Fly Tying and Charles Jardine

Well, what a cracking night. The night was arranged by the West of Scotland Flydressers and Mr Jardine was damned good I must say. He was exactly what one would expect from a proffessional Fly Fisherman….ie better than you and he knows it.
The patter was class::

Charles now this rafia …..has anyone used it?
first bloke yes, ive used it tying the thoraximijig on my zoobydoo fly
second bloke Ive used it for the boonga nymph
third bloke Ive used it to tie up the pressies at crimbo

You couldnt make this stuff up :)
Obviously I made up the names of the flies……it was bloody class!!

Funny actually, I met a guy when i was standing on a bridge gazing down at the Kelvin, I was early so was killingtime. He was carrying a fly rod. He said he had made it himself but was just practising anyway. Told him to have gander at the site and send me an email as he was going to be buying a new rod.
cool!!

Mr Jardine……Charles Jardine You may be English and a have a vice that cost the price of a second hand car…..but still…… I salute you sir!!!

Love Song for the Kelvin

This is a song about a place where young lovers would meet on the banks of the kelvin

Kelvin Grove

Let us haste to Kelvin Grove, bonnie lassie, O,
Through it’s mazes let us rove, bonnie lassie, O:
Where the rose in all her pride,
Paints the hollow dingle side,
Where the midnight fairies glide, bonnie lassie, O.

Let us wander by the mill, bonnie lassie, O,
To the cove beside the rill, bonnie lassie, O;
Where the glens rebound the call
Of the roaring waters’ fall,
Through the mountain’s rocky hall, bonnie lassie, O.

O Kelvin banks are fair, bonnie lassie, O,
When the summer we are there, bonnie lassie, O;
There the May-pink’s crimson plume
Throws a soft, but sweet perfume
Round the yellow banks of broom, bonnie lassie, O.

Though I dare not call thee mine, bonnie lassie, O,
As the smile of fortune’s thine, bonnie lassie, O;
Yet with fortune on my side,
I could stay thy father’s pride,
And win thee for my bride, bonnie lassie, O.

But the frowns of fortune lour, bonnie lassie, O,
On thy lover at this hour, bonnie lassie, O;
Ere yon golden orb of day
Wake the warblers on the spray,
From this land I must away, bonnie lassie, O.

Then farewell to Kelvin Grove, bonnie lassie, O,
And adieu to all I love, bonnie lassie, O;
To the river winding clear,
To the fragrant scented brier,
E’en to thee of all most dear, bonnie lassie, O.

When upon a foreign shore, bonnie lassie, O,
Should I fall midst battle’s roar, bonnie lassie, O;
Then Helen, shouldst thou hear
Of thy lover on his bier,
To his memory shed a tear, bonnie lassie, O.

River Carron

I passed by the River carron the other day, i quite fancy giving it a little shot. I have two choices. 1 get a lift or 2 get public transport there. iether way i need someone to give me a hand with directions.

Fly Tying and wasps

Ive been frantically writing an essay today, its due in next week. My whole day was planned around this and going to a fly tying demonstration by charles jardine tonight at the polish club in Glasgow. Anyway, it was damned lucky I looked up the address again as it turns out its actually going to be tommorow night its on.

Have a wee gander at that Charles Jardine site….lucky old so and so charles jardine lucky bastard
Imagine having a job that was as good as that!

I was attacked by a wasp in my flat today…..Spring is on the way and so is my irratonal fear of wasps that they will somehow kill me……I need to keep the whole damn thing in perspective
wasp in reality

Falkirk Wheel

Went for a gander at Airth castle as that is where i reckon we will be getting married in 2005. On the way back we stopped off at the falkirk wheel

In case you dont know what it is :

The Falkirk Wheel boat lift is an exceptional feat of modern engineering and is already being recognised as an inspirational sculpture for the 21st Century.

Designed to reconnect the Forth & Clyde and Union Canals and sited in a natural open amphitheatre at Rough Castle near Falkirk, this remarkable and elegant mechanical marvel is the only rotating boat lift in the world and truly one of a kind.

Truly amazing close up
me and the wheel

damn big it is too
falkirk wheel

Its one of those things that untill you see it up close you dont realise just what a feat of engineering it is. Were going to go back as it was very windy so we didnt go on the boat that actually would take us around!!

Passed by a bit of the Kelvin in Kirki seen what looked like anice stretch running through a park, made a mental note to visit at some point.

Imported old blog

I have managed to import the old posts!

First Day of the Season is upun us!!

Well here we are the first day of the season, It is still pouring down outside and I am totally and utterly unprepared. i do not have my new manly waders and i do not know when i shall be getting them. Once more i curse Glasgow fishing shops.

I want to see what this does

Hmmmmm interesting!!

Will I go fishing in the morning!!

I was seriously considering going out tommorow for a couple of hours but to be honest i doubt I will manage. The rain at the moment is absolutley bucketing down and I have got 3 essays due very very soon. Anyway, I still have not got my new manly waders
new manly vision extreme waders With a bit of luck I will be getting them in the next week or so. Hopefully will have them !!

Why I decided to change the blog!!

Well, I got myself some dedicated hosting for my little site, for only a tenner a year……one of the benefits is that I get LOTS of webspace and am able to install a proper blog actually on the site. Anyway, the old blog is still in place untill I can find a way to back up the whole thing and then put it on my hosts site. Will take me a while I reckon. The other reason is that my girlfriends space was running out for pictures, and I really need that space for storing other stuff like essays n stuff.

this is a test post

I knew it was bad when the instructions got wet

test

We were lost, with a compass , which we didnt know how to use……That is why i fish in an urban environment!

This is a TEST post!!

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