So it turns out that due to having a baby my finances for fishing have been severely cut by the Supreme Commander.
I have been trying to come up with novel ways of getting the stuff that I need. Or rather alternative solutions to the problems that I may have on the water. One of the main pieces of fishing gear that I was obsessively coveting needed was a float tube – it is by far the most expensive thing on my list. Now – what exactly does a float tube do ? Well, it gets you closer to the fish – it is like a disguise almost – you look like a giant duck to the fish so they do not get spooked. They are portable so you can carry them around and they are a cheap solution to buying an actual boat.
A Float Tube
Anyway, it looks like there are no float tube manufacturers lining up to actually give me one so I have decided to look into alternatives that meet all the above criteria at a cheaper cost.
Ladies and Gents – I give you – the “Personal Environmental Reconoissance Vehicle”:
As you can see the PERV meets all my criteria:
- Blends in with natural wildlife (well it does in Scotland anyway) - it tries to emulate everything a fish might see in the water! (and then some)
- Air filled – so float-able!
- A handy retractable place to put my sandwiches!
- Somewhere to place my head in case of a snooze!
Fantastic – as you can see when you have a problem it is sometimes the simplest solution that is the one that will work. Looking forward to catching a toothy critter whilst straddling this baby? Damn right I am!
See you (as Tom Chandler might say) in the Sex Shop
The pictures next to comments are called gravatars, at the moment they are just the default pictures that the software throws up (the little aliens) however you can have your own picture if you like. Not only does it make your comment stand out more than the ones who don’t it is also a good way of promoting your blog if you have one. Even if you don’t it is much nicer seeing something you yourself have chosen.
Have a look here at this pictureof my comments section, I have highlighted the people with gravatars with red dots:
You can use whatever picture you like, for example:
- a photo as a Gravatar, which will show off your face.
- a logo as a Gravatar, which will build brand recognition for your blog
You could also have a humorous Gravatar, or a serious one, or whatever you’d like to gain attention to. I just know some jolly jokers are going to have cannabis leafs however I think I will allow this due to the amount of cannabis plantations found on the banks of the Kelvin.
Having a good and thought-through Gravatar is a way to be seen, and to get a message across, in addition to your actual comment.
For myself, I’ve got a photo. This is suitable for several reasons, one being to show my face and therefore imply that I’ve got nothing to hide. Also because no other bugger ever takes my picture.
How to add a Gravatar?
Very simply visit Gravatar.com and sign up. It is very straight forward and within minutes by the power of the interweb your picture will appear in the comments – go and try it now. It works by linking the email address you give when you post a comment to the picture you upload at the Gravatar website.
Hey you guys – aye, you guys that receive my posts by email – I just thought I would thank you all for subscribing to my blog. When I installed that little script it was great fun watching the numbers increase – when I hit ten I thought I was doing well, within a few weeks it hit twenty, before I knew it I was up to 50 and then into the seventies – it still increases by a few every week. I know that a lot of people loathe getting stuff in their inbox however I am glad that you like my posts enough to keep subscribed.
What I find interesting is that different people interact with the site in different ways – you guys that subscribe to the email function are more likely to send me a quick email when you have a question or comment and do not tend to post comments or use the forum. Not that I am complaining, just something I noticed – Variety is the spice of life :-)
I think it is enough of a privilege that you let my wee world enter your inbox without hassling you to comment and post
Sometimes I look up and down the list and wonder about where you fish and what stories you guys might have, your jobs look pretty interesting – someone from Microsoft, a banker and chap with his own carpentry business amongst others - if you ever fancy giving me a computer, advising on some investments or building me a fly tying storage unit just drop me a line
If anyone else fancies subscribing to the posts all you have to do is input your email address into the wee box on the left which says: “Subscribe to Urban Fly Fisher” – do not worry if you get sick of the sight of me (and people do) you can unsubscribe at any time – I promise I will not hold it against you (by that I mean my rifle with with the bullet locked and loaded with your name and address inscribed on the side)
Last season we hit the Kelvin early with little result – Still it was good to be out!
Born – 24th January 0555 - 7 pounds, 15 ounces
As you can imagine – no posts for a while
Talk amongst yourselves.
I have spent a lot of time looking at maps for new rivers to fish or even new spots on old rivers. I am ware that this season I will have a lot of added responsibilities which will drastically reduce my time on the water so waters reasonably close at hand have had to be sourced. I love looking at maps and tracing the blue lines to see if there are any that go reasonably close to anywhere that I may travel. For example, sometimes I travel a good hour and a half away from my home due to traffic to attend meetings at a rehabilitation unit (being careful not to give too much away here), if the meeting is at the end of the day then I can get caught in very heavy traffic coming back through the city centre. A better idea is to stop and have a fish for an hour or so meaning I will probably get back home at the same time however missing out all the traffic.
Anyway, to cut a long story short I have found the above likely looking wee spot, and in this day and age of satellite photography I can even see what it looks like – some nice wee pools, riffles, bends – probably stuffed full of fat untouched trout ripe for taking a dry fly in spring.
Looking forward to distant meetings already!