A New Sergeant Major…

The squadrons were depleted in last year’s campaign of trout hunting by various means. Lost in action they were – up trees, on boulders, very occasionally in fish, sometimes on shopping trolleys and on one memorable occasion on the back of my jacket. Brings a tear to a glass eye that would – those little lads flying through the air – their mission to sit proudly on the surface of the water in a perfect imitation of a spiky insect. Occasionally (of course) they must dive underwater and imitate some kind of nymph – the danger for the boys makes me shiver at night, the thought of them hooking a boulder or shopping trolley, however the joy they feel when their training and camouflage fool some wily trout is really something to behold.


However, a full year has almost past since the first initial training of the troops from the Academy of Vice – sure there has been reinforcements as the campaign has progressed however these have been in dribs and drabs as time allows. Sadly, now the troops are weary, there ranks depleted – they look at the gaps in their ranks where their fallen comrades once stood proudly with there wing posts ready to be ginked and are crestfallen…


Like I say, it was sad during the season seeing my boys coming out of combat. however they are brave lads…I can only imagine what they face in their watery combat with some hungry trout – those big lips full of sharp teeth ready to rip and tear..


I try not to think about the boys that tempt Pike – maybe one day I will feel strong enough to talk about em’

The Sergeant from the Academy of Vice  is battle weary and due to a rather rash buy unable to clamp properly on to a new  kitchen table to prepare and train more troops (thanks to  the Supreme Commander)

The Sergeant decided it was time to let a young one take over, one that was up to the task of rotary techniques  


Merely standing easy – ready to stand to attention at the first hint of trouble – he now has a companion to share the burden – a comrade in arms if you will. A new recruit from the United States has arrived – a place where they insist on calling the Academy of Vice the Academy of Vise – over here we understand the nature of fly tying – it is a vice – like an addiction!


Oh yes – the Nor Vise has arrived – the untrained troops are looking forward to these new fangled American ways with their spinning hooks and automatic bobbins . The Nor Vise attaches to iether your fly tying bench or a piece of wood you can move about from place to place – the Supreme Commander hinted at close to home fatalities if the Nor Vise was attached to new kitchen table so a piece of wood is currently being located – Being impressed by Tamanawis and his Stand of Majesty  he was duly dispatched to locate a suitable mount for the Academy.

End of Current Dispatch – More to Follow!

Deadly salmon infection detected

From BBC news

An infectious disease which can devastate farmed Atlantic salmon stocks has been detected on Shetland, the Scottish government has confirmed.

Infectious Salmon Anaemia (ISA) was discovered at one salmon farm site, which has been empty of fish since 21 December, in the Burra area.

The disease is also suspected at a further two sites in Burra, one of which was emptied six weeks ago.

ISA does not affect humans, but can seriously damage farmed salmon stocks.

The Scottish government said it had immediately set up a National Disease Control Centre and was taking action to control the spread of the disease.

As part of the measures, statutory movement restrictions have been placed on all sites in the control zone and wider surveillance zone.

The Fisheries Research Service is sending a team of fish health inspectors to Shetland to investigate the affected sites and to advise the industry.

Investigations into the potential source and spread of the disease will also be carried out.

Environment Minister Mike Russell said lessons had been learned from an outbreak of ISA on Shetland, the Western Isles and Orkney in 1998 and 1999 which was estimated to have cost the industry £100m and led to the loss of 200 jobs.

He added: “We will be applying those lessons vigorously with the clear aim of containing and then eradicating the disease from the current affected site, which in fact is now laying fallow.

“To prevent the spread of any disease present, the harvesting of fish from neighbouring sites will be conducted under biosecure conditions and supervised by the Fisheries Research Services.”

‘Decisive action’

Mr Russell said ministers were being kept fully briefed by those working to control the disease, and links with the local authority had already been established.

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Tavish Scott, who is the local MSP, said he was “dismayed” by the outbreak.

