Sunday, 15 October 2017


Photo 01 - Nicely contained, but its still litter!


It’s a problem we encounter every year sometimes many times per year, the perennial problem of littering! Anglers come and fish then leave all their rubbish behind for someone else to clean up. The photo above shows the mess we encountered last Sunday behind the village hall.

The anglers had come with a plentiful supply of bait the polystyrene box suggesting they had bought bulk online. Inspecting the surrounding showed that the area was generally left tidy so why then did they leave the polystyrene box with half a dozen packets of mixed bait lying on the bank?

They may have thought they were doing the right thing by leaving all their rubbish contained in a single box for someone else to pick up. Of course, that is an erroneous view. The box could have been there for weeks and wildlife could have scattered the contents looking for an easy meal! I remember one of our anglers being woken up by an otter who was feasting on bait lying next to his rods!

There is no first or second tier when it comes to leaving litter you leave it or you don’t! Now to save embarrassment we have not released the names of the perpetrators, they are not from this area but they should be clear on one thing. You will not be allowed to return to St Mary’s loch for an angling session, your actions have been unacceptable! We will continually drive this message home – Leave litter and you will be barred from fishing on the loch!

Photo 02 - Barry shows his PB of 12lbs from the loch, well-done mate! Bet it was Davie that cut off the top of his head!

More boat woes!

Salmo Trutta one of our Arran’s seemed to be taking in water rather quickly when observed over the last few weeks. So last week Davy Stuart Jenny Stuart Sutherland Les and I pulled her out and turned her over which believe me is no small feat! A thorough inspection showed no obvious leaks until we noted two screw holes where the screws had obviously come out.

Clearly, water was entering here and the placement of a normally sized screw showed the hole had been reamed by the absent screw. We could, of course, fill the holes but we thought a better idea was to insert two oversized self-tapping screws which although taking some effort to insert were rock solid and not coming out without brute force! Not a huge job but still one that takes someone away from their days fishing! Work behind the scenes is ever present!

The wider world in my view!

An ever worsening shambles!

With the absolute shambles that is the Brexit process at least looking at the British tactics that are being employed, I am now convinced that the mandarins of our negotiating team Boris Johnston, Liam Fox, and David Davies are terminally bewildered and haven’t the slightest idea of what they should be doing! Looking at their game plan for they think it’s all a big game they are hopelessly outflanked by Barnier and Co at every turn!

This inept bunch of diddy's ignore rules, defy convention and simply close their eyes to anything that would worsen Britain’s relationship in comparison to our present situation! Quite clearly they have been caught on the hop, after all, they have had only 5 months to get things rolling and we are still on the starting blocks. Our standing in the world order has been damaged permanently. We are now seen as a nation of fools looking only to the past unable to meet the future and led by a weak fool!

No strategy, no vision no realistic aspirations just pure fantasy tinged with the I want attitude of a spoilt public schoolboy which is just what they are! The hopelessness generated by this lamentable administration is now filtering through to Joe Public. The latest You Gov poll shows clearly that the Brexit vote was a calamitous mistake! Yes, 47% would now vote to remain whilst only 42% would vote for Brexit!

Public demonstrations against the foolhardy direction taken by these Tory fools are now occurring every week as temperatures rise! People are now realising Brexit spells disaster! Its even becoming apparent to the brighter Tory MPs that Theresa Mayhem is leading us to complete and utter disaster heading for a no deal exit from the EU with devastating consequences for business and working people!

MPs from all parties are now joining together to prevent a no deal exit from the EU. Infighting in the Tory party increases and frankly implosion looks to be the only outcome! The good thing following this inevitable scenario is that this Brexit nonsense will be consigned to the waste bin and we can again focus on making this country better for poorer people whilst being members of the EU!

Lord Snooty has made it into the history books as the man who plunged the UK into the biggest existential crisis in history! Following on from his catastrophic blunder a severely misguided section of Scotland voted Tory in the recent election thereby sustaining this wretched government we now endure! Because of these events we now have the most shambolic government ever and every day they remain in power we pay a heavy price!

Sunday, 8 October 2017


Photo 01 - Stuart our heavy Brown Trout cup winner!

Yes the Brown Trout season of 2017 has come and gone! It was a particularly good season for the Brownies with a good few fish over the 3lbs mark. The biggest however fell to the rod of Stuart Sutherland who bagged a 6lbs beauty whilst fly fishing.

 When the season closed on the 6th of October no further claims were made which means Stuart takes the accolade of having caught the largest Trout of 2017 on the lochs! We will be getting the cup engraved and we will have a photo of Stuart receiving the cup presented by a club member. Of course he also wins free membership of the club for the coming 2018/19 season. Well done mate!

