Ok Ok – Its January!

Its January, it’s cold and miserable and most of us have not caught a fish all year – it will probably be another few months before we will even see a snout of a trout. Last year the season started badly with freezing temperatures – all the trout were away hibernating or something. Then suddenly almost overnight we were faced with flaming hot days with people worrying about the trout going belly up in the heat – you just can’t please some people.

Something struck me as I drove into work after the festivities – sleet! It was bloody miserable – I think I may actually have preferred the freezing cold of Christmas time to the damp miserable cold of New Year.

Still, its not all doom and gloom – each day is getting just a tiny wee bit longer. I have this wee widget on my phone that tells me the time of sunrise and sunset – today’s sunrise was at 0848 and sunset was at 1600 giving us 7 hours, 12mins and 9 seconds of meagre daylight while tomorrow sunrise will be at 0847 and sunset will be at 1601 giving us a whopping 7 hours, 14 mins and 8 seconds of sunny goodness to fill your soul. Fast forward a month and the length of day will be around 8 hours, 57mins and 59 seconds.

Sexy Vice...

I note from my diary the first time I wet a line last year was a Pike Trip – it was actually pretty good with lots of Jacks caught.

The only positive thing about the dark nights is that it can be filed away as “fly tying time”. Of course being a Fishing Father the dark nights can also be an excuse to go to bed at 8pm and catch up on some zeds. Talking of which I need to get my ass in gear and actually start tying some trout flies.

Oh Happy New Year by the way.

Tenuous fishing photos 52/52 – a walk in the park (last post of 2010)

So a few photos instead of just one seeing as how keeping up with simply posting one photo per week has been anything but a walk in the park – seeing as how I actually went for a walk in the park today (Hogmanay or New Years Eve to non Scots) I felt I could get in the last photo of the year – and cheat shamelessly by posting a few.

Anyway – as last days of the year goes it was pretty dreich – the snow has now left us and the temp has risen above freezing. It was nice to get out for a walk in Kelvingrove Park after a quick scoot around Kelvingrove Art Gallery.

I am always kinda disheartened when I see the Kelvin during the winter as quite frankly it looks bloody depressing with litter and general shite lying around the place.

A locked gate - this is not the tenuous photo...

The lack of vegetation shows up the true urban feel of the place – like this fence above – usually it kinda blends into the background – at the moment it sticks out like a sore thumb.

But still – there are parts of the river that look lovely if you squint the right way.

Squint - this is not the tenuous photo!

Anyway – we walked up to the Snow Bridge – so called as in years gone by folk used to use the gates to dump snow in the river. We walked down to the main weir in the Park – I doubted we would see any Salmon however it was worth a look anyway..

Looking for Salmon - this is not the tenuous photo!

The boy wanted to head off as he had far more important things on his mind…

Oh why not - this is th 52/52 Tenuous photo..

I hope you have enjoyed reading my diary this year – things sure have changed a lot since I started writing it all those years ago. Come 2011 I will complete a proper review of the last year – until then I hope you have a good one!

See you in 2011 – I raise my goblet of wine to you!

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-12-26

  • River full of groo – no fishing! #

Happy Christmas/Winterfest (whatever)

An average xmas night out of a Kelvinator!

I would like to wish all my readers are truly Urban Merry Christmas – or Winterfest or whatever it is people are calling this time of year – actually – looking back this is the first year I have called it Christmas for quite some time – must be something about having children.

Anyway, have a lovely time and I will see you guys on the other side!


Tenuous fishing photos 51/52

The view from my office ….
Only one left!


Winter solstice … over the hump!

That’s it folks – we are over the hump.

From now on the days are longer and we are heading towards spring – seeing as how it feels like yesterday we were fishing for the trout with dry flies I am hoping that spring will zoom upon us equally as fast !


