Fishing for everyone – too commercial?

So I wondered who might broach this rather touchy subject and it finally happened in a forum I visit.
Lucy Bowden operates a website dedicated to getting women into the sport called Fishing for Everyone

She says on her site

Here at fishingforeveryone, we are dedicated to encouraging more people into the sport of angling and in particular to get more females out there and enjoying the sport!

Fishing is one of the few sports whereby everyone and anyone can become involved, no matter of your age, race, gender or ability, anyone can fish! Angling is a sport which gets you out there and at one with nature, where you can relax and enjoy the surroundings at your own leisure.

She has appeared on telly and has been mentioned in the angling press on occasion which is pretty good for a young lass just trying to get more women into the sport.

However, Lucy has started punting rods and reels as well as pink waistcoats on her site making people think that she has perhaps not got the sports best interests at heart but is in fact a capitalist money grabbing evil women angler just out to make a quick buck. I jest, I jest dear readers !!

Lucy responds to the accusation on this thread.

She states that:

…it is me who donates 5% from every sale of wellies to the charity, Casting For Recovery as well as promotes and enters the yearly fishing competitions to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Relief.

The wellies are £45 (on special offer) so she donates £2.25 off every sale! I bet she sells a lot of those pink ones!

I shall let you make up your minds!

Yellow May’s & Half Hogs

So I set myself a wee challenge the other day. I was getting a bit bored with tying the same old flies- which I have got to admit does make sense as I only fish a few flies (which hardly anyone asks me about anyway) when I came across a fly called a half hog. It was devised by an Orkney angler, Norman Irvine whos original intention was to fish the fly as an emerger to imitate hatching midge.

Stan Headley on his website states

The newest pattern for wild trout and stockies. Versatile beyond belief. Fish it with ginked wing as a semi-immersed emerger, figure-8 as a nymph/midge pupa, or slow pull to represent fast nymphs e.g. Olive nymphs or shrimp.

It’s a funny thing, coming across a guide in Scotland as the expertise have never really taken off over here, I know there are a few but certainly not as common as ghillies.
So I tied up a few olive half hogs, I must say they turned out looking not too bad. No doubt they will sink like a stone when I cast em out but it will be fun trying them on my usual haunts.
half hogs

The last couple of days I have had Yellow Mays stuck in my head. Alex (a Kelvin fisher) seen a rather large hatch of them down on the Kelvin which made me remember that I have absolutely none in my box. Seeing as how I had absolutely nothing to make a traditional yellow may I decided on a little yellow cdc effort which I think look quite nice. It I simply yellow thread, bleached deer har and then yellow cdc as the wing. I used a size 16 Kamasan B100 hook.
yellow may

I am not sure how effective it will be without a tail as it does seem quite prominent in the picture. We will see!
may yellow

On Saturday I stood for a while at one of the tributaries at a place where the burn runs next to a supermarket. Not the trolley park on the right hadn side- is this the source of the trolley infestation?
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After a while my eyes became adjusted to looking in the water and I could see a few small trout darting around chasing each other and taking nymphs. The water was crystal clear and would have been at a nice height the place I usually fish on this tributary. See Here…..Here and… Here

But alas, I thought I would wait until Sunday and it has not stopped raining since.

Gizoogle – Yo’ Bitches on the Kelvin

Gizoogle – Transizlatin’ Page – http://theriverkelvin.co.uk/blog/index.php

Rain

Plan=fishing
Result=rain

Off next two days, I am planning to do a whack of fly tying. I have found a couple of nice patterns on the net for olives so will be tying em up. I will post photos. Probably!

Purists- thats what we are!

So BBC weather said it was going to be sleeting today, ha that is a laugh: considering as how my first trip of the season was cancelled because of this. At around 1430 today it was actually quite warm with a little sun on the water. I could certainly imagine large dark olives hatching in weather like this. In fact I pretty much know they will. Tomorrow come hail (likely) or shine (unlikely) I will be venturing forth to try and catch my first trout of the season on a dry fly.

If that does not work I have a bunch of heavily weighted nymphs with lead and Alex says he is bringing worms and pink prawns for Salmon.

Oh purists where are you now!

Bob Wyatt- Trout Hunting

I am going to be good to Bob Wyatt and plug his book. I am sure I did so in the past but as these plugs go around in full circle as new readers get picked up I felt it was worth it again. For my American readers this is one of those books you should read without question !

Trout Hunting: The Pursuit of Happiness

S1gn my guestb00k !

So I finally had to close my guestbook and start again. The type of guestbook I used was getting hit with a couple of hundred spam entries a week, this was making me annoyed. Unfortunately I have now lost all the entries that were real. In fact at the last count I had well over 100 hundred entries which is not bad for a wee site aboot a guy fishing a muddy river with a bamboo rod.
Anyway, I now have a nice shiny new guestbook with funny colours. I would appreciate if people would shine my ego and head over and sign it….roll up roll up , don’t be shy !

Click here to shine my ego

Stonehenge

Aye, so no fishing this weekend. It is like a fine wine I am saving in anticipation of something good. Which is probably why I do not want to go out too soon and blank utterly and freeze my rocks off?
Anyway, went for a wee trip down to Birmingham and then to Bath for the day. Seen the River Avon which looked rather nice and then a quick trip to Stonehenge for a quick prayer to the Gods of Troots.
Here I am with my sister who lives in Birmingham. We are holding up little handheld stick things with a commentary that comes out

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And here is a picture of Stonehenge on this rather chilly but sunny day.
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Will be making my first trip out this weekend no matter whether it is warm or not.

In Birmingham!

Spending a few days down here in Birmingham…..and what do you know- Spring has given this kneck of the woods a bypass as well. Good show- cheers me up no end!

Ta Ta

YouTube – A brown dog runs through it

A pretty good video on how to catch a dog on stillwaters…I am not usually one for watching videos on how to tie patterns but this one is prett good.

YouTube – A brown dog runs through it

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