Photo 02- Martin just can't stop catching. A fine 15pound Pike.

Muppet detected!

Not for the first time this year we have “anglers” phoning up and asking to book a boat and then not turning up! When you book a boat that action means we have to refuse decent anglers who may turn up looking for a boat. It is or should be common courtesy to inform us if you cannot keep the commitment to allow us to hire that boat to another angler

Now the difficulty we have is that we do not know the people that are booking the boats but we have your phone number. So if a no show scenario develops we will mark your phone number as “Time wasting Muppet detected” and the call will not be answered. These people are an absolute waste of time and put others into extra work for nothing! If you book a boat and cannot come please do us the courtesy of letting us know or you won't be coming back!


Now our two engines by choice have not been out much but they were serviced at the beginning of the season by Elliot Fraser. One of our members came down to fish having properly booked his boat. However although his engine started without drama there was no drive to the propeller.

It seems wear on the housing that encapsulates the shear pin had become malformed and was no longer making the connection between the engine and the propeller.  He travels a good distance to come and fish with us so we offered him the Hidea engine. Well it started with minimal fuss and soon settled into a smooth idle! He enjoyed his days fishing caught some nice fish and our engine worked perfectly! Remember this was the engine so horrendously abused by Mr Xxxxx which he said was pouring white smoke and was terminal!

I would like to make our engines available to all club members booking through our loch keeper in the future. This will be a topic for discussion at our AGM in March 2018. In the meantime we will make our engines available for members who find themselves in a situation similar to the lad mentioned above. We look after our members!

The wider world in my view!

Incompetent is too weak a description!

The ongoing tragic-comedy farce being dished up to us daily by this crass Tory administration goes from dreadful to desperate! Youmight take the view that last weeks conference fiasco was not down to Theresa Mayhem but you would be wrong! Any sensible leader about to make the make or break speech would take every measure to ensure their voice was not stressed! Ms Mayhem apparently gave countless speeches/interviews on the Tuesday before.

Patrick McLaughlin the party chairman responsible for security allowed the comedian in to give Mayhem her P45 with his standoff inept organisation. Rumours are now rife that he will be sacked by Mayhem in an effort to reclaim her authority! The magnetic lettering that was supposed to send the Tories message out fell to pieces which just crowned what was utter chaos and the most shambolic party conference ever!

What is of more concern however is if you pick through her “speech” there was nothing of substance which will make life for the working classes better! It was the same old woolly promises which as usual will amount to nothing substantial just tinkering around the edges! Just keep an eye on her flagship policy on capping energy prices!

I cannot remember a more depressing time when we are led by directionless fools who U turn on a daily basis and seem only able to excel in the art of serial bungling! We have the weakest Prime Minister in history (Lord Snooty was the worst) who seems to be unable to stop the infighting from within, she is in office but not in power! The Tories are desperate to get rid of Mayhem but the pool of absolute diddy’s in the Tory party makes the choice of a successor a fruitless task!

At a time when we should have a firm and resolute government we have instead this apology of a government! They seem to think they are in the driving seat when it comes to Brexit there are 27 views to the contrary! It looks certain they will end up with no deal from the EU and this will have catastrophic consequences for everyone in this country!

Michael Green, sorry Grant Schapps had the right idea but his coup failed because he is a buffoon who is detested by most Tories! However the writing is on the wall for Theresa Mayhem her days are numbered! It is now highly likely that this inept administration will fall and a general election called. It will then fall to the misguided Scots who voted Tory in the election to wake up and make the right decision!

Lord Snooty living up to his reputation as the most incompetent Prime Minister ever caused this disastrous situation and then bowed out when things got hot. The Maybot content to plough us further into the mire! The banks have now said they will bail out by Christmas if no deal is achieved! Manufacturing industry hasn’t a clue as to what will happen. Between these sectors initial job losses are likely to be around 25000 with many more to come!

We had certainty now we have chaos! The only saving grace is that many of the Brexit voters are dying off being replaced by a more welcoming open minded and inclusive younger generation who could overturn the process. For all of our sakes I sincerely hope they do!

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Twenty's plenty!

Photo 01 - John Garske with the biggest of 20 fish a lovely 14lbs Pike.

Twenty's plenty!

Over the years there have been numerous instances where anglers ask us if there are any Pike in the loch and our answer is the same every time. There are Pike in the loch and probably more than you would imagine! Because of the vast size of the loch it is possible that you could be a couple of miles away from the feeding fish!

There are a few options – Stay where you are for however long it takes. Fish mobile and go looking for the feeding fish. Just visit on your usual days and take whatever comes. We all make choices and our results will be dependant on those choices!