Mr Scott added: “I vividly recall the difficulties for the Shetland salmon industry 10 years ago when ISA caused enormous financial problems for fish farmers.

“But the industry today in Shetland is very different. The lessons of the previous outbreak have been learnt and I hope that quick and decisive action by the farms concerned working with the regulatory authorities can deal with this incident effectively.”

Winterfest Pike Fishing

The North Glasgow Fly Dressers decided to have a winterfest day out fishing for Pike on a trout loch not far from Glasgow. “Stuffed full of em'” Alberto said – I thought it may be too cold – “it is not about the fishing” he said – “it is about the company and chat – about being sociable”.


Of course – he bolted after his bacon roll to leave all of us casting like maniacs in sub zero temperatures. To be fair good chat, hot soup and scotch pies n’ beans more than made up for the lack of fish.

I wore my polar buff like a balaclava, with my hat on – I also wore my new thermal long johns from Marks n’ Spencers.


I also learnt some interesting things about buying reservoirs from Scottish Water. Firstly you must obtain a structural survey every 5 years for any Dam you have, if it is in poor repair then the club is responsible for any repairs. Secondly you may well have a running battle with people trying to steal stuff from you; someone actually stole the walkway out to their pipe. Thirdly, it is a running battle with poachers – people just wanting to spin or bait fish for trout. Even when they are told it is a private loch they hang around waiting for the paying members to leave. 


After lunch the temperature plummeted – I reckon the cold snap would be causing the Pike to be sitting morosely in their beds not even thinking of fishing. This was when one of they guys got a split cane salmon rod out for a cast – the beast had not been cast in around 35 years – to be fair he did not have a fly on it however the irony of fishing for Pike in a trout loch with a double handed split cane salmon rod made me smile. 


All in all a good day – nice to be casting for the beasts again however I am looking forward to spring days with olives and trout.

Happy Christmas!


Hey – you guys in the states!!

Hey – you guys, aye – you and you, and quite possibly you – you guys had better keep an eye on your outgoing man at the top – seems he is bringing in a pile of new laws on the quiet. 

Some of them you are just not going to like:

After spending eight years at the helm of one of the most ideologically driven administrations in American history, George W. Bush is ending his presidency in characteristically aggressive fashion, with a swath of controversial measures designed to reward supporters and enrage opponents

…One rule will make it easier for coal companies to dump debris from strip mining into valleys and streams. The process is part of an environmentally damaging technique known as ‘mountain-top removal mining’. It involves literally removing the top of a mountain to excavate a coal seam and pouring the debris into a valley, which is then filled up with rock. The new rule will make that dumping easier.

That takes combining mountain climbing and fishing to all new levels.

The River Kelvin – Future Looking Poor?

Was reading a forum solely dedicated to salmon fishing and they were talking about the Kelvin. One chap mentioned that over the last few years he has witnessed the tributaries full of spawning fish in December – this year nothing! He does have a picture of a diseased hen fish  in one of the tributaries.


Check out the link

There is talk of employing bailiffs and the permit price being put up to £20.

It would be good to see some changes regarding the Salmon fishing – especially as how next season I intend to have a few casts with the Salmonator!

You guys all know my views – if not you can read them here and then after a little more thought here

I do not think I can face attending the AGM – the same old bullshit will be spoken about.  Before anyone votes for a rise in ticket price you should think about what exactly you are getting for your money – absolute sweet Fanny Adams springs to mind (I was well constrained there language wise). If I remember correctly the club rents the Salmon rights for only a few hundred pounds off the Crown – so what the heck are they doing with the rest of the money?

  • No Signs
  • No Bailiffs
  • No fish habitat improvement
  • A lot of other stuff which to be honest I cannae be bothered going into – maybe you can in the forum. 

I received an email from someone yesterday asking me for the website address for the “official” site of the River Kelvin Angling Association – don’t make me laugh I thought – these guys cannot even get around to painting some words on a bit of wood never mind getting together a website. Anyway, I had already told the club I was perfectly willing to put announcement’s for them on the Kelvin site as well as here however they never took me up on the offer.

