There is something kinda symbolic about New Year for anglers. I mean Christmas is all about eating and presents n all that whereas new year is more of a starting point, a turning point. You have got through the worst of the waiting game for the next season and it is now a downhill coast. Give me a month and I will regret saying that I am sure.
I seen one of the hotels i stayed in on the telly the other day. It was getting washed away. Shocking the amount of people that have been killed. There is no real structure in Sri Lanka, I mean a lot of houses over there are like shacks and still live without electricity and running water. When I was there a lot of the people just seemed to stand at the roadside in the sunshine watching the world go by. Lovely people.
This is in Columbo which got off lightly I believe
This is the cricket ground in Galle….
and this is it after
More info from the BBC
So we are getting a new bathroom put in just now. When we had our new kitchen put in it took 6 months and involved flooding the guy downstairs around 6 times….the last time he came upstairs and said he was going to “come after” me if it happened again. It didnt, I shouted at alot of plumbers. That was around a year ago and he got some stuff done on our insurance.
So today when his ceiling fell down he was not happy.
I heard his wife coming whistling up the stairs. The door opened and then heard shouting.
Well thats that I suppose.
I have eaten too much and quite possibly drank too much.
On Christmas day I got one of these…a Robosapien
To be honest I was a bit bemused…..I mean a Robot? Does the thing fish?? will it help me tie flies?? After I had destroyed the Christmas tree and chased my niece around the room with it the thing started to grow on me…..
I also got a couple of books,
Gagging to get fishing….
Every now and then I suppose you have got to stop reading and thinking about fishing …take a deep breath and read something different. And here it is…..
In the mid 1980s Erwin James was sentenced to life imprisonment. Over recent years, he has written powerfully about prison life for the Guardian. James writes candidly about learning the who, what, why and when of the prison world. He describes the struggle to keep sane; the dynamics of paranoia and solidarity; and the commitment that it takes to prepare for life outside. Along the way, James introduces us to other prisoners. There is Rinty, the big Dundonian and enthusiastic fan of “Antiques Roadshow”; Cody, the elderly former sergeant who still protests his innocence after 24 years; and Felix the Gambler – serial schemer and sometime Buddhist. It is through their stories, told with humour and warmth, that James reveals the reality of prison life. “A Life Inside” does not glorify wrongdoing, nor does it seek to justify the crimes of its author or any other prisoners. Rather, it is a portrayal of life behind Britain’s prison walls that no one who reads it will readily forget.
I have kept up to date with the articles in the Guardian and find them to be great. I could not give the articles justice so if i were you I would go and read the reviews on the site and then buy it!
Well hello there, I hope you are all being very good and buying all your presents in plenty of time and not rushing about at the last minute. I have been very good and let my better half do all the shopping and just leave myself to buy something for her. So the other day I was in town hunting around for things to buy her. I am intrigued as to what she has bought me this year. Usually I get asked in plenty of time by people ….they all know when it comes to presents I like to get something that i will actually use…I loathe people wasting money on something that will sit in a corner not being used…the other day I told someone I was stingey….its not that Im stingey I like best value. Anyway, I have already had some rather nice gifts this year…….one of my friends gave me a rather nice net……..not this actuall one but one very like it ….
I also recieved in the post another fantastic gift. A while ago I had spoke about AK Best and his book Production Fly Tying 2nd edition
Well it seems that someone in the US actually lives quite close to AK Best and was visiting him about another thing entirely. Well to cut a long story short in the post I recived a signed copy of “Production Fly Tying” and a box of flies tied by AK Best. The flies I must admit will never get used….they will be shown proudly to any angler that will appreciate them. At the moment they are sitting rather nicely on my mantlepiece (although the old ball n chain wants the picture of her parents back up after crimbo) ….the price? a fishing partner when he and his friends visit from the states.
So I asked my partner if I could have a feel at what she had bought me and she said…….”no you will know what it is instantly”
Things I can rule out
1. A new fly rod….. this would involve phoning up people that fish. She was sneaky and booked a trip to Budapest for my birthday so I wouldnt rule that out… howver far too expensive
2. A real lightsaber…..After purchasing the soundtrack for The Empire Strikes Back: Special Edition Original Soundtrack (deluxe) [SOUNDTRACK] I took to walking around doing housework to the “Imperial March” I can rule this out …….something to do with physics or something like that!!
3. World Peace…..I always ask for World Peace……even the effort of writing to some world leaders would be nice……anyway our mail is mucked up.
Anyway, Ta Ta!!
So I was out for a walk the other day and most useful it was too. I would like to present this little photo.
To the left is the river, to the right is a path, the crosses in the middle is a kind of a indentation in the ground where the water seems to sit. Now the top tip in this situation is just to actually remember things like this. Last season I made the mistake of trying to get from the path to the river during a hot day. The water had all dried up. This led to a situation where with each step I was getting deeper and deeper into a black stinking muddy bog, clutching my rod in one hand and trying to grab on to some jaggy nettles with the other as i was in it up to my thighs.
Notice these things during the winter!! It can save yourself a lot of trouble as well keep your humility intact as there is bound to be smart ass joggers calling out with witty quips ………..booby traps will be set if I ever see THOSE guys again!!!
I am even dreaming about fishing shops now. Last night I had a dream where I was in a small friendly fishing shop. The shop keeper and I leant on the counter and just had a chat; he let me try out rods and showed me how to tie up a particularly tricky fly. I told him I was looking for another way to attach my leader to the fly line and he ran through a few options…….I was standing waving around a nice Hardy rod and comparing the action to a Sage when a mother and son came in. The shopkeeper had a chat about prices with the mother and he showed the boy how to set up a wee spinning rod with a worm or spinners and threw in a good youngsterâ€™s book. He had a chat about the ethics of fishing and put it into the young ladâ€™s language. The next day I went back and the shop had doubled in size. We chatted for a few minutes but the shop was a bit busier and he was a bit stressed out as the books had to be balanced…..I bought some polyleaders and left. I went back the next day and it had got a bit larger still. This went on for a month until finally the wee shop had turned into a MEGA FISHING SUPERSTORE with rows and rows of rods, massive amounts of fly tying materials a hundred ways of attaching a fly line on to a leader and ready made plastic packs with everything for youngsters. There was rows and rows of tents and waders. There was lots of assistants (the old man had retired with stress) all standing about …….I was going to have a go at the hardy rod but it had a big security tag on it and I am too shy to get one of the assistants to get it off. I wandered about marveling at all the stuff, one of the assistants came up and asked me if I needed any help, he was a young guy and seemed keenâ€¦..he reminded me of when I go in clothes shopping and assistants hassle you and offer you cards with discountsâ€¦..I loathe clothes shopping .
I bought some hooks and slinked out.
I woke up and I was glad that it was a dream………….at least I think it was a dream!!
Someone keeps visiting the blog and has the river kelvin fishing category bookmarked. If you look down the left hand side you will see a list of categories, if you click on each one it will only display the posts in that category. If that was a mistake then this blog may seem even more boring than it actually is as I have not been fishing in ages now as it is the close season and have been making posts in other categories……the easist way to fix this is to click the picture up a the top of the blog….its a built in navigation tool that brings you back to he most recent post.