John Garske one of our members who obviously made the right choice. He had a friend over from Cyprus and they decided to spend a couple of days on our very under fished Loch o the Lowes. And what a couple of days they were! Photo 01 shows John with a braw fourteen pounder which was the best of twenty fish over the two days, yes that was twenty fish!.

Craig Hunters cracking 16lbs 10oz Pike.

The fish ranged from 3-7lbs and that total above does not include fish they lost or missed. John reports that his mate went back to Cyprus a very happy man indeed! All I can add is well done to both of you this will be one of those halcyon days!

Another man getting into the fish is long time member Craig Hunter. Craig sent in a photo of a 16lb 10oz Pike bristling with energy putting up a sterling fight before coming to the net! Yes there are occasions when as anglers we do wonder where the fish are but as in the past we are always brought back to reality by splendid captures.
Well done to the lads above real anglers indeed!

Closing down!

Its a true saying that time certainly does fly by, here we are at the end of yet another season that has just flashed before our eyes. Where does the time go? Those looking to get their hands on the clubs heavy Trout cup only have another few days in which to accomplish their task! Our Trout season runs until the 6th of October and at the end of that day its all over yet again!

The Trout to beat of course is Stuart Sutherland's 6lbs Brownie and it will take a massive effort and some help from Lady Luck to achieve this! But as we all know in fishing you can never say never! We will announce the winner next week in next week’s news page.

So what’s to do now for as long as the reasonable weather holds there is still an opportunity to get out and catch fish! The Salmon season on the Tweed has yet again been a disappointment! Catches are down and most of the fish being caught on the upper reaches of the Tweed are stale fish and they can be notoriously difficult to tempt!

There is of course the opportunity to go and fish for Grayling but for most that holds little appeal. No the only fish currently worth seeking is the Pike and we remain open 365 days a year for anglers seeking this species. Now is the time when the big females are multiplying the number of eggs they carry in preparation for the annual spawning event!

If you are looking to catch a specimen Pike then this is the time of year you need to be getting out. If you catch one of these egg heavy females as long as you are sensible she will take no hurt! Make sure you have all at the ready and return her to the loch as quickly as you can!

As always its a case of once more once less as our body clocks tick ever onwards! The year heads towards its end and the angler ponders on the past season and contemplates the one coming. Its a process that cannot be halted and sad though it is we must accept the way of the world. I hope each and every one of you makes it through the colder months and emerges full of the joys of spring to embrace the new season! For what’s been and for what comes – TIGHT LINES!

The wider world in my view!

Think again!

Bumbling Prime Minister Theresa Mayhem made her landmark Florence speech and as predicted amid all the warm words like our overseas friends and the deep and special relationship she wishes was exactly nothing! Oh there was much talk of the government's aspirations but no talk whatsoever of the detail as to how we were going to arrive at that point!

The incompetence of this current band of Tories is absolutely staggering! They have been given the framework for the talks something they signed up to and yet they still cannot keep on track! Its one blunder after another as they arrive at the point they were at fifteen months ago! It looks very much like we are going to crash out of Europe with no deal in place!

Already businesses that rely on migrant labour are encountering staffing problems and the NHS is being hobbled by the inability to get overseas doctors and nurses! Companies are getting ready to bail out overseas, the thought of being an inward looking small island distasteful to them.

It hasn’t really hit the working man yet but the catastrophic drop in living standards on its way will hit like a sledgehammer! We are on the brink of the biggest mistake this country has ever known! There is one ray of light however on the national front and that is the continuing Labour resurgence under Jeremy Corbyn!

I’m not Corbyn’s greatest fan but I must admit that the policies coming from conference were music to my ears! Re nationalisation of core industries, taxing the rich hard and an equalisation of living standards all appeal to me! Surely these are the goals of everyone not consumed by greed! However one snippet that was news to me was that there is now a growing band within the Labour movement calling for a referendum on our leaving the EU!

Yes we are all fed up with referendums but the one on EU membership will shape the future of generations to come! It is of vital importance that such a referendum takes place! The Tories have well and truly messed up and our future crashing out of the EU makes the future for our youngsters a dire one! I hope Labour can once again come to save the country for let's be honest here the Tories haven’t a clue!

Sunday, 24 September 2017

It's an upward journey!

Photo 01 - Martin with his super 17lbs Pike from the hall.

It’s an upward journey!

I received a photo early on last week of a very fine Pike caught by a visiting angler. Martin came down from St Andrews way to the village hall on the loch to try and tempt one of the many female heavyweights that abound this time of year. He has been a relatively frequent visitor for a few years now and this recent capture is his best to date on the loch!

