A few hours chasing sea trout on the Clyde Estuary

Monday 13th August, 2018

After receiving a very welcome text invite from my friend Michael to join him for a few hours on the Clyde Estuary I was soon wading out to join him. Just as I was wading out to meet him a huge fish rose a few metres to his right, yelling to alert him I thought that this was a healthy sign of things to come. Despite a heavy sky conditions were good with a gentle wind behind us as we followed the last of the outgoing tide out. After a quiet start with nothing showing I opted to replace the blue and silver miniature flying C (really a big mepp) with a 10g silver toby. After just a few casts this produced a take which I promptly lost contact with after just 20-30secs. This was followed by another take by a larger fish which I managed to make stick this time to be safely released. Clyde Estuary 130818eThis was great as I seemed to be surrounded by fish rising and taking very close in to the end of the retrieve. I noticed another angler below me fishing the fly which after a few shouts turned out to be Colin Ferguson who was also amongst the fish. The action continued with these strong little fighters of around 3/4-1lb and by around 9pm I had hooked around 5 or so with one released and another “escapee” which after landing managed to wriggle loose from my hand just after removing hook. I have some ideas as to ways to improve the takes to landing ratio of these feisty wee fish. Watch the highlights of our evening in video below:

During this time I suddenly caught sight of a shiny black head that had appeared around 30m in front of us. A feeding seal which proceeded to stalk it’s own prey and at once stage we were treated to a frenzied display as it pursued and caught a sizeable fish, presumably a salmon. Needless to say the takes became few and far between after this unwelcome visitor made its appearance. Shortly afterwards Colin drew our attention to another fish predator this time a magnificent Osprey soaring overhead no doubt looking for its own next meal, a fabulous sight. I had never seen any Osprey on the estuary prior to this.

Given the appearance of the seal and the inevitable impact on our takes we decided to call it a day at around 21.30. No huge fish landed but a great evening’s sport, wildlife and scenery all in a couple of hours. We are lucky indeed to have this all on our doorstep.

A big thank you to my friend Michael for his very welcomed invite and for sharing his experience and local knowledge. Good to meet (or shout to) Colin Ferguson who I later discovered landed 5 and lost 5 on the fly which is fantastic.

No huge fish landed but a great evening’s sport, wildlife and scenery all in a couple of hours. We are lucky indeed to have this all on our doorstep. Image below courtesy of Colin Ferguson taken whilst fishing the fly below us.39050566_10157906157404657_3626821391497560064_o

6 thoughts on “A few hours chasing sea trout on the Clyde Estuary”

  1. Hi, i regularly fish the Clyde Estuary on my Orkney boat that i keep at Newark Boat club. I also do alot of wading and have also seen the Osprey the last few years and otters also feeding in the estuary. I am a warranted bailiff for the Gryffe and Clyde Estuary but i also buy the estuary permit from Loch Lomond angling club for £65 a season. I have found the seatrout fishing in the estuary at Port Glasgow / Cardross and further up towards the Leven to be very slow this season compared to other years. I am 55 years old so i have had loads of very good seasons with the seatrout. I have seen 17 seals on the big rock across from my boat club (seal island) and now there are 3 on the 1st rock at Langbank which is probably why i have not had my usual few hundred fish this season.


  2. Hi there where abouts Is this exactly .. I have been fishing at cardross at the wood mill but don’t seem to be coming in to anything


    1. Hi Stephen, you are fishing in the right place as this is another good spot. In the video I was fishing in front of Levengrove Park Dumbarton. I am no expert on the estuary but normally aim to arrive just before low tide mark and fish the turn and incoming tide. Some days blank others fish everywhere …. don’t give up. What r u fishing – spinning, fly , fish strip? Cheers


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