You know, fishing for trout with a fly rod is like an addiction- a serious addiction. It was Robert Traver my most favourite author who said:
“The true trout fisherman is like a drug addict; he dwells in a tight little dream world all his own, and the men about him, whom he observes obliviously spending their days pursing money and power, genuinely puzzle him, as he doubtless does them.”
I donâ€™t want to belittle people out there that do have a drug addiction but I often think that my friends and I might just be addicted to fly fishing for trout. A lot of people I work with in the course of my job have serious drug/alcohol addictions; at the start of my involvement with them I must undertake an assessment of their needs. A lot of the time we discuss what causes there addiction and how it makes them feel. One thing they always talk about is the fact that their drug of choice is always at the back of their mind, they constantly wonder about the next time they will get it. If they have not had it for a while they cannot think about anything else and if they have just had it they talk about the calm that can come over them before the need for the next fix begins to itch.
My Self Assessment
It was after a conversation with a couple of pals the other day that I suddenly realised we are addicted to trout fishing. Big trout, small trout it does not matter as long as it has been caught on a fly rod with a fly then all the better. Over here in the UK we still have another 30 odd days before the season opens, this is after around 4 months of no trout fishing at all. It focuses the mind somewhat on the symptoms which I shall list here for your convenience:
- At least once an hour you imagine a trout sipping down a dry fly.
- You try and have an in-depth conversation regarding entomology with your wife.
- Weather forecasts take on a whole new meaning.
- You book your wifes surprise 30th birthday holiday in New York before you leave you order a Sage rod from The Urban Angler and tell your wife you have to go and pick it up the day you arrive.
So maybe what I am saying here is that people with such a serious trout addiction such as ours just donâ€™t think straight â€“ we get our priorities in life mixed up. But then I always say any addiction that forces you to get out in the fresh air, think about the environment, maybe catch a trout and possibly even keep you out of serious trouble cant be all bad.
All true my friends, all true – we go to New York on Friday.
So you get to your local loch, you are thinking to yourself “I wish I could get in that water to see what kind of real features there are that I can fish toâ€ (knowing that features are notorious trout holding areas) but of course the water is too choppy or you have left your manly Speedos at home so you are left using guesswork and heaven forbid a bit of watercraft.
Ha- suddenly you remember you have your trusty U-Boat Worx C-Quester handy!! (I am not an affiliate)
The C-Quester is based on the idea of and ‘underwater boat’. This means the craft is easily launched and operated in all waters, regardless of depth, and a support vessel is not required.
Yes, you are looking at a U Boat â€“ fantastic. I was toying with the idea of getting one of those float tubes but this baby takes it to an all new level. All it needs is some torpedoes and I could take out some Jet Skis on Loch Lomond.
I am a sucker when it comes to a recommendation and last night I was given some advice that I might just take up. I was at the Milngavie Fly Tying night and Neil Sinclair (of Double Decker fame) was giving a little presentation on the types of flies he uses for competitions and in general river fishing. Anyway, the advice I am going to take was on tippet material. You might remember that I wrote about the problems I was having a while ago.
For those that do not know what a tippet is, it is the section you add on to you tapered leader which extends the life of your leader and also aids â€œturnoverâ€ which is a fancy way of saying your fly doesnâ€™t land in a heap. It also means that when you change flies (or like me cast into trees) you are not shortening your leader.
The advice was to use a brand called â€œStroftâ€ which Mike uses as well. I must say when I was handling a sample it seemed to a have a very low diameter – Should be good for those spooky trout. Mike in my original post about my dodgy tippet stated:
Personally, I think you want you tippet material to be pretty limp. You get the turnover from the main leader length, but itâ€™s much better to have a nice soft tippet (at least for dries) to reduce drag. This is especially true down our regular other river.
Our other regular river is one where the trout are very spooky and is part of the reason this season is being dedicated to stealth and minimal tackle. It has to me minimal if you are crawling along on your knees in 2 feet of water.
If we get the stealth thing right the last thing we want is messing up the drift of the fly with dodgy tippet material.
Well, Neil Sinclair essentially stated the above when discussing his own tippet material so that is good enough recommendation for me.
[tags]neil sinclair,stroft,tippet [/tags]
Steve posts a nice article on respecting trout.
My friends and I are very lucky in that we have a mass of cheap affordable wild trout fishing on our doorstep. Saying that, we are not averse to occasionally visiting a stocked fishery for a spot of rainbow trout fishing. We are guilty of taking great delight in sometimes referring to fish as “slabs of lard” or the fact we are going “stockie bashing”. This is not poking fun at the type of fish but more at the attitudes that are perpetuated by the angling press and by some anglers who insist on “bagging up” at all costs.
When it comes to fishing I think that whatever you do you have got to enjoy it.
You should head over and make your own comment !
