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 the cricket ground in Galle….
and this is it after
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.
I heard his wife coming whistling up the stairs. The door opened and then heard shouting.
Well thats that I suppose.
Gagging to get fishing….
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 ….
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”
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
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.
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 .