So you want to blog about fly fishing?

Blogging about fly fishing is great fun – it is a way to meet new friends, expand your knowledge about your sport and also keep track of your fishing exploits in a diary – also if you are a self publicising ego maniac it can give you an outlet to spew your views and cause arguments.

When I started this diary way back in 2003 there was no other truly dedicated blogs dedicated to fly fishing – I started it as an add on to my static River Kelvin site – if I remember correctly the river was a wash out for a couple of weeks and I was bored.  I read everything I could about blogs and then went looking to try and connect with other fly fishing bloggers – there were none – well in fact there was two sites that I liked – Ahoyhoy (an outdoor blog which has now sadly disappeared) and Midcurrent (a news site) and I read them both avidly.

So I  started this blog as “Urban Fly Fishing on the Kelvin” which then changed to “Urban Fly Fisher” – there are still people that call this site Urban Fly Fishing on the Kelvin which is kinda funky. In the years that followed  I made lots of new friends and was also contacted by many other fly fishing bloggers to say I was their inspiration – which is kinda nice as I look now at their far superior blogs in awe.

I am pleased to say that Urban Fly Fisher is not only number one for guys that fish the Kelvin but also a lot of fun for others to read as well.

Starting a blog is easy – it is keeping it going and actually attracting readers that is the hard bit – seeing as how I am a computer geek/have not been fishing I want you to share my enjoyment of blogging so I thought I would give you some hints on how to get started:

The Plan

1. Starting a blog need not cost you money – you can sign up with WordPress or Blogger for free. Eventually you may want to move into buying your own domain name and buying dedicated hosting however you can give it a try out first to see if you enjoy it – the web is littered with blogs that people have abandoned.

2. Do some research– try not to align yourself closely to someone else’s brand or niche – not only is this a bit cheeky and a major faux pas in the world of blogging it also shows a lack of imagination. Likewise try and develop your own style of writing – do not try and copy someone else’s that you like, the chances are you will not be able to sustain it for long anyway.

3. Try and write quality content as often as possible – firstly write for yourself and do not be despondent that no one seems to be reading your content – readers come with time – a lot of time – I started off with a few dozen readers a day and the numbers steadily grew.

4. Comment and network with other fishing blogs – try not to email people asking them to link to you – instead write a post about their site or simply link to them – all blogging software is able to pick up incoming links – if they do not link to you then make sure you leave quality comments on their site – start a conversation and they will come to respect you and link back to you.

So there you have it – a few hints on starting a blog dedicated to fishing – I have enjoyed immensely my time blogging about fishing and fully intend to carry on until you are thoroughly sick of me. I have met some great people and made some good friends – also writing this blog has improved my own fishing no end – the fear of blanking and telling you guys hones the technique somewhat.

If you do start a blog feel free to fire me an email with the URL – looking forward to reading about your exploits.

In the meantime – check out these great blogs for a bit of inspiration.

Tenuous Fishing Photos 3/52

I have absolutely no idea where this photo was taken:

No Idea

I mean – I am sure that there is water near where I took this photo – I think I might have been taking photos of pipes coming out that wall however for the life of me I cannot remember.

You can see how much litter and rubbish that has accumulated over the years – I think this photo was taken early season – probably around April by the looks of the foliage.

You can see more tenuous fishing photos here

Kelvinography on the Moon

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Kelvin is the island in the upper left. Rupes Kelvin is the diagonal scarp below it, and (parallel to that) the rille in the lower right is part of Rimae Hippalus.

Link

This post is part of a series about “things” that are named after the Kelvin

Check out the Kelvinography Page

A blog without links…

Every now and again I come across a really good fly fishing blog – great content, good photos  and started fairly recently. By recently I mean maybe in the last 6 months – usually the blog is on blogger as that is where most people start out before moving on to a platform that you can have a bit more control over like wordpress.

Obviously they know what a blog is and what they want to get out of it however there is often a fundamental flaw in their whole strategy – they have absolutely no links to any other blog – or if they do have links it is to blogs or sites that also have limited links. Sure – some sites and blogs can get away with that as they are just so awesome however the chances of a new blog pulling in punters without any links are pretty slim.

You see links on blogs are like veins that bring you readers – just like blog comments – if you leave a good comment on someone else’s blog they are bound to come back and read yours and then link to it – it is a courtesy thing.

If noone is linking to you then it also makes it difficult for google to find you!

