Vermin Traps

I had absolutely no idea when I went online looking for some cheap mouse traps what I would find.

I have been bothered by the odd mouse for a while now, it started with a scratching in my attic and then progressed to the wee beasts nipping across the floor when I was getting the kids milk at some ungodly hour in the morning. Anyway, I set about them with a shock and awe approach with a couple of plastic traps bought from B&Q. They did the job however I could not help but notice  that one managed to drag itself into the middle of the kitchen from the edge before snuffing it.

So I went looking for some more traps.

Bush Wear have a huge selection, they have traps for stuff I did not even think were a problem like mmole traps & squirrel traps

Obviously I lead a sheltered life  living in my wee urban environment where only a small selection of folk decide to go hunting.

Seeing as how a few months ago I did not know I would need a mouse trap I wonder if I move out the city I will ever be needing some of these bad boys!

Any of you guys have experience of using these types of traps?

Need an idea for a gift?

Guys,  I will make this a quick one. Does anyone ever ask you what you would like as a gift at Christmas and you have absolutely no idea what to tell them?

Can I just recommend the most useful wee tool known to man over at Craigdon Mountain Sports, it is the Gerber Butterfly Suspension Tool and is the handiest gadget I own.

Needlnose pliers, Wire cutter, Fine edge knife, Serrated edge knife, Saw, Scissors, Crosspoint screwdriver, Small and medium flatblade screwdrivers, Can opener, Bottle opener and lanyard hole. Yes, keep this bad boy in a handy drawer and you will not need to go hunting for a screwdriver when you need one.

 

 

 

Do you see something beautiful?

Do you see something beautiful?

Howdy!

Get yer spawn ready, you’ve pulled!

 

Urban Fly Fisher Forum – phase 3

OK, some people might think I am a glutton for punishment however phase three of the Urban Fly Fisher Forum is now live.

You may remember phase one and two, they were fun phases and we had around 300 members and it was good while it lasted. However a clean sweep was needed as quite frankly it all descended into a bit of a rammy which we do not have to get into now. A quick explanation is that the die hard Salmon boys pissed off the die hard Trout boys and a crazy loon who stalked me pissed everyone off. What should have been somewhere for people to post the odd nice picture of a trout from the Kelvin (or anywhere) turned into craziness.

Anyhoo, lets start again now that everyone has calmed down.

So what is the Urban Fly Fisher Forum all about?

  • Somewhere to post an urban (or otherwise) trip report.
  • Somewhere to ask advice.
  • Reviews of gear you have purchased.
  • Stuff *

Now the funny thing I have learned about forums is that they go through peaks and troughs, sometimes folk post a lot and sometimes post folk less and to be honest I do not mind  a peaceful forum as long as people are checking in and saying something every now and again, a bit like some guys sitting around a campfire having a drink after a hard days fishing.

Anyway, once you join it will take a day or so before your account is activated. Any longer than that please contact me. Try and choose a reasonable name or I will think you are a spam sign up.

Some thirty chaps have already sneaked in and made a few posts so please join up if you fancy it – and use this post to say hello.

*Matter, material, articles, or activities of a specified or indeterminate kind that are being referred to, indicated, or implied.

More freaky Friday Photos..

Just to freak you out for the weekend, here are some more freaky photos!

Howling at the Moooooooooon!

As many of you are aware I have a bit of an interest in Astronomy – not the serious understanding it and knowing where everything is kind, more the I know that is Jupiter and that is the moon, everything else takes a bit of searching way.

I use a pair of Olympus Binocular 10×50 DPS-1 and love them. I also have a big pair of Celestron SkyMaster Binoculars 15×70 which I reviewed a while ago.

Anyway, today I give you a photo of the moon I took.

Can anyone see a Trout in one of those lakes?

I have had a telescope on my Amazon Wishlist for a while now and nobody (namely the wife) has taken me on. I suspect people believe  I am only allowed one obsessive hobby.

