Ive bought one of those furled leaders
over at Highlanders site. . They look mighty fine.
They are hand-woven leaders & represent a vast improvement over nylon & braided types. For top water & sub surface fly fishing they are without equal.
Construction…..Take over 90ft of premium nylon, twist & counter twist to form what is not unlike a thin rope & you will be getting near the answer.
Form length & taper to suit fly line size. Incorporate loop to loop connections. Add a tippet to suit & we are nearly there
Finally add 250 years of history & maybe, just maybe we might have the answer. Newton & Walton, they knew the answers, nylon has now replaced the twisted horse hair & silk of their time, but the principal remain the same.
Sounds good. Now all I have to do is keep myself from getting caught up in some jaggy bushes (or a rusty old car) and the coming season is looking good.
Seen some nice roots as well. Some amazing trees.
Went for a walk yesterday down through Kelvingrove Park to scout it out for the new season. Its looking absolutelly lovely.
There is a couple of weirs like this
and there is some lovely fly water all around this area.
Those rocks just look perfect for a litte wet fly.
I had a mail today from someone who tells me they had their first trout of the season yesterday on a dry fly. He seen a little hatch of what might have been march browns and just went for it.
To say im utterly jelous would be an understatement.
T a ta
Today I decided I am going to be in a green mood. Therefore the Urban Angling on the Kelvin site will be green as well.
Well here we have a genetically modified fish alongside a natural salmon…
Seems they want to get regulatory aproval by the end of 2004. they grow up to 4 times faster than ordinary salmon………if i wasnt worried about the future yesterday….im damn worried now!
Full story Here On the BBC site
It was cold…very cold. The water was dark and there was no fly life. I did not see any fish. Even the trees looked annoyed. I was emailed by another fisher who had been down at the river the other day, there was a short hatch but caught nowt. Hopefully in another week or so it will heat up…….
Funny that, because on wednesday it did in fact actually look quite nice! Not the river, but the weather in general, i seen some flies floating about. Hmmmmm its going to be only good for a couple of hours situation i reckon!!
This has got to be the first day that I have actually looked out and thought that it may be worthwhile going fishing. There was a little sun around and it was a bit warmer. I reckon there should be a little fly life on the water. All i need is my new manly waders and i will be all set.
You know what I find strange? Nearly all the people that look at the site dont actually come from Glasgow! I look through my stats and I find that around 80% are people from all over the UK and the rest of the world. Most of the people are typing things like “river kelvin fishing” into google and they get my site……now when its people from places like Germany and the states i would really actually like to know why they are looking it up…..So if anyone fancies dropping me a mail i would love to speak to you 🙂
This all occured to me as i was staggering home from a night out, it was mt friends 30th birthday……it started to rain……and i thought…..hmmmmmm stats now there is a funny thing!!!!????
Been listening to lots of internet radio over at shoutcast its damn damn good. After last nights escapades i was gagging to get down to the river, first fish of the season and all that…..woke up and Claire said that it was snowing…..rolled over and went back to sleep!
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.
Mr 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!!!