Some of my long term readers will know about my problems with my Vision “Extreme” waders.
You were with me at the begining…when I was all exited about getting them ….you were with me when they arrived and they were exactly one size too big. You were with me when I caught my biggest trout to date on the dry fly and actually commented that perhaps I should call them my lucky waders.
And then the devestation started. A leak had appeared in them. So I sent them back. I thought I would get a new pair but instead sealant was applied and that was that. I thought the problem was fixed.
And it was, for a time…..and then the problems started.
First of all it was paranoia..
I was convinced they were leaking again……and it would turn out that my foot was…..perhaps a little damp but nothing that would constitute a leak…..but perhaps it was….them I would think that it was all in my mind….yegads.
It is not all in my mind….the last time I fished for Grayling my foot was freezing……because water was getting in, because the leak has came back.. GRRRRRRR I have phoned Guide and have been told they will sort it out, I have to send them again. More cash !!!!
Anyway, I have wrapped them up in brown paper which looks suspiciously like a bomb …
and will post in the morning…..I will keep you posted of developments!!
So someone from the Friends of the River Kelvin left a messege in my guest book.
Friends of the River Kelvin – monthly clean-ups along various stretches of kelvin â€“ first Saturday of month (except Jan) 10.30am (till 12.30pm …)
all welcome. gloves, wellies, bags provided. Meet at FORK HQ: Haâ€™penny Bridge House, on the kelvin walkway below kelvin Drive.
Now I cannot make it , I work every Friday into Saturday but if you fish the Kelvin or just care about the river I think it would be worthwhile going along and helping out.
Well, now here is a thingus that might be interesting.
That might mean that I could use a tapered leader without actually worrying about buggering it up……need to get a couple for next season I reckon. Worth trying anyway
I was asked the other day to recommend a good fly fishing book. I would recommend “To Rise a Trout”. It was in an old bookshop but I have found a copy on Amazon….To Rise a Trout
Its is primarilly dedicated to fishing the dry fly. For those starting out or people who just want to learn more I think its great
Atlantic Salmon Zoom In @ National Geographic Magazine
I was looking through these photographs by Paul Nicklen. Lovely the way they have been shot. Gander through the photographs and you come to pictures of 40lb Salmon resting in a pool in Quebec’s Causapscal River.
Check out the updated site…..
I think the style flows over much better now….When you go to the flow section the garscube stretch opens in a new window, so does the blog for that matter!
Just go and test it out for me
Oh yea…..if you look at the little rollover effect on the menu, that is not in fact an error.
#sniff# took my blooming ages to get that….someone said it was “ugly”!
I like it!!!
So I have not been fished the Kelvin in around a month now……jeepers. Today is the last day of the trout season here in good ole Scotland and the last month has been a washout. This Saturday I am going to head down to the kelvin for some Sea Trout action (with any luck) and on Sunday I will be going to another river for some Grayling fun while I can still catch em (try and catch em) on the dry fly.
Regular readers may notice I have changed the writing up at the top of the blog……with a bit of luck this is the start of another site redesign. If you want to have a gander at what Im toying with feel free to have a look here or drop me a line using the mail me button on the right with any suggestions.
Still gagging for a new camera….bit annoyed that the last on eis now jiggered. Been thinking of getting one of these though …
Its small, has a flash and a view screen and is cheap enough like my other one so that if something happens to it I wont be absolutely devastated. I will write a little review when and if i get it.
Pike Vanish From Lake
Canadian resort puzzled by disappearing fish.
Where did all the northern pike go? Thatâ€™s the question being asked by the community surrounding Watson Lake, located on the border between British Columbia and the Yukon in Canada.
Before last year, Watson was considered a prime destination for trophy pike. In 2002, according to fisheries officials who spoke with The Associated Press, anglers caught 1,680 pike, keeping 158 of them. Based on those catch statistics, biologists estimated that the lake supported in excess of 20,000 pike. Last summer, however, the catch rate on pike dropped to zero. As in zip, zilch, nada.
â€œItâ€™s weird,â€ says Aaron Foos of the Department of the Environment.
Weirder still is the fact that the other game fish Watson is known forâ€”grayling, lake trout, whitefish and burbotâ€”all seem to be doing just fine.
After being alerted to the problem, fisheries officials searched intensively for any indication of pike in the lake. They surveyed shallow spawning grounds, set nets and interviewed anglers. But no pike were found.
In seeking to solve the mystery, Foos said the department looked for signs of contamination from toxic or foreign substances but that so far they havenâ€™t found any. Another aspect of the peculiar situation is that pike seem to have disappeared from the lake that feeds into Watson as well. Sounds like a job for Mulder and Scully.
Damn, another Sunday and not going fishing. Back at University now so my fishing time has been severely curtailed. I wouldnâ€™t mind so much if I was actually getting the chance to get out and go fishing but the weather has been crap which is putting the rivers in terrible conditionâ€¦.and wellâ€¦.you know the rest right.
So I had to make a decision on Saturday about fishing. I was in Ikea and had ordered a new bed. My better half is attending a wedding fair today and it was a toss up between me possibly going fishingâ€¦And that was a big possibly with the weather or staying home waiting for our new bed in the morning. This is in fact a big deal as our bed just now is horrible. So I looked at the rain and thought about the state of the river and I took the executive decision of texting my fishing partner and calling it off.
Itâ€™s a shame as the river we have been fishing is great. I mean the Kelvin is my home water but there is just something unique about this part of the river that is fantastic. The river is wide but is dotted with lots of islands which makes you feel as if you are fishing lots and lots of little streamsâ€¦â€¦and you know how i like small streams right? It costs like a few pounds for the day permit and I think we have pretty much paid double the season permit in day permits so next season full permits all the way. We just wish we could be their in ideal conditions. The first time I fished their (no I am not going to tell you where) I had a great day and caught many trout. It was very windy. It always seems to be windy. The second time it was way too warm and humid and it soon started to thunder. The next time it was way too high. The time after it was high, windy and rainingâ€¦..you see what I mean? After the last trip we packed up as the wind was howling and the rain was starting to come down pretty heavy, we got talking about next season and about ideal conditions. I started and then he replied……..
-a nice summerâ€™s day
-with a little cloud cover
-a little breeze, not too much not too little
-a nice hatch going down
-and we know what they are
My fishing partner paused a moment and in his Italian accent said:
-and n@ked g1rls tying on our flies!!
Class, sheer class!!