Season’s end!!

Well, it’s only another couple of weeks (if that) till the end of the trout season. It’s a shame as the last couple of weeks have been pretty bad weather wise so I have not gotten any fishing done. In the morning I am going with a friend to attack another river, not the Kelvin however… we are going a little further afield.
I have missed going fishing the last wee while…..hell if the truth be told I’ve been like a caged thirsty animal with a drink of water just out of reach. All I seem to do is think about casting a dry fly over a rising trout or just plain searching the water with the anticipation of a possible take. I don’t know about how you fall asleep but my thoughts are full of bubbling streams and hooking tiny brownies and then slipping them back.
I was thinking the other day about why I go fishing. Especially fly fishing. It has something to do with the concentration involved……it just seems to blank everything else out….you know what I mean??? Like my 89 year old Grandfather loves his garden…..it is his hobby. He tells us about when my Grandmother was still alive and she would notice that he had had a hard time at work or something was on his mind and she would say “you know, that little corner over their, it could do with a little flower” and he would go and do it. It took his mind off his problems. I think everyone should have something in their lives that they can do that will take their mind off their problems. Fly fishing takes my mind off any problems that I have. Their is something about the concentration that is needed to cast and recast to a 8inch brownie that is laying just next to a submerged log that has overhanging branches that centres your mind……and when you catch it…..well the satisfaction is soothing…..and if you don’t……hell there will be another one just around the corner and you can always come back for that one later!!
I dont know when I first wanted to fish although one of my earliest memories is chasing bees around the garden with a pole with a piece of string and a flower on the end…strange eh? Maybe its a hunting thing!! My mum n dad (now deceased a few years) did their best to encourage me but they did not really know much about fishing. I went with an uncle a few times (a confirmed bait fisher and still is) whom I learned the basics and then was introduced to the fly by a family friend. That was the person who taught me the basics of fly tying as well. I mostly fished lochs and reservoirs from the bank and did not really know how to fish rivers properly with the fly until I fished the Kelvin. I fished the River Leven for a few years…not with the fly though…with worms and maggots…not static lining though…still caught hee haw!!! When I first started fishing the fly in the Kelvin I didn’t have a clue, basically it was downstream and across in the riffles….which caught me a surprising amount of fish. If someone was totally new to fly fishing then I would recommend this to get a feel of a few fish. But then everyone recommends the way they first discovered how to catch fish don’t they??
Anyway, where was I …….oh yes….thinking about fishing, falling asleep thinking about fly fishing……hell… I like messing about in rivers as well. I like nature, I like seeing kingfishers, otters, trout and trees for that matter……we all know how I feel about trees :) I have already said that my parents are deceased, I suppose one of the things that I enjoy is contemplating about what life would have been like if they were still alive (they both died young) ….its that clearness of thought that comes when you are just sitting having a rest before you move on to the next spot.
When Im not going fishing….or I cant go fishing what with the weather n all……. the next best thing I have found is mucking about making my little web site and writing in this little blog. The site and blog started as a fishing diary for myself…somewhere to put up pictures of fish that I have caught or situations that I have been in. I love memories……I hate forgetting things… not very good when my memory is like Autumn leaves in a stream.
I always find it amazing at the amount of people that visit and the reasons that some of them visit (you should see my logs….and no i wont tell you how many :) ) Im also thrilled at the people ive met through the blog….from the guys I go fishing with regulary to all the people that i email and feel like I know to the guy i run into from time to time and who gave me a lift home one night (you know who you are)!!

Anyway, I had better get to sleep as I have an early start in the morning ……getting picked up at 0900. There is also a good possibilty of a grayling as well…..it would be nice if I caught one…I have still to lose myself to that “Lady of the Stream”

Yaergh….now its the boots!!

Right……so I have a few weeks left to the end of the season and one of the felt soles is coming off my boot.
felt sole
Usually I would complain bitterly but I was actually warned about this happening if I did not hose down the boots instead of letting dirt bulid up in the felt.
Anyway, all I need is a working patch to get them fixed for the next few weeks…so I reckon after some advice I am going to go for the Evostick option.

Must dash to B&Q

Small Stream in spate

Added some small stream spate pictures to my new gallery.
Here is one:
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Click the picture to go to the main small stream spate gallery.
Not sure how long it will be up for!

Added small stream photos

I think I fixed all the links……have added small stream photos to gallery, better layout.

phew…new gallery

Right, I have spent the last couple of hours setting up my new photo gallery. It can be found HERE
There is not much exitement going on though so dont get disapointed…..over the next couple of days i will add in more photos. I decided I didnt like coppermine (for all you geeks out there) as gallery is much nicer and i like the hidden folders option. I allso like the way that there is a plugin for wordpress.
Anyway, Im too tired just now to go through the blog fixing all the pictures that have been knocked out of whack for some reason so I will bid you a good night!!

Goodnight!

Grizzly Neck!!

