The season has now ended and we hope you had a good one. Please remember to send us your catch returns – by far the easiest method is by doing so online here.
Obviously nobody should be fishing the river however if you do see someone can you either telephone Paul Reid or James whose numbers are on the permit. Alternatively, you can telephone the police who will take the matter very seriously.
We have recieved a few photos from people and over the course of the close seaon will be putting these online for you to look at – meanwhile if you have any pictures of fish please send them to photos at fishkelvin.com – replace the at with @.
Recently we have recieved an email from Bishop Mills Residence Association regarding the behaviour of Anglers in and around their property on the banks of the Kelvin. While I know there have been icidents that may not be related to association members, I would like to draw everyones attention to the following:
1) Parking is available on public roads only. Anyone found to be parking in the residents car park will have their permit suspended.
2) The gardens surrounding Bishop Mills are privately owned. Stick to the paths and avoid causing any damage to property.
3) Take your rubbish home with you.
4) Fishing while seated or using a rod rest constitutes set lining, an offence under the Salmon and Fresh Water Fisheries Act.
5) Please respect everyone who is associated with the river, this includes property owners, anglers, walkers etc.
Thanks to everyone that has contributed to the clean up and work party days so far. Last Sunday a small group cleared away some of the vegetation across from The White House. You can now fish the length of this pool without having to wade or crawl through the scrub! The plan is to fit some sort of ladder by the wall to further improve the access.
On Sunday the 4th of November we will be holding another work party day at Balmore, to continue what has been started and remove any rubbish etc. that has accumulated through the season. We will be meeting at Balmore Bridge around 10.30am. As per usual bring old clothes and gardening gloves if you have them. All other equipment will be provided.
Kind regards Paul
Thanks to all those that attended on Sunday the 16th. We managed to open up another pool above Balmore Bridge, I look forward to hearing about the first Salmon caught from it. The days have been really productive (we have opened up several pools in the City and Balmore), so we intend to continue this Sunday (30th) at Kirkinntilloch. Meeting at the bridge behind McNair’s, on Campsie Road. 10.30am start, soft drinks and equipment will be provided. The limiting factor so far has been the number of bodies. The more that show up to help, the more we can get done.
Thanks to everyone that came along to lend a hand on Sunday. We opened up some stretches that were unfishable, and strimmed the area round the footbridge. I’m always suprised at how much can be done when you have bodies to help. Although the amount of blethering also seems to increase! We are meeting again this Sunday (16th), same time and place. Come along if you can.
On Sunday the 9th of September we will be carrying out some improvement work, all members are invited to drop by and lend a hand. We will be meeting at Balmore Bridge at 10.30am. Depending on how many numbers we have we may decide to tackle more than one particular stretch. Come along even if it’s just to say hello. Equipment will be provided. Wear old clothes and wellies if you have them!
The Committee are pleased to announce that they have acquired the two leases on the Luggie Water. These were previously held by the Waterside Anglers Club and the Kirkintilloch Miners.
This has been a fairly drawn out process but the lease is now official and all RKAA members can now fish the Luggie Water for Salmon and all lesser species. Normal RKAA rules apply.
I look forward to any reports on how it fishes between now and the end of the season.
As per the leaflet in your permit pack, our work party day takes place this Saturday. We are running this alongside the F.O.R.K clean up day so there will be plenty of opportunity to help out.
Hand tools will be provided for bank clearance and litter removal. If you own a bow saw, loppers etc, please feel free to bring them along.
Meet at the Ha’Penny Bridge House for 10.30am. You can park on Addison Road.
We hope you are having a nice productive start to your 2012 season, we are hearing of a few Salmon caught and returned as well as good trout fishing. It looks like a combination of not stocking, total catch and release for trout and the mild winter has already started to make an impact.
Those of you who have not visited the website in a while might like to join the forum and ask any questions of just offer some help. Some of the committee members recently put together a new bridge up at the Balmore Road and volunteers to help are always appreciated. We have also updated the site to make it more easy to find information like how to obtain a permit. Please get in touch if you would like to see something else or would like.to contribute.
James, our new head bailiff has also been busy and has asked several people without permits to leave the river. Alistair and Paul met three chaps spinning on a Sunday above the Golf Course without permits who were asked to leave. We will be targeting areas such as the Vet School over the next few weeks to combat poachers and those fishing illegally.
As usual, any issues of pollution please get in touch with SEPA and any issues around poaching phone the number on your permit.
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Paul, Jim, James and Alistair headed up to the Balmore stretch on Sunday to build a bridge over the problematic ditch. The farmer kindly gave us permission to cross his land with a four by four and a trailer with all the materials.
I have put together a short (8 min) movie of the photos and video of the building of the bridge. Jim Burns scrounged for the materials from his work and then assembled it at home (and then tested it by having his grandchildren run across it) so that it was a case of putting it all together on the river bank.