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!!

Yawn!!

I am now in Birmingham and will be staying here until Monday afternoon when as soon as I get in I will be picking up the rod and walking straight back out again. Im gagging for a fish.
I will allso bore you all with holiday pictures…….trees, monkeys, elephants (smellyphants), and three wheeled took tooks!!!
Checked my mails today for the first time in a couple of weeks and am trawling through them sending replies… so if you have sent a mail and ive not replied that is why. Or I dunno… you could try reading the blog and realise that sending me a mail is a WASTE OF TIME IN THE FIRST PLACE :P …..jeepers …….only kidding!!!!
I also have a good few gmail invites to give out so give me a shout if you want one….just leave a messege.
Something I noticed about my blog and my website is that it looks pretty poor on a comp with a low res. Like if you go to the Urban Flyfishing on the Kelvin site the logo at the top is cut in half…..and also on this blog things look kinda odd…if you look up to the top right of your screen just above “blogs of note” you may see a little indent. The indent should not be there, it should eb smooth. Ironically the blog and the site looks like the dogs bollocks on my computer ie great however on others it looks weird. So…..if you want to give me some tips on how to fix it let me know……how I can easilly fix it that is. I may try and get it working next week sometime…..if I am not fishing every day…which I will be.
If anyone has been fishing the last couple of weeks…..down the kelvin I would appreciate if you could let me know how you have been fairing….iether mail me or leave a little comment here. You dont have to put your secret little spots or flies…just if you have been doing well.
Anyway…….jet lag catching up i think so …
ta ta

Alistair

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