Can I just point out that I do not mind dogs that much – I mean over the years I have been attacked by Rottweilers and have had to put up with my fair share of splashing dogs in my time however I do not hold anything against them (especially my crotch and on one memorable occasion my sons face).
Where were all the fishers?
However I was out for a walk along the Kelvin the other day and could not believe the amount of plastic bags full of shite that were discarded in the bushes next to the river.Dog owners picking up dog poo is a good thing – I cannot count the amount of times I have had to scrape the stuff off my shoe or even when climbing down the banks the stuff has got on my hands or something so when the new legislation came into force fining folk for not bagging and binning the stuff I was pretty happy. Problem is bagging the stuff does not seem to be a problem with some folk, taking it home and binning it is.
Bag o' shite
It appears what folk have now got into the habit of doing is taking there wee bag of shite and hanging it places out of reach of kids eyes (it makes them blind) – how thoughtful. It is obviously not just the odd person doing this as at one point on my wander I came across a mega shite bag..
Now that is what I call a bag of shite!
This was a bag which was filled with wee bags of shite – obviously this bag looks official enough that folk decided that it would be picked up by someone official – sadly I do not think Glasgow City Council employs an official shite bag picker upper.
Or do they?
I can feel a freedom of information request coming on!
When the shit hits the fan and they start to take over the world like the monkeys in “Planet of the Apes” I want you to remember a guy that used to hate walking through a field of the buggers by himself – who will be laughing then eh?
Arm yourselves now brothers – and I do not mean with burger buns!
I owe you like 6 pictures – next year I am going to do a weekly wanker photo as I seem to run in to them more than I do water.
I am going to totally cheat and use pics from over the years I have taken and then not attached to any posts..
39 (this is North Country Angler from the rear)
This week - week 41
The Kelvin-Helmholtz wave cloud looks like crashing ocean waves. These beautiful clouds are named after German physicist Hermann von Helmholtz and British physicist Lord Kelvin, because they form when two different layers of air are moving past each other at different speeds. The above layer is faster. Some parts of the boundary – a shearing layer – move down, and others move up.
Read more: http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-unusual-but-fascinating-cloud-formations.php#ixzz1amy7iGRm
Interestingly there has not been the usual crowd of guys fishing the Kelvin this year for Salmon and the word on the street is the fishing for Salmon on the Kelvin has been = “total shite this year” (according to the chap in Dumbarton who owns the food shop and served me my roll n’ bacon with potato scone doubler)
You need a big net!
Personally I have not noticed that much of a difference – every time I have been at the river I have seen fish and guys I meet are catching Salmon, again I met a guy who bought his permit on the Saturday drove to the river and caught a Salmon on the “Snakes” (not set lining I must add, rather trotting his worms). My pal Atkins has had his usual amount and Paul Reid lost a 20lb fish up at Torrance. I am happy at the rumours of no fish as it means there is more space for the guys that do manage to get out. Sadly I met one guy who was chucking the trout he had caught “accidentally” back into the river – not returning but chucking – he had also killed a couple of trout one for his dog and one for his cat at home. And you wonder why paid bailiffs do not get voted through at the AGM eh?
Fishing the Rapala - Paul Reid
I suppose we will know when the catch returns come in – speaking of catch returns I was interested to read that the Mid Clyde Angling Association have admitted in the Scotsman they knowingly lie to the Crown Estates each year to keep their rent down – that was kinda brave I thought!
Anyway, I am currently trying to find some time to fit some fishing in between baby duties – wish me luck!
The Summer is now into its old age and heading towards its grave – the leaves are falling off the trees and I had been hoping to have one final cast before the winter (and close season hit) – I also had a plan to clean the grime from my Salmon fishing exploits off my waders..
I have no idea - liquid evil possibly?
When I gazed at my chosen stream from a bridge it looked perfect – problem is I have never fished this part so was not sure what it should actually look like. It looks nice though – pools, riffles,runs etc.
- Good from a distance…
Problem was when I drove up the river for this stolen hour I was to find the fishing not quite impossible but certainly not enjoyable..
It was also raining and blowy – I decided that I would rather chill and watch the birds for a bit instead of frantically getting myself set up. The good news for next year is that I have found another couple of trout streams (small uns’) that I intend to have a bash on next year.
Over the next week or so I will start to dissect the season and we can have a chat about it – for now I am going to start getting my fly tying gear out and start planning!
Out for a walk – wish I had my pike gear!
I love gadgets and new “stuff” that I can use to get shit done. There are a few other things I am interested in apart from fishing and a few things I would like to get more interested in which I just do not seem to have time for.
Now that the leaves are well and truly being blown off the trees and the nights are fair drawing in I start to look up at the stars and want to get a bit closer to those bad boys.
(pics are Amazon links)
Celestron SkyMaster Binoculars 15x70
These bad boys are Celestron SkyMaster Binoculars 15×70 and should allow me to get up and personal with some of those planets that I seek out. Of course I also quite fancy a telescope however seemingly a good quality pair of binos are good for starters seemingly.
Talking of telescopes…
Celestron Astromaster 114EQ
This bad boy should have me gazing at the moons of Jupiter and the rings of Saturn in no time – I also quite fancy joining Glasgow’s Astronomical Society.
Closer to the planet earth you may have noticed my photos vary in quality – I too have noticed this and therefore I have eyes on new cameras.
Canon PowerShot SX130
Seemingly it takes good photos and is a pretty good price too. Unlike the waterproof camera I covet..
Panasonic Lumix FT3 Waterproof and Shockproof Digital Camera - Blue (12.1MP, 4.6x Optical Zoom with GPS)
Also for those winter nights I quite fancy getting one of those fancy Kindle things..
Kindle Wireless Reading Device, Wi-Fi, Graphite, 6" Display with New E Ink Pearl Technology
Saying that, I also hear that Amazon is releasing a tablet – I quite fancy that as well. Of course there is a lot more gadgets etc I fancy and I keep em’ all on my Amazon Wishlist.
Like I say – I am filled with consumer lust!
All my fishing plans over the last few weeks have totally went fubar.
Typical example – this afternoon I was driving home when I realized my Mother n’ Law could possibly be at my house – now that I have two boys then two people must be there to assist with putting them to bed. I telephoned Atkins who was already at the river – he had just lost a grilse and things were looking up for another, I told him my plan was to get home, ask the Mother n’ Law if she could help my wife and then me to head to the river for some Salmon action.
The plan reeked of awesomeness !
I pulled into my car park and the first thing I noticed was the lack of Mother n’ Law car. Instantly my dreams were shattered..
Here is a picture of a double rainbow I took when out for a walk with the boys.
Double Rainbows - now that is awesome!
Damn and blast!
Sadly the Gods of the Pike have been absent from my life as of late – my last two sessions have left me decidedly humbled and today’s session was even worse – it rained. I thought things were looking up as David Wolsoncroft-Dodds emailed me the other day – seemingly a reader of this diary was guided by him and they mentioned I plugged his book – this one:
Anyway I was kinda hoping that some of that magic had worn off via email however the green beasts failed to show up. As we were packing up I met a pal of a pal Al Pyke and his buddy who were just tackling up – with usual tact and honesty I moaned “It was bloody awful, we did not even see a fish and then two guys showed up who chucked a couple of herrings at us”*
It was only later I realised how I would feel if some bastard had just told me the fishing was pish and I would be better staying at home earning some brownie points. If you are reading this Al I hope you caught some monsters!
Yes – quite!
*not that I have anything against the herrings or people that throw them!