So I went to check out the new “Glasgow Angling Centre” down in port dundas today. Now, everyone knows I moan about the original GAC being too big and being like a fishing stuff tesco but the new shop….
gac
makes the old shop look like a cosy corner shop by comparison. It is like going into a cash n carry superstore……it even has a little place with tables where you can sit down after a strenuous time browsing the Hardy rods…or possibly to leave the old ball n chain if she goes with you….no cafe however, it has some vending machines thank goodness ………real men vend!!!!!
Anyway, as much as I slag the place off I have to grudgingly say that it has got a fantastic range of fly tying materials and fishing stuff in general. So I stood for a while waving a Hardy rod about trying to look casual ….the old ball n chain was with me as well and insisted on embaressing me any time someone walked by…

#walk past bivy tents#
“those tenty things…..do you sit in one of them?”

#looking at fly tying materials#
“whats that stuff for…..do you actually know how to use that?”

“OOoohhhhhh look at that sparkly stuff…you could make some nice flies out of that”

– people titter all around

Im still dreading the day I am paying by switch and someone says” oh your the bloke with the website…..bugger off out our shop ya bam!!”

I did treat myself to a fair amount of fly tying materials as well as a nice Grizzly Neck..
grizzly neck

…….which I will be using the next few days to tie up some of those usd duns!!

Oh as a side note, you may have noticed that the photo gallery is gone. That is because I am putting a new one in place so at some point you may find all the photos on the blog disapear……well some of them anyway…just for a day or so!!

Ta ta!!

I suppose I suppose!!!

So a while ago ……like a good few weeks ago I made plans with a couple of friends to go for a days fishing today. As usuall like the best made plans we did not take into account the weather. It was pouring with rain….in fact it has been raining the last few days so the rivers we were planning to fish were …..well…unfishable.
I was gagging to try out the flys I had tied. Spurned on by Roy Christie’s article in this months “Trout and Salmon” I was having a go at his “easy peasy upside down dun”……damn….it looked easy and he made it sound easy….in the end I had a number of attempts before I got one looking half decent…(if you laugh I will break your legs…im a NOVICE fly tyer ok)
usd dun
Anyway, I had tied up a few and allso managed to make a pretty simple connection between my fly line and a braided leader that I bought.
Ive been on a constant lookout for a simple way to connect it without using the braided loop thingus as it is too bulky. A friend advised mt to whip it on and then use a spot of glue to fix it, and this is basically what I did….but without using and whipping thread…just the glue.
It ends up like this
braided leader
Looks pretty neat huh??
I used special “anglin glue”…..I went over the procedure in the shop and that was what he recommended I do. It seems a little stiff …..but is MUCH better than what I was using before…..to aid presentation I was using one of those floating polyleaders……which seemed ok but the bulky connection seemed to drag the tip of my fly line underwater which was annoying……well it was ok in calm water but if I was casting with a dry fly into some choppy water at the head of a pool…..(where I catch the most fish) then the sinking thing was happening.
Which was annoying!!!!
Ive not been fishing in ages now….I thought it was around a month but it has been…..damn close to a month actually….that is far too long to go without doing any fishing….it hurts the soul!!!

Trout at Ten Thousand Feet

So Im reading Trout at Ten Thousand Feet at the moment. Highly entertaining…

Synopsis
John Bailey has travelled all the world’s continents in pursuit of fish. His extraordinary adventures have taken him to the most remote and inhospitable parts of the globe as well as those more familiar areas much closer to home. He has encountered espionage, death threats, and even a plane crash, as well an immense variety of fish and a collection of assorted characters from around the world, many of which he is proud to call true friends. Trout at Ten Thousand Feet is a collection of John Bailey’s remarkable and hugely entertaining fishing tales that reflect a lifetime’s passion for fishing. This exciting, adventurous and often humorous book brilliantly captures the essential magic and mystery of angling – from anchovy to zander. Laced with witty and apposite line illustrations throughout, the book is a fascinating and compelling read, and the perfect gift for any fisherman.

Class….sheer class!!

cover

More holiday photos!!!

HA!!!! you didnt think you were going to get away THAT easilly did you with a couple of pictures of trees. Well here is the worst case of vanity publishing ever…
crocodile
Yes, thats me with a crocodile….a baby one….and here is another one of me…..on the beach…….in ma Kilt!!!
One of the touts on the beach said myself and the other two guys looked like Kings They had only ever seen people in Kilts on the telly. Nearly made up for lugging the thing thousands of miles!! (almost)
kilt on beach

AAaaaaaahhhhhh Lovely Sri Lankin sunset
sunset

Today I bought some Angling Glue……..I have a plan as to how to attach my braided leader to my fly line……essentially Im going to glue it on. If it works I shall post a photo tommorow….if not I will post a humorous photo of myself with my fingers stuck together.

Niiiiiiiiiiiiiice Trees!!!

It is time to bore you with some holiday photees.
I returned home today to pouring rain and windy weather. As I flew over Glasgow I could see that the rivers are muddy and could see large puddles on the golf courses. RAH!!!
Here is a picture of myself standing next to an Elephant tree, so called as the base looks like the shape of an elephants footstep.
elephant tree

Now this once I cannot mind what it is called….i think it was something with the word jasmine in it…i will find out and tell you if you are really interested….
tree, cant mind

It was absolutely massive. It was almost like a few trees that had joined up as it seemed to have 3-4 trunks……here is my brother n law and myself standing next to one…
me n gordo

Highly impressive……I will put up some pictures of smellyphants later!!

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