The River Home

Here is a good book. It is called The River Home by Jerry Dennis

From the Publisher
Join Jerry Dennis On A Journey Down THE RIVER HOME
“When you’re rooting around in the water or the woods, miles from the nearest strip mall and office complex, nobody is likely to judge you by your clothing or your skin color or your political orientation, and if they do you don’t give a damn anyway. Fishing frees you of such nonsense. If you want society, convention, comfort, and safety, stay home. If you want your life to be a joyous romp, get outside.” – Excerpt from “Eight Days of Hendricksons” in THE RIVER HOME

I have been reading it over the last month or so, it is very good!

Whet the appetite!

So a few weeks back, Mike, a guy who I have fished with a few times sent me some pictures of Grayling that he caught. Absolutely lovely looking fish and impressive sizes too.


I am afraid i have still to catch a grayling, but to be honest I have never really put any great effort into it. Saying that though, we have a trip planned for next month where instead of trying on the surface with dry flies we are actually going to try and catch them the proper way with nymphs.


Both fish were around the 3lb size!

I forgot to buy a Euro millions lottery ticket last night, Claire and I often talk about where we would stay and I always say somewhere near a river, nothing to extravagant though. I think this suits the bill nicely.

A rare opportunity of acquiring a most attractive substantial period country residence offering high quality residential accommodation with 4 /5 bedrooms plus separate self contained granny / holiday annexe, set within commodious gardens on the banks of the river Teifi with fishing.

Sounds and looks lovely!

A new season a new look !

Was not sure if this actually warrented a post but I have decided on a new theme for the blog. That is in fact theme and not topic, hell if you come here regular like you will know what I am on about.


Did you know?

The famous physicist William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin was created Baron Kelvin in honour of his achievements, he was named after the river that flowed passed Glasgow University.
The Kelvin temperature scale, was named after the little river that I catch trout out of, it was named after its creator Lord Kelvin.

That is what I call fishing in history :)

Harelaw-the second coming!

See that, that was a play on words that was!
It could have been good. We had planned this for a while…..well I suppose if I was to say fortnight then it wouldn’t be the same so I will say “a while” instead. At least we had been talking about doing a bit of fishery action anyway. The only fishery that Alex and I have fished is Harelaw and seeing as how it is easy to get to by public transport I found myself at Glasgow Central on Saturday morning at 0700.

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It’s funny, as the night before we noted that we have never actually fished together in good conditions, it’s either been too hot or raining or just plain wild weather. Now to add to our little collection of bizarre fishing trips it was too damn cold. We were optimistic, all the books tell you that rainbows are not bothered by the cold much more the heat, so we were both quietly optimistic (we were not going to settle for anything less than bloodlust/ killfest until our limit was reached). As it turned out Brian the owner of Harelaw did not have much to worry about from these two geniuses. His advice was traditional flies fished slow, traditional as in something small and black. After that didn’t work I decided on something big pink and sparkly, it still didn’t work.

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Too cut a long story short we caught bugger all and at some point I ended up half pished. I know swigging 10 year old whiskey is not enough to have you considered a “down and out” but when you are on a train dressed like you will be sleeping under copies of the Guardian I am pretty sure people did stop and think.

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I could go on about the beautiful setting, the fog in the morning, the weak sense of spring just trying to break through the bleak winter. Instead I will tell you we caught bugger all and freezed our nads off, busted the engine (again) and had to row up the loch.

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Looking forward to going back though!

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This is terrible!!

Somehow this really upset me. I was looking at those pictures thinking how lovely it looked. Claire regulary travels up to Dundee and I was thinking about her dropping me off for a couple of hours..Well, just read the whole thread to see what happened :/

Return to Harelaw!

You might remember the last time I went stockie bashing myself and Alex went to Harelaw trout fishery. You might remember that after a day of absolute madness I was then ill for a few days after it. Its all happening again people, this Saturday a boat is booked, the weather is to be fucking cold and I am going to look out my waterproof trousers…be afraid, be very afraid!

be afraid !

A monkee view of the kelvin

Here is a monkeys view of fishing the Kelvin…enjoy!

Feel free to leave a comment of any others :)

AGM 2006

So the AGM actually went quite well. Firstly I though that absolutely no one was going to speak up but then someone did….and you know…what they said made perfect sense! After last seasons “extension of the salmon season” proposal, some guys proposed that for the last month of the season it should be mandatory catch and release on all salmon. It was voted on and agreed. Sometimes though I just feel as if though that no one wants to speak out at these things and that’s why there was no counter proposal though but hey at least its through!

The argument was that yes, the river is improving but in a few years it might be back to square one if people keep on killing salmon.

What else, oh yea, another two youngsters on the committee and as usuall I won bugger all in the raffle.

Outside someone asked if the River Kelvin club had a website and someone said this was it. In fact this is not the club website, this is my website and even though I am on the committee for the club it means I can still say whatever the hell I want on my own website. You get my drift?

Nice day today!

You know, today was almost like a spring day. I mean there was still a nip in the air and next week we could all be knee deep in snow but really, it was nice, there were flowers budding on some trees and some shoots coming up from daffodils. Realistically, looking at this post I should be thinking of heading out just as soon as the season opens. Last year I was a bit stressed out with uni work but this year…….this year will be hell as now I have a fucking job!

I think I will see if my little bit of vandalism is still on that tree..

al on tree By the looks of things this was around the first time I went fishing last season. I need to look up wading boots as my last ones turned into wader assasins. GRRR

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