Oh, ayeâ€¦Happy New Year!!.
So a nice quiet time was had on Hogmanay. I think it was at around 2pm on the first that I suddenly realised that I had not caught a fish all year. Alex has been making a killing with the Pike and is considering buying a nine weight whilst I have been looking at my local canal with gloom. On my run today along the canal and then the Kelvin I noticed that the rain we have had has once again put everything out of action. The Kelvin is a raging torrent meaning my others rivers will be a waste of time and the canal is looking very dirty.
Went out for a drive along to Loch Lomond, it was very pleasant watching the sky change colour as the sun set.
The Highland cows also wished us a Happy New Year.
Windknotter does a lovely write up on the Accidental Angler
Fishing hats off to the Accidental Angler
You can now buy the book from Amazon
Tom Chandler over at Trout Underground in his business disguise decided to pass me the “Blog Tag” poison chalice where I get to share five things that you probably don’t know about me.
Considering I had a “100 things about me” page up for a year I don’t think there is anything left but for new readers or people who read through RSS here it is:
1.I am a Social Worker who “specialises” in the care management of people who have had brain injuries whether it is road traffic accidents, infections or assaults. I have a knack of forming relationships with people who ordinarily don’t engage well with people in authority.
2.I have dyslexia, not the kind that makes you read funny but the kind that makes you structure things strange. Yup, that is why on long posts you don’t have a clue what I am on about.
3.I love sci fi novels – my favorite author is Ian M Banks and his “Culture” novels, they are truly mind-blowing.
4.I built my last two computers, I get very obsessive about things- When I need to learn about something I suck up every bit of knowledge possible, this is probably why I like fishing so much, no matter how much you know you can still fluff it and mess things up.
5.I have a very eclectic music collection and taste- everything from techno to classical. Although I don’t like chart music much to be honest unless it is 80s chart music.
So there we have it !
Hmmmm, I now pass this on to…………..Looks around shiftily
Tom Jervis- A View From the Bridge
Jason Schildt- Ahoyhoy
Gareth- Fly Fishing in South Wales
Mike Newton- Tamanawis
Dan Bachman- tattered Fly
If you do not live in Scotland then I donâ€™t have to tell you the weather has been bad. For my international readers I can tell you the Scotland is stuck with an area of low pressure that is causing wild winds, torrential rain, thunder n lightning (with hailstones) and generally making fishing impossible. When I was out working today (solving peopleâ€™s problems) I passed by this little burn that is usually only a couple of feet wide.
Yup, just by looking at it I can pretty much say that there will be no grayling fishing this side of Christmas in fact this side of the New Year if this rain does not shift soon. It has now been raining for most of November- all rivers are bursting their banks and some of the roads today were flooded – a lot of this water in Glasgow will be washing into the Kelvin – last time that happened it burst its banks pretty badly!
I am planning a little Pike fishing trip as all the brownies are all away humping. I have lost the will for stocky bashing â€“ I feel like I am selling my soul to the devil. Hell if I am going to stand about in the cold I want to catch a proper fish, not a genetically modified, non indigenous, sexless fat beast using a fly that looks like a Christmas decoration.
Now where are those â€œlittle gemsâ€ and â€œFat Dawgsâ€
I have had a bit of a bad year with tippet material. At the start of the season I bought some â€œFrog Hairâ€ and really liked it. It turned over well and had a good fine diameter. For some reason it started to deteriorate rapidly. About half way through the spool I noticed that when I was testing my knots it was snapping very easily. I put it down to a bad batch and bought another one. In fact if memory serves me right I bought two spools at this point, I bought some Rio tippet material as well. They were both in the 3-4lb mark. The exact same thing happened to those two spools of tippet material as well â€“ what the monkeys is that all about? After the first batch I thought hard about it and decided that when taking tippet off the spool I would be careful to take the little band off just in case it was rubbing the line and weakening it or something, nope it did not work.
I have been racking my brains the whole season; I keep them in my top left hand waistcoat pocket, which is my tippet pocket so donâ€™t keep anything else in there. I know that mono can deteriorate when left in sunlight but they very rarely see the light of day unless I am actually changing my leader. On closer inspection it is possible to actually see the deterioration â€“ you can see where the tippet gets thicker and thinner when you examine it closely. I is just ordinary mono, I donâ€™t like using fluorocarbon for two reasons. One- I find the stuff fiddly and prone to tangles even when fishing with a single fly and two- the stuff takes an age to degrade, much much longer than ordinary mono. In this day and age I donâ€™t want to leave a massive â€œFluoroâ€ footprint behind me.
Anyone else had this problem with tippet material ?