Why Catch and Release ?

Lee Wulff: “Game fish are too valuable to be caught only once.”

Glasgow Angling Centre (again)

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 …..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 GAC…………..I was impressed!!

A nice days fishing!

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 it…….and found this
hardy waistcoat
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.

Izaac Walton:

Izaac Walton:

“Rivers and the inhabitants of the watery elements are made for wise men to contemplate and for fools to pass by without consideration.”

River Test on Ebay

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.

Fishing Small Streams with a Fly Rod

Another good looking book!!


Being “over the hill” is much better than being under it!

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 I’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 conversation……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 ……….that’s me ten minutes into the jog, only 20 more to go Puff Pant Puff Pant Puff Pant Puff Pant…

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!!

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Birthday !!

Its my birthday on Monday. Not doing anything major like last year maybe just going out for a wee meal and a bottle of nice red wine or something. Red Wine……yummy. Funny though…..I have started a bit of a gin and tonic thing the last month or so as well!!

For the sake of my sister here is the page that contains my amazon wishlist

Lobster ‘front’ targets fisherman

A BBC story about an animal rights group that targets a lobster fisherman.

A fisherman has become the latest victim of an animal rights group targeting the Dorset lobster industry.

Former soldier Nick Ford, who has worked out of Kimmeridge Bay for 17 years, has had his nets slashed.

A group calling itself the Lobster Liberation Front has since claimed it was behind the Easter Sunday attack.

The group declared “war” on the industry last summer. A police spokesman said the attacks threatened “little fishermen’s” livelihoods.

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