Ask me a question, on you go… ask!!

Ok, I am taking questions, this is not because I have ran out of things to write about (honest) but because it is now the close season and it would be nice to know what my punters (you) want to know.
Of course you might think I am some kind of expert in angling or something for the sheer fact that I think I might know the answer- this is in fact incorrect. Anyone who has fished with me knows that the only kind of expert I am is in fact being a fluky bastard.
Questions can be about anything- I will then answer them by posting here. If I get no questions I will then pretend that this never happened and will probably forget all about it.
Fire away, head over to my shiny new contact me page and fire off a question.

Pike Flies

After last weeks bonanza I was on the phone making plans to attack the Forth and Clyde canal for Pike. I bought some materials the other day and they have been sitting around just waiting for me to tie up some killing patterns.

So last night I decided to tie up some Pike Flies. I have never actually tied any so these two flashy monstrosities are my first attempts. I must say they were quite satisfying tying them up, adding as much materials as I wanted and making them as flashy as possible……hmmm a bit of red tinsel looks like a trail of blood.
pike flies

Of course if they dont work i will pick up some pike flies on ebay next week.

Looking forward to it!

Times past

We have a long time to wait until we can laze in the sun and have views like this again.

Anglers and drug testing

I cannot believe I missed this one. …

TOP championship anglers were left shocked… after being asked to submit to drug tests.

Competitors at last week’s World Angling Championships were told to give urine samples or face losing their prizes.

Astonishingly, the tests – which they all passed – were made because officials fear stimulants could give cheats an unfair advantage by sharpening their reflexes when they get a bite.

The regime is part of a move to bring angling up to Olympic standards ahead of a bid to make it an official sport.

But it caught anglers by surprise. Briton Sean Ashby, who came third in the individual competition and was part of the England team which won the overall event, said: “At first I thought it was a wind-up. There are one or two jokers in the pack and I was convinced someone was having a laugh. My first thought was, ‘What drug could possibly help anyone catch more fish?'”

I dunno Sean, a bit of speed would help with the old reflexes with striking, and additionally the added incessant chatter would put the competitors off. A bit of coke would give you a confident strut that might just psyche out the competitor while some steroids build up the old casting arm to haul in those stocked slabs of lard.

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[tags]drugs,drug testing [/tags]

The origins of the Kelvin (or The Kelvin Strikes Back)

Dullatur bog

Dullatur Bog is the source of the River Kelvin, an important wildlife site… and a headache for the engineer of the Forth & Clyde Canal.

Canal engineer John Smeaton believed he could cut the canal through the bog, at the same time filling it with water to prevent it from collapsing. He was disastrously wrong! The cut continued to fill up with slime, requiring more than 16.8m (55ft) of earth and stones to build up the banks and towpath. Even a stable disappeared into the bog.

While work progressed, the bodies of men and horses that had fled from the Battle of Kilsyth and perished in the bog were uncovered; and if that wasn’t enough to deal with, the work disturbed millions of frogs who spread like a Biblical plague over the countryside in search of a new home.

A story to make any angler of the Kelvin smile 🙂

River Kelvin flood 1994

Anyone in Glasgow mind the great flood of 1994 ?.

Over at Hidden Glasgow they have some pretty neat pictures!

After day’s of continuous rainfall that fell over Glasgow in the early part of December 1994 the Glasgow Central Low Level Railway was about to be engulfed by thousands of gallons of water that poured out of the River Kelvin in the West End of the City.

With the River Kelvin swelling to unprecedented levels the water raged over the retaining wall at the steps leading up to Gibson Street with a peak flow of 191 m3/s, corresponding to a 1 in 200 year flood!. With the retaining wall overwhelmed, it soon breached, setting a secondary course for the River Kelvin to surge swiftly down the long abandoned Gibson Street Tunnel towards the station at Exhibition Centre on the Argyle line.

Check it out here

Added a new “about” page

Added a new “about” page for new readers 🙂

Looking forward to a bit of this action already

A lovely video from You Tube

Alex, I have either hooked the bottom or a very big Pike!

So last year a couple of friends and I headed down to the river Endrick for a spot of Pike action. If you were a reader at that time you will now remember that “action” is the opposite of what happened. We did not in fact see any Pike at all and my and the Endricks reputation was on the line.
Well, Alex and I went back yesterday for another bash and this time it turned out slightly different.

Our main plan was too hit the river with the fly and to that end I had bought outrageously priced Pike Flies from the Glasgow Angling Centre. What I should have done was head over to eBay and pick up some pike flies from there

However, we decided not to use the fly because of the bright sunny conditions, instead using some giant rattling pike plugs bought from the Glasgow Angling Centre, I would like to say we chose them because of the fishing technique we had planned however if it had a pretty colour, rattled and had a name like Fat Dawg or Little Gem we bought it.

It was quite sad when we got to the river as farmer that owns the land had sold it to a neighbour to rear expensive racehorses, the neighbour does not want plebs like us tramping across his land and catching “jumpy” on the back cast. Anyway, as I knew the farmers wifes family we were allowed on for this last time.

When we got to the river we were quite optimistic, the place reeks of Pike, we could sense there presence¦
chomp chomp

I got into a Pike within 15mins, it was around the 6lb mark and fought well. The banks were very steep being of the 4-5 foot vertical variety so I sent Alex down to get the fish out while I expertly played the fish. Unfortunately the Pike shook its head and was away. I was not too bothered as we had at least seen a Pike this session. This was a definite improvement on last time.

Later, I was retrieving my rattling “Little Gem” with what I thought was a particularly enticing retrieve “ quick quick, slow slow imitating an injured fish, when my line went dead in the water. Then came the immortal words that I shall say time and time again when I tell people this story.If Alex is present I shall look to him to back me up and to nod wisely in respect of the momentous occasion..

Alex, I have either hooked the bottom or a very big Pike

You may insert a slight note of panic, boredom or hopefulness into that line I am not sure exactly how the hallowed words were said.

It was then I realised it was a Pike, I called out I thought it was a fish, Alex at this point thought I was kidding on (you do that when you get snagged, you kid on you are into a big fish for a bit of excitement)
hand off
Alex walked over and we realised I had hooked a monster from the depths. Instantly I was glad it was me purely for the fact all the pressure was on Alex to get down the embankment again and try and get what looked like JAWS out the water. It was like a particularly manic torpedo, every time it got close for him to lift it out the water it would scoot off again taking line off the reel.
We have never been so scared of a fish as we were at that point. I mean we know it is a lot of rubbish that Pike dont actually bite you, but the sheer size of it was pretty intimidating.

Eventually, the Pike was landed, the hooks removed a quick photo opportunity and then the Pike was safely back in the water- immediately swimming off with a flick of its tail. I did not want to lift the Pike up as you see most anglers do as I am certainly no expert in Pike handling, anyway, it was damned heavy. It was one big fat Pike. I would be interested in knowing what peoples guestimate of its size would be. We reckoned it was between 15-20lbs- it was by far my biggest fish and I think I have caught this little Pike bug for the winter months- at least until the start of the trout season.
big Pike

[tags]Pike,fishing,spinning,sexy man in waders [/tags]

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]

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