16th November 2013
The meeting takes place on 18th December as noted in last months update the place and time are Ferniegair village hall at 7.00 pm prompt please bring your season ticket if you wish to attend.
American Signal Crayfish
Following recent discussions re these alien creatures Mid Clyde in the person of James Delaney are proposing to Scottish Natural Heritage that he be granted a licence to trap these beasts to establish whether they are present in our waters, not just at the top of the catchment. To read Jimmy Delaney‘s excellent article on how they can spread like wildfire through a river click here .
SNH requested that we give assistance to a PhD student Rupert Houghton who is studying the species Scotland wide In particular Jimmy is looking at attempting to catch juveniles with a specially designed trap. The existing methodology has until now concentrated solely on adult, sexually mature individuals and clearly given the numbers of young that a mature female releases it makes sense to go after the immature juveniles as well. We await the permission of SNH to proceed with this project
Brown Trout Lease
Mid Clyde have recently concluded an extension to the brown trout lease we hold from South Lanarkshire Council approximately 2 more miles of left bank. Acquiring these leases is a long tortuous process just establishing land ownership is very time consuming but it is useful even if we cat get a lease it enables contact re the control of the other invasive species Himalayan balsam , Japanese knotweed and giant hogweed this is another project we hope to progress in the spring
30th October 2013
Last cast of the season approaches - Catch Returns needed
Not long now before the last cast of the season. Members are reminded of the importance of submitting catch returns these are the only factual records of catches which we can rely on. The counter can only record fish moving above Blantyre weir and we know that many fish spawn throughout our waters. Its also a fact that as a salmon proprietor we can be fined up to £1000 for not sending in our catch return for the Carmyle beat so please ensure that all returns for both the Crown fishings and our own are put in as soon as possible.
Its worthwhile remembering that any coloured fish which of course should be returned does not need to be recorded at all. However its presence may be usefully recorded by Mid Clyde if you feel so inclined. The numbers of kelts, and all “unclean” fish are all useful data for the future.
The AGM date is set for Wed 18th Dec at Ferniegair but as usual all members will receive a formal notice and remember unused tags go into the draw after the formal business of the meeting.
New address of treasurer
Sandy Queen has moved again this time its to:
5 Lynn Court
16th September 2013
The MCAA will soon feature on Landward in a program provisionally called River Clyde Source to Sea which looks at the river today and I believe is a series of 6 features over the coming weeks. This includes the return of the salmon with the undeniable recovery which was sparked off nearly 30 years ago. The Landward team interviewed Jim Delaney at Blantyre weir and many fish were spotted running the fish pass on the afternoon of the filming. The pictures below show Jim talking to Dougie Vipond and also an archive photo of the pass under construction 20 years ago.
The Landward team filming at Blantyre
Some say the salmon never really left the Clyde and indeed in 1917 at the height of war production of armour plate at Clydebridge steelworks intake pipework for cooling water for the mills was choked by salmon. This anecdote is on the web and was passed on by the last manager of the steelworks before its closure in the 1980s. The gentleman was an apprentice in the drawing office at the time.
Fish Pass Under Construction
New catch and release leaflet
The ASFB have issued this new updated guidance leaflet on catch and release. Please download a copy it contains much useful advice.
We await the SEPA report but clearly this was a major event a study of available photos of dead fish reveals many multi sea winter fish as well as at least one around 30lb there is no doubt that their loss is a major blow so please return as many fish as possible.
19th August 2013
Storm Kills Fish
Most will know by now of the major fish kill around Dalmarnock which appeaers to have occurred on 26/27 July. The impacts of a local storm on the reservoir behind the tidal weir during low flow conditions may have caused de-oxygenation by the input of high volumes of flow from both treated and untreated effluent through from at least 2 combined storm over flows as well as the discharges from Dalmarnock STW.
It meant that the fish kill hit a large number of salmon including what appears to be multi sea winter fish resting there before resuming their upward journey. Some Grilse may have been present as well as flounder behind the tidal weir. There is no doubt that this kill may have far reaching effects we just have no data on where the 180 fish were bound. It’s a situation which has no direct cure whilst there is a Dalmarnock treatment works with all its infra structure , a tidal weir and the vagaries of our local weather it is hoped the SEPA report will suggest minor changes in operation of the weir , additional instrumentation of the 4km long reservoir and closer cooperation between Scottish water and Glasgow City Council to reduce impacts of similar future events.
