The Small Stream Dry Fly

Ah, Christmas and the dark nights are closing in again and it is time for good books. Whilst I seem to spend my time reading textbooks when I go to bed I like to read and dream about fishing…..this looks like a doozerThe Small Stream Dry Fly

. In this book Lou Stevens presents a new and radical approach to fishing the dry fly on a wide variety of small streams. Whether you are fishing the dry fly on chalk streams, hillstreams, brooks or moorland streams, the theory is the same. However, the tactics used vary enormously from one type of water to another. The dry fly is now widely accepted for use on almost all types of water, but the chalk stream technique has had to be extensively modified to achieve good results. Lou Stevens describes the techniques required and introduces the reader to the ‘Change of Pace Zones’. He goes on to describe the variations of tactics that are necessary to exploit such zones. The book introduces the reader to a number of little known tactical flies. These are described in detail and include the flies needed to practise the radical ‘damp fly’ approach. For many fisherman there is something utterly delightful and intriguing in taking a trout on a dry fly, especially a fly that has been tied (and perhaps evolved) by the angler personally. The Small Stream Dry Fly with its clear diagrams, informative text and colour photographs will help the reader to develop new techniques and hopefully catch more fish.

It may be my next buy…or on my crimbo list 🙂

Fishing Widows

A couple of people asked me recently about what my partner thinks about my fishing all the time. I suppose the easy answer is that I dont fish all the time. The more complicated answer is that I fish when my partner is at work, she works shifts so I can head to the river for a few hours and still be back in time for her coming home from work. Easy peasy.
I suppose if i was the kind of guy that went to the pub every day then the situation would be different. As it is I think having a hobby like fly fishing is hardly damaging is it??. Now that I come to think about it the main problem is the amount of time i spend on the computer.
So the close season is upon me once more and the time has come to concentrate on Uni work and matters of relationships. Some of you may know that I am getting married nexy year…..we were going on honeymoon to New Zealand but seeing as how I have not passed my driving test exactly a year before we go that has now been changed to South Africa. Claire refused to ferry me about from flow to flow!!!! Ive been hunting around for some nice river fishing in South Africa and have come up with a few possibilities…
One of them is wild trout fly fishing on the upper Berg River..
berg river
Looks nice. I have emailed them so am waiting on a reply. It is about an hour from Cape Town. When I told my other half she did not look pleased……I have promised that I would teach her to fly fish next season…….ah yes a couple of trips/lessons down the Kelvin with a dry fly should sort her out.
She can carry the picnic!

Plain weird!!!

Thought I would share my logs with you….this is one of the last ten searches that people have done to reach the blog

18/10/2004 05:31:02 n@ked girls (Google)
18/10/2004 05:28:48 fly-fishing for Barbel (Google)
18/10/2004 01:51:0 n@ked girls (Google)
18/10/2004 01:21:21 n@ked fishing girls (Google)
17/10/2004 21:32:28 river kelvin fishing (Google)
17/10/2004 19:21:57 national geographic n@ked girls (Google)
17/10/2004 19:13:43 n@ked fishing pictures (Google)
17/10/2004 18:26:53 n@ked girls in bed with fishing rods (Google)
17/10/2004 16:55:17 vision waders (Yahoo)
17/10/2004 16:47:32 Glasgow Coat of Arms (Google)

Good grief….. For a 50 quid I Will send you pictures of myself n@ked!!

edit…I had to put @ in place of “a” as I have been getting too many hits from people being pervy!!!

Vision waders!!

Some of my long term readers will know about my problems with my Vision “Extreme” waders.
You were with me at the begining…when I was all exited about getting them ….you were with me when they arrived and they were exactly one size too big. You were with me when I caught my biggest trout to date on the dry fly and actually commented that perhaps I should call them my lucky waders.
And then the devestation started. A leak had appeared in them. So I sent them back. I thought I would get a new pair but instead sealant was applied and that was that. I thought the problem was fixed.
And it was, for a time…..and then the problems started.
First of all it was paranoia..
I was convinced they were leaking again……and it would turn out that my foot was…..perhaps a little damp but nothing that would constitute a leak…..but perhaps it was….them I would think that it was all in my mind….yegads.

It is not all in my mind….the last time I fished for Grayling my foot was freezing……because water was getting in, because the leak has came back.. GRRRRRRR I have phoned Guide and have been told they will sort it out, I have to send them again. More cash !!!!
Anyway, I have wrapped them up in brown paper which looks suspiciously like a bomb …
and will post in the morning…..I will keep you posted of developments!!

Glasgow Fly Dressing Club

You may remember I went along to the West Of Scotlands Fly Tyers guild night to see Charles Jardine tie some flies. Well, the night has now stopped but restarted under the guise of Glasgow Fly Dressing Club
It is a good excuse to talk about fishing and have an odd pint…….and I suppose to learn some more about tying flies…..The venue is:: the Yarrow Club at 223 Anniesland Road, Glasgow G13 1RP. The night will be a Wednesday and it starts on the 20th October at 6.30pm.

Friends of the River Kelvin!!

So someone from the Friends of the River Kelvin left a messege in my guest book.

Friends of the River Kelvin – monthly clean-ups along various stretches of kelvin – first Saturday of month (except Jan) 10.30am (till 12.30pm …)
all welcome. gloves, wellies, bags provided. Meet at FORK HQ: Ha’penny Bridge House, on the kelvin walkway below kelvin Drive.

Now I cannot make it , I work every Friday into Saturday but if you fish the Kelvin or just care about the river I think it would be worthwhile going along and helping out.

leader thingy

Well, now here is a thingus that might be interesting.
leader thingy

That might mean that I could use a tapered leader without actually worrying about buggering it up……need to get a couple for next season I reckon. Worth trying anyway 🙂

To Rise a Trout!

I was asked the other day to recommend a good fly fishing book. I would recommend “To Rise a Trout”. It was in an old bookshop but I have found a copy on Amazon….To Rise a Trout
Its is primarilly dedicated to fishing the dry fly. For those starting out or people who just want to learn more I think its great 🙂To Rise a Trout

Atlantic Salmon Zoom In @ National Geographic Magazine

Atlantic Salmon Zoom In @ National Geographic Magazine
I was looking through these photographs by Paul Nicklen. Lovely the way they have been shot. Gander through the photographs and you come to pictures of 40lb Salmon resting in a pool in Quebec’s Causapscal River.

changing colours..Site update


Check out the updated site…..
urban flyfishing

I think the style flows over much better now….When you go to the flow section the garscube stretch opens in a new window, so does the blog for that matter!
Just go and test it out for me 🙂
Oh yea…..if you look at the little rollover effect on the menu, that is not in fact an error.
#sniff# took my blooming ages to get that….someone said it was “ugly”!

I like it!!!

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