Tenuous fishing photos 49/52

I did not get to fish half the places I wanted to this season!

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Christmas is coming…an idea to slash the possibility of dodgy fishing presents!

It is December and we are now well on the way to Christmas! This leaves us as anglers a problem – well meaning relatives that attempt to buy us something to do with our hobby however actually buy us something pretty crap.

People that know me know I loathe a spendthrift – which is pretty much why I dislike the way Christmas has become a time when money spent is a substitute for love – you spend more money you love the person more. I just don’t think that is right!

Dont get me wrong – this is not about being against spending lots of cash on presents – this is more about money being spent on thoroughly useless items that end up in the bin.

Let me tell you a story that I bore just about everyone with – a  few years ago we had a Secret Santa scheme in my work – I am in a team all of whom are women, it has always been this way throughout my working life due to the nature of my proffesion. Anyway, a “secret santa” is when you pick a name out of a hat and you buy the person a present.  The first year my newly formed team did this someone had the bright idea of having a “bad taste” theme. This then meant for almost three years a pile of shite was bought that ended up in the bin – the year when the budget was raised to ten quid was the final straw – I received a comedy novelty tie that sang a Christmas tune – in other words utter junk!

So I put my foot down – I told my team it was a waste of money and I would rather give someone I did not know the ten pounds as opposed to buying junk – some people laughed at my moaning but nobody laughed at Christmas the next year when everyone was sitting at their desks with nice gifts – heck even a bottle of wine and a box of chocolates gives you about a 1000 times more enjoyment than a musical bloody novelty comedy tie.

By the way I am the sole bloke in a team of women!

Anyhoo – last year someone bought me some rather funky neoprene fishing gloves – the fingers even fold down so you can tie knots!Now that my friends is a good fishing gift.

I then took the same stance with family members – this was after receiving the same “how to fish” book three years in a row – FROM THE SAME PERSON!

The answer was easy – I created an amazon wish list – the premise is simple – you create a list of stuff you want – send a link out to all your family and they buy you the booty – they are given the option of either sending the stuff straight to your door or to them to wrap up to give to you!

So basically you add the odd book, cd and stuff you might actually want to the list – family then choose a book or cd and you are happy on Christmas day instead of sitting looking forlornly at some weird greatest  hits cd.

So that is pretty much how I cut down on folk wasting there cash unless someone buys me socks, underwear,smelly shower stuff or work shirts – that gear is standard man shit that every true man accepts – no man has enough socks or shower gel! The other good thing bout Amazon is that they sell other stuff as well – not just books and CDs.

And that my friends is how you approach it – create the list and then get the word out there that you have it – maybe get the wife to tell folk or something!

Here is mine if any of you are inclined to buy me anything for Christmas or jut want a nosey at the gear I fancy:

Alistairs Wishlist

I will tell you something – one of the things on my list is one of these funky Kelvin multi tools:

Every Urban Fly Fisher needs one of those bad boys!

Or um….for the folk that absolutely loathe the cold – my hand goes up as I have been known to moan for an entire day about how cold my feet are:

Oh man – they look the biz!

No more musical ties for this Urban Fly Fisher!

I am stuck in the snow!

Right now I am stuck in the snow!

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Update: It took me around 4 hours to get home from work.

Check it out – a Kelvin Job!

Willie Yeomans (the River Clyde Scientist who is obsessed with Crayfish and who thinks I need to start jogging) posted in the forum about a new post that has arisen for someone who would like to become a “Kelvin Catchment Trainee”

Job title – Natural Communities Trainee: Kelvin River Catchment . Based in Glasgow.

Natural Communities is an innovative new programme providing 12 month long programmes to equip trainees with the skills to engage communities with the environment.
The Kelvin Catchment Trainee will be based with the Clyde River Foundation and will assist with increasing community awareness of and participation in river management. The project will focus around developing a new Kelvin Catchment Forum, delivering an education programme to primary schools and developing riverfly monitoring within the Kelvin catchment. During the placement you will be supported to learn and put into practice a wide range of natural heritage and community development skills, work towards gaining an accredited qualification and develop and deliver your own community environmental engagement project.

• You will need to have a basic knowledge of natural history and a commitment to conservation. Experience of the natural sciences and/or a demonstrable interest in river ecology will be an advantage, as will some experience of working with the public. You will be highly motivated and able to work efficiently without supervision. This role requires excellent communication and organisational skills and an aptitude for enthusing others to value, enjoy and protect our natural heritage.

The post is temporary for 12 months

Terrifying – in other words you will be thrown to the lions at fishing club AGM’s to be ripped apart like a zebra at the watering hole.

Only kidding – in all honesty if I did not have a job (and I was younger without a family and with a gigantic mortgage) that already sucked out my soul when you consider the amount of hours I have left to be near flowing water I might actually have went for it.

As it is I can only stick my oar in and hope that someone who actually deserves the job gets it  - speaking of which I have a request for Yeomans ..

Interview Panels need all stakeholders!

#Smile#

Tenuous fishing photos 48/52

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?

Urban Fly Fisher = Fly fishing blogs to be reckoned with (one of them)

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.

Thanks Fishtec!

Tenuous fishing photos 47/52

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...

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For lovers of Crayfish everywhere!

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

~Smile~

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