Mid Clyde committee urges all its members to consider returning as may fish this year as possible . We know that many currently do not utilise their full allowance but there are some who do. Even a few additional returned fish would help the system. We hear that UCAPA are seeking information on the carcase tagging system there is no doubt the river would benefit from a united approach to conservation particularly following this incident. Meantime we can only await SEPAs findings and recommendations.
Major Fish Kill
20th July 2013
Yes its hot and the river is very low reading only 7.0 m3/s on Friday 19th at Daldowie. Its just as well the tides were in mid cycle at the start of this latest spell of hot weather so the gates were being lifted enough to allow fish through but not by much.
Now we are into the neap cycle so there will be little chance of fish moving through the gates until we get some water and the moon exerts a little more pull.
I don’t know where the press got there report of small fish in the 5lb range. We have reports of fish in virtually every pool and those caught and released in the range 12-15 lb with one or two showing evidence of seal attack but so far no sign of that big bull seal that gave John Clark such a fright last year. The turbine has been generating so fish are in the tailrace but its just too dammed hot to run up the pass in daytime!
First aid course
Mid Clyde bailiffs and other bailiffs from the Trust attended a first aid course run by Red Cross at Hillington a fortnight past Saturday all agreed it was very worthwhile particularly for CPR training.
When this weather breaks we can expect the grilse to run through our water in the usual fashion but so far we are only seeing the odd one or two so we still have that to look forward to in the next couple of weeks weather permitting
16th June 2013
June news update
This last month has seen several more salmon fall to Mid Clyde anglers with many put back. Contrary to views expressed in the local press fish have ascended the fish pass as the counter will show. Given the clear low water conditions which have existed lately the Vacci counter should have some good pictures to demonstrate this. Clyde River Foundation have a methodology to ensure the data which they publish meets appropriate quality standards and the not infrequent turbidity of the Clyde can make interpretation of the data difficult, however, we do know from our historic catch returns that fish do not start to run in numbers before the latter part of June and so far this year is no exception.
Once again the raffle has produced good income for the club. The grand prize of a 13 ft 4 piece salmon fly rod went to Tracy Miage and the full list of winners is available here. A total of 12 other prizes were distributed. Once more we thank DAIWA for their generous support of the association.
A number of bailiffs and other committee members attended a Water Safety course run by Geo Parsonage of the Glasgow Humane Society and have their certificates now. That knowledge should be of benefit to anybody unfortunate to fall in. We are very conscious that our bit of water is very big and can be dangerous particularly to the inexperienced and unwary so remember, wearing a life jacket makes sense and a wading stick is essential if you enter the river.
Scottish Water proposals
MCAA have now received the draft minutes of the Clyde Area Advisory Group and also confirmation from SEPA of the possible timing ( 2015-2021) of effluent transfer proposals and that together with the setting up of the advisory group on fish studies should give time to thoroughly investigate the possible impacts of the proposals - we will keep you up to date with developments
20th May 2013
The weather is still working against the presence of many anglers on Mid Clyde although it has not deterred Mark Lambert to any degree. He has added at least another 3 to his tally of the first springer with all being returned to the river. We understand that another angler retained a spring fish but then it was his right to do so. Although the association encourages catch and release we as yet do not make it mandatory hoping encouragement will persuade anglers to take the right course.
Mark is pictured below receiving his voucher from Scott at Total Fishing Lanarkshire, a couple of weeks ago.
Mark receiving his voucher.
Scottish Water proposals
Much else is happening on the river with Scottish Water proposing a new super effluent discharge pipe from Dalddowie and Dalmarnock. Originally mooted as a possibility 2 years ago with a discharge point in the inner estuary it is now proposed to release the combined effluent upstream of the tidal weir.
Mid Clyde and the other clubs affected are determined that the original option should be adhered to. The issue is not just of the salmon but all water users in the area should be set against the alleged savings in capital expenditure which has prompted the choice of the temporary reservoir which the tidal weir forms.
