Decorating!

It seems everything is against me going fishing at the moment. NOW ive got to decorate the bedroom. There was a chance i was going to have to strip woodchip from the walls but I managed to avoid that one….phew.
Anyway, found my old Dragonfly concept reel and will put my fly line onto one of its spools.
Im going to get this finished today and head down to the river first thing ……..or around 10 to catch the hatch! Its been hailstones today…….i bet you its like a raging torrent in the morning.

i hate paint…….and turps for that matter :/

Driving Home!!

Ive been away in Birmingham for a few days.
Its funny I always think as I shoot along the M8 and then the M6 that I always gaze at the little bits of water that i glimpse through the trees. I dont drive just now, im learning, so i have plenty of time gazing at the little flashes of blue, sometimes its big rivers like the River Eden, which we passed over and the little bit of The Clyde that looks lovely. But other times its the littre rivers i see, the little burns and brooks and i wonder what they would be like to fish. i suppose when I learn to drive they will be more open to me, although my sense of direction is hopeless. I would probably get lost.
Those wee brooks and burns look lovely, i see little rocky runs through trees and think about just how much fun you could have down there with a fly rod and plenty of time, a hot summers day shielded by the trees casting into the little shadows with a wet fly. ahhhhhhh bliss!!
Im going to be sending my Greys reel back to them for repair, i will let you know how THAT goes, its never been right since i was conned into it by the Glasgow Angling Tesco shop. So im faced with a week without fishing or I look out one of my old reels and stick my line on that, I think I will look out an old reel. should be fun I supose….##shudders at the thought of knots##

Damn……I need a new reel!!!

damn and blast!!
It seems my reel is jiggy jiggered. The reel seems to be operating normally …kind of…..it feels really jaggy and seems to be sticking at certain points as I turn the handle…..or rather not kind of sticking…more getting really loose.
Hmmmmmm! #ponders#

First fish caught!!

Well, today I ventured out for the first few hours with my new manly waders. Im not saying they are lucky or anything but I did in fact have an absolutley great day. The first caught was on a little partridge n orange and then I moved on to dry flies. I tied on on of those little drys that I got off Bob Wyatt and then the fish just kept on coming. I was down at the vet school Just for the sheer fact it was close by.

In total I caught around 9 lovely brwonies, 2 of which were around the 8 ounce mark. What a fight they gave me, ducking and diving, dodging and weaving.
Unfortunetly I did not have my camera with me, or rather I did but I had forgotton to charge it up…….which was kinda silly….but hey…If i did I may not have caught the fish…..right??

Lots of bait fishers today, static bait fishers at that …….possibly may be converted though.. as I caught about 3 fish just down from them.

Hmmmmmm, so there I was deep in the water……I was thinking to myself…”I must look like some kinf of fishing GOD in my new waders. I then realised that my bag which was on my back was in the water as well, which meant all my stuff was soaking wet. Sheepishly, I tried to act cool whilst getting back out again.

My reel seems to have busted as well, for some reason it does not go clickclickclickclickclickclickclickclickclickclick anymore it just sort of freelines. In fact Im going to go an dcheck it now!!

Its my big 30!

30 on Sunday. Weird. Feel ok about it……how does it go, terrible twenties-dirty thirties…ooer.
I have a wishlist set up for familly…….if anyone fancies buying me a book on flies that would be lovely :)
You can see it HERE

Just some books on fly tying n fishin!
Most of the Uni work is finished….. I have one essay :( to do again but i knew about that for a while. Starting next week as long as the water is looking good I should be swinging into full flow!!

WoOt WoOT!! im awat to Budapest!

Correctiony!

Away last year I thought i saw a shoal of Barbel in the Clyde….in the middle of town. Well it turns out that it was in fact Mullet! An angler with a bit of sense mailed me and corrected me.

I have just spent around 10 mins looking for a picture of a mullet

All I am seeing is people with bad haircuts.

Anyway, it then turns out that he sent me a photo …….one of a shoal and then 2 of himself holding a great big fish
mullet

That is a shoal of Mullet!

Here is a link to my post …not a barbel

Jeepers. next thing you know I will be getting told that the guy who told me he caught whales and sharks in the Kelvin was pulling my leg! ……go and check the guest book River Kelvin

One week of Uni left!!

Well….I have one week of Uni work proper left before I can start fishing everyday. I have a presentation and two essays and then I am home free.
Its strange, The last month or so have been spent in preperation for the season I seem to have learnt a lot. Im looking forward to learning more about fly life and attempting to tie up some imitave patterns. I used to go to lessons when I was around 15 but gave up when i discovered alcohol. I think I will post some of my efforts in this blog, in fact I will make a special wee catagory for it as well.
Other things that have been fun the last month or so have been this redesigned blog and the redesigned website. Thanks for the help Morgan :)

Meeting Paul, Colin, Greg and of course Bob Wyatt for that STV thingy was great I hope I dont look like a total clown if they leave in my piece.

Once my Uni work finishes properly I will actually start blogging my trips again…….just in case you ar ebored with me actually just talking tosh all the time……here is some old posts Nice Mushrooms and fish want sex

sigh Anyway, I suppose I had better shoot of and get my stuff done. If there are no posts over the next few days it is because I will be hard at work!!! I will be going to Budapest over the weekend as well, its my 30 th birthday……..eak!!!

ta Ta

Alistair

A Convert!!

A convert to the wonder of the kelvin over here
Thats the thing about the Kelvin, people dont notice it for years and when they do……..its amazing…its like a whole new world.
Just wait untill he sees an otter :)

The “penis” fly

Well here we have the penis fly
penis fly
Do you think that it will catch fish on the Kelvin?

Check out rasmus hansens site

Trout ‘n’ About

You might remember last week I spoke about that telly programme. Well it is called Trout ‘n’ About and here is the blurb i promised

Meet Paul and Greg – characters with attitude, passion and irreverence and one thing on their minds – trout. Finding them, catching them, eating them.

Fly fishing, the sport of kings and Romans, the love of Vikings and painters. The passion of poets, politicians, actors, musicians, butchers, bakers and candlestick makers…and the most popular participant sport in the UK.

Through six themed programmes, musician Paul Campion and Artist Gregory Rankin journey into the heart of rural Scotland, fishing rods and flies at the ready. Re-thinking the personality-led rural affairs/cookery/travel genre for a new audience, the pair explode the myth that fishing is just a lot of long wet hours on a bank with nought to show for it come the end of the day. In between the hours on the river, we learn all we need to know about the humble trout, meet enthusiasts from punters to celebrities and finish the day with the catch-turned culinary delight all cooked up in the local hostelry.
Trout ‘n’ About will transmit across Scotland in July 2004.

So there you have it!!

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