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!


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

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


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!!


Went for a wander from Milngavie back along the Allander to where it joins the Kelvin today. A very nice walk. Im always wondering whether its worth casting a fly here…

Well, I know it will be worth it , but it is a fair old treck to get to these parts….

fair old treck
What you dont see is some of the rubbish that has drifted down over the years…….
Look at this photo, reminds me of that awful windows xp desktop…..although this is nice 🙂

I love the clouds at this time of year, they just look so vivid at this time of year!!!! dont you think?

Filming……on Location ;) trout n about

A while ago I recieved a very nice email from a bloke called Paul Campion from ac acoustics
here he is …..the one with the cool glasses and the wings out his head paul campion
Anyway, we met up in a pub and he told me all about making a new telly show all about fly fishing……… most people are aware I cannot handle my drink so he could have asked me to run naked down Argyle street and i would have said Ill think about it.
Anyway, before I knew what was happening, I had agreed to be in the show. Driven by Pauls obvious enthusiasm…….anyone who is that passionate about fishing, especially fly fishing must be ok in my book.

So today was the filming, arrived early to scout out the water, it had been looking pretty grim the last couple of days…..but today rejoice rejoice the weather turned good and there was good hatches on the water……..Bob Wyatt was with us as well….he writes for fly fishing and fly tying magazine, a guy called Colin who is a biologist from Stirling Uni, and the presenters Greg and Paul…..and a camera crew and a director.
bob wyatt
Thats Bob Wyatt.
There is Colin..
paul n cameras
and that is Paul and the camera crew.
I didnt get a picture of Greg though…

It was all very exititing…..also nerve wracking. No way i was going to be first to humiliate myself with slopping casting…..not in front of the cameras anyway……so i buggered off around the corner for a bit…had a couple of plucks but nothing stayed on. Anyway, i didnt have my new waders, but I had on my lucky green wellies so that was ok.

Colin dived in their first , casting away at the first couple of rises….damn brave I thought, no way was I going to go first….I mightve fallen in knowing my luck.
Later came my turn, Claire said I couldnt have a drink of wine at 9am in the morning to settle my nerves (spoilsport) but everything went well…..although i do remember blinking alot.

All in all , it all seemed to go well, we caught nowt……well thats not true, Colin caught a little smolt and a couple of small brownies…the rest of us including bob caught nowt…although he did have the best bash at it.
Greg managed to steal some flies off Bob and I got Paul to ask him for me……i was going to steal his box and run away but Paul knows my address. Woulda split them 50/50 though.

The show will be on in June/ July time and is called “Trout ‘n’ About”………later I will put up some of the blurb about the show…possibly.
If they leave what I said in and I sound like a numpty, its because they edited it that way!! 🙂

Seen some nice trees as well!

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