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!
Yea – that is correct – it was me!
Urban Fly Fisher Sponsor - Lord Kelvin
Some people just love to hear about the River Kelvin Angling Association – it is an association of anglers that is going from strength to strength. You see the thing is the association has totally turned itself around over the last couple of years – it was only a couple of years ago I was the main detractor on how the Kelvin was managed and then I decided to mosey along to the AGM as I made a telephone call to Euan Greer asking him why the hell was my name down as a committee member when nobody had contacted me in a couple of years. Any he told me some interesting things were afoot and I decided to attend the AGM.
What occurred was a total reboot of the association which comprised of: an overhaul of the rules, some changes to the constitution, better links being made with other organisations (pretty good stuff happening by the way) and the early formations of a bailiff force – if you were at the EGM you will know who the actual “proper” bailiffs are.
Sure the association still has its detractors however the thing to remember is that if you think you can do a better job you can always get yourself voted in to do it - don’t go thinking it is not a hard job though – personally I am glad all I do is hang around with the cool kids (and be forced along to countless meetings).
Anyway – that is enough of me bumming up the association – I just felt that for a couple of years all I did was complain about them and I think a job well done deserves a pat on the back that’s all. The association is now probably the largest fishing club in Scotland and is a force to be reckoned with.
If you are a member head over to the official forum to bombard the committee with questions and suggestions – if not a member you are out of luck I am afraid – as all the office bearers are totally voluntary they were getting bogged down from people who were not even members. This drastically cut down the time they can devote to members. Anyway – how many questions can someone actually have about a fishing club eh?