So I am ill. If I was not ill I would be trying to catch a trout on the Kelvin. Instead I got Claire to drive me to a spot and have a look at it.
It actually looks ok considering it has been raining the last week. It is at a lovely height, wee bit dark but give it a couple of days with no rain and a little sunshine and we should be in business.
Actually, now that I look out the window I can see a bit of sunshine, so maybe there will be a hatch coming off at the moment. Stick to around late afternoon for dry flies.
Thankfully this does not happen wher I fish
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:
â€¦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 Â£45 (on special offer) so she donates Â£2.25 off every sale! I bet she sells a lot of those pink ones!
I shall let you make up your minds!
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!
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 !
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 itâ€¦.roll up roll up , donâ€™t be shy !
Click here to shine my ego
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
And here is a picture of Stonehenge on this rather chilly but sunny day.
Will be making my first trip out this weekend no matter whether it is warm or not.