We have enlisted the help of our local MSP Jon Mason and intend to broaden the fight over the coming weeks by garnering support from all affected river users. Fortunately we have gained some time as neither Scottish Water or SEPA had taken into account the possible impact on salmon. That has changed with advice on studies from an expert group which is due to make recommendations within a few weeks. The original failure to assess the impacts of this “improvement” is totally inexcusable given that salmon have been present in the Clyde long before the MCAA‘s foundation in 1992 .
20th April 2013
As a result of thee unfavourable weather conditions during the past month there has been little evidence of fresh fish the easterly winds freezing anglers who dared to venture forth. However the small rise in temperature has prompted one fish to fall to the fly of Mark Lambert at Cambuslang on the 13th April. A fine 12lb Springer with fresh sea lice is shown in the picture below and of course safely returned to the water. The lucky angler also nets a £50 voucher from Total Fishing Lanarkshire.
For those of you with a keen interest in fly patterns it was caught on a SNELDA tube which is not a pattern I am familiar with but I am led to believe it may be Icelandic, very appropriate given the recent temperatures.
Mid Clyde urge all spring fishermen to follow Marks example and put any fish back
3rd March 2013
Treasurer Moves House
For those of you yet to purchase your season ticket please note our treasurer Alex Queen is moving house, after more than 40 years in Glen Avenue. His new address is:
|8 Elm Way|
For those of you who may have posted out forms etc don’t worry. Not only will his post be redirected for a while but he takes his phone number along so if in doubt give him a call on:
Understandingly some applications may take a little longer to process !!
Scottish Water Spending Plans
Scottish Water spending plans appear to be a mixed blessing at first sight but we will be discussing the proposals as more information comes out.
21st February 2013
Baillie Anne Simpson of Glasgow City Council did the honours on another well attended opening day at Carmyle. Once again we were favoured with good weather. Alec Queens grandson, Jacob Kerr, made the first cast but unlike Emma last year he did not catch a fish. As usual though, it was an opportunity to catch up with old friends and have a blether. Rab and the rest of the maintenance team are determined to open up some areas to easier access this year. We all know it can be difficult in places and some of the older guys amongst us are beginning to feel our age !!
Erskine Hospital benefited from the collection for refreshments made courtesy of the bowling club kitchen and our hardworking treasurer Alex Queen. MCAA are participating in the Fishing for Heroes project with complimentary tickets.
First Springer Voucher
As yet no spring fish have been caught but there is a big incentive for the first. Scott Rutherford of Total Fishing Lanarkshire has offered a £50 Tackle Voucher for the first spring fish caught in Mid Clyde Waters. It must be photographed and returned Alive , with the usual conditions as to witnesses. So get out and have a go. We know there may be one or two springers about but please return all these fish alive and don’t be confused by well mended kelts.
A fine 2.5 Lb Trout
Scott Rutherford caught this fine trout at Greyfriars on opening day. It was returned unharmed but unfortunately Scott met an angler with a dead kelt. If you catch a fish at this time of year the simple solution is to return it!
19th January 2013
MCAA will celebrate the new season with an official opening day on Saturday 16th February this does not mean a reduction in fishing days but the 5 days prior to the Saturday give you the opportunity to start the season. We think there will be kelts on offer but there is yet to be a fresh fish caught in the Clyde this early so don’t be fooled by a well mended kelt! Given the unpredictably high waters most kelts will be long gone however come and try our waters Bailie Ann Simpson a new Glasgow City councillor will officiate at the ceremony. Please assemble at the Carmyle Bowling Club for a 9.30 start and on completion of the formalities the Bowling club will be providing refreshments and opportunity to mingle.
Once again we are grateful to partners for their donations and we have a great list of prizes for our spring draw including a Daiwa salmon fly rod. New tackle shop Total Fishing Lanarkshire are also a partner and have donated a voucher as have others, such as British Home Stores. Next month we will have a complete list of prizes.
The new season prices are on the permits page and we now have 9 outlets for day tickets and trout/coarse permits. See permits page for details. Tickets are in the shops now.
MCAA have 6 warranted bailiffs and may soon have another 2 so be on your best behaviour!! Seriously though we are very conscious of the urban nature of our fishery and the need to protect the king of fish while in our waters. These guys dont just bailiff they know the water so can help and guide you in unfamiliar locations.
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