Sunday, 25 August 2013

A disgrace to the good name of angling






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Photo 01 - Jamie with a July 8lbs 11oz Pike see below.
A disgrace to the good name of angling!

It happens every year without fail; we get a drunken aggressive character fishing on our lochs without a permit. It happened once again last night! Yes Mr Xxxxx our club bailiff was doing his rounds around 20.30hrs when he came across an individual fly fishing at the bottom of the loch. In his own respectful way Mr Xxxxx eventually worked round to ask the chap if he had a permit and if he did not possess one he would issue one to comply with the law. The response was disappointing for as well as being in the negative it was accompanied by aggressive foul mouthed behaviour.

As was a right and proper action Mr Xxxxx withdrew and warned the fellow that the police would be called if he did not immediately cease his outrageous behaviour, it was suspected at this point that the fellow was under the influence of drink or drugs!  He continued and refused to purchase the required permit so the police were called and at this time the fellow got into his car which was being driven by a female and sped off. In spite of the melee Mr Xxxxx was able to get a partial number plate and passed this onto the police.

To Danny ? from Rosewell - angling does not need or want people who conduct themselves in the outrageous manner you displayed, your behaviour was disgraceful and an affront to decent anglers everywhere! Please do not return to our lochs as you are barred from fishing and any of our bailiffs on encountering you have been instructed without hesitation to call the police and we will insist that charges are preferred! Your actions are on record and we have an incident number which means that any further encounter with the Police is likely to lead to arrest!

If we are further able to identify this fellow we will pass on this information to the police and as applies to all anglers barred from our lochs we will forward this information to any club that wishes to receive it! If any member knows further details regarding this fellow we would be grateful if you could pass them on to us in the strictest confidence of course!

 We will not allow our loch keeper/bailiffs to be subject to unwarranted aggression and abuse, you are not an angler and resultantly you will not fish on our lochs again! Shame on you for bringing the good name of angling into disrepute! If our loch keeper or club bailiff requests that you comply with the club rules you either comply or leave never to return! You and your kind are most definitely not welcome at our lochs!


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Photo 02 - Kevin with a 2ft 2in 2lbs Eel, a cracker!

Some nice catches!

The photos this week are from some Carlisle lads Jamie, Kevin and Lee who are regular visitors and are on the waiting list to become members of the club. They have enjoyed some good deal of success on the loch by using innovative techniques and thoughtful angling. I also noted on visiting their swims after they left the place was spotless, the way that we like it! Have a good look at the photos I especially like the one of the Eel which weighed 2lbs! Lee you almost had me stumped with your "in line" photos, I messed around for ages as every time I downloaded them they were blank boxes! In the end simples, copy and paste, am now wiser as well as older!

Waders spreading disease!

I received a mail from one of our members Peter Errington who was concerned about the possible spread of disease caused by felt soled waders. I must admit that this was news to me but he was kind enough to tell me that several states in the USA had already banned the use of these boots. The problem is that these boots are porous and parts of the sole can remain wet for several weeks providing a safe haven for these organisms keeping them alive. Disinfection of course will deal with the surface but the inner areas will not be permeated hence the problem.

The organism causing problems is an algae called Didymosphenia geminate (often referred to as Didymo) which multiplies rapidly colonising river beds creating a thick blanket of green weed making fishing impossible! If you look at some of the photos in the link page it looks to be a very nasty business indeed! This unwanted species does not yet appear to have spread to this country yet but given that disinfection techniques on felt soles do not appear to successfully eradicate the organism it may just be a matter of time!

Peter also asked if the club has any plans to ban the use of such waders. Given the fact that organisms can live in the soles of these waders their use is suspect, and I have no doubt that commercial factors will take over and manufacture of these waders will cease and the new rubber alternative will take over. In fact a new rubber alternative with similar grip characteristics has already been developed and is commercially available in countries where the problem exists. Our advice to anglers considering purchasing new waders is to bear this information in mind as it may be in the near future the use of felt soles will be banned on a national basis rather abruptly. Peter many thanks for this interesting but somewhat worrying information. Get the lowdown by clicking the link - http://www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/pdfs/felt_sole_faq.pdf 
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Photo 03 - Jamie with a nice 10lbs 8oz Pike.
Barefaced robbers on the loose!

