Swedish not Dutch!!!!


Before I get lynched I must point out that Ikea are in fact Swedish…..NOT Dutch!!!

I shall put it down to large amounts of red wine pickling my brain!

Thankyou to Dave for pointing that little mistake out!!

Fly Tying Storage

You need somewhere to store all your fly tying stuff right?? You cannot afford a couple of grand on an oak bench so what do you do?
You count on the dutch to come up with a practical solution that also looks cool as well. I think so anyway. When I first went to a Fly tying class a good few years ago now (I was 15ish) I was amazed at all the old guys fly tying boxes. They were all wooden boxes with special attachments for the vice etc. They had many little drawers and nooks for storing things. They had made the boxes themselves , were talking real men here!!!. I was always jellous as I had mine in a big plastic tool box that was pretty pap. Oh if only we had an Ikea in those days……
ikea box
A good few drawers, a few big a few small…..very good. Comes unvarnished , but if you know anyone artistic you could get them to paint something nice on it…….like a fish…..or a flower….
I am going to have “I am HOOKED on RADIATION” on the back of mine.

Red Wine & Kelts

Red Wine….love the stuff. Once I start I cant stop. I mean well…….a couple of (decent) glasses is like half a bottle right? If you keep it for another day but with a stopper in it will taste just as nice, if not better. Better because the air has had a chance to get around it maybe?
What has this to do with fly fishing? nowt! I just like red wine ok!!!

I was speaking to a friend the other day who lives on the banks of the Kelvin. Or rather in some tenements close to it. They were telling me that the river was up waaaaaaaay higher than it has been in a while. I suppose the good thing is that all the kelts will be getting washed out to sea nice and quick, however the bad news is that if the salmon got a chance to spawn then the actuall eggs may have been washed away as well.

Thats interesting!!

Someone left a comment on this post that was pretty interesting. I am reposting it here as I have configured the blog to only show the last 5 posts or something. Some people were complaining that as I post pictures it was taking a while for the full month to load……you live n learn I suppose!!

Quote “Water bailiffs around the loch have twice caught fishermen with containers of live barbel, which can grow up to 20lb and which feed on eggs of other fish.”

Utter rubbish. Any coarse angler worth there salt knows that Barbel are fast water fish. It would be extremely unlikely that (a) they would survive in the loch, (b) that they would spawn and © they would eat other fishes eggs, although this cannot be ruled out as ALL fish, especially Brown Trout, will scoff eggs if they are hungry enough.
Also, the British record has only just gone over 20 pounds in the last few months, and this was an exceptionale fish. The Scottish record stands officially at 8 lb..bit of a difference there. What has probably happened is baliffs have caught people with Gudgeon, a fish sometimes used as live bait for Pike. These fish grow to 6oz or so but look like baby barbel

Why Fishing Is Better Than Sex

And theres more!

When you go fishing and you catch something, that’s good. If you’re making love and you catch something, that’s bad.

Fish don’t compare you to other fishermen neither and don’t want to know how many other fish you caught.

In fishing you lie about the one that got away. In loving you lie about the one you caught.

You can catch and release a fish, you don’t have to lie and promise to still be friends after you let it go.

You don’t have to necessarily change your line to keep catching fish.

You can catch a fish on a 20-cent nightcrawler. If you want to catch a woman you’re talking dinner and a movie minimum.