It is around the seventeen pound mark and is most definitely a fine fish! However what caught me about Martin was his exploratory discourse prior to coming and indeed after. He was keen to find out about our rules and assured us that he would leave the area spotless which he did! Great work Martin!

This is exactly the type of angler we welcome at the lochs! Gone are the days when we tolerated the likes of the local angling bully sneaking around choosing carefully who he would like next to assault! Gone also are the days of the Pike butchers who stopping short of carving them on the butchers table but treated them so poorly that the death sentence was upon them the instant they were hooked!

Gone are the days when hordes of thugs masquerading under the banner of anglers flooded on to our waters seeking alcohol and drugs more than the piscatorial challenge! Yes indeed it was a fight they were after but not with the fish but with anyone who had the temerity to confront them when unruly behaviour was noted! Gone also are the days of weeding out Vipers in our own nest when Mr Xxxxx was exposed and ousted we were again a club! Yes all the chumps above barred from fishing on our lochs!

Yes we have come a long way in the past decade and of course there are many miles yet to walk! But without fear of repercussion I can say that this club is now the best it has ever been! There will be a few hiccoughs on the way forward I am sure but those who next take on the club will have the mettle to deal with whatever transpires!

Photo 02 - One of three Vipers spotted yesterday!

Keeping up to date!!

The more I read the more bizarre the words of the police at the recent meeting held in the village hall about the Cafe Green appear. In the local rag this week police are calling for CCTV footage of the area in Innerleithen where a cash machine was ripped out of the wall! The missing RAF airman case has also called for more CCTV footage! I could pick a couple of stories every week where CCTV footage is sought or where present has been instrumental in obtaining a conviction!

Look at photo 03 below and you will see the actions of Muppet's! A public information metal sign on a heavyweight post secured with concrete ripped up and discarded into the undergrowth! We have lost two very heavy duty signposts both weighed down with 50 kg of concrete mix, one is in the undergrowth at the graveyard the other under 10 feet of water at the top of the Lowes! 

Technology requires that our thinking moves forward! Would Shakespeare have eschewed the word processor or Bach the electric action pipe organ, of course not! CCTV works whilst we are asleep, on holiday or at home in front of a roasting log fire! In detecting crime any evidence helps, Its time to move into the 21st century!

Photo 03 - What happens to concreted in metal signs (behind village hall)!

A concreted in metal sign is no guarantee of permanence they simply haul them out with the aid of a car then discard them. There used to be one in every lay-by now there are none, instead they are scattered under nearby vegetation. What it all boils down to is that any type of evidence is good evidence!

Photo 04 - The largest of the three Vipers spotted!

Watch your step!

Fishing the village hall area yesterday I strolled down to the loch side and was surprised to see a couple of Vipers basking in the albeit short lived sun. They were off the established path so caused me no problems However this just shows how important it is to not go trampling through vegetation where you may just put your feet in the wrong place!

Dogs are often caught out by this but as sentient beings we should know better and keep to the established paths where at least you can see where you are putting your feet! In all my years at the loch I have never heard of an angler being bitten although there have been a couple of close shaves!

It is unlikely that a bite be fatal but according to the many experts it will be very uncomfortable and it is always best to go to the emergency department of the nearest hospital! Put simply watch your step!

Symptoms of an adder bite when venom has been injected include:
  • severe pain at the location of the bite
  • swelling, redness and bruising at the location of the bite, spreading up the bitten limb
  • feeling sick (nausea) followed by vomiting
  • diarrhoea
  • itchy lumps on the skin (hives or nettle rash)
  • swelling of the lips, tongue, gums and throat
  • breathing difficulties with wheezing, similar to asthma
  • mental confusion, dizziness or fainting
  • an irregular heartbeat

The wider world in my view!

The Great speech!

Well we were all on the edges of our seats to hear the latest words of wisdom emanating from Florence as our lame duck Prime Minister took to the stage with news of how she is going to unblock the stalled negotiations with the EU on Brexit! Well not really I fully expected a load of waffle with new descriptors such as creative and imaginative and that’s what we got!

Barnier made it quite clear that what was required from the UK was detail and clarity what we got was more of the same waffle! Theresa Mayhem’s vision of a land of milk and honey where we all get along just fine and everyone lives happily ever after! It must now be clear to all that these diddy’s have not got a clue as to what they are doing! A bespoke deal is what she wants and already Barnier has quashed this notion saying a bespoke deal is not on the table!

Under these bewildered fools we are seeing the country’s credit rating being dropped yet again as fears that the economy is going out of control ahead of a Brexit inspired recession! 
Devoid of ideas they have adopted the Labour policy of going for a two year transition deal something that will be welcomed by British business! 

