pegs available were all on the opposite bank and would mean us having to cast into a very stiff breeze, so we opted to stay where we were.

After we had been fishing for just over two hours I noticed a fish fairly close in to the bank about twenty yards to my left, which has been rolling about on the surface. I flicked the flies in his general direction and started a very slow retrieve, suddenly the line went tight and off he went for deeper water. Sadly, this initial run was the highlight of the fight as he quickly tired and came to the net like a wet towel. Again, quickly dispatched and weighed, I was surprised to find he was 5lb and well conditioned but compared to the other two 3lb fish was a sad excuse for a hard fighting fish.

That was the fishing over for the day for me, I had reached my limit of three fish on the ticket I had bought and had to walk back to the lodge to register my catch and put the gear away in the car. I then bought a couple of steak pies (excellent) and coffees’ for Derek and myself and sat around until he got fed up and we headed for home.

I enjoyed my couple of hours at Wellsfield and will return but I would enjoy it much more if they introduced a C&R policy as not every angler wants to keep their catch, they just want the sport.

If other fisheries can do it, why can’t Wellsfield?

The fishery has had a fair bit of work done over the winter with obvious signs of dredging work and weed removal. I would like to see the paths around the pools sorted as they are extremely muddy and slippery.

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2014 in General

 

Harvieston Fishery

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The little rowing boat that caught the only fish.

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  Derek sunbathing at Harvieston

My brother and I were looking forward to fishing Harvieston as the weather forecast was good (cloudy, light breeze and a chance of some drizzle). We set out in overcast conditions and arrived at the fishery in brilliant sunshine just as it was opening. After setting up and buying a four hour, three fish ticket for £18.00 we set out for the bottom corner, which was in shade. There were lots of fish rising and rolling and we thought we were in with a chance of catching our limit. I had a team of small nymphs on while Derek had his usual hot head damsel and a couple of nymphs on the droppers. After about twenty minutes I had a strong take and the rod bent for about ten seconds then it was off. That was all the action I or my brother had all morning and of the dozen or so anglers who were fishing, no one else got as much as a nibble. The only fish “caught” was by a young boy who noticed a Brown Trout, which must have leapt into the fishery’s rowing boat during the night and was swimming around in a large pool of water at the back of the boat, this was netted and safely returned to the loch. During our four hours we did a complete circuit of the loch and noticed that there is a massive amount of fry in the margins but nothing touched any lures used.

When we had finished my brother bought some duck and hen eggs from the bothy and I was given six hens eggs for free, at least we got something. We were just about to drive off when a young boy ran over with my brothers Orvis rod and reel, which he had left at the bothy. That alone made my day as it would have been so easy for him just to have taken it away with him.

I liked Harvieston Fishery, it’s small and a bit bowl like but the staff and fellow anglers were friendly and helpful. Casting can be difficult on the lower and far bank as it slopes steeply and there are a few bushes that can catch you out. Derek was caught out several times by the same bush, which can be seen behind him in the photo. It provided a bit of light relief to hear the flowery language he used when berating the plant.

A word of warning though, there are hens and ducks running around and one hen ran over my leader as I was setting up and got a bit tangled. Luckily it just stood and let me lift it until I got the nylon free.

If you google Alva and look about, there is an excellent image of the fishery before it was fully filled with water and you can easily see where the deep channels are.

 
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Posted by on August 17, 2013 in General

 

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Trout Line

I thought I would write a short review of this website that sells fly fishing tackle and fly tying materials and is based in Romania. I have placed several orders for fly tying materials and all have been delivered safely, usually taking about ten days, which isn’t too bad considering the postage charge is £5.00 per order, no matter the size.

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Demmon DSD 100 BL. Dry Fly Hook

I particularly like his selection of hooks and I think that the Demmon hooks that he sells are both cheap and excellent quality.

I have compared the pricing on the site, which is in Euros to other well known sellers and Trout Line compares very favourably, usually being a good bit cheaper than most.

The web site is easy to get around but it can be a bit slow at times but he sells a large selection of materials of good quality.

I like the fact that after you have received your goods you can leave a feedback on the website for others to read. The not so good comments are also printed as I left one for a pair of hackle pliers that were fused when I received them and was reimbursed with no problems.

I have no affiliation with the site, I just like a bargain.