Fish don’t mind if you fall asleep in the middle of fishing

Twenty Differences between Fishing and Sex

Taken from a forum I Frequent!!#

20 – No matter how much whisky you’ve had, you can still Fish.
19 – A limp rod is still useful while Fishing.
18 – You don’t have to hide your Fishing magazines.
17 – It is perfectly acceptable to pay a professional to Fish with you once
in a while.
16 – The Ten Commandments don’t say anything against Fishing.
15 – If your partner takes pictures or videotapes of you Fishing, you don’t
have to worry about them showing up on the Internet if you become famous.
14 – Your Fishing partner doesn’t get upset about people you fished with
long ago.
13 – It’s perfectly respectable to Fish with a total stranger.
12 – When you see a really good Fishing person, you don’t have to feel guilt
about imagining the two of you Fishing together.
11 – If your regular Fishing partner isn’t available, he/she won’t object if
you Fish with someone else.
10 – Nobody will ever tell you that you will go blind if you Fish by
9 – When dealing with Fishing pro, you never have to wonder if they are
really an undercover cop.
8 – You don’t have to go to a sleazy shop in a seedy neighbourhood to buy
Fishing stuff.
7 – You can have a Fishing calendar on your wall at the office, tell Fishing
jokes, and invite co-workers to Fish with you without getting sued for
Fishing harassment.
6 – There are no Fishing-transmitted diseases.
5 – If you want to watch Fishing on television, you don’t have to subscribe
to the Playboy channel.
4 – Nobody expects you to Fish with the same partner for the rest of your
3 – Nobody expects you to give up Fishing if your partner loses interest in
2 – You don’t have to be a newlywed to plan a vacation primarily to enjoy
your favourite activity.
1 – Your Fishing partner will never say, “Not again? We just fished last
week! Is Fishing all you ever think about?

Big Atlantic Salmon Runs Foster Hope for Fish

Big Atlantic Salmon Runs Foster Hope for Fish

Last year a silver tide of salmon flooded many rivers in Europe and North America. Scotland, Iceland, Canada, and other countries reported big gains in the number of Atlantic salmon returning to their native rivers.

The strength of these runs offers hope that conservation efforts are at last beginning to pay off, say activists who have sought to reverse long-term declines in Atlantic salmon stocks.

Click the link for the full story!

Got masel some foam!! (although no foam at the casting “pool”)

So I bought some black foam the other day. The idea is that I tie up some black beetles for the times that there is not actually a hatch going down. I will tie some up during the week and post the pictures. I know that I always say that I will post the pictures and dont but hey…….
Anyway, the old ball n chain is away for a week and informed me that she did not want to return to a fiance that had put on 3 stones through eating pizza, drinking vast quatities of red wine and looking like a slob through not shaving…..I am on placement just 2 days this week so I may get away with this. I will suprise her though by having a shave on Thursday before she gets back…..HA!!!

Oh yea, I was in at the Glasgow Angling Centre the other day and was impressed at the service…..the guy who served me actually said “Now was there anything that you did not find?” ….”yes, yes” I replied – how about a shop with a soul I thought. I asked about the new casting pool that is advertised and he pointed me to outside at the side of the building…..its quite narrow he said.
Now when someone says “casting pool” what springs into your head??
Think about it……..pool/river/water!!!
The casting pool at the GAC is a bit of ground at the side of the building that has woodchips on it.It is the place where the wall stops and the grass starts. I would think they would call it a “casting area” rather than a “pool”

Forest Walking Machine!!

Look at this machine
walking machine
The machine actually adapts to the forest floor. It moves around on 6 legs which can move it forward, backward, sideways and diagonally. It actually steps over obstacles. Now thats what I call a real off roader.
If you go to this page you can see these babies in action. They are not exactly going very fast……but still!!!!!

Carbon shortage

I hear that the price of carbon is set to rise, due to a worldwide shortage. A lot of this is blamed on the massive amounts used by the space industry as well as a defense project. This means that all the carbon suppliers are going to be woud up with fulfilling the orders. Seemingly there was an article in “Anglers Mail” a while ago and it said not to panic but still……..prices for new rods are going to start rising. If you have a look over at .david norwich he says::


Regretfully I have to apply a price increase on all my rods from January 15th 2005. I am informed by my carbonfibre pre-preg suppliers, that due to a massive demand for a U.S defense project.

( In all probability another super high flying anti-radar aeroplane)

That this will tie up virtually every composites manufacturing site world wide!

Carbon fibre is a volatile substance with a limited shelf life before it degrades. This is why it is kept in freezers at -24 degrees centigrade before the patterns are cut for use.

I have enough material for around 3 months production. Normally I order when I am down to 2 months stock left. With the reduced supply and my relatively small custom made requirements (small fish in big pond) I have to order further in advance. Carbon prices are due to rise worldwide by around 15-25% . This does not mean a 15-25% price increase on my rods however, and I will keep the rise to as low as possible, but when ordering from Jan 15th 2005 please allow around a 5 to 8% increase on EV2/3 & 4 models.

Very annoying because I lowered the prices on these models because of reduced carbon prices in 2003!

EV5 prices will stay at the present level, at least till summer 2005 depending on demand for the material I have in stock

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