Rather interestingly copies of e mails have been seen from the Department for exiting the EU where top officials are committing to disk their huge concerns as to how unprepared the government are with no plans at all for a no deal scenario! The reason for this is in case of an eventual botched deal (highly likely) they have on record their concerns in case a Chilcot type enquiry ensues! A rather telling move methinks!

Before the Florence flop we were in the dark as to the governments intentions after the farce we still have no idea where we are going and now the cracks in the Tory party are beginning to reappear having been painted over by Theresa Mayhem! The next few years will go down in history as the time mismanagement, lack of vision and rank incompetence did for our country good and proper!

This weak disunited government is quite frankly on fantasy island in spite of countless warnings to the contrary they still believe they can get all the benefits of the single market whilst shouldering none of the responsibilities! Business is already bailing out and moving overseas as it becomes clear that Brexit means Brexit really means Brexit means chaos!

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Sensible advice!

Photo 01 - to member David Shotton this will indeed be a memorable Pike, his first one from the loch, well done mate!

Sensible advice!

It happens every year without fail, a boat gets abandoned and left for one of us to retrieve! And true to form it happened last week. There was a decent breeze which as usual worsens as you near the regulator and as such the two anglers hiring a Lomond boat were told not to venture past the Megget burn outflow.

Instead of heading towards the Tibbie they headed downwards and were seen at the regulator. All appeared well then the wind began to strengthen and it was clear there was a problem with the pair making very slow progress  up the roadside. They abandoned the boat at the village hall and our lochkeeper had to run them back to the boathouse.

They were exhausted and shaken but at least had the sense to crawl up the margins rather than tackling open water. Now when our lochkeeper says do not go down to the bottom of the loch she says that with good reason. Unlike some of the small ponds in the area St Mary’s has the potential to be a very dangerous and life threatening loch in wild conditions! Please follow the advice given to you, the above anglers had their pride dented it could have been so much worse!

Thanks to Elliot Fraser who went down on Wednesday evening and collected the abandoned boat and still managed to tempt a couple of Brownies just under a pound each!

Cafe Green meeting!

I went up to the meeting about the Cafe Green on Tuesday evening. It was a well attended meeting that was to encompass a lot more than the problems of the Cafe Green. The main thrust of the meeting was to agree a strategy for going forward for the management of the whole area. 

Representatives of the police and council were present.
Various recollections of past incidents were presented to the meeting and it quickly became clear there was an underlying thrust towards appointing a “warden” for the area to police the area at busy weekends. It quickly became clear that other viewpoints would receive little attention.

Of course our CCTV camera is now in operation but the use of this it seems did not receive the backing of the police representatives present at the meeting. The problem was that our camera was on Tibbie land looking on to a public place and might contravene the data protection act. The following is an extract from the act that covers looking on to the land of others.

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued its judgment in the case of RyneŇ° on 11 December 2014. In this judgment, the CJEU concluded that where a fixed surveillance camera faces outwards from an individual’s private domestic property and it captures images of individuals beyond the boundaries of their property, particularly where it monitors a public space, the recording cannot be considered as being for a purely personal or household purpose. This means that cameras attached to a private individual’s home may, in certain circumstances, no longer be exempt from the requirements of the DPA under section 36. Those circumstances are likely to include where the camera monitors any area beyond the interior and exterior limits of that individual’s home. This would include any camera to the extent that it covered, even partially, a public space such as the pavement or street. It would also cover cameras which captured areas such as neighbours’ gardens. This decision does not mean that using such a camera is not possible but it does mean that individuals will have to ensure that its use is legitimate under the DPA. The CJEU made clear that use of cameras to protect a property in this way can meet the legitimate interest condition in the legislation. The ICO has produced a short complementary piece of guidance for the public on how to ensure the use of a surveillance camera on a private domestic property complies with the DPA

So if the end cause is a legitimate one there is no barrier to such usage! Of course the usage of the camera is to pick up any untoward behaviour and any other recording captured will be deleted on review.
The police in particular seem none too keen on our camera saying it only gives 2 dimensional evidence. Now there was a proposal for the new “warden” to be equipped with a body cam which would be more two dimensional evidence! The suspected bomber in the recent tube train bombing attempt was identified by a two dimensional camera!

Now if a serious assault occurred on the green I wonder if the police would want to see our two dimensional footage to establish the facts in the matter?  Our camera is rolling and will continue to do so!  When attempting to detect crime you can never have too much evidence! It is now commonplace for police to call for mobile phone footage when they are struggling to progress a case. Dash cams on cars are now everywhere as insurance companies can resolve a claim in one fell swoop! Yes two dimensional evidence is ubiquitous!

