CHILLY, DRY weather continued to thwart anglers in most parts of the Clyde. A bitterly cold wind persisted throughout May, even when the sun shone from a cloudless sky. In the clear water near Carstairs small shoals of trout, each estimated at around 2 lb, could be seen patrolling together close to the bank. With no hatches visible, anglers had no idea what flies they should use. It was a bit of a confidence-builder when the occasional enormous trout erupted on the far side of the river but usually refused to accept anything floated over them. On one occasion, a dense cloud of small brown caddis flies was blown up the river. The silence was broken as the surface of the river came alive with trout trying to catch as many of the insects as they could eat. The sudden activity lasted only a few minutes and nobody seems to have been able to take advantage of the rise. It was nearly two weeks later that another caddis fly species finally put in an appearance. This was the much-loved grannom. Only a few were spotted and the trout chose to ignore them. On the few extremely hot days around the holiday weekend, some of the smaller upwinged flies put in an appearance. Fly-fishers managed to catch a few trout towards the end of the month. These were not large specimens but hopes were high that the start of the level of sport expected of the Clyde would soon arrive. The best trout reported were taken by bait anglers near Abington. About 3 lb, these would scarcely have merited a mention at this time last year. Some anglers were crying out for some rain while others wanted an increase in the temperature with, perhaps, less wind. Two days of rain did arrive but it was mainly soaked up by the parched earth and the Clyde rose by only a few inches. Two days and nights of incredibly hot weather tempted a number of anglers to try their luck on the nightshift. A half-hearted gloaming rise allowed them to pick up the odd 12 in trout but, as soon as the sun went down, even these fish went off the feed. The month ended with just a little drizzle. This was not enough to encourage salmon to run in large numbers and there have been no confirmed sightings, even on the Mid Clyde Angling Association water. entry. – TOM MCGREGOR.