New Season, new Stuff Dammit!!

So the new season has now started and new stuff had to be bought. First of all I have ditched my system of using a tapered braided leader and will now be using a tapered nylon leader and will stick with it. Secondly I went out tonight and bought myself another fly box, a rather cool lightweight simple one from the Glasgow Angling Centre (more on THAT in a moment). Thirdly I have had to sadly buy myself another pair of polaroids. You might remmember how exited I was with my last pair of sunglasses but sadly they got rather squashed in my bag and and are now as they say in the trade “squinty”. So I bought a nice new pair from GAC for the princely sum of 15 bucks. They fit rather nice actually and they are good for low light conditions, well it says “average” light on the little lable so that is good enough for me. I was going to take a picture of myself in them but the old ball n chain told me to take them off.

I kinda sorted through all my flies into two piles…….flies I use and flies I might use. I then took the one fly that I do actually use all the time and stuck it somewhere safe. I then noticed that I have around 20 variations of that fly in different sizes with darker or lighter body hair. First person that guesses what it is gets to pick me up, go fishing with me and then buy me a pint at the end of the day

Oh yea, bought a house as well. Was getting a bit panicky there as we had been looking at houses that were not within walking distance of the river. However we are now buying a house that is within casting distance of where I am sitting just now. Well, I mean casting distance if you were one of those pretty amazing power casters that can cast into the middle of a reservoir and still somehow manage to be just out of reach. Not the kind of caster who like me can manage maybe 15 feet away and is not in fact up a tree, in a bush or on an irate dog walker.

Here is a picture of a lovely little piece of the river I like trundling a fly down for no other reason than to slow down the page loading…
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  1. Thorney · March 17, 2005


    I am going to take exception to your use of the term “Ball and Chain” to denote that young woman that keeps you upright, sober (most of the time) and honest. We don’t want a “self fulfilling prophecy” now do we?

    “In her infinite wisdom, the love of my life….” might be a better approach.

    Oh yes, congrats on buying a house, how exciting, though not as exciting as a new box for ones flies, of course.

    Thorney from Boulder, writing from Baltimore

  2. Emanuele · March 17, 2005

    new house?…..well done!…..we need to go fishing to properly celebrate…
    as if we need an excuse…
    I left you messages on your mob. on sat…..
    I will give u a call 2nite

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