The outcome of the meeting was that a warden should be sought to work summer hours telling people how to dispose of litter and trying to instil in people a sense of responsibility towards the countryside. More litter bins should be sought and the 30p per visit toilets should revert to being free. New signage should be implemented to try and reinforce the message that all visitors should behave in a responsible manner.

The low point of the meeting was the attitude of the police in seeming to try and push responsibility on to others to camouflage the number of times they for whatever reason cannot attend to any incident at the loch. They said the area is low priority which most people appeared to accept but when a call was made that call was invariably about something rather more serious!

We all know this inept Tory government has slashed police budgets and what has happened at the loch in the recent past can be attributed to that very action. I had a concern about the personal safety aspect of a “warden” confronting some of the crazed individuals who occasional populate the Cafe Green and the officer stated that appropriate training would be given to the individual appointed.

The meeting ended with a vote on the adoption of a “warden” resulted in my voting against the motion and the rest of the meeting voting for the said adoption. My opposition was quite clear, why waste thousands on paying an individual to try and achieve the desired outcome when our camera already paid for will survey the area day and night without placing anyone in a dangerous situation.

Irrespective of any training or personal skill that individual will be placed in a position of potential harm as has already happened with a local resident! That individual carries no additional authority over any member of the public! Now it’s all very well engaging in welcoming discussion with visitors impressing upon them the need to take their litter home, not to drink too much and keep music levels to a sensible level!

The problem is that the sensible type of visitor who populate the green already do behave responsibly and it is only the small percentage of Muppet types that cause the problems.  Speaking from personal experience these people do not listen to guiding words and have no qualms about resorting to violence and this is where a police intervention is required.

By all means employ a “warden” but believe me it will have no effect on the shenanigans of these hardened Muppet types! Violence in the past has occurred at night, in the early morning hours, where will this “warden” be then? Our camera will be there day and night! The break in at the Cafe a few years back would have been captured by our camera. The community council will do what it thinks is best and we will do what we think is best!

The wider world in my view!

Further into the mire if that's possible!

It is my desperate wish to say that at last things are getting better but the converse is true! At home Brexit is turning even more bizarre as our weak and incompetent government flounders failing to grasp the essentials of the negotiations! To complicate matters and further weaken our position prize buffoon Boris Johnston has revived the biggest political lie ever, that Brexit will gain us £350 million/week!

This absolute fool of a man is spreading lies and false hope enraging our brothers in Europe with whom we are trying to get an amicable deal!  Putting his own interest ahead of the country’s he is trying to gain the support of the many hard Brexiteers before he launches a bid to topple Theresa Mayhem! He has today been rebuked by the National Office of Statistics for the use of this false figure something Theresa Mayhem would like to do but is too weak to do so!

Theresa Mayhem will likely bang a few more nails in her own coffin when she heads off to Florence to address EU leaders!  Wishful thinking and pure fantasy will be the main thrusts of what will surely be a disastrous speech! On the political front the country is in complete chaos and believe me it will only get worse!

Sunday, 10 September 2017

The Cafe Green!

 Photo 01 - The Red Admirals.

The Cafe Green!

It’s now an annual event, the discussions over the cafe green and how to deal with the loutish behaviour which although decreased is still there. The area is owned by the estate but leased by the council who also provide toilet facilities. There have been many suggestions as to how best to manage this area but very little action implemented!

Photo 02 - This crevice seems to be the focus of their attention!

The only positive action was implemented by Alastair Moody of the Tibbie Shiels and supported by a £100.00 donation by our club in erecting a CCTV camera to record all that takes place. The camera is not officially live until we can sort out the legalities of CCTV recording such as warning signage.
Now I have witnessed over the years many instances of outrageous behaviour and believe me when things are kicking off this is no place for an ordinary member of the public!

I was astounded when I heard of a proposal for a country warden to be appointed to police such disturbances! I am none too sure as to who proposed this but to put a member of the public with no authority into such a position is the height of irresponsibility! What can a member of the public achieve – absolutely nothing!

Worse than that there is a great potential for personal injury and we don’t want to see anyone put into this position! We pay taxes for the police to deal with these situations and they must carry out this function! I am not without sympathy for the increasingly tight situation the police are being put in by our incompetent political masters in Westminster seeing the operating budgets slashed time after time by an administration that hasn't a clue!

Yes they are the real culprits as they systematically dismantle our state. The police themselves point the finger at the Westminster dimwits ruled by ideology and not a care for people! If there is a fracas on the green and an angler is involved we will call the police immediately and with the aid of CCTV footage we will press for charges to be made.

Under no circumstances will we allow our loch keeper to become involved in this farce, we have issued instructions that if a situation looks like becoming overheated then withdrawal is the only safe thing to do and then a decision will be taken as whether or not to involve the police!

