Celebrating Maryhill

A lovely site about peoples memories of Maryhill.


Fancy a picnic with some friends dear ?

So today was a nice day out with my wife, my niece, my fishing buddy Emmanuelle, his partner and his 6 month old baby.
It was planned last week at my little barbeque, we were supposed to go to the Tummel but at the last minute decided to go to New Lanark instead. We went for a nice walk looking at all the wildlife and took some nice pictures of the Falls of Clyde.
falsl of clyde
We also walked past the twin pipes of the Lanark Hydro Electric Scheme.
twin pipes
The hydro stations were built in 1926 and fully commissioned in 1927; they are also believed to be the oldest hydro-electric power stations in Scotland
We then settled down for some nice food, both couples had prepared some nice edibles and it was most enjoyable. Claire noticed that we were eating a little fast, ho ho we chortled only because the food is so nice.
After the picnic (after a quick see ya, love ya) Emmanuelle and I dashed to the car and drove to somewhere we could fish for a couple of hours. It was far too windy but we both caught a couple of smaller trout. I also found this rather nice toad.
Fishing in the main current was pointless so we stuck to the pocket water where we saw the odd rise now and then.
None of the big trout were showing and after what seemed like 5 mins it was time to bolt back to the women. We bumped into Mike and his brother who were just starting an evening session. Rather enviously we left them; I am looking forward to hear how he faired.

Made that trout all the sweeter!

Yesterday was roasting hot and last night was warm. It was so hot that I thought I was going to blank at one point. As it was I managed a nice plump trout from a tiny bit of pocket water. It was beautifully spotted, hundreds of them tightly packed along its body. Not the typical Kelvin trout I thought. I never got a picture as by the time I got my camera out I just felt it was that little bit too long, then it jerked and was in the water.
I must have covered the trout around 20 times before it took the fly. When it did, it took it aggressively. Whilst I was fishing I heard different guys on the road near me who were obviously worse for wear after watching the football. Here is a selection of what I heard…

“I have NEVER seen anyone catch a fish out of the Kelvin”

“Look at that fanny, thinks he will catch a fish…..hey mate you are a fanny”

“You’ll catch nothing but sunstroke” (note: it was 11pm)

Made that trout all the sweeter!

The Underground Fly Fish Blog » Friday News Follies at the Underground…

Fancy a fish coffin anyone ?

Tom Chandler over at Trout Underground dug this one up, pretty interesting !

The Underground Fly Fish Blog » Friday News Follies at the Underground…

Hot Hot Hot !

Hot, very hot….not the fishing but the temperature. Some trout rising, didn’t have a clue what to. At this little spot there was around 4 trout going at it like crazy.
What the hell, they refused everything I tried. Additionally there was the insult of sipping flies around my artificial. Eventually I took a couple of trout on a tiny olive parachute.
Like I say….Hot Hot Hot !

Fancy a romantic evening by the river darling?

So I managed to wangle a lift to my other river under the guise of a romantic evening by the river. There is Claire over there to the right of that cow
Claire read a magazine whilst I fished. I had to coal carry her across a couple of burns (which she found fun although I swear she could have jumped them) but we got there in the end. Additionally she would not walk through a field of cows so we had to make a shortcut. We were told the farmer was not happy about this but once I explained the situation he was fine with it and in a good natured way said “Och, the coo’s will just lick yer face”
It was a funny night, by all accounts I should have done well but there was little fly life and no trout rising. It has been a hot day and I suppose if we had stayed a little longer there might have been more action but work in the morning beckons.
I managed to get this one as the sun was going down when a small amount of flies were on the water.
Claire even had a few casts as well!
A lovely way to spend an evening.

A bit of a walk up Beinn Dubh

A bit of a walk is an understatement actually.
As yesterday was for lots of food and drink as it was barbeque weather (no fishing as it was to hot) and today it was time to work a bit of that excess off with a bit of hill walking. We decided to tackle Beinn Dubh and the horseshoe which is about 692m (2270 feet). In the book it said it was a steady, but not difficult, climb but at one point I felt we were nearly vertical.
fale summit
However, we had plenty of stops to appreciate the view of Loch Lomond and also that little thrill each time we came upon a false summit kept us going.

I was elated to make it to the top…
…whilst Claire was a little more sedate
We then walked around the horseshoe curving to the left around Glen Striddle and round to an unnamed top (655m 2184 feet) and then a nice descent.
It was great walking along the horseshoe, it was almost as if this was the reward for all our hard work walking up the hill, which essentially it was as there is no way you could get views like this if you did not climb it (well possibly if you had a baloon)
ballon ?
It was then a nice walk along Glen Luss where I possibly burnt all the back of my legs and then back to my house for another barbeque.
If you are interested in finding good walks around Glasgow we use this book.
One Hundred Hill Walks Around Glasgow: Essential Guide to Hill Walking in Central Scotland (One Hundred Walks)
It has 100 walks (hill walks) with a little hand drawn map, with short cuts if it is raining or you are fatigued. It even gives you handy places to park.
Anyway, I have made plans to attack the Kelvin full force with a couple of pals tommorrow, I had my little bamboo rod out for the first time this season the other day but it was a little windy to get any fishing done. Should still be hot tommorrow but late afternoon should see trout rising…..lokking forward to it!

Pretty much anything in life….

can be fixed

A site watch out for !

You know, this just happens to be the longest running personal blog dedicated to fly fishing on the net. I remember when I started this I had a good hunt around and could not find any others. I mean, others spoke about fishing but also had a fair chunk of other stuff as well. Since I have started this blog I have had a fair few emails from people who have started up their own blogs because of the rubbish….. nonsense and occasionally the highly skilled advice that I give (generally that I have gained from other people).

So anyway, every now and then I check my links just to make sure people are still linking and to see if anyone new is linking to me and came up with this little blog. It is a guy in Wales called Gareth Lewis who takes some nice pictures and sometimes even falls in his river. A guy I would like to fish with!

Check it out! Fly Fishing in South Wales

Standing in a River Waving a Stick

Another fantastic book from the bamboo maestro himself:
Standing in a River Waving a Stick

A popular sportswriter returns to his first love, fly fishing, in this wryly crafted reflection on friendship, getting skunked, and other musings sketched against the backdrop of the Colorado foothills and British Columbia. Reprint.

The Synopsis is pretty poor, good fishing book with great stories, some of his books are kinda hit or miss first time around….this one is a hit!

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