Tying Emergers: A Complete Guide

Another book, this time about tying emergers. Emerger patterens are pretty good as searching flies and i use klinkhammers pretty much all the time now!


I love it when a plan comes together!!

So I have spent the last two days moving into my new home. They say that moving is one of the most sressfull things that someone can do but I found it all fairly painless. The only cock up was my cable company not switching on my phnone line. I have spent the last hour winding on another fly line and glueing the end to see if that will make it stop sinking and will be heading down to the Kelvin today for a walk, a fish and a little exploration!
Anyway, it is bright sunshine, no wind, high temperature, there has been no rain in a good few days and therefore little chance of success.

I dont know what I am waiting for !!

Fly Fishing Tactics on Small Streams

I got this book for my birthday………….another little book about fishing smallish streams!


Small stream flyfishing is a rewarding but demanding sport that requires skill, an understanding of successful tactics, and knowledge of the quarry. This revised edition combines descriptions of tactics with diagrams. Topics covered include understanding the stream, tackle, and wet and dry flies.

Lovely, just lovely!!

So I went hillwalking at the weekend. Set out early and walked up Ben Lomond. Ben Lomond is the most southerly Munro and, at 3195ft towers over Loch Lomond
ben lomond
We and it seemed like lots of people were all kitted out in walking gear and jumpers etc. All of us battling against the elements……it took us nearly three hours to walk to the top and the sense of achievement was great. It was only slightly dampened by a race that was going so on the way down we were passed by men and women running up and down it in shorts and t shirts
Very fit people, they ran up and back down in like an hour or something……puts you to shame really. There was some American tourists doing the hike as well and they were pretty impressed that the Scots were so tough that they were running up a mountain in the snow whilst everyone else was in hiking boots 🙂 As I passed I mentioned I had forgotton my shorts and T shirt !!

For stress relief I prescribed a few hours fishing down the Kelvin on Sunday. There were plenty of flies on the water -olives -but there was also a cold wind.
As much as some bits of the river are nice other bits are pretty grim…
car in river

Additionally I did not want to get too close to this thing…
It was leaking something …every now and then I would get a whiff of diesel. I think I will continue to try and track it down, will give SEPA a wee phone next week as well.
No photos of fish I am afraid but I did manage to catch around 4 but missed a fair few 

New Fly Line Time!!

To be honest I am disapointed with my Snowbee XS floating line. It lasted all of half a season before the tip section started to sink like a stone…..it is very very annoying. And it is not just a small amount I am talking about here, it is like around a yard and a half that sinks after around half an hour of fishing. I emailed Snowbee but because I do not have a receipt they will not exhange it. Which is kind of fair enough but then the more I think about it , it pisses me off. Anyway, maybe I will get a snowbee line again in the future but then again maybe not. The thing is with myself as a consumer is that once you have got a hold of me with a good product then you will have me for life. I think it is different over in the states when it comes to customer service as they pretty much realise this………over here it is all money money money!!

Pah!! will let you know what line I buy tommorow!!


It seems that noone can make up theire mind about who to vote for. The last google searches that have brought people here have been about who to actually vote for…..”who should i vote for” being the last 20 or so searches.


Internet TV

So I was messing around with Winamp the other day when I noticed that it has a way to view internet tv. Winamp is a piece of software that you can use to stream music and listen to CDs for those of you that do not know, its a bit like media player only better 😉
Anyway, if you go to file and then internet TV you get a whole range of channels. There is a search function and if you type in fishing there is a rather nice fishing channel. Sometimes it is someone speaking in another language showing you how to tie flies but also sometimes it is people catching some rather nice trout. Well worth the look if you have broadband!!

Lovely fish!!

So as usuall on a Sunday I headed down to another river with a fishing buddy. The day was pretty miserable with showers on and off……generally rotton weather. Anyway, turned out to be one of the best days fishing in a loooooong time. We both had good fish but my friends fish was by far the biggest…
big troot
It just so happened that I was having a moment of changing flies when we seen a tiny little rise….I said go for it as I was going to take a while and he did………….the result could not have been better!!

I was going to post a rather longish video of him playing the fish and then the Joyous moment as I netted it …………but instead here is a video of the fish getting the upper hand and darting for freedom!!
I myself caught a few nice trout but alas did not get my camera out until far too late !!!!

Tying Small Flies

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.


Most enjoyable…..kinda

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 :/

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