Anyone know any good fishing blogs with no links?

Kelvinography Island

Paul Young has once again been in touch with yet another example of Kelvinography.

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Kelvin Island is in Lake Nipigon…(bidie-in now bidie-out?!!) in Ontario in Canada.

49’54 north and 88’38 west.

And also another which I cannot find a picture of:

Kelvin Arizona is 30’07 north and 110.59 west…about 70 miles east south east of Phoenix on the Gila River after it flows out of the Coolidge Dam.

Oh what the heck – here is a picture of the map – it is just next to Tam o Shanter Peak –  !

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Cheers Paul – now get me a picture of a pub in Glasgow named after the Kelvin – extra points if you are in it :-)

Kelvinography – Fishing Boat Engines

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Motor powered fishing boats appeared at the beginning of the 20th century. The first Scottish motor powered fishing boat was ‘Crystal River’ of Wick, with Eyemouth’s ‘Maggie Jane’s’ the second. Early fishing boat engines cost from £70 to £100. By 1919, 23% of the Scottish fishing fleet was motor powered.

This advertisement within the ‘Fish Trades Gazette’ shows a Kelvin engine. It said that 470 British fishing boats were powered by Kelvin engines, and that they were powered from 6 to 60 horse power. These engines could be fuelled by either petrol or paraffin.

In 1914, 60 horse power was quite a powerful engine. Kelvin engines were one of the most successful fishing boat engines of the early 20C. Kelvin engines were made by the Bergius Launch & Engine Company in Glasgow. Walter Bergius started the company in 1906 after installing a motor car engine into a rowing boat.

River Kelvin Angling Association AGM 2010

It is that time of year again – it is like a scene from Mad Max with people checking in their weapons before entering the Thunderdome – That’s right it is the River Kelvin Angling Association AGM 2010.

It will be held on the 11th February at 7pm at Kessington Hall, 58 Milngavie Road Bearsden. Post Code, G61 2DP.

Kessington Hall is the large red sandstone building located on the right hand side of Milngavie Road (A81) about 300 metres to the North of Canniesburn toll when driving towards Milngavie. At the first set of traffic lights (opposite the petrol station) turn right into Kessington Road where there is parking. Bus services stop at Kessington Road next the Hall. Hillfoot Train Station is about 300 metres North of the Hall on Milngavie Road.

Tenuous Fishing Photos 2/52

Its a van siting at traffic lights:

LLAIA Van

Driving home from work a van was right up my ass – obviously in a hurry with places to go – I moved out of the way and it zoomed past me – it was the Loch Lomond Angling Improvement Association bailiff van – even though they zoomed past they still had to wait at the lights  meaning I could take a quick picture with my camera phone earning them the honour of being the 2nd  in my weekly tenuous fishing photo project .

(If Mr.Brady is reading this how about a free permit for 2010 for almost running me off the road)

Two Photos and a Website – Kelvinography

I will be blunt – when I started this project I was thinking more about pictures of pubs with the name Kelvin in them however you guys have surpassed yourselves.

I threw you a bone with Star Trek when I posted about this the other day however Jim took it a step further and actually got me the photo of the Starship Kelvin.

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Meanwhile Stephen posted a rather nice picture of himself sitting outside his halls of residence approx 20 years ago .

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A fascinating fact was submitted by none other than local legend Paul Young (the actor who fishes not the singer) who states :

The cricket Test Match that is being played between England and South Africa in Cape Town is being played at Newlands Cricket Ground, the two ends of the ground being  the Wynberg End and the Kelvin Grove End.

I even found the website which shows off their strong links with the Kelvin. The Kelvin (for those who live abroad) runs through Kelvingrove Park and is an legendary area for bizarre people to hang around bushes area of splendour.

Thanks for the input guys – I am looking forward to collecting more examples of Kelvinography.

Tenuous Fishing Photos 1/52

It’s an envelope *…

A Mystery Envelope?

This was a Christmas present from my Sister n’ Law – as you can see she put a lot of effort into wrapping the contents – to be honest I am glad – I would rather someone spent the extra couple of pounds on themselves rather than wrapping paper – in this case they spent the extra couple of pounds on the contents of the envelope – a selection of mighty fine deer hair from none other than Steve Cooper – It was probably the only fishy present I received from a relative and it is definitely the best one.

*with this kind of content the visitors will be flooding in.

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