BNP terror plot

I don’t often step into the world of politics as this is a fishing blog however here is a story that not many people in the UK know about involving chemical weapons in their back yard so to speak. I look on it as my duty as a blogger to spread the word.

This week a British National Party (BNP) election candidate has been accused of possessing the largest amount of chemical explosives of its type ever found in Britain.
Home secretary John Reid did not hold any special press conferences and it did not make any headlines outside of local newspapers in England and one online news service.
The 22 chemical components recovered by police are the largest haul ever found at a private house in the UK.
The home of another man charged with similar offences contained a rocket launcher and a nuclear biological suit as well as BNP literature and chemicals.

Cottage is an ex-BNP member who stood as a candidate in the Pendle Council elections in May.

Now, if this guy had been a Muslim the papers would be having a field day, terror this and terror that. However it seems that this is not important for “the people” to know about

You decide!

[tags]BNP,terror plot,chemical weapons [/tags]

Fly fishing mag on ebay

Looks like an interesting magazine on ebay

lFly fishing and Fly Tying Mag USA

Some of the better magazines are written in the states…..looks like there are two copies left….are you going to get it before me 🙂

North Korea…good trout fishing opportunities?

So I was browsing around and found this article.

This little section caught my eye…

Creekmore recalled meeting Kim Il Sung, the leader of North Korea in 1994 and father of the current North Korean leader Kim Jong Il. He reflected that he thought the elder Kim was “quite enlightening” and said that the dictator enjoyed talking to Carter about trout fishing.

Good trout fishing in North Korea? Something for the future maybe!

[tags]North Korea [/tags]

5 Lessons Learned

1.Try a rod before buying it; those that know me are aware of the rod I bought on a whim. I even got a discount after mailing the owner of Fulling Mill. It is a Fulling Mill Ti4 Fly Rod 9ft 4 Piece #5 rod. Looks lovely, I fished with it once and did not take to it immediately so have not used it again. To be fair I should fish with it properly but do so like my old trusty Greys that I just don’t have the heart to fish with a different rod (other than my Tea Stick Bamboo).

2.If you fly does not come out the bush after the first couple of tugs, go after it- don’t bother pulling again as you will weaken your tippet even if you do manage to get it out. If you do keep on pulling then you will lose your fly to a rather nice trout making you damn your luck when in fact it had nothing to do with luck but stupidity.

3.No matter how many flies you tie you will always have “only one” of that essential fly in your box- you will then lose it in a tree. (see previous)

4.I get panicky when wading- so why did I buy rubber soled wading boots? Oh yea it is because I walk to the river, even though my last felts lasted the test of time….kind of. I suppose the trade off was between saving £25 or slipping every few steps and spooking every trout in a hundred yards- hmmm gimme the cash I said to myself.

5.Look at a rooster cape before buying it- if you are going to spend over £25 on some feathers make sure you don’t buy it mail order. I know some people have managed this and won, unfortunately I was not one of them. I did manage to get a nice cape from Ebay but seemingly they are not shipping feathers across the pond anymore.

End of Season thoughts 2

I am trying to blank the whole end of seson situation, as such I have not updated in a while. On Monday I shall be giving Grayling a bash so will see yo then ….

Brown trout fakes orgasms

I have no idea of the purpose (or for that matter just how they found this one out)

Female brown trout (Salmo trutta) fake orgasms to encourage males to ejaculate prematurely. By doing so, they dupe their partner into thinking it has successfully mated, before the female fish moves on to find a better male with which to do the real thing

LINK

Considering no actual er…intercourse takes place then ……um…think this is a lot of crap ?

[tags]trout orgasms,trout, research, fish sex [/tags]

Womens Hour – Fly Fishing

An interview with Mandy Shelvey-Veness – a women fly tyer.

Its on the radio, all very hight tech

BBC radio 4

[tags]podcast,fishing,women,radio [/tags]

Tracking Blogs

When I started this blog about my exploits down the Kelvin and the other rivers that I fish this was the only dedicated fly fishing blog on the net. Sure there were updated regularly news sites but no actual personal fishing experience blogs. Now there are lots of fly fishing blogs out there, kinda makes me feel special in a funny kind of way….some people have emailed me to say that I was the inspiration for their own musings and deep down I am proud of that…

Tom Chandler over at Trout Underground wrote a most excellent post about how to subscribe to all those Fly Fishing blogs out there – check it out

End of season thoughts 1

As usual at this time of year I am on the lookout for some good books to read over the winter- that whet my appetite for the coming year.

I was discussing the end of the season with Mike on our last trout session together; we both agreed that we did in fact enjoy the end of the season and the chance to look at other pursuits. I like to read, go after some other fish when I can and do a spot of fly tying for the next season among other things. Mike however likes to go hill walking in winter and dig snow holes.

Scottish Highlands (Hillwalking Guide S.)

I quite fancy this book for the coming year…
A Man May Fish

It came highly recommended by a pal, I have added it to my wishlist just in time for christmas. 🙂

Baws tae that…

So Alex and I had some serious small stream action at the weekend, coupled of course with a hefty dose of big river action. The small burn is part of the Kelvin system and had a nice amount of water in it due to there being a spot of rain a couple of days before. Alex was moaning about the possibility of catching any trout in a burn so small ….
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…but after I had caught a couple of trout I could hardly drag him away from the place. We also found some fairly gigantic Olives which were around an inch long (Alex unkindly said the fish were that long as well)
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We ended our weekend with Alex going for a swim after taking one chance too far with his “enthusiastic” wading and discussing what really makes a good day of fishing. We had spotted a fair collection of interesting wildlife- a sparrow hawk, a large red sedge (not its real name), a black swan and seen a badger set. Some people might argue that on a days fishing catching a fish is just a bonus- they go purely for the solitude and fresh air, to contemplate nature.

Balls to all that we agreed, if you don’t catch fish a couple of trips then you would not too bothered but if it happened consistently then I would certainly be thinking that I should be changing my technique. If I seriously wanted to watch the wildlife and go for a walk I would not be carrying a fishing rod.
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Next time I go fishing with someone I am going to ensure they take some photos of myself with a fish…..I am seriously noticing the lack of!!

A week left of the trout season…Baws tae that n’ aw !!

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