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!!

Watch the Kibble…

Here is a webcam of KIbble Palace glasshouse in Glasgow’s Botanic gardens being dimantled and removed for cleaning.
The Kelvin runs through the botanic gardens.

I am looking forward to it finishing , it was always a nice sleepy place


The otter surprise……

A rather nice article from Scotland on Sunday

My self-diagnosed minor ailment seems to affect the unfortunate angler when grayling fishing is on the wane, the chance of a spring salmon is relatively remote, and when the start of trout fishing remains tantalisingly out of reach

Reads like poetry!!

Stuck with yer Knots!!!

If you only know 2 knots like me then this little web page might be of help

Orvis Knots

Angler stuck in mud to his neck

An angler who became stuck in mud which rose up to his neck is being treated in hospital for hypothermia



I know there is a line of code at the top of the page, I am working out where it is coming from ie i have asked someone. If you refresh the page you will allso see different header pictures…….oh and if you use firefox and hover over the word kelvin you will see a picture of my face….its just something in testing out!

Wild trout or stocked trout?

Here is a post from a forum I frequent
It was made by a gentleman called John Gray who has a website over at Grays of Kilsyth
Essentially it seems like the little problem at AGMs also effects other clubs…….here is Johns post in full

The dangers of introducing farmed trout into wild waters

This subject was debated recently at the AGM of the Allan Water Angling Improvement Association, following a letter from fisheries biologist Dr Colin Bull, an association member, in which he expressed the opinion that the stocking of farmed fish into the River Allan was detrimental to native stocks, migratory fish and the river in general.

I believe that there are very few circumstances where the introduction of farmed trout into a river or loch can be justified. Such an introduction may be necessary, for example, where a river is recovering from an incidence of severe pollution that may have wiped out the natural stock. In general, though, in a healthy river with a good stock of wild fish, artificial stocking is likely to be counter-productive and might, in the long term, have a serious, and perhaps irreversible……………………

Read the full post here

Colin Bull incidentally is a a biologist specialising in salmon issues. He was also on the infamous Trout n About programe about the Kelvin.

I think that work done in conservation on the Kelvin is essential in its continual improvement and regeneration. As it is noone seems to bother much about it. It appears that most of the anglers that fish it only want to catch big stockies and be damned with any consequences.

A shame!

The River Why!

Looks like an interesting book.


Since its publication by Sierra Club Books nearly two decades ago, The River Why has become a classic, standing with Norman Maclean’s A River Runs Through It as the most-read fiction about fly-fishing of our era. Duncan’s protagonist, Gus Orviston, is an irreverent young flyfisherman – a vibrant character who makes us laugh easily and feel deeply, and who speaks with startling truth about the way we live. Leaving behind a madcap, fishing-obsessed family, Gus embarks on an extraordinary voyage of self-discovery along his beloved Oregon rivers. What he unexpectedly finds is man’s wanton destruction of nature and a burning desire to commit himself to its preservation. The River Why is a tale that gives a contemporary voice to the concerns and hopes of all living things on this beautiful, watery planet. It is the story of one man’s search for meaning, for love, and for a sane way to live.

Another one to add to the list !

Out of my mind. Back in five minutes

For some stress relief I had a gander through some of my old posts. After all this blog is a diary for myself to remind me of nice times in the past…
He He….jeepers…I mind that hot day I was stuck doon a ditch…or the day everything just seemed to go right and I caught a lovely lovely brownie on the dry fly…. here it is
Aaaahhhhhh a better time, a better time!!
I must go down to the river at some point and see if my name is still carved into the tree ….it should still be there unless someone has spraypainted over it or burned it down.

Awwwww bless. I have not seen one of these for a while!
burnt oot car

Ahhhh, they are like old friends now!!

Forest walking machine (2)!!

You might remember a while back I posted about a forest walking machine and how badly I wanted one. Well there is pretty much no way that I could afford to get one but there is something I could get..
Yes, its a mini walking machine. They only cost a tenner as well. I say only as if I actually have ten bucks.

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