 
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Posted by on July 31, 2013 in General

 

Carron Reservoir

Last week my brother and I had made arrangements to fish the Carron today in the hope that the brilliant weather we have been enjoying would cool down and turn a bit better fishing wise……..no chance. I awoke this morning at 7:00am with the Imagesun streaming into the bedroom thinking that the trip would be a waste of time (I was right) but decided to go anyway as it was a day out in beautiful surroundings and it would give me a chance to try the new waders and boots. We paid £20 for a days bank fishing (9:00am – 5:00pm) and the owner advised us to try buzzers as they were the most successful fly in the sunny conditions. We decided because of the heat to stay fairly close to the fishing hut where the car was parked. A short walk along the bank I found a small promontory and tackled up with a large elk hair caddis on the point, a black buzzer on the middle dropper and an olive buzzer on the top dropper. I cast them in and let the wind slowly drift the flies and after ten minutes had a really strong take on the black buzzer but after about a minute, it threw the hook and that was the only action I had. Several changes of fly and five hours later we decided to call it a day as it was getting too hot and the wind had got up and was making casting difficult. My brother managed to catch one two pound rainbow fishing near the boats but that was it for the day. On our way back we watched the reservoir being stocked and boy, there were a lot of double figure fish going in along with the usual two to three pounders.

When we arrived at the fishing hut the owner told us that we were the only people fishing that day and that he hadn’t expected anyone until early evening. He was hoping for a break in the weather as most anglers were only appearing for the evening rise. I reckon the fishery must be losing a fair amount of money because of the weather, as must most fisheries.

My new waders and boots were brilliant and I reckon are a good investment but wading in parts of the Carron can be really dangerous as the loch bed near the fishing hut is very uneven consisting mainly of large boulders while other parts along the road towards the top of the loch were mainly gravel, which was a lot easier on the feet. The loch itself has dropped several feet over the past few weeks and a lot of the shore is now exposed. As its Scotland I reckon it will be back to normal levels very soon.

I enjoyed Carron Reservoir the scenery is wonderful but I would like to see them opening at 7:00am instead of 9:00am and I would also love to see them putting in some styles along the fence at the roadside, which would give easier access to the fishery, especially if you are wearing expensive waders.

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2013 in General

 

New Waders and Boots

I went into the Glasgow Angling Centre with ImageAngela my partner and her mother to buy a pair of Hardware Pro Waist Waders for my trip to the Carron Reservoir tomorrow. I was a bit apprehensive having the two women with me as they tend to dissuade me from buying what I want for another, cheaper product. Anyway, I asked the assistant to look me out a pair of large waders to try on and while he was looking them out, my partner asked me why I wasn’t looking at these waders – pointing to a pair of Reddington Sonik Wader at £150. I thought, great, this is going to cost me. So I asked the assistant to put the Hardware Pro waders back and look out the Reddingtons but they didn’t have a large size. Angela then pointed at a pair of Simms Freestone Mineral Chest Waders at £299 to which I replied to her that you need a pair of wading boots to go with them and the assistant kindly informed me that the boots come free and for an extra £20 can upgrade to the Vibram soled boot. They didn’t have a large but the assistant advised me to try the extra large, which I did and boy were they a great fit.

Total to buy the lot was £319. I was about to look out the card when Angela and her mother told me not to bother, they would buy me them for my birthday. Considering my birthday isn’t till October then I have won a watch and knowing how kind Angela is, I will probably get something come October……….those Loop rods look ok.

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Posted by on July 18, 2013 in General

 

Carron Reservoir Fishery

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Carron Reservoir Boat Dock

I have not been fishing now for a couple of weeks due to back pain and also babysitting my grandson for a couple of days a week. So it was good news when Derek, my brother sent me a text inviting me to a days fishing at the Carron Reservoir on the 19th of July. We will be fishing from the bank as Derek ain’t  too keen on going out in the boat. With that in mind I realise that I will need to invest in a pair of lightweight waist waders as the pair I have are made of PVC and are heavy, stink to high heavens of rubber and in warm weather would make me sweat like a pig.  I don’t want to spend a fortune so I will be buying a pair of Hardware Pro Waist Waders for £39.99 from Glasgow Angling Centre and these will also be useful when fishing the River Kelvin later on in the season.

The Carron Reservoir is on the other side of the Campsie Fells from my house and is around about a 20 minute drive away. I haven’t fished the Carron for over 30 years and that was from a boat so I am feeling a bit daunted by the sheer size of the place. Bank fishing is from the north shore of the loch and that’s around 4 miles long. I think the best thing to do is to ask the fishery manager for some advice on where to fish and what to use. I just hope it is an overcast day with a cooling breeze but whatever the weather I will have a good day out as the scenery there is beautiful and just getting out of the house to relax for the day is a bonus, fish or no fish.

 
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Posted by on July 11, 2013 in General

 
 
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