Maybe someone could suggest contacting me at the AGM – seeing as how I am probably the most contactable angler in Scotland (my only claim as an angler unfortunately) it should not be that difficult.

Instead of putting the prices up to £20 I have a better idea – lets say the salmon rights cost £2000 and there are 1000 members – drop the permit price to £2 and ask that everyone join the Friends of the River Kelvin


A few hours on the Kelvin

I think last spring was one of my best on the Kelvin – I am looking forward to this spring already!

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Updating Site

Hiya – I am in the process of updating the sites theme – some things are not working – comments being one – also the page the forum is on may look strange. 

Do me a favour – can you reply to this post in the forum and tell me if you see anything strange or not – also what browser and version you are using. I think the layout is ok on the newest browsers just not older ones. 

Thanks 🙂

UPDATE: 15th DEcember – only thing now not working is the fact you cannot see how many comments have been made in the footer of the posts 🙂

An Urban Winter Walk

I love the fact that in Glasgow you can still be around nature within a few minutes walk of your house.

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PETA and the new anti fishing campaign – fishing blog reactions!

While reading some other fishing blogs I could not help notice people are discussing the new “People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals” (PETA) anti fishing campaign.

In case you did not know PETA campaign for any kind of injustice against animals, for example: eating them, using their skin for clothes (wool & leather etc), keeping them as pets (they have lightened up slightly on this) and animal experimentation.

However, please bare in mind they are no muesli eating hippy chanters – they have links to serious terrorism and the danger is that what they have to say may be taken seriously by people who should no better. These people already receive some serious news-time and every year they seem to attract more support from people who, quite frankly, have little idea what their real agenda is

Some people even leave PETA because they find the organisation too extreme- they are looked down upon for “just” being vegetarians and not vegans

The New Campaign

PETA in their new campaign state that fish have had bad PR up until now and people should change their views towards them. They compare fish to kittens and say:

Sea kittens are just as intelligent (not to mention adorable) as dogs and cats, and they feel pain just as all animals do.

They then ask children to create their own “Sea Kitten” on their site – you can add lipstick, sun glasses, give it a water bowl and add an elephants trunk. Something tells me PETA are not way up their on what actually goes on in nature. I thought it was a spoof until I saw it myself. 

Kinda goes against a lot of what PETA advocates against I thought. 

I then created this highly educational “Sea Kitten” complete with a mohican, an elephants trunk, a Fu Manchu moustache (annoyingly hidden by the trunk) and a novelty pair of cute ears.

I tried to liken it to a real life “Sea Kitten”

Meanwhile….Will fish for Work and Buster Wants to Fish have struck back with their views on the campaign of ridiculousness.

The Strike-Backs

Will work for Fish got himself all angry and stated the common sense argument that most of us eat meat, and animals still hunt – he also kicks into gear the “Land Puppies” campaign – I love it!!!

Please note comparison of his own real live piece of nature below and what PETA will want to teach your kids above.

Meanwhile, Buster Wants to Fish hits us all with the moral view:

…and I’m going to keep it simple – quit fucking with our kids, dammit.

Yes Buster, I could not agree more…

My view – the scientific one.

Turns out once I had added some butter and some seasoning, a kitten still did not taste as nice as trout. “Sea Kittens” may not be as adorable as kittens however they taste one hell of a lot better.

PETA are onto a loser with this campaign I reckon –  you cannot catch and release a kitten – not without a lot of blood anyway (It turned out)

What you can do?

I have absolutely no idea, the whole campaign is silly – although it would be fun if other fishing bloggers posted pictures of their own made up “Sea Kittens” – Give em’ hell boys!

Edit:Now that I have thought about it overnight – fishers can just do what they do – be a responsible fisher and a good advocate for our sport to friends, neighbours and passers by. 

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