I haven’t been out fishing for a few weeks, the weather has been rubbish, and then the last few weekends we have had stuff going on that have kept me in doing small amounts of DIY.
I had more DIY to do on Sunday ( just small jobs that don’t take too long I can about manage) and with the weather actually offering some respite, I almost felt obliged to try get out the house and have a cast. I have to be honest though and say I was a little bit on the sore side- the stiffness has been returning unfortunately over the last week so I wasn’t sure how I would manage. I didn’t want to go too far and as it was about 14:00 by the time I was ready to move, so I popped my son’s rod ( remember I broke my rod at Xmas and haven’t replaced it with something more suited to me, ) in the car along with my tackle box and just nipped round to Swanswater. It was a really nice day though fairly cold- not freezing though, but you know? almost as soon as arrived I knew my heart wasn’t really in it. As I tackled up I felt quite half hearted, I was pleased to be out in the fresh air but I just wasn’t motivated to fish. Very odd and unlike me.
Anyway I headed for the top south west corner of the main loch at Swanswater, as Alan who was working in the lodge said most fish were… Continue reading
As it is my birthday I always have a few days off work around it and try to get out fishing for a day somewhere. Maybe with my recent health problems a full day is a bit ambitious, though if I take it easy and have plenty breaks I can get by the better part of daylight hours given the short days at this time of year.
It’s rare I am able to get on a river round my birthday and even generally its been a stuggle this last 12 months but I came up with a plan for the event this year. Plan A was to try get onto a beat I have been told about on the River Eden on Cumbria. Ambitious given I have not driven that sort of distance in a while, but if the weather was good it might be a are opportunity to try. However I called the owners of the beat in quetion on Monday and they told me that while it had not been raining much in recent days everytime the water fell somewhere close to fishable it immediately rose again, rendering it unfishable. The reckoned there were regular releases from Ullswater affecting it so that knocked Plan A on the head.
Plan B ( always have a Plan B) was to go to another river I had always wanted to try for the Grayling on, the Leader. The River Leader is a small tributary of the Tweed and as I understand it is in two main sections, one I think belongs… Continue reading
I had no particular intent to go fishing this weekend. Saturday was predicted to be totally minging, and Sunday, well let’s just say by the time I got out of bed, the best part of the daylight hours was already past! Oops!
I have some plans though for a spot of more adventurous fishing this coming week weather and health permitting, as its my birthday week and I like a day or two away fishing around that particular event. I am hoping to get out Thursday anyway and we will see how I feel after that over the weekend.
Millions of Scots were rushing to Accident and Emergency Departments nationwide, suffering from Radiation flash burns caused by this brief and unforecast appearance of the sun. Fortunately it only lasted a few minutes so the impact was not as severe as it might have been.
But come about half one today I decided, a couple of hours out in the fresh air wouldn’t hurt, so I nipped down the road to Swanswater, nothing majorly exciting, but believe it or not the sun made a very rare appearance just as I arrived! I don’t think I have seen a hint of blue sky in the better part of 2 months. The main loch was pretty busy looking and I just opted for a couple of hours C&R on the wee ponds. I tackled up with an intermediate line and a small beaded possum bug on point with a wet on top dropper. However I soon realised I was probably fishing too deep,… Continue reading
It was a fine day when I finally surfaced from my scratcher on Saturday morning. In an ideal world, I would have been off down a river somewhere in search of the Grayling, but I had a bad day Friday with the drug side effects and really needed a good nights sleep and no early starts! So once up, fed and watered I fancied a couple of hours “somewhere”. I settled on Burnhouse, as I had not been there since last spring though it felt more like winter the day I was there last time. I have yet to make it there in Summer which is bugging me, hopefully if I have a better summer this year physically, than last I might make it out and try the dry flies there.
Anyway, I digress, well actually while digressing, I have updated the Burnhouse review page in view of some recentish upgrades made to the fishery, which really make a difference to the place.
Once down there I was surprised to find the car park very icy, and the slightest evidence of a little light snowfall. Right enough Gary the fishery keeper was saying there had been a burst of icy sleet around 06:30 in the morning and had frozen where it lay. As a consequence of this it seemed the fishery was very quiet – maybe 6 other anglers out and the water was looking pretty still, though there was a bit of an awkward breeze blowing in from the lodge end. Pink Nomads and Cats Whiskers had been doing… Continue reading
…..But it helps
Today was the annual charity fishing competition at Swanswater, my local trout fishery. I like to try to get along if possible, and though I felt I might be able to manage this year the weather forecast was grim.
Overnight the rain was giving it pelters but I never heard any sound of the forecast high winds. I reckon I could cope with the rain as long as the wind kept at bay. After all I have tons of foul weather gear. I wouldn’t normally consciously go out on such a day but where I have made a point of saying I would try to be there I feel you have to make the effort.
Just as I was leaving the house there was a fierce blast of wind….. Maybe it was going to get blowie?
Once at Swanswater it was clear quite a few other anglers had made the effort too. In total there were 27 anglers who had come to support Strathcarron Hospice.
Despite the burst waterpipe looking face I was actually quite happy, just trying to hold a camera against driving rain and a bit of a gale!