Grayling – sub zero.(inc Tenuous fishing photos 50/52)

Ok – even though I have caught grayling in the past it has been totally by accident, usually when I am on the Clyde fishing for trout I pick one or two up. I have only ever been proper grayling fishing once before and conditions were poor – not only was it cold it was also a howling gale – not that they mind the cold much.

Anyway – I decided it was time to go proper winter grayling fishing so had to get suitably attired so that I would not moan about the cold all day (something I am aware I am notorious for – as well as coming down with blinding migraines) – so I was prepared with: three pairs of socks, two pairs of thermal long johns, two thermal vests, two t-shirts, a polar buff, a wind proof jacket and my fishing jacket and waders – of course this was all topped off with a classy hat stolen from the wife.

The cold is somehow still getting to my wang!

As it was I did not get to put on my actual fishing gear as the river was bloody frozen!

My pal Campbell told me he had once caught 30 in the one day , my pal Allan told me they average a pound and a half – therefore I was expecting to catch thirty fish averaging a pound and a half – no such luck in these conditions.

Sunlight - as strong as a ....something weak - like a little bird - a finch!

The drive to the river was a mixture of highs and lows – really quite literally – at one point we were happy that the temp was minus 4, we then got a bit down as it plummeted to minus 13, we were then elated when it reached a rather balmy minus one just before we got to the river only for it to plummet back down to minus 13 again to ensure that the river was absolutely full of groo (thats floating ice to non anglers)  making throwing bugs around pretty difficult – Campbell assured us his bugs would smash through the ice however seemingly the Grayling do not fancy the cold much. Additionally at these temps not only does your reel seize up your bug also transforms into an ice cube which are notoriously hard to get a fish to keep in its mouth unless it is chilling with a Gin!


Additionally in the half hour we walked along the river bank Campbell’s beard turned white with the cold while Allan informed us he could not now feel his face meant actually being in the water for any length of time ensured freezing cold nuts (I had a packet of KP Jumbo Salt & Pepper Flavour Peanuts in my pocket for energy if the going got tough)

"I can't feel my face"

The river was only a few steps away from actually being a glacier – not that it was not the most prettiest sight of the winter – I mean it was pretty damn impressive – we could actually hear the ice moving in the water..

One step away from actually being a Glacier...

There was quite a lot of mist rising from the water – if you used your imagination it looked as if the water was actually lovely and warm and inviting – a bit like a hot tub – you could just strip off and jump into the lovely warm water – certain death would probably ensue however I did say it was supposed to be in your imagination.

Jumping in "seems" like a good idea...

Maybe some folk would have actually dived in (figuratively) and had a cast however we decided to get our asses back to the fishing hut before bolting back up the road – even the cat seemed surprised we were out..

You guys are pretty mad!

Anyway, it was not all bad news – it meant I was forced to get my JVice out and tie some flies – it was great and now it is out I have decided it will stay out for the remainder of the “tying season” – not only have I bugs to tie up but also a brand new selection of dry flies for next year – judging by the amount of trout fishing I did this year by my reckoning next year I should need at least a dozen – not of each pattern – a dozen full stop #smile#

Oh – for this week you can take your pick of any of the pictures above for the 50th tenuous fishing photo – they are all on a shaky hook.

Any of you guys doing any fishing at the moment?

Let me know in the comments!

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-12-19

  • GOing after grayling tomorrow – I have a long way to go as starting from nowt – easy simple ties anyone? http://twitpic.com/3h0kj6 #
  • I have been told I need bugs that sink like a stone ! Mine I fear will not get down quick enough! #
  • Another great post from someone that tried normal once …
    http://bit.ly/g0yapq #

Tenuous fishing photos 49/52

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


Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-12-12

  • Fishing buddy Alex spent the night in his car – seen him on the news this morning ! #
  • LOok – everyone else is worrying about getting to work and he is us a mountain – typical ! http://bit.ly/dJjImN #
  • Stranded Scots forced to deep fry each other http://bit.ly/hFNRNY #
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