Another book for your collections …..
Features: Midge larvae and pupae, tiny parachutes, floating nymphs, micro scuds, tiny ants; Choosing the right hook, thread, wire, and amount of weight for small flies plus 75 patterns, including Brassie, RS-2, Renegade, Gold-Ribbed Hare’s Ear, Griffith’s Gnat; Foreword by John Gierach. Taking trout on lightweight rods with flies as small as size 20 and 30 is a challenge. Learn to imitate midges’ trailing shucks and drowned adults, tie tiny parachutes and white-winged Tricos, and create patterns that mimic microcaddis and micro scuds. Engle covers small-fly history, tying tools, and materials. Tips on fishing techniques come from Ed Engle’s 30 years of experience fishing small flies on the South Platte River.
Lovely afternoon down at the Kelvin today. The day was warm with plenty of flies on the water…the only problem being that there was not a lot of fish moving. Still managed to winkle out a couple of brownies and what looked like a little sea trout……..well it was silvery anyway.
Met two absolutley sound guys who were shiftily drinking beer under a tree wearing chest waders with their fly rods all set up. Stood chatting for around an hour and would probably still be there now if I hadnt actually wanted to get some more fishing done. Had a good chat about the virtues of fishing the fly against bait and they were generally two of the most enthusiastic guys I have met.
Anyway, seeing as how I had my “Warden Badge of Power” I asked a few folks if they had their permits……….nope. That makes 4 people fishing down at the vet school without permits. Makes you wonder doesnt it :/
When I logged onto my stats thingus today I noticed I was getting an extraordinary amount of visitots from some forum based in Poland. Anyway they are talking about vision waders ……..although I have no idea what………I have pretty much decided it is because they want to lnow about them and put Vision waders into google…………my blog comes up maybe number 4/5 on the list !
Anyway, If anyone reads polish it would be nice to know what they are saying 🙂
Anyway, I had a wee gander through the website and even though I did not understand it the pictures are nice……….go and have a look
Lee Wulff: “Game fish are too valuable to be caught only once.”
So I had to go into the Glasgow Angling Centre to buy some new felt soles. Now most of my readers are aware of how much I moan about the place having no soul……..and also how I felt that the service was poor. All I can say is that in the last wee while and my last two trips it has been great. My last visit found the assistant asking me how my fishing had been doing. This I might add was the first time that I have ever been asked !!! fantastico This led to me talking about a little small stream action and then him bringing up the Kelvin. At this point I had a choice…..I could either say that this was my website or just say that I heard the fishing was good. Anyway, I said that he should check out my website and the guy said he had already checked it out and liked it ………..and here was me thinking that they would ban me or something 😉
My second visit went just as well â€¦..I was taking the felt soles back and the guy came up and actually helped me to choose what ones should fit. Pretty damn good I thought!!!
Coming from someone who usually slags of the GACâ€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦..I was impressed!!
So I had a day down at the River Gryfe. Confidentiality forbids me from telling you exactly where. Anyway, myself and my fishing partner managed to talk a friend into actually going fishing. The friend feels that he has lost the spark for fishing or some shite like that……….he now plays tennis for goodness sake 😉
Anyway, we managed to convince him that he had to get back to his roots (he does far too much loch and competition fishing) so we headed down to a small stream. He was using his new little bamboo rod and it was an absolute stunner I must say. It is really making me want a little bamboo rod for the Kelvin…..
Anyhow, we had a good day out but I nearly blanked if it was not for perseverance at a little pool next to a waterfall.
Here is a picture of my fishing buddy looking rather intense…
Got home and found my first birthday present waiting for me. Actually it was my second as on Thursday I was given a book called “Somewhere Else” from the staff on my placement……I am gagging to start reading it. My birthday is actually on Monday but seeing as how I tanned a couple of glasses of wine I was intrigued as to what it was. Anyway, I opened itâ€¦â€¦.and found this
Yup its a Hardy waistcoat……….very very nice!! I have been hunting around for one of these now for a while , not that one in particular but a new waistcoat……..my old one is getting a bit tatty and seeing as how I think it is unlucky to actually wash a fishing waistcoat then some of the fish slime makes it look weird. Oh and it has FAR too many pockets!!
Anyway, my new one is GREAT!!
It is just a pity that I may not actually get much fishing done the next wee while as I will be so busy………………pfft!! Oh yea and the felt sole fell off my wading boot and is now lost nowhere to be found. Must pop into the GAC (shudder) and get some new felt soles for my birthday to fit em before next week.
“Rivers and the inhabitants of the watery elements are made for wise men to contemplate and for fools to pass by without consideration.”
Cant decide whether this is a hoax or not!
World Reknowned River Test, Fishing Rights for Lease
The River Test, an internationally famous fishing river, and the longest of Hampshire’s rivers, enters the borough at Longparish and runs some 20 miles southward, through Stockbridge and Romsey, until it leaves the borough at Redbridge on the outskirts of Southampton, flowing into Southampton Water and the Solent.
Another good looking book!!
Puff Pant Puff Pant Puff Pant Puff Pant ……out for a jog with fit better half…..Puff Pant Puff Pant Puff Pant…..along the canal tow path…..Puff Pant Puff Pant Puff Pant…..I feel bad, my legs are all wobbly……Puff Pant Puff Pant Puff Pant…..I look at the canal looking for places I would stop and fish if I were after Pike….Puff Pant Puff Pant Puff Pant……I think Iâ€™m going to die, my chest hurts and my face must be red…..Puff Pant Puff Pant Puff Pant…”come on come on your slowing down” yells my better half……Puff Pant Puff Pant Puff Pant……There are two guys in front of me, walking towards me, carrying fishing rods…… Puff Pant Puff Pant Puff Pant……..need to keep going…….Puff Pant Puff Pant Puff Pant…lucky bastards, using plugs as well….Puff Pant Puff Pant Puff Pant…..we draw within looking distance of each other…..there is a moment!!!!! A moment of clear headedness as our eyes met!! A telepathic connection if you will……….
# you should be out fishing mate, do you realise that you look as if you are about to fall over any moment……look at me strolling along ….will probably be catching me some nice Pike later….take a photo and smoke a cigar!!
% aha yes my good man, I am actually a brother of the angle, but I seem to be carrying a slight gut at the present moment in time I am not really one of these obsessive fitness freaks…..I understand the call of the wild and the way the water hypnotises you as it glitters in this springiest evening sun.
# and the call tonight is strong brother, the water is warming and the Pike are moving, enjoy your run
% yegads, I must continue my run and not slow down or I may be drawn into a fishy conversationâ€¦â€¦may you catch plenty of large Pike, and may you have the same amount of cuts on your fingers as before.
Puff Pant Puff Pant Puff Pant Puff Pant Puff Pant Puff Pant Puff Pant Puff Pant â€¦â€¦â€¦.thatâ€™s me ten minutes into the jog, only 20 more to go Puff Pant Puff Pant Puff Pant Puff Pantâ€¦
Two guys out for a fish in the local canal….after Pike….lovely night. Walking between spots a women jogs by and then a bloke. Bloke looks at them with a pained expression and then jogs on………….one guy turns to the other and says “that guy should relax more……should take up fishing”
“true” says the other!!