Alastair ( the owner of Swanswater ) was saying the wind was actually not bad on the loch and they would use only pegs that were not head on into the wind.
Despite the driving rain it was not cold and really wasn’t that bad to be out in despite how my face looks in this photo!
My first peg was 25 right up… Continue reading
Well its that time of year again. I hope 2013 has been good to all my readers and that 2014 proves to be better still. Last year has not been the easiest for me, but its been made easier by the support of a good number of my readers here who have now become good friends and I hope to share a boat or a beat with you again in 2014! Things have been a little improved in the last month or so for no apparent reason, not massively but enough to get me out with the rod and for a little longer than most of the year. Hopefully it will continue that way. I will of course keep the updates coming and have a few items to finish on the static pages, so keep an eye out for those soon. Thanks again and have a very Merry Xmas and Happy New Year when it comes.
When I have been fishing I suspect I am not unlike a lot of anglers when asked how my fishing went. I have a sort of mental scoring system that allows me to rate the fishing. Now I hasten to add it’s not a rating of how much I enjoyed the day or the company or other less quantifiable factors. Indeed I have had days out fishing from morning to night where I never touched a fish but just being out and in the surroundings or with the company, made it a memorable and thoroughly enjoyable day. On the flip side I had a few days I would have to say didn’t set the heather alight in the memorable stakes, but I did Ok in catching fish.
So it goes like this:
1 fish : Not a blank ( all trips are worth going if I caught one fish)
2 fish : A Successful day ( Getting 2 seems to prove the first wasn’t a fluke!)
3 fish or more: Excellent
You do of course get the odd exceptional day when you can’t seem to put a foot wrong and just seem to be tuned into what the fish want, and get a total buzz. Equally, there are days when reading it is just so tough and every or any fish is heard earned. Getting one seems like an achievement. Today I managed in the end to get three, but I tell you, I think they had had a long Samaritans session before opening time, cos suicidal they were not!… Continue reading
A day I never thought I would see, this year at any rate. It’s been an odd few weeks, my meds weren’t working so they stopped most of the serious ones nearly three weeks ago )and increased the dose on one ( just started the new dose on Friday). The last 2 and a half weeks have easily been the best since the late summer. I can only put it down to some sort of hiatus in the problem as nothing else medicinally should be responsible. As a result, where I hadn’t been out for the best part of 2 months, the last three weekends I have made it out for a couple of hours. As this week neared its end I was seriously starting to consider I might be able to manage a couple of hours on the river for the Clyde Grayling. It all depended on the weather ( which was predicted to be good, well, good enough for Grayling fishing) and if I didn’t have any last-minute problems. As luck would have it Friday night and Saturday proved problematic with my hip playing up, and though I felt a tad sore when I awoke Sunday morning, getting out was a very real possibility. I had made arrangements with John, a friend from RCF, that we would meet if I could make it. And I did!
He took me to a section of the River Clyde I hadn’t fished before, so it was a bit of a change for me in that regard too. He had warned… Continue reading
Weekends that is! This last week hasn’t on the whole been as bad as usual on the aches and pains front ( for some reason) and come Sunday I felt I could probably throw a line out. The weather wasn’t as dry as I hoped and having got caught up in helping a friend ( remotely) with an internet techy issue, time was running out. I had sort of half hoped to head to Orchil for a couple of hours but as the time was pushing on to 2 in the afternoon that wasn’t going to be feasible. Damn you short days! I do feel though that late Autumn fly-fishing can bring amazing sport, the fish are still packing it on for the winter, the water is cold but not cold enough yet to slow them right down and it’s really just a case of gritting the teeth, dressing for the elements, and finding the fish.
I then thought of nipping up to Wellsfield but then remembered it’s not C&R and I don’t have a use for the fish at present, so sod it back to Swanswater. Nothing wrong with old Swanswater, I just like a change. It was about quarter past the hour when I arrived and no one was about to get a permit so I tackled up and had no one appeared I would leave a note at the counter and pay up when I was leaving. I was sure Alastair would be OK, however Alan who is usually there on weekdays turned up, so I got… Continue reading
Today was probably as fine a Grayling fishing day you would get this time of year. It was frosty, still and sunny. A perfect Autumn fishing day for chasing the ladies. But that wasn’t an option for me, I haven’t cast a line in about 7 weeks and really haven’t fancied my chances of getting out, but this morning though I felt sore, maybe a couple of hours would be possible. I set up my rod on the drive and had a few practice casts to see how the hands and shoulders were feeling. Not too bad was the answer, certainly tolerable. A couple of hours on a fishery was possible so I got layered up and headed down the road to Swanswater, it’s nice and close by.
It was still, sunny and looked stunning. I was set up with a floating line and a long leader with a small heavy Yellow Dancer Lure on the point. I put a blood worm and a Montana nymph on the droppers. All staple autumn/winter stockie bashing stuff.
Looking fine in its autumnal colour and bright sunshine
It wasn’t too busy though the car park looked quite full. I think a few anglers were finishing up. So up to the main loch with a C&R ticket I went, starting at the roadside pegs. Alastair reckoned the back of the island was holding a few fish but quite deep down. My first 15 mins were uneventful and I was finding the long leader challenging what with the fairly high bank-side greenery ( though it’s… Continue reading