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.

Two Urban Photo Projects – that’s right two!

So I have two projects for 2010 – it is a new decade after all.

The first project is a lone gunman affair however the second one will require your help.

Project One – 52 Tenuous Fishing Photos

I am going to produce a set of photos which remind me of fishing but which only have a tenuous link to the finer art. You see, the thing is, I often daydream meditate about fishing when doing something totally unrelated – for example being in a car wash might makes me think of a roaring river –you get the general idea. Why 52? Because there are 52 weeks in the year and  one tenuous photo per week with a short explanation should be enough or anyone. To be fair – a walk in the park where I may see a glimpse of the river may qualify.

Project Two –  Kelvinography

I want to compile a database come photo gallery of things that are named after The River Kelvin – Kelvinography if you will (many thanks to the person who came up with that wee gem).

Kelvinography - Even the Baron likes it!

There are quite literally hundreds (more probably dozens) of shops and services out there that have Kelvin in their name. Lord Kelvin was named after the river and he named his famous temperature scale after the river – I was watching the new Star Trek film the other day and what was the name of the first space ship? – that’s right “The Kelvin” – it just goes to show you just how widely travelled our wee urban river is – I bet a lot of people do not realise just how the name “Kelvin” came about – I mean in the USA when they are teaching about the Kelvin temperature scale in school do they say its named after a funky wee trout stream – I betcha they don’t!

I am going to create a special place for the gallery (probably a page on here somewhere) and I need your help – hey you guys in the places other than Glasgow don’t you be running away as I want you to be part of this as well.

Pretty much everyone carries a camera phone around with them these days so this should be pretty easy – if you see something with the name Kelvin take a picture of it and send me it. I don’t need the photo to be absolutely great quality – just make sure it is not blurry and maybe not too squint – if you cannot get the photo off your camera and you are willing to text me it contact me and I will give you my number.

Comedy pose and fishing gear is not obligatory.

I Know Some Stairs…

I know some stairs that lead to a path – you get to the stairs via a busy wee side street. When I was much younger I used to hang around that street corner getting up to mischief. Now pulling my waders on beside my car feels like a bit of mischief – especially if it is a stolen couple of hours.

The stairs lead down a path between bushes and trees – the stairs have been there for many years – as have the bushes and trees – the stairs lead to a wider path which ultimately leads to the destination.

Sometimes you pass dog walkers and joggers – sometimes young mums struggle up them with a pram – you do not meet hoards of people just the occasional other traveller.

I suppose the stairs have two destinations – out and in – out to the world above and in to the world below. You see these stairs take you from what is an urban environment and transport you to a green and blue strip that cuts through the city.

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If you used these stairs you would look forward to them – as you use them you feel a change coming over you – a peace settling over you which only the destination can bring.

People will smile at you as you use the stairs – not because of your attire (and some people will smile at you because of that #grin#) but because you will have a smile on your face as you walk the stairs and it is nice to reciprocate.

The stairs are good and solid – long and not steep – I look forward to walking down them in the New Year and am glad you guys will be joining me once more.

Happy Christmas!

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Equinox

Thanks goodness – December 21st is upon us – what does that mean? Well it means that finally we are on the up boys – that’s right the days will start getting longer as Spring is now approaching – you see 21st December is the Winter Solstice when we trout anglers can start looking forward again (unless you are a masochistic mad man who likes fishing for grayling) instead of moping around the house looking at all the undone DIY jobs that you are saving up for the end of time. Regular readers may have noticed a slight drop off in posts over the last month or so – there are several reasons for this:

1. I have not been fishing.

2. I have not been tying flies. (unlike some people)

3. I have been storing up fishing points with the old ball n chain

4. My computer has been buggered up (when you build your own the only person to call for support is yourself – this can prove problematic when you don’t have a bloody clue)

5. I am a father.

In the meantime I dream of days like this..

Casting a dry to rising trout

It now just feels that tint bit closer…

Nicolas Valentin – Shows us how to do it!

Nicolas Valentin has been getting up to no good with his kayak.

Nicolas - caught from the kayak!

Nicolas - caught from the kayak!

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OMG – I so want one:

It is like a hungry need!

It is like a hungry need!

Features:

  • Cast aluminium body
  • 16 Essential CRV screw driver bits
  • Convenient 6ft/2m tape measure
  • Steel hammer surface
  • Screw driver locks at 90 degree angle for extra torque
  • Powerful alloy magnets to hold loose screws
  • Snap action screw driver folds away when not in use
  • LED shines light where you work
  • Liquid level

    I would be able to build a boat out of trees from Kelvingrove Park, fight neds off in the Botanic Gardens – It is what every angler on the Kelvin should have.

