Populour Fly Tiers…

Flies you just dont want to fish!!

Some peoples flies just look too good to fish!! It made me think what makes a populour fly tier. In the states you have people like AK Best who are obviously masters at what they do but when it comes to the UK I was trying to work out how many there actually are. The first two that immediatly spring to mind are Charles Jardine and Oliver Kite.
I watched Charles Jardine at two demonstrations now at a fly tying club I drop in and out of and he is very very good I must say….certainly full of the patter. I didnt manage to catch Oliver Kite however.
Someone who in years to come will become to be one of those tyers who will build up a big reputation is going to be Roy Christie. He usually posts under the name of “reversed parachutes” on the various boards that he visits. he calls himself reversed parachutes for a very obvious reason……..he um reverses his….er parachutes!
Here is his Avon Special….
Avon special

have a look at this mating midge…

parachute mating midge

A nice article by Roy can be read over at sexyloops

For more flies by Roy Christie head over here !!!!

Kylie is in Glasgow!

It is a lovely day. It is warm outside and if I was at the river I could probably catch a trout on the dry fly. I am pretty sure there would have been a hatch of flies at around miidday. Instead I had to clean out all the junk that has accumulated over the last 7 years. Moved heavy wardrobes and beds just to be told that they must go back to the same place as before!!
This is probably the warmest and sunniest day of the year so far and it is probably something to do with Kylie being in town

Oh its darkish now…….I think red wine is called for!

New Season, new Stuff Dammit!!

So the new season has now started and new stuff had to be bought. First of all I have ditched my system of using a tapered braided leader and will now be using a tapered nylon leader and will stick with it. Secondly I went out tonight and bought myself another fly box, a rather cool lightweight simple one from the Glasgow Angling Centre (more on THAT in a moment). Thirdly I have had to sadly buy myself another pair of polaroids. You might remmember how exited I was with my last pair of sunglasses but sadly they got rather squashed in my bag and and are now as they say in the trade “squinty”. So I bought a nice new pair from GAC for the princely sum of 15 bucks. They fit rather nice actually and they are good for low light conditions, well it says “average” light on the little lable so that is good enough for me. I was going to take a picture of myself in them but the old ball n chain told me to take them off.

I kinda sorted through all my flies into two piles…….flies I use and flies I might use. I then took the one fly that I do actually use all the time and stuck it somewhere safe. I then noticed that I have around 20 variations of that fly in different sizes with darker or lighter body hair. First person that guesses what it is gets to pick me up, go fishing with me and then buy me a pint at the end of the day

Oh yea, bought a house as well. Was getting a bit panicky there as we had been looking at houses that were not within walking distance of the river. However we are now buying a house that is within casting distance of where I am sitting just now. Well, I mean casting distance if you were one of those pretty amazing power casters that can cast into the middle of a reservoir and still somehow manage to be just out of reach. Not the kind of caster who like me can manage maybe 15 feet away and is not in fact up a tree, in a bush or on an irate dog walker.

Here is a picture of a lovely little piece of the river I like trundling a fly down for no other reason than to slow down the page loading…
little bit

Nice Box!!

Here is a real nice fly tying storage box on ebay

Remmember what I said about REAL men MAKING their fly tying boxes……..Ta DA!!!!!


Allan Brown hates bloggers

I see Allan Brown has been slagging of blogs in the times…

constrained by the need to be interesting in any way whatsoever, blogs are the background radiation of the intellectual realm, the white noise of the collective unconscious, scrolling out their narratives whether anybody wishes to read them or not.

I think he is panicking that his job is actually worthless now that everyone has discovered they can write and people actually read it!!

The inner world of Joe Blogs


Weird auction, nice technique though here!!!


First day of the trout season. Rains.


Funny that!!

Here is a picture of a little burn that is between loch Lomond and another little lochan next to it..
lochan burn
The lochan is in a wildlife area and I could not help but notice there was two guys fishing. I can only presume they were fishing for Pike as the trout season does not start untill tomorow.

Another walk along the banks of the “bonnie” loch

Was going to have a go at walking up Ben Lomond today but when we got there it was freezing cold, like icy cold. Instead we walked along the banks of the loch again.
Will put some pictures up later tommorow.

Thre Green party

For anyone interested I see the new green party manifesto is out

If you have a little gander to page 11 you will see this::

The Green Party is concerned about the damage caused to wildlife by carelessly discarded fishing tackle and the costs involved in cleaning it up. It is believed that this can best be tackled through ensuring a level of competency and knowledge prior to being permitted to engage legally in angling.
2/ The Party will introduce a new licensing scheme for anglers to ensure a competent level of environmental awareness and responsible behaviour in anglers.
3/ The new ‘anglers’ licence’ will be valid for a period of 10 years. This will not affect the current system other than being a prerequisite to gaining either a seasonal licence or a local fishing permit.
4/ A licence will be issued only upon successful completion of a written and ral angling test following an accredited training course.
5/ An accreditation scheme for the running of training courses for angling will be introduced. These courses will be designed to raise awareness of harm caused by irresponsible angling practices (to both fish and the wider environment). These courses will
demonstrate and encourage best practice in angling and prepare participants for an oral and written test necessary before the individual can obtain an angling licence.
6/ A short written test will be necessary to renew the licence after each 10-year period in order to ensure that any changes in legislation and/or environmental practices are understood and implemented.
7/ It will be a new offence to be angling on any waterway in England or Wales without a 10-
year angling licence.
8/ It will be an offence to sell a seasonal licence or local fishing licence to anyone not able to show
a 10-year angling licence.
9/ Revenue raised from fishing licences and permits will be used to set up the accreditation scheme and for training and awareness campaigns

As much as I appluade the work that the Green party do I cannot help but think there heads are in the clouds with this little doozer. What if a young boy wants to take up the sport with his pals, on a nice hot summer day he cannot go down to his local river with a rod and a bunch of worms. Instead he would have to apply in writng to do a test for a licence.

Good grief!!

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