Hardgate and District Angling Club

Someone left a comment the other day with a link to the Hardgate and District Angling Club
the other day when I was posting about Greenside.
A nice little site about the Cochno Loch and Jaw Reservoir which I would like to fish next year if someone fancies taking me as a guest ~hint Hint~

Grayling !!

It’s all quiet on the fishing side after the “pike” fishing trip last week. Last week I even missed my fly tying night as I was stuck in the house doing some painting.
Started my new job on Monday, now that wss a scary prospect. I got my new contract through and I see there is a flexitime system to save up hours for important “things” woohoo.

Here is a picture of Emmanuelle with a rather nice Grayling that he caught down at my other special river. It was all action when the wind died down but every time it started to blow it would all stop.
We had gone Grayling fishing and I ended up catching two trout.

Here is a spider that had to be ejected from my house.

Sea Trout Loss Linked to Salmon Farm Parasite

Sea Trout Loss Linked to Salmon Farm Parasite

Surprise Surprise!

Nowt much happening !!

Nothing much to report the last few days. I was going to post a picture of my last trout of the season but for some reason my photo gallery is buggered up so I cannot upload photos. What I will do is point you towards my Flikr account where I keep some photos that I share with some people. You can look at it here or if you look down the right hand side of the blog (over the Tea Stick Rod) you will see a photo stream you can click on that.

I bought some fly tying materials the other day, some deer hair and some more CDC. This winter I am determined to stock my fly box with a meaty selection of flies…..flies that I will show you pictures of at some point.

Over and Out !

I know a great place for Pike!!!

Ah yes, that was what I said…..a deep river…I have caught Pike there in the past…hell Claire caught Pike their in the past…..except now we will be armed and dangerous!!


Where did it all go wrong?

We had wire traces, giant plugs that rattled (mine cost £1.50 but Alex bought Rapalas at 10 quid each) a nice autumn day and a river that was stuffed full of Pike. It had all the ingredients for a major day of predator fishing.
Why then did we end up totally blanking? In fact you could say we had a negative count of fish as allegedly Charlie hooked a Sea Trout (which none of us seen…he had a Toby on as he had sent his girlfriend into town to pick up lures).

We were doing everything right…..like er…casting out and retrieveing slowly….my rattling plug scraping the bottom…its only a matter of time we kept telling each other
a matter of time

Should have gone to the canal!

BDG Graphite and Carbon Fibers

BDG Graphite and Carbon Fibers

All you ever wanted to know about carbon fibre

A Joke!

There was a priest that loved to stream fish. One year there was a problem every time he had a chance to go fishing the weather was bad or it was on Sunday, when he had to work. All year he was anable to go. Finally it was the last week before the streams closed. The weather was bad all week until Sunday, when the weather was great. The priest could not resist, he called a fellow priest claiming to be very sick and asked if he could take over his sermon.

The flyfishing priest drove over 200 miles, not wishing to see anyone he knew.

An angel seeing the priest playing hooky went to God and said “Your not going to let him get away with this are you?”. God agreed he should do something .

The first cast the priest made was perfect. The fly floated past a log and a huge mouth gulped the fly down. For 45 minutes the priest ran up and down the stream fighting the mighty fish. At the end he held a 50″ world record rainbow trout.

Confused the angel asked God, “What are you doing?”.

God replied “Think about it, who’s he going to tell?”

Bamboo rod put away !!

Alas, it is time to put my bamboo rod away for another season,


But fear not I shall still be tying flies and going the occasional pike session.

Seemingly I am on telly!

Got a phone call today telling me I am on the advert for Trout n About.

I amgoing away to scan the telly, especially STV

Pike action on the Forth n Clyde!!

So I headed down to the canal for a bit of Pike action.
No I was not using a fly rod (for my sins) I was using a nice spinning rod with a big “fuck off” plug that dived and darted and generally did impressions of a dying fish. It was all very exiting! A few Jacks went for my plug I could see them shoot at it and then be on for a second and then off again. Good fun. In the end I only managed to actually land one (the smallest, that’s my story and I am sticking too it anyway)
There is a place where the canal goes over the Kelvin so I walked down to have a look at the river; sadly it was at this place that a young woman was murdered the other day, there were police cars and flowers on the ground where her body was found.

Anyway, I took a walk down to the weir and was amazed at the amount of water going down it. No Salmon that I could see trying to get up although they would have to be some pretty fit fish to actually manage it.


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