Every now and then I suppose you have got to stop reading and thinking about fishing …take a deep breath and read something different. And here it is…..
In the mid 1980s Erwin James was sentenced to life imprisonment. Over recent years, he has written powerfully about prison life for the Guardian. James writes candidly about learning the who, what, why and when of the prison world. He describes the struggle to keep sane; the dynamics of paranoia and solidarity; and the commitment that it takes to prepare for life outside. Along the way, James introduces us to other prisoners. There is Rinty, the big Dundonian and enthusiastic fan of “Antiques Roadshow”; Cody, the elderly former sergeant who still protests his innocence after 24 years; and Felix the Gambler – serial schemer and sometime Buddhist. It is through their stories, told with humour and warmth, that James reveals the reality of prison life. “A Life Inside” does not glorify wrongdoing, nor does it seek to justify the crimes of its author or any other prisoners. Rather, it is a portrayal of life behind Britain’s prison walls that no one who reads it will readily forget.
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 ….
I also recieved in the post another fantastic gift. A while ago I had spoke about AK Best and his book Production Fly Tying 2nd edition
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”
Things I can rule out
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
2. A real lightsaber…..After purchasing the soundtrack for The Empire Strikes Back: Special Edition Original Soundtrack (deluxe) [SOUNDTRACK] I took to walking around doing housework to the “Imperial March” I can rule this out …….something to do with physics or something like that!!
3. World Peace…..I always ask for World Peace……even the effort of writing to some world leaders would be nice……anyway our mail is mucked up.
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.
To the left is the river, to the right is a path, the crosses in the middle is a kind of a indentation in the ground where the water seems to sit. Now the top tip in this situation is just to actually remember things like this. Last season I made the mistake of trying to get from the path to the river during a hot day. The water had all dried up. This led to a situation where with each step I was getting deeper and deeper into a black stinking muddy bog, clutching my rod in one hand and trying to grab on to some jaggy nettles with the other as i was in it up to my thighs.
Notice these things during the winter!! It can save yourself a lot of trouble as well keep your humility intact as there is bound to be smart ass joggers calling out with witty quips ………..booby traps will be set if I ever see THOSE guys again!!!
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 .
I bought some hooks and slinked out.
I woke up and I was glad that it was a dream………….at least I think it was a dream!!
Someone keeps visiting the blog and has the river kelvin fishing category bookmarked. If you look down the left hand side you will see a list of categories, if you click on each one it will only display the posts in that category. If that was a mistake then this blog may seem even more boring than it actually is as I have not been fishing in ages now as it is the close season and have been making posts in other categories……the easist way to fix this is to click the picture up a the top of the blog….its a built in navigation tool that brings you back to he most recent post.
So I got my letter back from the ASA today…just the same as the other 28 that complained about the Jamie Oliver advert. Basically it is saying that at no point is Jamie Oliver makes no claims about Farmed Salmon as food!!
There is an interesting article you should read being hosted by wildfisher
Scotland on Sunday – Sport – Other Sport – Rise in American crayfish is bad signal for Scottish rivers
THE American signal crayfish has been grabbing headlines again after being found in the River Ettrick, a main tributary of the Tweed.
Unfortunately, the threat of this invasive species is nothing new. It was introduced into England in the mid-1970s to farm for the table and has since established itself in the wild on many southern rivers, where it has wiped out the smaller native white-clawed crayfish.
In Scotland we have no indigenous crayfish but signal crayfish, which grow to over 20cm, are omnivores and can prey on small fish and fish eggs. They also reach high densities per square metre and can bury hard, leading to unstable riverbanks and damage to salmon and trout spawning grounds.
At the start of this year it emerged that colonies were present in the Dee in Kirkudbrightshire and the River Clyde and, indeed, that work had been ongoing for almost five years by the United Clyde Angling Protective Association to try and eradicate them from a section of the Lanarkshire water.
The fact they have now found their way into as rich a salmon spawning area of the Tweed system as the Ettrick is obviously very bad news.
I personally have not came up against these critters but I believe they are being introduced so that people can sell them. I was reading another article in the Herald the other day that was saying the the bailifs on Loch Lomond were stopping people from trying to stock Barbel into the Loch.
Barbel into Loch Lomond
Loch Lomond: Anglers treading a dangerous line
FISHERMEN have been caught deliberately trying to introduce foreign species of fish into Loch Lomond, despite repeated warnings of the damage they do to rare native species.
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.
I am always intrigued when I hear about this store. I read a lot about it in the forums that I go to and it always seems to have a lot of good priced tackle. There is a couple of things that I would like that I cannot get anywhere else so if anyone actually lives close to one of these stores I would be interested in hearing from you 🙂
The reason I would not buy it mail order is because it would cost 15 dollers to send something that only costs 10 dollers or there abouts.
A new record shark caught in Nova Scotia. It seems the fish was hooked in the mouth, and towed the boat around for a while , jumping out the water at times. Eventually it drowned.
Seems a bit of a sorry picture, I thought sharks were endangered these days.
So I went for a walk down to Kelvingrove Park today. I am working in the hospital at the moment as a guy that I support is in their just now. On my break I took a walk down to the river as it is right next to it!
It was looking bare, very very bare…..I wish I had my camera with me, those are older photos. Yet again I was kicking myself for not getting down to this neck of the woods more as there are some mighty fine little runs and riffles.
I was having a look at some old photos and found this
This gondola was brought over from Venice in 1901 for the International Exhibition. There was other things too like this water slide in Kelvingrove Park
As you can see the state of the river was a lot different at that time. There was a lot more water going through the river as it was used for overflows as well as a sewer ….ugh nice bit o swimming!!
I am looking forward to reading my new book on the Kelvin ……I see that someone has bought it for me off my wishlist 🙂