Do you see something beautiful?
Do you see something beautiful?
OK, some people might think I am a glutton for punishment however phase three of the Urban Fly Fisher Forum is now live.
You may remember phase one and two, they were fun phases and we had around 300 members and it was good while it lasted. However a clean sweep was needed as quite frankly it all descended into a bit of a rammy which we do not have to get into now. A quick explanation is that the die hard Salmon boys pissed off the die hard Trout boys and a crazy loon who stalked me pissed everyone off. What should have been somewhere for people to post the odd nice picture of a trout from the Kelvin (or anywhere) turned into craziness.
Anyhoo, lets start again now that everyone has calmed down.
So what is the Urban Fly Fisher Forum all about?
Now the funny thing I have learned about forums is that they go through peaks and troughs, sometimes folk post a lot and sometimes post folk less and to be honest I do not mind a peaceful forum as long as people are checking in and saying something every now and again, a bit like some guys sitting around a campfire having a drink after a hard days fishing.
Anyway, once you join it will take a day or so before your account is activated. Any longer than that please contact me. Try and choose a reasonable name or I will think you are a spam sign up.
Some thirty chaps have already sneaked in and made a few posts so please join up if you fancy it – and use this post to say hello.
*Matter, material, articles, or activities of a specified or indeterminate kind that are being referred to, indicated, or implied.
Just to freak you out for the weekend, here are some more freaky photos!
As many of you are aware I have a bit of an interest in Astronomy – not the serious understanding it and knowing where everything is kind, more the I know that is Jupiter and that is the moon, everything else takes a bit of searching way.
Anyway, today I give you a photo of the moon I took.
I have had a telescope on my Amazon Wishlist for a while now and nobody (namely the wife) has taken me on. I suspect people believe I am only allowed one obsessive hobby.
Desire paths are……
What the hell, here is a weird video on the You Tube that describes them..
The Kelvin river bank has a ton of them and there is even a Flickr group dedicated to them.
Did you even know that these tracks made by rebellious first world anarchists even had a name?
Is there anyone out there that does not own a Kelly Kettle?
You must at least have heard of them though?
It is a portable device for boiling water outdoors using twigs and other small combustible materials; tit consist of a water jacket surrounding a fire chamber which creates an upward chimney draft ensuring efficient and rapid boiling even in windy or wet weather. Essentially you can use pine cones, mosses, bits of bark small twigs & random litter to get the wee fire going and you do not have to worry about the wind. Personally I send my child out after twigs to fuel it and he loved sticking them in the hole and watching them burn.
Winter Grayling fishing and hot freshly brewed coffee anyone?
Developer Hugh Scott has applied for the Kelvin River Wildlife/Green corridor to be repealed.
This is quite possibly the start of a process which could eventually lead to buildings all along the banks of the Kelvin which will destroy all access to the river and cause irreparable damage to the already recovering habitat.
Under his company, Highlander House, the developer has submitted proposals to GCC to end the Kelvin River wildlife corridor, which runs along the river bank linking Kelvingrove Park to the Botanic Gardens. This is a very good pool and run where many anglers have caught Salmon and good sized trout.
Recently Labour councilors on the council’s planning applications committee voted unanimously to grant plans to build an unprecedentedly large building complex on Otago Lane. Residents and business owners have been exploring legal options so as to challenge the decision. Amongst a myriad of breaches of protocol and planning policy it appears the designated corridor was completely ignored as an issue in the report to the planning committee, along with the relevant rules protecting green space. This provides strong grounds for taking the decision to grant to judicial review. We believe that the developer plans to neutralize this as an issue by proposing the annulment of the wildlife corridor, another backdoor tactic. As we know from experience, the DRS cannot be relied upon to protect the heritage and wildlife of this city.
Your support is now needed to object to this proposal, to protect the river and Otago Lane.
You can show your support very easily by sending a simple letter and or email. Remember to include:
• Your name
• Postal and email address
• The proposal’s designated number: PROP0049
• The grounds on which your comments are based (e.g. Scottish Planning Policy 11) see below for relevant environmental policies links:
A sample letter can be found here, to help you draft your own.
Please send your letter to:
Development Plan Team, D.R.S., GlasgowCity Council, 231 George Street, Glasgow, G1 1RX
Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
DEADLINE 7TH DEC
To complement the minimalist style of Tenkara I was thinking of obtaining some kind of new bag. Obviously all I need to stick in it will be some tippet, flies, car keys and possibly a mobile phone. I was thinking of using an old camera case however when thinking about it I decided it would swing around too much especially if I was bending over and crouching a lot as you do on small streams. I quite fancied a bum bag however it may still be a little big.
It looks like it is a nice slim profile to just stick at your side for when it is needed.
Stick a Hardy logo on that bad boy and it would cost you £50
Welcome to Friday!
I love getting emails from you guys:
Gordon is of course referring to the wee burn that saved the 2nd half of the season for me after all that horrible watery stuff falling out the sky.
It just so happens that I am planning on heading up my my wee urban hidden in plain site burn next season – I am looking forward to sharing it with you guys!
I always think that the burns look totally fishless at this time of year however they must still be there feeding away as and when required. So far the weather has been pretty mild and I could have swore I spotted some olives drifting around the other day.
I love looking at all the interesting looking fungus that springs up, anyone know what this is?