Here is a nice tree::
I dunno, there is something i LOVE about trees at this time of the year. Something kinda scary even. Its the way they look as if they are ready to just burst into life. There are more leaves around just now….Been raining a couple of days now so the river is pretty cloudy!!

A site I noticed!!

Ken from The Draggin’Fly Chronicles left a messege and posted on my blog the other day. I had a wee gander around his site and found a cracking philosophy

Rule 1: Always start fishing with a dry fly

Rule 2: Never fish a fly larger than size 12

Rule 3: Cast at every rise and continue until the fish is either hooked, spooked or put down

Rule 3a: A fish is deemed spooked only if the bow wave or fleeing fish is seen

Rule 3b: The only valid reason for putting down the fish is snagging ones last remaining dry fly irretrievably in branches above the rise.

Rule 3c: If the angler is likely to be in a life threatening situation for arriving home late AND is at least one hour late returning home AND is within 20 yards of the end of the beat then it is permissible to cease casting at the rise.

Rule 4: The angler may only change to a nymph after at least one hour of fishing the dry fly if no rise has been seen.

Rule 5: Never cast more than 20 feet of fly line. However any length of leader is permitted.

Class, sheer class!!!

Rain, worse this time!!

I look out the window. It is pouring with rain.It has been raining on and off the last couple of days….look at this bump..

There was a pic of the water level here

It can only get higher!!


Its raining……therefore there is a high probability of raging brown torrentness
There was a pic of the water level here

See that bump…..that could get worse that could!!….or better….you know what i mean!!

Furled leader

Furled leader arrived yesterday, and im having a play about with it and reading the instructions. I have to apply a short lengh of line to the furled leader as an extender to attach the actual tippet to. Sounds fair enough! But I have been having a little problem here. I was having a little practise to make sure that it was all going well and my clich knot seems pretty weak. I was using 4lb mono and using that improved clich knot……this is taken from Fly Anglers online
clinch knot improved
When i gave it a good pull, it always snapped at the knot. I dont know whether it is my actual knot or whether its my line….over a season old…but something isnt right somewhere.!!

A Walk!!

Went for a little walk today. Walked through the vet school and then up through Dawsholm Park… is incredible how close you actually are to city life…
small tree

from that ….to this
city view

all in the space of around 15 mins walk.
Ive never noticed this tree before..
cool tree I actually had to have it pointed out to me.
I was surprised at the amount of people fishing bait today. Met one guy I knew, whom Ive been mailing for a bit. Seen fish rising!!

Bulbo Toadfoot!!

Bulbo Toadfoot…..thats my hobbit name that is…..check out your hobbit name HERE

New waders!!

I got my new waders yesterday. unfortunetly they were exactly one size too big. It was hilarious……claire said i looked like a CLOWN!!! Sent them back and should have a new pair in a few days. Looking forward to it, the river is looking MIGHTY!!

First outing…blanked!!

Woohoo, first day out this season and i blanked. There was not much fly life although I did see a couple of rises. Ironically just now as i sit typing this the sun is streaming through the window and this might have sparked some life into teh insects.
It was not all bad however, I met a young guy who ive been mailing for a while now and it was good “talking fish” fora while. He also noted the amount of pointless bait fishers that were holed up at the big pool at the vet school.
shady bait fishers three blokes all with spinning rods static bait fishing. I just dont see the fun……Anglers??? Fisherman??? try evil baby fish killers.

Could have done with my new waders today, they are coming this week….I was a bit annoyed that I could not get up to the wee bits that i know should hold fish at this time of year but…..hey…there was some nice trees:)

OOhhhhh a picture I didnt post!!

Was this one here
this one here black and white

Looks nice eh.
Today when Claire was in the garage i got i went out and had a look down at the river. Seen a trout rise for a fly. Thats like the first rise ive seen all year. Someone mailed me to tell me they got another fish yesterday…..obviously just to rub it in!! I will be going out within the next couple of days….possibly tommorow…….ooh oohh that reminds me, better charge up my camera of course i have instantly put a curse on catching a fish

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