A walk along the banks of Loch Lomond

A little heavy on the pictures I am afraid but I like them so what the heck. Claire and I woke up and decided to take a walk along the banks of loch Lomond today. It was a bright cold day and we thought it would be nice for a bit of de stressing as well.
lomond
It was lovely, we each picked up a rather nice stick – I had bought Claire special walking poles but we had left them behind as we thought we would not need them….we were wrong. We went off the beaten path slightly and Claire found a rope swing …
claire swinging
It looked like so much fun I decided to have a go as well….
allyswinging
Lots of fun was had….what was even nicer was the fact there was no the usuall hordes of people that are there during the summer, you could actually just walk about and enjoy the peace and quiet..
We found a little bay where the waves were getting swepped up by the wind

To top it off there was some lovely views in the distance …….
distance!!
During the summer you regulary see guys out in boats fishing the loch. I have only ever fished Loch Lomond once from a boat, I was around 14/15 possibly younger and i went out with two brothers called Malky and Bill. Malky had caught a 29lb Salmon in the past and seemingly it was stuffed and mounted and on show in the pub that is on one of the islands of the loch.
We were not fishing the fly but trolling……pulling devon minnows or rapelas along behind the boat. We did not catch anything although I had my first taste of whiskey and had a can of beer (which was horrible) and got slightly tiddly.

Ahhhhh the days!!!

upgrading wordpress

I have upgarded my blog and now have a completlet different layout. It is in fact rather nice. I may keep it for a while, or chop and change. I dont know yet :)

Advice for the Love struck angler!

Should have posted this on valentines day but what the hell…..

head over here and read it!

A book from ebay!

I bought a book off ebay a while ago. Its a book called Dances with Trout by John Gierach.

Anyway, it had an inscription. It was stated in the auction so I was not bothered but the more I read it the more I wondered.
chip
It reads::

10/18/94
Dear Dad,
I hope we can find some time to dance with some of those infamous english trout. ? this spring.
Love Chip

It intrigues me. Why did the dad get rid of a book from his son? especially as it was inscribed. When it comes to books I can read them over and over again……… a bit like listening to a good song time and time again but this is kinda different. Maybe the father died and all his books were sold off or something. I mean it seems like a “loving” kind of inscription doesnt it? I think it does anyway…..its memories. Maybe the father and son had fallen out and the son had bought the book as a peace offering. It was over 10 years ago that the inscription was made.
Who knows?

I used to have a handle on life, but it broke

coughing, sore throat, sore chest.
Im ill. Off placement.
I feel awful. Like really bad. Bloody awful in fact.

Ice Fishing

Wouldnt mind a shot at that ice fishing malarky. I have a friend over in Sweden who talks about it and says that it is most fun :)

THE LAW

Oh yea, people ask me why I dont like people bait fishing. Actually I dont mind people fishing bait. It is people fishing with a SET LINE that I do not like. I regulary talk to guys fishing bait down on the river, generally that use floats and maggots/worms.wasp grubs. Pretty skillful guys and do well.
I would just like to point this out

Fishing by rod and line
Section 24(1) of the 1951 Act, as amended by section 8(6) of the 1986 Act, defines rod and line as:

“single rod and line with such bait or lure as is lawful at the passing of this Act and, in the case of fishing for salmon in an area to which and at a time during which regulations made under section 8 of the Salmon Act 1986 apply, is not specified in such regulations in respect of that area and time”.

This definition has been taken to mean that the use of double rod fishing, cross line fishing, set lines, otter fishing, burning the water etc is actually illegal.
So if you use two rods and are set lining it is actually illegal. Even though this is down on the permit anyway doesnt matter a jot as all it means is that guys disregard it anyway /

Moan over.

Experminting

I am experimenting with the layout again. If anyone has any comments please let me know what you think!
So far I like this layout although I think it needs a little more colour……maybe a picture or something.
Some feedback would be nice :)

EDIT:: my new template totally buggered up the whole blog so changed back to the old one. Stressed out my head with Uni just now as well :(

Some people are alive only because it’s illegal to kill them

Hey, have a look at this

Ohhhhhh the irony!

Not being one….

Not being one to blow my own trumpet but I got a mention in the Scotland on Sunday newspaper on………er Sunday! He was talking about Bob Wyatt……but mentioned the blog :)

You can view the scanned article here which was kindly sent to me by Tom over at A View From the Bridge

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