Ever since first fishing the River Kelvin I have been fascinated by the astonishing beauty, wildlife and the amazingly tranquil surroundings on this little river all despite it being bordered within the hustle and bustle of Glasgow.
After climbing down to the water’s edge one could be forgiven for thinking you were fishing some northern Scottish river rather than casting a line on the River Kelvin at Kelvingrove within Glasgow’s city centre. Even as a relatively new angler to The Kelvin I already have many memories of magic moments when a kingfisher or dipper enters your casting view, or a deer decides to join your coffee break.
The Kelvin at The Glasgow Vet School and at Balmore are probably my favoured stretches and each of these stretches yet again never fail to disappoint in terms of beautiful scenery, wildlife and of course the occasional fish.
Never one to choose the easier path my goal has been to land my first Kelvin salmon on the fly and despite the constant disparaging advice from fellow anglers that this is not the best method for salmon on the Kelvin I remain stubbornly resolute to continue the challenge this season. The angling is managed by The River Kelvin Angling Association who offer several permit options at great value. For detail go to www.fishkelvin.com
An added bonus is just how easily and quickly accessible the river is for those times when you may only have a few hours of an evening or morning to fish. If you have not yet discovered this little piece of urban wilderness then I encourage you to do so.