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.
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?
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.
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.
Like I said, I think I came across to strong, I have not heard a reply.
Ah yes, a happy Monday morning to you all!
I was looking through my photographs when I came across this.
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 â€œroughâ€ in that one had a large knife and was carving something into the bit of wood. I would expect the â€œDaily Recordâ€ would brand them as â€œNedsâ€ 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.
I found this from a newsletter in 2001
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
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.
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!
Here is a book I highly recommend to all new fishers of rivers.
Or for that matter those just wanting to brush up
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.
If you have been using IE you may have noticed that the sidebar went a bit wonkey around a week ago. The sidebar ended up away down on the page. This is because of a wonky bit of code somewhere that jiggered everything up. As I use firefox I did not notice, it was just on the offchance that I fired up IE to have a gander at something that I noticed. It just goes to show how clunky IE is as a browser and should be a lesson to you to get a proper one.
jeepers, someone could have left a comment about it as well 😉
If there is something I like, other than a bargain, it is good service. I have written about Riverkeeper before but thought I would again just in case you missed it. It is now nearly the start of the season and I am doing my usual getting my tackle sorted out, what I need new and what I can salvage from last year. What I cannot salvage are my tapered leaders. Anyway, rather than trek all the way to the GAC I remember that this nice little online shops sells lots of Fulling Mill stuff and therefore ordered up some Fulling Mill tapered leaders, some â€œShake n Floatâ€ and some putty for nymphing. No order too large or small it all comes with free next day delivery. Startling service!
Next week I am going to start attaching my tapered leaders to my fly line, last year I used some dinky cast connectors but this year a friend is going to show me a trick using a needle and some glue.
Anyway, Riverkeeper sells lots of interesting fly fishing stuff including flies, reels, tapered leaders, rods etc . It is pretty much all Fulling Mill branded, but I reckon with them you cannot really go wrong!
You can visit the site here Riverkeeper
So I found myself taking a stoat along beside the River Leven today as it was on my journey.
I seen a couple of Salmon fly fishers out and a fair few bait and spin fishers too. I came up to the barrage gates and wondered whether this place was still hammered by bait fisherman. They used to line up and growl at anyone that was not in the “in crowd” who tried to fish there, I would swear they did it in shifts.
I could never see the fun in it myself !
I had a wee look at Robbies site and found my answer, looks like good news to me.
The barrage at Balloch, the top most pool, was in the past the most popular spot on the river because the fish had to slow down to pass it before entering the Loch. Illegal fishing, and anglers standing shoulder to shoulder, was the norm which led to the Bailiffs putting obstacles in the water to prevent fishing. This is a place that is rarely frequented now
Sounds good to me !
I went for a wander along to the Vet School on Sunday. It was pretty grim, I hope it starts to heat up a little bit, I suppose a month can make all the difference though in fly fishing. I might add that if Bird Flu hits the UK then this stretch will be off limits to anglers just like during the foot and mouth outbreak.