It’s quite a rare event that anglers are subject to having tackle stolen on the lochs but there was an incident last weekend! Club bailiff Mr Xxxxx, mate Mark and kinda lovable Labrador Missy were enjoying their weekend out fishing at the top of the lochs when some people approached looking for mushrooms.  Two adults and three children who paused their activities to briefly pass the time of day.

The trio resumed their banter and it was only about an hour later that Mark thought he would wobble a dead bait further up the loch. However with rod in hand he went to get his landing net but it was not behind the tent where he had left it! Naturally an extensive search took place but the net could not be found and it was a very big net! They could only assume that the gypsy types that were mushroom hunting mistook the net for a rare species of fungus and removed it! There is unfortunately no way of tracking these thieves but the tale should serve as a reminder to be extra vigilant with regard to your property. It’s a crying shame that even on a weekend away people are  skulking around working to steal the property of others!
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Photo 03 - Lee with a lithe 11lbs 3oz Pike!
The wider world in my view!

Fracking!

Yes much recently on the news the hydraulic fracturing of shale rock to obtain trapped shale gas could provide up to 60% of the worlds needs for natural gas and other chemicals. Indeed it looks good on paper the real life situation however shows much potential for serious problems to develop. My ear was tuned immediately I heard minister without a clue Gideon Osborne recommending the procedure be fast tracked forward to guarantee the country’s supplies. The past history of this fool is jump in and sees what happens which I am sure you will agree is a rather haphazard and dangerous strategy!

There is much evidence of health and environmental concern emanating from this process. The recent demonstrations serving to highlight a few, nevertheless showing the strength of feeling on this subject. Of course the process could be extremely valuable but to implement it properly serious in depth research needs to be carried out. The Con – Dems are desperate to revive their flagging fortunes as even with an opposition in complete shambles the still trail them by up to six points in some polls! This development needs to proceed cautiously with heed to problems noted by others who are approaching the project in a rather more intelligent manner. Some of the potential side effects of this process are extremely serious and the last thing we need is the now obligatory Con – Dem bull in a china shop routine!

Syria

 The harrowing scenes following what is being called the aftermath of a chemical weapons event carried out by government forces must have moved all who viewed the footage. Its clear there is no easy solution, it is also clear that military action will have catastrophic consequences for all who are involved. Syria has formidable military forces and it will almost certainly be supported by Iran another heavyweight power.

The past record of western involvement in conflicts that do not concern them is abysmal. They have corrected nothing and lost much in terms money and human lives not to mention credibility! Bungling Bill Hague is already sabre rattling when he should be concentrating on getting United Nations inspections allowed in the relevant areas! Any type of military action will lead to huge losses of lives, only by vigorously pressing for negotiation can the death toll be halted! Even after two World Wars and countless lesser events mankind has not learned the lesson that armed conflict is a disaster for humankind! They say we are the most developed and intelligent species on earth I do sometimes wonder!

Sunday, 18 August 2013

An unwelcome visitor and a warning!


Photo 01 - Stevie's Rainbow Trout!
 
An unwelcome visitor and a warning!

Yesterday was what could be classed as a pretty poor day weather-wise with howling winds and driving rain, but I suppose just an example of our usual dreich summer weather.  Accordingly the number of visitors we had was low with eight anglers braving the conditions. One of our stalwarts Stevie Nimmo took on the conditions and in a determined fashion covered the areas he had selected in pursuit of the Brown Trout resident therein.

Concluding his excursion at the village hall which up to now had yielded nothing at all he was at last into a fish and coming to the net he quickly noted this was not the usual variety of Brown Trout given up by the “cold loch”. There was no doubt as you can see from the photo below this was a specimen of the accursed Rainbow Trout species. In its own place a tolerable species but in our wild loch absolute vermin! The fish weighed a pound in weight and looked to be lean and not on a par with a similar farmed fish used to stock the “plastic” fisheries. Also unlike many farmed fish the specimen caught was full finned and highly coloured and on one flank had a deep gash now healed probably caused by one of the many fish predators that we have to put up with who fish on our lochs!

So how did it come to be in St Mary’s loch? We had a discussion yesterday and the most likely reason we concluded is that a visiting Pike angler live baiting (illegal in Scotland) released the fish at the end of the day into the loch a good while ago. Another possible reason is that the fish was an escapee from a fish farm as there exists one further down the Yarrow valley. Another possibility of course is that some misguided angler has introduced a few in the hope of establishing a new species resident in the loch.

