There was three kings into the east,
Three kings both great and high,
And they hae sworn a solemn oath
John Barleycorn should die.
They took a plough and plough’d him down,
Put clods upon his head,
And they hae sworn a solemn oath
John Barleycorn was dead.
But the cheerful Spring came kindly on,
And show’rs began to fall;
John Barleycorn got up again,
And sore surpris’d them all.
The sultry suns of Summer came,
And he grew thick and strong,
His head weel arm’d wi’ pointed spears,
That no one should him wrong.
The sober Autumn enter’d mild,
When he grew wan and pale;
His bending joints and drooping head
Show’d he began to fail.
His coulour sicken’d more and more,
He faded into age;
And then his enemies began
To show their deadly rage.
They’ve taen a weapon, long and sharp,
And cut him by the knee;
Then ty’d him fast upon a cart,
Like a rogue for forgerie.
They laid him down upon his back,
And cudgell’d him full sore;
They hung him up before the storm,
And turn’d him o’er and o’er.
They filled up a darksome pit
With water to the brim,
They heaved in John Barleycorn,
There let him sink or swim.
They laid him out upon the floor,
To work him farther woe,
And still, as signs of life appear’d,
They toss’d him to and fro.
They wasted, o’er a scorching flame,
The marrow of his bones;
But a Miller us’d him worst of all,
For he crush’d him between two stones.
And they hae taen his very heart’s blood,
And drank it round and round;
And still the more and more they drank,
Their joy did more abound.
John Barleycorn was a hero bold,
Of noble enterprise,
For if you do but taste his blood,
‘Twill make your courage rise.
‘Twill make a man forget his woe;
‘Twill heighten all his joy:
‘Twill make the widow’s heart to sing,
Tho’ the tear were in her eye.
Then let us toast John Barleycorn,
Each man a glass in hand;
And may his great posterity
Ne’er fail in old Scotland!
When you search for river Kelvin fishing on google my site is number two. I also may have to contact a site as they have me in their links section as being the official page for the association.
download this this PDF flyer very informative!!!
Had to go to Milngavie yesterday….Claire wanted to go to m&s. Anyway….i said that oh yeas…i would love to come with her. As soon as we got there i buggered off to look at the fish pass just next to the shops. Thats the Gavins mill fish pass…
This is part of The Allander by the way which is a tributory of the Kelvin!As it was there is not much water going through it just now, but just above it I seen a nice trout of around half a pound shooting off!Pity I did not have my camera with me (the picture above is an old one).The Allander is looing lovely just now, full of leaves ad lookig very Autumy. With a bit of luck over the next few weeks I am going to go for a walk right along from Milngavie back to Anniesland. Should be nice and will take my new digital camera….can get some nice pictures with that!!Ta Ta
Ages to go till the season starts again….
I got my William Joseph bag…….Claire went to Chicago and bought me one at a shop over there……..for the new season all i need now is a snazzy new pair of waders………more to follow!!!!!!
Just back a short time from the River. I left at around 0930 and got home around 2pm.
Another great day, with a good few fish caught, im not exactly sure how many…possibly around 10!!
I was using those little Clyde Style flies and they certainly did not let me down. I was fishing fairly traditionally with them , casting them across and then letting them drift down with the current. At one point I was getting a fish on every cast…….3 in a row if i remember!!
yet again i would like to point out how hard it is to take pictures of fish whilst unhooking em’
They are both different fish by the way, the second one swam away as i was trying to take his picture………I did feel slighltly like a stalker!!
I also caught what seemed like one of those sea trout that had been stocked earlier in the season. it was certainly nice and fat and was looking in great condition!!#
I got stuck next to the river for a while today and could not get out…….I had climed over a fence and forced my way through some jaggy horrible things and then slipped down a steep slope to get to a nice pool!!!
Anyway, after fishing for a bit i i decided to try and get back up….
Above is where i had to try and climb up and it was a …
Half way up i was starting to panick……… i took a picture of myself in case someone found my rotting corpse and could not identify me !!!!!!!!!
Eventually after tearing my clothes i managed to fall over and crawl a few feet and finally made it up….
My sister sent me a text in the middle of this shambles ……………it wasall quite scary…….when i got out there was someone walking there dog….i wanted to run up to them shouting “im FREE …..FREE” but i thought they might think i was a bit of a freak!!
Well, Its only one week left until the end of the season…the trout season that is. Im trying to decide whether I should move my efforts to sea trout and salmon..only the next month will say i suppose.
Ive got some ideas for the web site, i was thinking of changing the colour scheme and hopefully will try and make some nice buttons instead of that text on the front page. I was also thinking of putting on Blog highlights as it may get more people to come and have a look at the blog if they know what it contains……..hmmmm….
deep in thought
Great, managed to give that Gibson Street stretch a go today. It was pouring down with rain and i didnt manage to get some pictures …..well any good pictures anyway.
I started a good bit behind this ….
and this is looking upstream
To be honest, i pretty much know that within the first hour whether I am going to get some fish or not and today was definetly one of those days…..I trundled the old faithful Butcher through ruffles and then a little Black Pennel. I even put on a little Peter Ross but had absolutley no joy.
Still, I had a good time searching out new runs, I also scared the heaby jeabies out of myself as there is a large pipe/tunnel ,,,,,,here its is
Anyway, as i waded past it I heard a spookey noise and I swear it sounded like a damn laugh……I read too many King bOoks i reckon. I must have looked like a proper numpty charging through the water.
And then i wondered why i didnt catch any fish!!
“leaky waders be damned……….Aggrhhhhhh”
As I was getting ready to leave, a guy I had met last week happened to pass by in his car…..he told me that at this stretch…..
…he had caught some nice Sea Trout. i can quite believe it, it looks a lovely little run. I wish during the Summer I had came down to this little stretch….ahh well!!!!
I fished a good bit down the river from this point as well, looks like some nice runs……i doubt ill manage out again this season but I will certainly try my best….
I might have known, its been raining a fair bit so im not going to go down to the river untl later on, possibly it may have started to clear by then.
I managed to track someone down that was tying those Clyde Style flies so with a bit of luck they will arrive within the next few days and i may manage to try them out before the season ends. If anyone wants some i can pass on the persons details to you… just email me at email@example.com
I might have known, as soon as i made my last post it started to rain…….Ill check the agency site again in the morning but im not holding out much luck…..the only good thing is that ,,,,,lovely Claire is off and i will be able to talk her into giving me a lift..
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