Of course everything hinges on a prompt police response something that has been lacking on several occasions in the past but at least now there will be recorded evidence to view to aid tracking down the offenders! I will attend this meeting on Tuesday evening and report next week on any progress made or otherwise! Here’s hoping a line can be drawn under this subject!

Red Admirals!

For the last two weeks we have noted numbers of these butterflies congregating round our boathouse tree to the exclusion of all others in the near vicinity. Occasionally upwards of a dozen can be present but as usual when you want a photo they clear out. We think they might be getting some kind of sweet sap from the crevice shown in photo 02. If you know what they might be doing give us a shout!

The end is near!

With the year scurrying along we yet again near the end of another fishing season. The legal Brown Trout season will end on the 6th of October. Many Trout clubs wind up at the end of September but our anglers like the extra week before the tackle is put away. This year has seen some cracking Brown Trout with currently the heaviest being Stuart Sutherlands 6lbs Brownie .

If ever a stock photo of a Brown Trout was sought then his one is picture perfect! If it holds out until the 6th it will be a fitting winner! But there are still opportunities to try and beat Stuarts fish so get that line in the water. On the Pike front the timescale is a little longer with the season ending on the last day of October.

This end to the season is only for our competition for the heaviest Pike anglers can of course fish all year round for our Pike. Currently ace angler Davy Forsyth holds the heaviest of the season with a corker of 21lbs 9oz. A few anglers have come close to catching him but not quite managing to overtake him.

Of course now the heavies are patrolling and putting on weight by the day so there is a real chance of nipping in front of Davy. The big ones of course are females laden with ever increasing numbers of eggs so great care must be taken as they carry the seed of our future sport! The message is simple there is ample time to climb into our club records so get your lines in the water!

Great buy!

It is often said that nothing beats a personal recommendation and on a tip from Gordon McClurg I purchased a pair of fleece lined cargo trousers. They are very good warm, light and have loads of pockets with some zipped for security. Thanks to his tip 5 further pairs are being ordered by various members! Cheers Gordon top tip!  

The wider world in my view!

Succinctly, a disaster!

Its official but I am afraid I do not agree with it, Theresa May has nudged ahead of Lord Snooty as the worst British Prime Minister ever! Given the short time she has been Prime Minister and the short time she has left this is an astounding feat! Her concentrated bungling has led to the rest of the world viewing us as a nation of weak individuals unable to elect a competent government!
Now the backbone of the Tory party those who pump money in to keep the party from imploding have sent out warnings. Lord Kerr a blue nosed Tory if ever there was one has branded May as a hopeless leader leading a weak and fragmented party! Citing he many interventions and U turns as stupid he said a Tony Blair type Labour government would be much better!

Perhaps the best example of these absolute bunglers is the Brexit team who turn up for meetings unprepared and seem to have no understanding of how to conduct negotiations. They issue vague and woolly papers which when dissected contain nothing but flannel! They say negotiations are going well when they have achieved absolutely nothing other than embarrassing our nation!

With the recent calamitous weather experienced in the Virgin Islands the population could have expected prompt aid from the British government since it had been forecast many days earlier. But what happened is probably what you would predict from such lame duck administration! Yes in the aftermath of what was sheer devastation the leaders of the foreign office were decidedly silent! The two mouthpieces in charge Boris Johnston and Priti Patel were as usual caught napping taking 3 days to get help underway!Hell Venezuela evacuated half the population of one of the islands before Boris knew that he'd fluffed it again!Just tune into the national news to see how the clowns let these british citizens down!

Behind the scenes whilst the public's attention is focused on the many disasters created by this administration Jeremy Hunt the chump in charge of the NHS in England quietly backtracked on privatising the NHSP an agency that provides emergency cover to hospital and saves upwards of £75 million for the taxpayer. Yes when their dealings were rumbled they rapidly backtracked proving they are completely untrustworthy!

A terrifying situation in world affairs makes this the most serious situation since the Second World War! North Korea is on the brink of war with the US whilst Russia and China are moving strategic groups of troops and armaments to counter possible US aggression. The response from Michael Fallon that buffoon in charge of our defence is to beat his chest and flex the might of British military capability!

This fool full of nostalgia for the days when Britain subdued all before it thinks we are still a mighty military power is completely removed from reality! We urgently need to persuade agressors such as Trump that military conflict will have catastrophic consequences for all the countries of the world!
Brexit is what currently consumes us as a country and with good reason the latest forecast states that families could expect to be around £50.00/week worse off post negotiation is likely optimistic! The Brexit negotiations are a disaster, This government is a complete disaster and our future looks like being a disaster of unheard proportions!

