Does Size Matter?

As they say in McDonald’s “Would you like to go Large?”. May give one of these these 13cm Original Floating Raps a try on Loch Lomond tomorrow for first time. Have tried 9 and 11cm version but nothing this large…… be interesting to see if the wee Perch still have a go at this size 🤣 Running depth same between 11 & 13cm versions (1.2-1.8m). Been told that 13cm version does well on Loch Tay?? Comments welcome as always.

A very Hot July Day on Loch Lomond

A few scenes from a “Hot” day on Loch Lomond on Monday 9th July….scenery to die for… nowhere to be seen! A good day nevertheless. Still trying to familiarise myself with the Loch from a trolling viewpoint. Some very shallow areas where least expected partly due to low rainfall conditions and partly due to learning process on my own part. Also slowly getting up to speed in using new GoPro Hero 6 Black camera so your patience is appreciated.

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The River Kelvin showing its Bones

A brief walk this afternoon along the Kelvin at the Glasgow Vet School stretch (Garscube) showed just what the online water level gauges were saying only in a much more graphic way. Albeit a relatively new angler to the River Kelvin I don’t remember ever seeing the river just so low. On almost every stretch you could easily paddle across, except of course for the two deep holes on this stretch. On this subject I came across two teenage boys swimming and having fun at the top pool and in talking with them I explained that I didn’t wish to spoil their fun in any way but that they should be aware that the pool that they were swimming in became suddenly very deep within just a few steps therefore they should take care. I showed them the area in question and they seemed genuinely grateful. They asked about fish in the river and didn’t know that this was the River Kelvin. I bored them further by explaining the type of fish “normally” found and where the river ran before joining the Clyde at the Riverside Museum before wishing them well and heading back downstream towards the bridge and playing field section.

Passing the “Pool with the Sandy Beach” (aka Dead Man’s Pool: no disrespect for the souls lost) I nodded to a Mum with two you children playing on the sand.  Continuing downstream to the end of the playing field stretch I couldn’t help notice the amount of weed that had accumulated since my last visit and fly session for trout session, hardly surprising I suppose given the low water and strong sunlight. Plenty of small rises in the normal runs and glides but no river monsters.

As I approached the “Pool with the Sandy Beach” once more on my return leg I was shocked to see one of the wee lads in the water at this very pool. Continue reading The River Kelvin showing its Bones

The Journey Never Ends

Thanks for joining me on this a light hearted reflection of my angling exploits, learnings, failures and successes. Every day on the water is a good day where thankfully it’s not always about the fishing.

Fishing : To him, all good things – trout as well as eternal salvation- come by grace and grace comes by art and art does not come easy.
~ Norman Maclean from the book A River Runs Through It