I was raking around my Mother n’ Laws computer (that I built) and found some pictures that my sister n’ law took a couple of years ago when she came Pike fishing with me – I had been on a roll for a few months catching enormous Pike on the fly every time I hit the loch, she is a budding artist and wanted to take some photos. Anyway, I regaled her with stories of enormous beasts from the depths however on this day I managed to catch bugger all and she retired to my car for heat and left me to it.
Tenuous fishing photos 48/52
So basically she took some photos of me casting badly with enormous flies and walking sheepishly to the bank-side – she even bought waders for the fun. The plan was for me to cast the monstrosities and then give her the rod to retrieve the fly and play a Pike. She got bored with this and found being waist deep in freezing cold water not much fun.
Phew – only 4 pictures left of my (sometimes) weekly photo project – want me to do it again next year? I am thinking of actually opening it up to you guys to send in photos – what do you think?
Anyway, I was reeling to find out that Urban Fly Fisher was not included in the “13 fly fishing blogs & e-zines to get you through winter” but then after reading them noticed there was a distinct US bias – and we all know what the US think of us eh?
#Smile# – Only kidding ya!
What did put a smile on my face was being part of the Fishtec list of Fly Fishing Blogs to be Reckoned with by Robin Falvey.
Like I say it is a great list of the best UK fly fishing blogs out there (obviously I got in there due to sheer longevity) – I notice Gareth wrote a nice wee piece on his blog about being in the list - that guy needs to get married and have some kids – he has far too much fun as far as I am concerned - “Hey Gareth – how about a half dozen of your micro flies?” at the very least it will give me some inspiration and a boost to start my winter tying.
And Mike from Tamanawis is on the list – the only pal I know who looks outside when it is this cold and gets his walking shoes on, picks up a shovel and goes and digs a snow hole for a few days.
In case you do not live in the UK the thing that everyone is talking about just now is the snow. It has not been this early since 1993 seemingly!
Consequently my 47th photo is dedicated to sledging.
When I was young we found a hill...
Crayfish, Crayfish everywhere – maybe this is the kind of gear the Kelvin association should be selling – especially after the TV coverage of the news that the Kelvin has now been invaded by the beasts :
(all pics are links to Amazon)
Somewhere to hang your fishing jacket and hat..
Some weird music to help you sleep…
A mousemat as you read Urban Fly Fisher…
The report goes on to say that someone out there may have stuck them in the river on purpose – whether this is someone that holds a grudge against the association or someone who thinks they can make money from trying to sell this highly illegal beast we can only speculate – although if anyone has any info please do get in touch
My Goodness- two posts in a day – you guys must be reeling.
Anyway – I got into work this morning and recieved a text from my boss telling me I was in the Herald. Thinking “what have they found out about me” after all now Tommy Sheridan is out the spotlight the media must now have to target other innocent folk. #smile#
Anyway – I bought the paper and it turns out the Herald have done a rather nice write up about the Signal Crayfish issue as well (better than the BBC) - and who is that chap rigged out in fly fishing gear with a serious dose of the ”not having the scooby” - that’s right – me!
Anyway – two articles and not one mentioned Willie Yeomans .
Here is an abridged version of the Herald article.
Any talk of wide angle lenses and “fat filters” will be severely moderated.
If you enjoy researching about Crayfish you will find these books from Amazon very worthwhile:
MANAGEMENT OF FRESHWATER BIODIVERSITY: CRAYFISH AS BIOINDICATORS BY (Author)Reynolds, Julian[Hardcover]Nov-2011
Paul the sec was interviewed …
Crayfish are the hot topic for anglers just now …
So we actually have a scientific reason why I failed to catch any big trout this season – it has to do with the very cold winter.
The scientists, based in Norway and Finland, discovered that juvenile brown trout reduced in length by as much as 1cm – a shrinkage of approximately 10%.
They say this could help the young fish to conserve energy when food is in short supply.
They describe, in the journal Functional Ecology, how the fishes’ bodies “shortened”.
This rare phenomenon has been seen before in some small mammals, including shrews, and in lizards.
I am on a lake in the lake district in England just now on a cruise – it is -1 and we just passed some hardy souls out pike fishing in boats …
Interestingly the guy driving our boat told us about the whole range of fish in the lake – trout, salmon, perch etc – he told us the biggest pike to be pulled from the lake was a whopping 18.5 stone!!!
His name was George Pike from Brighton and he fell off the pier!