A Walk in the Snow!

Will I be fishing on opening day? Well considering Claire and I went for a walk along the banks of the Kelvin and we took a Sled I can with good confidence say no.
sledge
Most enjoyable though, never seen the Kelvin in snow before!
slesge2
And here is where I will most probably cast my first fly on the Kelvin in a couple of weeks time, with a bit of luck it will be slightly better !
dassnow

YAWN!

Up early and what do I find..
more snow
It is a few feet deep in places. Funny how we never seem to get snow like this anymore. I am sure it has got somethhing to do with global warming!

The darkest hour is just before dawn!

So it has been threatening snow for weeks now. It has finally happened, just a few days before the season starts, ah yes the darkest hour before spring is upon us all.
I was lying in my bed unable to sleep so thought I would get up for a wee while and browse the net. It is around 2am and the snow is coming down heavy.
snow
I dare say if we had went grayling fishing today it would have been nice but what we did was possibly even nicer- we made plans for the coming season. We have plans to fish a remote hill loch which I have been sworn to secrecy with regards to the name and location. We have plans to fish another two local rivers – the Gryffe and the Avon. We will be having evening and days at our special place as well as our big plans of hitting the Kelvin commando style.
commando
Tying up some flies tomorrow!

Just a few days till its here!

Yup, season starts on the 15th. The forecast is for cold and miserable. My first trip will probably be in two weeks !
Today was supposed to be for Grayling but seeing as how snow was forecast (but not materialised) we decided to just go for a little shopping trip instead :)

Holy Moly- Its a troot with two mouths!

I know there are genetically modified rainbows out there but this is just getting plain silly!

two mooths

Picture and story at JournalStar.com

Let me be your Agony Fly Fishing Uncle anytime!

So I get a lot of emails from people. Especially now that the new season is approaching and people are thinking fishy thoughts. My visitor numbers have doubled as usual at this time and so have the emails. Usually they are the usual what flies, what rod variety with the possibility of meeting new people but some are different. I got an email a few weeks ago and I think my answer came across a bit strong or not subtle enough or something. Here it is, although the authors name not included.

hey,
I like your site alot as im irish and my fishing venues are identical to yours,I love flyfishing for the wild brownies.My fav. venue is this wee lough no one else fishes.the fishing on its unreal, i caught 6 browns on the last day of the season on a black pennel one of wich was a lovely golden 2 pounder.Is this kind of lough rare and should i tell anyone about it?

XXXX

I thought long and hard about my answer, what advice I could give to this kindred soul who was so obviously moved by this little gem he had found that he had to reach out and tell me about it. My reply was thus.

Hi XXXX,
I think you should share this burden of knowledge and tell me exactly
where it is, once done TELL NO ONE ELSE!

I look forward to precise directions.

Alistair

Like I said, I think I came across to strong, I have not heard a reply.

In Memorial

Ah yes, a happy Monday morning to you all!

I was looking through my photographs when I came across this.
titch
It says:

In memory of Julie Nybo & “Titch” who loved the estate. March 2003

I often take photos of random objects thinking that I will post and blog about them and then forget, and this was one of them. It is a little plaque on a boulder in the vet school. It does not take a genius to work out that Julie Nybo used to take “Titch” for a walk through the grounds and they are now both departed, although if anyone knows different please get in touch.
Its a nice touch done by people that seemed to know them well, I hope the ashes were scattered in the grounds as well so that they could spend a little longer enjoying it.
Puts me in mind of last year when I came across some young people planting a little bush with a little wooden plaque next to it. They looked quite “rough” in that one had a large knife and was carving something into the bit of wood. I would expect the “Daily Record” would brand them as “Neds” The eldest had carved the fathers name into a bit of plywood. I got chatting to them and it turned out their father had passed away. Sadly the next time I walked by the bush was gone and the wooden plaque as well. Still, every time I walk past that spot I think of those young people obviously grief stricken after the death of their father.

If you look at the brass plaque of Julie and Titch you can see it is bashed as well. Makes you wonder why people vandalize things like that.

edit:

I found this from a newsletter in 2001

Julie Nybo
Julie, secretary in the Department of Veterinary Parasitology since
1983, retired at the end of June. She had previously worked at
NATO, and saw the department through many recent changes,
continuing to provide excellent secretarial and administrative
support. Julie will be well known to many from walking Titch, her
Jack Russell terrier, through the estate at lunchtimes. She kept the
department amused with her raucous and sometimes ribald sense of
humour. Julie is an excellent golfer and shot to fame last year winning
the ladies championship at Cardross Golf Club. She has a great love
of sport, and is also a very keen gardener, supplying the department
with edibles from her garden. Julie played a central role for many
years, and has been a tower of strength during recent months, and we
all miss her and wish her all the best in her retirement.
Prof. Eileen Devaney

Matching the Hatch

So this year I am determined to actually identify the flies on the water. Last year at the start of the season the trout were going crazy for the large dark olives, so I have been tying up many patterns. I suppose fly identification and fly fishing go hand in hand! Therefore I have been consulting my little bible of flies.

Matching the Hatch: Stillwater, River and Stream

For those that dont have it it is

A guide to help the angler choose the right artificial fly, including macro-photography of insect life combined with selections of the most lookalike lure. The book suggests that the angler observes the insect that seems to attract the most, and choose a fly from the photographs supplied

The photos really are very good, and it should sort out those “what fly to try today” for begginers as it gives you 7 patterns for any situation!

Small Stream Fishing

Here is a book I highly recommend to all new fishers of rivers.

Fly Fishing Tactics on Small Streams

Or for that matter those just wanting to brush up :)

BBC NEWS | UK | Extra fish planned for UK rivers

BBC NEWS | UK | Extra fish planned for UK rivers

I am a firm believer that young people should have a hobby and this just proves it. It is allso good to see they are highlinghting fishing as being one of the most popular leisure pursuits, helping sustain 20,000 jobs in the industry and local economies near rivers.

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