Whatever the reason, these fish are alien to our loch and if any are caught by anglers they must be humanely dispatched without delay and reported to the club which was exactly the action carried out by Stevie. We had a brief discussion about the possibility of such fish breeding as there have been reports of Rainbows breeding in some areas of the country but these are few and far between! If breeding were to occur of course it would be a disaster for us as these are voracious predators who would compete with our indigenous species of Brown Trout for food and habitat making the continued existence of our Brown Trout population precarious indeed!
Photo 02 - Les points out the healed gash for those who have not been to Specsavers!

We need at this stage to reiterate our policy on alien species. Any angler catching a fish not indigenous to the lochs must on every occasion humanely destroy such a creature and give the carcass to the club in order that we can forward it on for forensic examination. It goes without saying that anyone caught introducing any species of fish into the loch will be barred from fishing and reported to the police and the Tweed Commission for further action to be taken!

We are confident that there is no breeding population in the lochs but anglers should fastidiously report any abnormal fish to the club. “Brownbows” the result of inter breeding between Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout have been created in some fish farms and laboratories but not in the wild as far as I am aware. We need to protect our Brown Trout population at any cost so don’t even think about introducing alien species into our loch, if you are caught the consequences will be serious indeed! For some good reading on the subject of Rainbow Trout click the link below


Update Stevie kindly phoned today after gutting the Trout and his observations were that the flesh was lightly coloured pink and the intestinal tract contained invertebrates and flys. He suspects the Trout to be a fish farm escapee which has been in the loch around a year. Very credible theory Stevie, but I doubt we will ever know with certainty!

Muppets on the loch!

Yes we showed a photo of some “rubbish” left last week which is part of the tale. Two East Europeans booked an Arran boat with an engine last Sunday to be picked up at 08.00hrs. They arrived at 10.10hrs without as much as an apology or phone call to let us know the situation. One was obviously suffering from the previous evening’s alcohol intake but the non intoxicated chap was deemed competent enough to take charge of our boat. After trying unsuccessfully to beat the price down they set off without incident and I went up to speak with Keith Young one of our valued members and club bailiff, immediately on arrival Keith began remonstrating about the five people on the boat doing doughnuts over his Pike lines.

Of course only two people had paid to fish and we don’t normally issue permits for people to act like Muppets! Of course by now they were long gone towards the bottom of the loch and having other matters to attend to would catch up with them later. Speaking with some visitors to the loch from down England I noted the “rubbish” lying around and asked the English lads if they knew who had left this tat lying around. They weren’t sure but said the collection had been left unattended for over two hours.

With the thought of the rubbish being scattered by black and white men I decided to bag the lot and remove it for disposal. Filling the last of three bags the offending boat mentioned earlier came towards me at speed with a couple of the inhabitants shouting unintelligible words (curses in Polish I assume!)! It seems the “rubbish” belonged to them, and comprised their lunch, snacks and liquid intake along with an eight inch filleting knife! They knew of course they had been rumbled and I gave them the choice of paying me for the extra permits or paying the police with the added bonus of possible arrest! They paid me!

They were very coy as to what the filleting knife was to be used for and heavily protested that it was not for the filleting of fish caught on our lochs! I believe it was for this purpose and delivered the coup de grace. They are now barred from fishing on our lochs for a period as yet to be determined. Don’t mistakenly believe that we were born yesterday; we have seen it all before many times! With observant members like Keith your chances of beating the system are very slight indeed!  Keith many thanks for your help regarding this incident!

Photo 03 - Black and wild on the Lowes yesterday!
 
An unwitting streaker!

Reported by Keith one of our bailiffs on the loch. Some anglers combining a fishing trip with a stag do last night caused quite a rumpus during their celebrations. The groom to be was diligently filled with alcohol until it was coming out his ears soaking his shoulders! He was then stripped of all clothing and sent out of the tent and left to stumble around in a catatonic state in which he knew not what day it was or where he was!

