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
Its been a funny season- I was so looking forward to it at the outset, I had my permit for the club water, and a permit for the Clyde so I could do a lot more river fishing this year. The weather has been about as good as it gets this summer too, no doubt the river’s were a wee bit lower than usual but the trout fishing looks to have been good from what I have read elsewhere. I never managed a single outing on the Clyde much to my disappointment, I only managed one hobble to the wee burn and a strangely active outing for a spot of Tenkara on the Touch Burn. I also hoped to get out on the Canal for some coarse fish on the fly, maybe even a pike but walking any distance has been a problem, so only made it out once. Up at the club water, its not been a spectacular season as far as I can ascertain but better than last year and there have been some pretty big fish being caught. I had my biggest Brown to date there earlier in the season.
But the dominating factor in my fishing has been this damned arthritis, I thought things were starting to look up in late July when I managed 3 outings in a week. Something I haven’t done in a long time, but it didn’t last and arguably I should maybe have been a bit more cautious about getting my hopes up. The final of the three outings… Continue reading
Not been out for a few weeks, been far too sore in the most part and on call last week at work. The weather was beautiful today and despite my fingers really hurting a lot, I was keen to try get out up to the club water before the end of the season next week.
I never got up there and tackled up until about 3 and it was pretty warm and bright though with a fairly stiff breeze from the east, maybe more east south east.
While you couldn’t call it ‘rough’ there was bit more than a mere ripple and dry fly was unlikely to work. I decided to use my ‘new’ 7 weight with a team of three wet flies, though the point fly was beaded to get the cast under. The water looked pretty stirred up looking, I was also annoyed to see that the club boat was chained up at the bank for the first time this season, had I known I would have brought my electric outboard and battery and had a rare session out on the loch. Rowing wasn’t an option for me. With a floating line on I started near the boat mooring and cast down the bank in a semi circle. As I neared the boat itself casting well out between the boat and the buoys, as I retrieved back there was very very firm pull, that as I lifted, pulled back almost as hard as I was pulling on the fish. Who had caught who?! As I tightened the line… Continue reading
Excuse me if this post isn’t directly fishing related.
Charlie, is a good ‘mate’ through work but also a pretty keen angler, mainly with the fly but he also does a bit Sea fishing and other stuff. He is also a keen runner and has been taking part in a few Marathons over the last year or so. Imagine my surprise when I seen him post on facebook that he was going to be running the gruelling Kielder Marathon on the 6th October and said he was doing it for the major national charity Arthritis Research on the quest to find a cure for me and those like me, with Psoriatic Arthritis and other forms of Auto Immune Arthritis which is currently incurable and affects around 600,000 people in the UK .
AI arthritis is not anything to do with age or wear and tear but are caused by the body’s immune system turning on healthy tissue.
Charlie finishing strongly in the Marathon of the North
You probably know someone with more commonly known variants such as Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis or Ankylosing Spondilitis. They also do research into treatments for the much more commonly known versions of arthritis like Osteoarthritis ( mostly thoought of as “wear and tear” arthritis).
I was most humbled by this, and am not too big a man to say I have to admit I shed a tear. I would like to encourage my readers to sponsor him, even if its just a few quid, every penny helps. Even more relevant in… Continue reading
My son isn’t much of an angler. He does though enjoy the odd short session on Lake of Menteith where we are fortunate to know one of the local landowners who have a private boat there. Me being in the state I am means a day out there is not really an option for me so if it wasn’t for this I would probably not be able to fish it at all as the fishery only does full day or (in summer, full evening sessions). Early on in the season we said we would have a few hours there before the season was done but I really haven’t been able though the best of the summer. But this last week I felt there was a chance I might be able to fish ideally Sunday: not had too intolerable a week. So I went to arrange the boat but in checking the weather Sunday wasn’t on. So Saturday it was. Then I discovered the Scottish Clubs finals would be on. I wasn’t sure what to do as I didn’t want to get in the way especially with number one son on board who isn’t much of an angler or boatman.
The reports I had read suggested fish were well spread out so hopefully there would be somewhere we could fish productively away from the serious anglers. I took my electric outboard up too as the motor on the boat we use is a bit unreliable and I didn’t fancy being adrift on such an important day.
As we drove along the… Continue reading
This year, I don’t think I have had my waders on, on any of my outings ( unless you count a couple of outings for Grayling pre season). The time to get them on and the benefits v the amount of time I have been able to spend actually fishing wasn’t worth it. However I went out yesterday and I decided to get them on. The sky was fairly overcast, and it was cooler than of late, with a slightly South easterly breeze. This direction of wind is conducive to fishing the weedy east bank of the loch an area I really like when out on a boat up at Pendreich. But the situation with the boat has meant I haven’t wet a line over there this season at all.
I tackled up with the 4 weight and made my way somewhat gingerly over the rough ground and got into position. There is a wide area of fringing lily pads and tangled weed in front of the angler when over here. I sometimes fish a heavier rod so I can more easily lift the line before flies get snagged in this weed, usually resulting in a broken tippet as they are tough wiry plants that give little. Having made my way into position and not having seen a fish move as I made my way up here, I could see a couple of swirls on the edge of the weed indicating there were fish looking up here. I somewhat unthinkingly, had put two flies on my cast, a “heather… Continue reading
I went up to Swanswater yesterday evening as it was a glorious days end, and I was keen to try out the 7 weight rod kindly sent up by Hywel Morgan when I went and broke my prized HM3. Hywel knows I have issues with my joints and need as light a rod as possible. I was discussing options for a potential replacement for the HM3 and he intimated he might have something of use “lying around”, and was kind enough to send it up for me to try. The rod, a Scierra model that wasn’t marketted in the UK as I understand it, is ridiculously light for a 7 weight rod, and has a pretty fast action, which I like. It was I beleive a rod design for Sea Trout anglers in the Scandinavian market so I guess the lightness is useful for river scenarios. I will do a post on the rod in my tackle section soon, but this evening was the first chance I have had to try it out. It’s too powerful a rod for the Brownies up the club water so the ‘Bows it would have to be.
Idyllic conditions but the fish weren’t interested
Like all anglers I hoped that there would be cast after cast of fish rising eager to take my fly off the top or to grab my point buzzer and run, but it never transpired. Initially there were no fish making their presence known, starting as I did at the roadside pegs. It wasn’t until I moved right round to… Continue reading