    Christmas Books

    I thought I would make a few posts about Christmas books – in these deep dark winter (and lets not talk about the rain) nights thoughts turn from fishing (unless you are a bit crazy) to a spot of fly tying or even thoughts on tactics for the next season.

    So here are three quality books that no fly fisher/tyer should be without – you can of course click through the book pictures to but straight from Amazon.

    As fly tying books go “Production Fly Tying” is had to beat – it shows all the techniques you would need with easy to follow photos. This is not a step by step fly pattern book – this is a step by step technique book.

    Got to admit – this is a classic sitting on the toilet book – you can dip in on any page and you will learn something – I like the fact that it is an easy book to recommend to anyone just taking up or is new to fly fishing.

    Trout Hunting was written by a guy who lived a stones throw from the River Kelvin yet never actually fished it – in fact he wrote an article for a magazine about it and still never fished it – he then appeared in a television programme where they discussed the Kelvin – it was the first time he fished it. Do we hold that against the man with the biggest moustache in the fly fishing world? Well, no – not really – however he then buggered off to New Zealand to fish for monster trout and left us all behind with back issues of Fly Fishing and Fly Tying to read – luckily for us he left Trout Hunting which is a philosphical look at catching trout.

    Anyway, that is three for you to be adding to your Christmas wish lists – by the way – an easy way to save books and to point your loved ones towards them is to create a wish list at Amazon – here is mine – they can then buy the books and opt to have them sent straight to your house – of course some people might say this is just a huge hint to get Christmas presents off you guys – however I just have your best interests at hearts – honest guvnor!

    Glasgow Casting Club

    Last Sunday morning my wife decided she just had to go to local huge shopping centre to pick up a frock or something for a christening in the afternoon – I decided to take the boy for a walk and then had a moment of pure genius – we can go and feed the swans down at the park – it just so happens the North Glasgow Casting Club meets up on Sunday mornings for a bit of rod waving shenanigans.

    Just what do you call a group of chaps  practising fly casting anyway?

    An Abomination of casters?

    An Abomination of casters?

    The casting club is a cracking idea –  to learn to cast you have really got to see someone cast very well – you can then copy them and ask questions galore. There is also the opportunity to try everyone’s rods (ooer) before you go out and splash out cash on a new one – very worthwhile actually – I am reminded of when someone told me Fulling Mill rods were good – I got one without casting it and hated it – in fact every one of my pals who tried it did not like it either – I eventually sold it to someone from a forum – I heard later it snapped while being cast!

    There are also qualified casting instructors on hand however they will not give you full one on one lessons – they will give you pointers – invaluable pointers even and that is pretty neat. If you do then decide to take a couple of hours casting lessons you will know the guy giving it and he will have a feel for what you need to concentrate on.

    The casting club is pretty unique as anyone can turn up and is very informal – I have been only the once however constantly hear about its progress on all the various forums and from pals. On nice calm days it is busier however you might find that if you attend on a windy day it will be less busy and you will get more out of it – generally peoples casting goes to pot with a bit of wind.

    A bit of wind changes everything!

    A bit of wind changes everything!

    Anyway, so there I was watching Alberto and another guy casting away with a new Orvis Helios rod – “Have a bash at that” was the offer – I cast – what followed was a disection of my cast, where I had went wrong and what I could do to rectify it – I have heard these guys are very patient – turns out if you are pals wth them they are ruthlessly honest and blunt. “Less Power, less power – put your hand in your pocket” and “Look at that tailing loop – you wanna know what caused that?”

    My pal Campbell then turned up with his son and I took great delight in ripping his casting to shreds as well ” Oh my GOD – he has the creep”

    Creeping Campbell out!

    Creeping Campbell out!

    So what did I learn? Well for a start I need to correct my own creep that is causing my tailing loops - the way to correct that is to use “The Drift” – this is when on the back cast instead of creeping forward (which is bad) you let the rod drift back ever so slightly.  Obviously I need to practice this a bit!

    After a while my wife turned up and caused much hilarity by getting a wee bit of fur caught up in the boys buggy and then walking over to the car – just so happened the wee bit of fur was attached to a line, rod and reel.

    I think this is a great way for someone to learn how to cast a fly – sure there are some great books and DVDs such as…

    However after you have read the books and DVDs heading off to see guys in action where you can ask questions is invaluable.

    What can I say – learning to fly fish has never been so accessible to so many – the group meets on Sunday mornings between 1000 and 1200 at Knightswood pond – after 1200 the local model boat group have the pond booked – Seemingly they are a bit unsporting and do not like people casting towards the boats!

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