Desire Paths

Desire paths are……

What the hell, here is a weird video on the You Tube that describes them..

The Kelvin river bank has a ton of them and there is even a Flickr group dedicated to them.

Did you even know that these tracks made by  rebellious first world  anarchists even had a name?

Kelly Kettles

Is there anyone out there that does not own a Kelly Kettle?

You must at least have heard of them though?

 

It is a portable device for boiling water outdoors using twigs and other small combustible materials; tit consist of a water jacket surrounding a fire chamber which creates an upward chimney draft ensuring efficient and rapid boiling even in windy or wet weather. Essentially you can use pine cones, mosses, bits of bark small twigs & random litter to get the wee fire going and you do not have to worry about the wind. Personally I send my child out after twigs to fuel it and he loved sticking them in the hole and watching them burn.
Cotswald Outdoor have the new one with the plastic stopper instead of my old school one with the cork. The big Kelly Kettle at Cotswald looks like the one you can get a nifty adapter for to grill stuff on the top – failing that you can stick a wee homemade grill on the top to cook meat or a wild trout if you fancy it.

Winter Grayling fishing and hot freshly brewed coffee anyone?

 

Developer Hugh Reid about to f*ck with the Kelvin – not on our watch!

Developer Hugh Scott has applied for the Kelvin River Wildlife/Green corridor to be repealed.

This is quite possibly the start of a process which could eventually lead to buildings all along the banks of the Kelvin which will destroy all access to the river and cause irreparable damage to the already recovering habitat.

Under his company, Highlander House, the developer has submitted proposals to GCC to end the Kelvin River wildlife corridor, which runs along the river bank linking Kelvingrove Park to the Botanic Gardens. This is a very good pool and run where many anglers have caught Salmon and good sized trout.

Recently Labour councilors on the council’s planning applications committee voted unanimously to grant plans to build an unprecedentedly large building complex on Otago Lane. Residents and business owners have been exploring legal options so as to challenge the decision. Amongst a myriad of breaches of protocol and planning policy it appears the designated corridor was completely ignored as an issue in the report to the planning committee, along with the relevant rules protecting green space. This provides strong grounds for taking the decision to grant to judicial review. We believe that the developer plans to neutralize this as an issue by proposing the annulment of the wildlife corridor, another backdoor tactic. As we know from experience, the DRS cannot be relied upon to protect the heritage and wildlife of this city.

Your support is now needed to object to this proposal, to protect the river and Otago Lane.

You can show your support very easily  by sending a simple letter and or email. Remember to include:

• Your name

• Postal and email address

• The proposal’s designated number: PROP0049

• The grounds on which your comments are based (e.g. Scottish Planning Policy 11) see below for relevant environmental policies links:

http://www.glasgow.gov.uk/…/Environment/ENV01.htm

http://www.glasgow.gov.uk/…/Environment/ENV08.htm

http://www.glasgow.gov.uk/…/Environment/ENV17.htm

A sample letter can be found here, to help you draft your own.

Please send your letter to:

Development Plan Team, D.R.S., GlasgowCity Council, 231 George Street, Glasgow, G1 1RX

Or email: developmentplan@glasgow.gov.uk

DEADLINE 7TH DEC

Wee Bags

To complement the minimalist style of Tenkara I was thinking of obtaining some kind of new bag. Obviously all I need to stick in it will be some tippet, flies, car keys and possibly a mobile phone. I was thinking of using an old camera case however when thinking about it I decided it would swing around too much especially if I was bending over and crouching a lot as you do on small streams. I quite fancied a bum bag however it may still be a little big.
I found this dinky wee belt bag (Lifeventure mini belt pack) which looks just the part over at E-Outdoor for £14 which not only is good for holding the gear but is good for watching the old wallet as well.

It looks like it is a nice slim profile to just stick at your side for when it is needed.

Stick a Hardy logo on that bad boy and it would cost you £50

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