New Gierach Book!!

There is a new Gierach Book!! out……..

cover

Looks very very nice, over the winter his books make you want to tie flies, grow a beard and fish bamboo!!

Yowzers!!

As soon as I posted that I may go fishing this week for the first time this season the rain started.

Typical……..bloody typical!!

I’m not a complete idiot — some parts are missing

~Yawn~

Red wine, lovely…..I seem to be going through bottles of the stuff lately, it’s like rocket fuel (you will get that joke I you actually LIVE in Glasgow)
Anyway, the old emails from people seem to have trailed off from the usual suspects in the last month or so, I can only imagine that you are all busy fishing or something…..or quite possibly I have been making no sense whatsoever.

I am off for the next week and will be having my first session down the Kelvin. I do not think I will try out my new little six foot rod until there is actually going to be fish rising……much more fun that way. I am also trying to decide whether to over line it with a 4 weight line for the much closer work that I envisage.

Populour Fly Tiers…

Flies you just dont want to fish!!

Some peoples flies just look too good to fish!! It made me think what makes a populour fly tier. In the states you have people like AK Best who are obviously masters at what they do but when it comes to the UK I was trying to work out how many there actually are. The first two that immediatly spring to mind are Charles Jardine and Oliver Kite.
I watched Charles Jardine at two demonstrations now at a fly tying club I drop in and out of and he is very very good I must say….certainly full of the patter. I didnt manage to catch Oliver Kite however.
Someone who in years to come will become to be one of those tyers who will build up a big reputation is going to be Roy Christie. He usually posts under the name of “reversed parachutes” on the various boards that he visits. he calls himself reversed parachutes for a very obvious reason……..he um reverses his….er parachutes!
Here is his Avon Special….
Avon special

have a look at this mating midge…

parachute mating midge

A nice article by Roy can be read over at sexyloops

For more flies by Roy Christie head over here !!!!

Kylie is in Glasgow!

It is a lovely day. It is warm outside and if I was at the river I could probably catch a trout on the dry fly. I am pretty sure there would have been a hatch of flies at around miidday. Instead I had to clean out all the junk that has accumulated over the last 7 years. Moved heavy wardrobes and beds just to be told that they must go back to the same place as before!!
This is probably the warmest and sunniest day of the year so far and it is probably something to do with Kylie being in town
kylie

Oh its darkish now…….I think red wine is called for!

New Season, new Stuff Dammit!!

So the new season has now started and new stuff had to be bought. First of all I have ditched my system of using a tapered braided leader and will now be using a tapered nylon leader and will stick with it. Secondly I went out tonight and bought myself another fly box, a rather cool lightweight simple one from the Glasgow Angling Centre (more on THAT in a moment). Thirdly I have had to sadly buy myself another pair of polaroids. You might remmember how exited I was with my last pair of sunglasses but sadly they got rather squashed in my bag and and are now as they say in the trade “squinty”. So I bought a nice new pair from GAC for the princely sum of 15 bucks. They fit rather nice actually and they are good for low light conditions, well it says “average” light on the little lable so that is good enough for me. I was going to take a picture of myself in them but the old ball n chain told me to take them off.

I kinda sorted through all my flies into two piles…….flies I use and flies I might use. I then took the one fly that I do actually use all the time and stuck it somewhere safe. I then noticed that I have around 20 variations of that fly in different sizes with darker or lighter body hair. First person that guesses what it is gets to pick me up, go fishing with me and then buy me a pint at the end of the day

Oh yea, bought a house as well. Was getting a bit panicky there as we had been looking at houses that were not within walking distance of the river. However we are now buying a house that is within casting distance of where I am sitting just now. Well, I mean casting distance if you were one of those pretty amazing power casters that can cast into the middle of a reservoir and still somehow manage to be just out of reach. Not the kind of caster who like me can manage maybe 15 feet away and is not in fact up a tree, in a bush or on an irate dog walker.

Here is a picture of a lovely little piece of the river I like trundling a fly down for no other reason than to slow down the page loading…
little bit

Nice Box!!

Here is a real nice fly tying storage box on ebay

Remmember what I said about REAL men MAKING their fly tying boxes……..Ta DA!!!!!

box

Allan Brown hates bloggers

I see Allan Brown has been slagging of blogs in the times…

constrained by the need to be interesting in any way whatsoever, blogs are the background radiation of the intellectual realm, the white noise of the collective unconscious, scrolling out their narratives whether anybody wishes to read them or not.

I think he is panicking that his job is actually worthless now that everyone has discovered they can write and people actually read it!!

The inner world of Joe Blogs

Weird!

Weird auction, nice technique though here!!!

Figures!!

First day of the trout season. Rains.

Figures!

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