Sunday, 3 September 2017

The clock is ticking!

Photo 01 - Meg keeps a lookout for trouble!

The clock is ticking!

Yesterday Gordon, me and his ever faithful companion Meg set off around the loch to have a bash at trolling. It was a super bright day which ensured that if nothing was doing at least we would increase our vitamin D levels which I am sure will be low due to absence of sunlight during what we called a summer!

Flies were aplenty but rising Trout were scarce with only a couple spotted over the day. Undeterred we set off trying to trigger the aggressive response by means of a small Toby Gordon on copper and me on silver. The fireweed has just reached its peak with the gentle breeze raising clouds of seedlings close to the bank.

A mother Mallard duck was shepherding her clutch of five away from our boat just reiterating the glory of Mother Nature. These mother ducks are actresses of the highest order. A few weeks earlier whilst on the troll with Elliot he headed towards the ducks at speed but before we got close to them the mother veered away from her brood slapping the water with her wing feigning a broken wing to entice us away from her young, a mother in any species will vigorously defend her young!

A couple of hours later we had not a bite but there were no long faces here! We passed many members all of who were enjoying themselves fish or no fish, anglers in the true sense of the word capable indeed intent on enjoying the beauty without desecrating the countryside as seems the way with the Muppets that visit!

The weed beds below have now reached their height poking through the surface film before the die back begins, the first yellow leaves float gently on the wave heralding the next batch of nutrients destined to decompose on the loch bed. Soon all species will gorge themselves and secure reserves for the barren season that awaits and the loch will enter a new phase.

The summer such as it was is now recorded history as the natural world prepares for harsher conditions. Brown Trout hunters realise that their time is coming to an end, whilst those seeking Pike know the heavy girls are on the horizon!  Its a case of once more as another season passes and unfortunately once less as another year is deducted from our allotted time!

Time moves on without impediment for all of us, the clock is ticking! It is vital therefore that we squeeze the positives out of every day! Gordon had a knock on the copper Toby whilst my silver one remained unmolested! A day wasted? Not on your life, with Mother Nature all around us and great company what more could you ask for!

Photo 02 - A good day yesterday!

The end of an era!

Now Hawick angling club has always been one of the largest in the area and the only one as far as  I am aware to have a licensed social club. I have only ever been in the premises three times but you could always be sure you would encounter another angler and have a good blether.

Well one of my colleagues told me recently the club serves alcohol for the last time tonight. They needed to find volunteers to man the bar to keep costs down and only one person came forward! So the High Street presence ends and we are all poorer! As a final flourish the members only club are selling pints to members tonight for two pence per pint. A great gesture marking the end of an era!

Correction- Allan Walker one of our members mailed me to say that we did not get the above item right. It seems there were a few volunteers but not enough to run the facility properly, and the beer on sale on Sunday evening was sold for £2.00/pint not 2 pence as we reported. Thanks Allan.

The wider world in my view!

An absolute farce!

Whenever there is a report on the Brexit negotiations you think it couldn’t possibly get any worse and yet in every case it does! Surely David Davies is not the best negotiator we have got, a table banger who seems unprepared for every session. Yes if we as a country had a reputation that was on the positive side of average then that is now gone!
What our lame duck Prime Minister and the rest of the pro Brexit clowns do not seem to appreciate is that when we leave (God forbid) the EU there will be many very negative consequences and the benefits of EU membership will no longer be available! When you leave a club the benefits of that club membership are no longer open to you!

They are claiming they are being blackmailed by the EU which is utter poppycock! These fools signed up and agreed to the order of business and now they do not seem to like what is taking place as the consequences become clear! I can’t remember a time when my faith in British politicians was this low! The incompetence of the British negotiating team is quite simply staggering!
As Barnier put it they are not only cherry picking they want all the cherry pie as well! Their performance is excruciatingly embarrassing and that chump Davies is proclaiming in the US that after Brexit Britain will once again lead the world! This whole Brexit fiasco started badly and everyone thought things could only get better!

It has descended to a new low depth previously unimaginable we are the laughing stock of the world and to think we are paying two billion pounds to watch this B rated pantomime! Believe me this will get much worse as the general public see the consequences of the erroneous decision to go for Brexit!

My generation will endure the catastrophic drop in living standards that beckons but for those who come later the outlook is dire! I cannot recall an instance of greater self harm in the past, we are being led by directionless fools dizzy with the masses of U turns they have carried out intent on reliving the days of empire! The reality is however we are a small increasingly insignificant nation of shopkeepers only able to curry favour with bampots like Trump! A small band of Scots elected these diddy’s, how they now must rue that fateful day!