I might have known – as soon as I purchase a new carbon rod (more on that in a few weeks) they bring out a new material for rods – Carrots
Two Fife scientists have developed a new material made from carrots to replace glass fibre found in everything from fishing rods to car parts.
The inventors, Dr David Hepworth and Dr Eric Whale, plan to start selling fishing rods made from the material, called Curran, next month.
They then hope to move on to carrot fibre snow boards.
The material is billed as a revolutionising performance product with unique strength and weight.
I can just see us all in 20 years – “oh yes, I was there at the start of the carrot revolution”
Source: BBC Rods will be a carrot to the fish
[tags]fishing rod design,carrot rods [/tags]
I am particularly looking forward to giving The White Cart a bash this year, another tributary of the River Clyde.
The White Cart Water originates near Eaglesham in East Renfrewshire, where it flows north to Busby before entering the southern suburbs of Glasgow at Cathcart. Here, the river turns west, flowing through Pollokshaws and cutting through Pollok Country Park before leaving Glasgow at Crookston, where it is joined by the Levern Water. From Crookston, the river crosses into Renfrewshire and flows through the farmlands of Hawkhead, parallel with the Paisley Canal Railway line; on entering the town of Paisley, the river crosses under a number of roads, through bridges and covered aqueducts, to emerge in the town centre at Paisley Abbey. It then passes under Gauze Street, Paisley Shopping Centre and Paisley Gilmour Street railway station; emerging from a wide, high arched red sandstone bridge at Sneddon Street. From there it flows, mostly hidden from view, towards Glasgow International Airport and Renfrew.
The part of the river that I shall be fishing is owned by the Walton Angling Club which was established over 100 years ago by some wealthy businessmen from the city of Glasgow. The club manages approximately five miles of the White Cart Water as well as the fishing rights of the Earn Water, which is a small tributary.
The club has a lovely website with an active forum and I am looking forward to exploring its little nooks and crannies.
So I have been getting a little envious of all the patter going down on some of the blogs and websites that I read. Tom Chandler over at Trout Underground has good patter and affectionately calls his readers “Undergrounders”. I like that; its a good ways of making people feel welcome and part of a community. Over at the Sexyloops website they went for “Sexyloopers” or just plain old “Loopers”. It got me thinking about how I could embrace my own readers with a catchy moniker that I could pull out the hat rather than some bloke that fishes the Kelvin mailed me. Of course it should also embrace anyone that does not actually fish the Kelvin (most of my visitors are from the States oddly enough) so anyone that reads this blog and has their own little personal stream that they call their home water can become part of my little alliance.
So I thought about it and I think I may have come up with something that just might fit. Of course, it had to do with the Kelvin and consequently embrace the true surrealism of fishing somewhere that has fridge freezers littering the river bank. That I suppose, plus the fact the vast majority of fishers on The Kelvin are absolutely hard as nails and must be given a suitable title to go along with it has got me thinking about fridge freezers, now that rang a bell in my subconscious and I had a little glimmering of an idea! I could maybe use it? But could I pull it off?
Quite frankly if I cant pull it off I can conveniently forget about it and never mention it again the way I do with anything that doesnt pan out the way I planned.
So from now on I am going to call you all¦
Continue reading But what to call you ?
All this talk of carrying minimal amount of gear has made me think of the things I carry regularly. One thing that I carry regularly is my monocular.A monocular is similar to a pair of binoculars except it is just like a mini telescope. I dont use it to see vast distances but for just a quick closer look at such things as birds (feathered), foxes, and rabbits. It is also useful if, like me, you are a nosey bastard.
The monocular is good as it means you can spot other anglers who you might not want to run into. It means you can miss out pools that they have fished or just simply due to etiquette you dont want to intrude on their personal space.
There have been times I have been looking up river and wondered to myself “is that another angler?“ One quick look through the old monocular and I find it is a black bin bag hanging on a tree. Curiosity solved!
There is also a safety aspect involved, on one of the rivers that I fish regularly the wading is very tricky. It is full of holes with boulders and rocks at knee level. I am naturally cautious but sometimes it is easy to get carried away. If I cannot see someone there is always the possibility that they have been swept away to their watery death. My trusty monocular can then be used to sweep the banks looking for their now ownerless rod which can be stashed safely in the back of the car. It may be a cheaper option than actually buying a Sage. Now that might be an idea actually- coupled with the walky talky a well timed â€œBOOâ€ may be all it takes to get my hands on a nice rod.
Anyone fancy a Grayling session anyone?
For those of us that are starting to think about a little entomology now is the time to start reading up. The most easilly digestible of all the books out there is this one…
For those that dont have it it is
A guide to help the angler choose the right artificial fly, including macro-photography of insect life combined with selections of the most lookalike lure. The book suggests that the angler observes the insect that seems to attract the most, and choose a fly from the photographs supplied
The photos really are very good, and it should sort out those “what fly to try today” situations !
[tags]entomology,hatch,flies,matching the hatch [/tags]