‘I’m not an animal lover’

A great article with David Attenborough over on the guardian website…

So why has David Attenborough spent more than 50 years making programmes about the natural world? Decca Aitkenhead talks Steve Irwin, salamanders and climate change with him

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He does say some rather nice things about Steve Irwin

Planet Earth: A Fresh Look at a Spectacular World

Dont bow to the Lords of Tackle

How long do you think your fishing gear should last? Like your rods, reels, waders and boots? I am getting more and more annoyed at the way the tackle industry tries to rip us off and steal (yep steal) our cash.
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Lets take waders and boots as a classic example. Now, your average waders cost around 130 pounds- how long would you expect them to last with regular looking after. By that I mean, you let them dry out after every session, you fold them away carefully and store them in an appropriate bag and any time you fish near a barbed wire fence you stay the f**k away from it. So how long? I will tell you how long 3 to5 years! Thats how long I want something to last that I pay 150 pounds for (thats around 280 dollars by the way). So why are we anglers always putting up with shoddy goods from these companies- I know some people, well not know as such as all my friends agree with me but at least people I have spoken to online who say that one season is perfectly acceptable for a pair of costly breathable waders- I find this totally unacceptable. I have been lucky,  well when I say lucky I mean that I have managed to seal any holes in my waders nice and quickly, this was after my first pair started to let water in at the foot.
My biggest bug bear is probably boots; I have had 3 pairs of boots in 2 seasons. My Vision dual Track boots lasted one season and then they decided to put a hole in my waders with a nail, a design flaw if I ever saw one.
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My second pair of boots (a pair of Snowbee XS dual terrain) lasted less than a dozen trips before disintegrating- saying that though they were pretty good at replacing them with a pair of boots that lasted half the time. I was shelling out more money on postage then anything so have now decided to go with Orvis for a change. I wonder about all the hype that the tackle industry give out- about the guys that test the rods and equipment- I mean my two pairs of boots disintegrated so the guys who tested them must have had the same problems. What happens to shoddy boots and waders that are not up to scratch? I will tell you what happens- they get sold to you and I as they know we will just go back and buy a new pair..damned annoying.

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Ask me a question, on you go… ask!!

Ok, I am taking questions, this is not because I have ran out of things to write about (honest) but because it is now the close season and it would be nice to know what my punters (you) want to know.
Of course you might think I am some kind of expert in angling or something for the sheer fact that I think I might know the answer- this is in fact incorrect. Anyone who has fished with me knows that the only kind of expert I am is in fact being a fluky bastard.
Questions can be about anything- I will then answer them by posting here. If I get no questions I will then pretend that this never happened and will probably forget all about it.
Fire away, head over to my shiny new contact me page and fire off a question.

Pike Flies

After last weeks bonanza I was on the phone making plans to attack the Forth and Clyde canal for Pike. I bought some materials the other day and they have been sitting around just waiting for me to tie up some killing patterns.

So last night I decided to tie up some Pike Flies. I have never actually tied any so these two flashy monstrosities are my first attempts. I must say they were quite satisfying tying them up, adding as much materials as I wanted and making them as flashy as possible……hmmm a bit of red tinsel looks like a trail of blood.
pike flies

Of course if they dont work i will pick up some pike flies on ebay next week.

Looking forward to it!

Times past

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We have a long time to wait until we can laze in the sun and have views like this again.
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Anglers and drug testing

I cannot believe I missed this one. …

TOP championship anglers were left shocked… after being asked to submit to drug tests.

Competitors at last week’s World Angling Championships were told to give urine samples or face losing their prizes.

Astonishingly, the tests – which they all passed – were made because officials fear stimulants could give cheats an unfair advantage by sharpening their reflexes when they get a bite.

The regime is part of a move to bring angling up to Olympic standards ahead of a bid to make it an official sport.

But it caught anglers by surprise. Briton Sean Ashby, who came third in the individual competition and was part of the England team which won the overall event, said: “At first I thought it was a wind-up. There are one or two jokers in the pack and I was convinced someone was having a laugh. My first thought was, ‘What drug could possibly help anyone catch more fish?'”

I dunno Sean, a bit of speed would help with the old reflexes with striking, and additionally the added incessant chatter would put the competitors off. A bit of coke would give you a confident strut that might just psyche out the competitor while some steroids build up the old casting arm to haul in those stocked slabs of lard.

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The origins of the Kelvin (or The Kelvin Strikes Back)

Dullatur bog

Dullatur Bog is the source of the River Kelvin, an important wildlife site… and a headache for the engineer of the Forth & Clyde Canal.

Canal engineer John Smeaton believed he could cut the canal through the bog, at the same time filling it with water to prevent it from collapsing. He was disastrously wrong! The cut continued to fill up with slime, requiring more than 16.8m (55ft) of earth and stones to build up the banks and towpath. Even a stable disappeared into the bog.

While work progressed, the bodies of men and horses that had fled from the Battle of Kilsyth and perished in the bog were uncovered; and if that wasn’t enough to deal with, the work disturbed millions of frogs who spread like a Biblical plague over the countryside in search of a new home.

A story to make any angler of the Kelvin smile :)

River Kelvin flood 1994

Anyone in Glasgow mind the great flood of 1994 ?.

Over at Hidden Glasgow they have some pretty neat pictures!

After day’s of continuous rainfall that fell over Glasgow in the early part of December 1994 the Glasgow Central Low Level Railway was about to be engulfed by thousands of gallons of water that poured out of the River Kelvin in the West End of the City.

With the River Kelvin swelling to unprecedented levels the water raged over the retaining wall at the steps leading up to Gibson Street with a peak flow of 191 m3/s, corresponding to a 1 in 200 year flood!. With the retaining wall overwhelmed, it soon breached, setting a secondary course for the River Kelvin to surge swiftly down the long abandoned Gibson Street Tunnel towards the station at Exhibition Centre on the Argyle line.


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Added a new “about” page for new readers :)

Looking forward to a bit of this action already

A lovely video from You Tube

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