It turns out that he stumbled into the garden of one of the local residents on Summerhope and she got such a fright that she called the police. I mean how often do you come across a naked man stumbling around your garden? By the time the police arrived he was safely back in his tent sleeping off what would have been a massive hangover! Speaking to Keith they ascertained that there was no malice intended simply a stupid boyish prank gone wrong and they took no further action. What we would say to the lads however is by all means enjoy yourselves but keep an eye on the object of your prank to prevent causing alarm to local residents who are more used to spotting rabbits and birds rather than naked men imitating a zombie aimlessly stumbling around where they have no right to be! Keith has spoken to the lads and relayed this to them so we won’t be expecting a repeat performance! We fish on the lochs as guests of the landowners and the local community; they really shouldn’t be exposed to this kind of behaviour!

For the benefit of anglers!

We have now made a few changes to our policy of boat hire on the lochs. Firstly the initial method of hiring a boat must be through our loch keeper Aaron who can be contacted on 07724523777. Now if for whatever reason you cannot hire a boat through Aaron you may hire a 14ft rowing boat from either the Glen Cafe or the Tibbie Shiels Inn. A boat has been prepared with oars locked in and lifejackets are available free of charge from these establishments. You simply obtain the key and unlock the boat and oars, enjoy your days fishing, lock up the boat and oars and return the key and lifejackets to the outlet you hired them from. These are emergency measures and already have assisted a few anglers. Our fundamental aim is to do all we can to accommodate your wishes to help you have a super day out in this most beautiful place! Boats with engines cannot be hired by this method if you require these please contact Aaron above.

The wider world in my view!

Not looking so good for Lord Snooty!

Yes figures released midweek show that at the time Lord Snooty assumed power in coalition with his band of clueless, lying puppets the Lib – Dems Tory party membership stood at 250,000. How sad it must be for Snooty and his entourage to see the latest figure showing a paltry membership of around 80,000! A number of factors are responsible for this, the most prominent being persistent unmitigated bungling! Yes stumbling from one policy to another without any forethought, any planning, and any prospective evaluation! No, none of these essential tools, simply try it and see in the manner of the pie tax keeps us right up there on the world stage with a government of fools and jesters!

Unfortunately the chances of getting on to the right path are remote indeed! Preferring to devote valuable time to irrelevancies such as gay marriage, the real issues such as unemployment and poverty are left to fester! The failure to deal with immigration effectively has seen droves of party loyalists throwing their lot in with the unsavoury UKIP. Putting a few vans on the road with racist slogans on the side and cutting border staff makes matters worse as they have since found out! Getting into bed with the soon to be extinct Lib – Dem puppets did nothing for their fortunes simply alienating more of their number! It is impossible to have faith in such lily livered dimwits as they systematically dismantle all the things we hold dear and at the same time increase the national debt that they insist they are reducing. Under these fools the rich get richer and the rest of us bear the brunt of their clueless policies! The future is most definitely not bright!

Unemployment is down or is it!

I always remember at School one lady teacher who could teach, telling us that you can always twist and manipulate figure to support your cause! Most emphatically she was correct! Yes the statisticians servicing the Con – Dems would have us believe that unemployment is down, and it is using their figures! There are more part time workers than ever before mostly in retail producing nothing making a meagre living desperately keen to convert to full time work but finding there is none.

Splitting jobs doubles the number and this is being used as a tool to assist the posh boys! Internships where people work for nothing allegedly gaining skills which would assist them to increase their employability whereas the reality is that devious employers get slave workers and have to pay them nothing!

Similarly the zero hours contracts increasing at a furious pace take thousands off the unemployment numbers. Oh indeed it’s great for employers, but what about the worker seeking to bring up a family and buy a flat? The lack of regular income damns all these worthy aspirations and serves only to assist Lord Snooty’s pals! They want the working classes back in the gutter I regret to say they are succeeding!

Good old Glasgow Corporation!

I read through the week of a novel, practical and worthy initiative by the good people on the council, they want to set up a power generation and distribution company! What a sensible idea! By so doing they would marginalise the greed ridden spawned of Butcher Thatcher privatised power companies. Taking care of their own electricity needs and selling surplus back to the national grid. the cheap realistically priced power could be used to supply electricity to the thousands in the city made near destitute by the uncaring Con - Dems! It sounds like a real goer my faith in politics restored! One in the eye for the energy fat cats and out of touch posh boys!

 

Next week some Carlisle lads and their catches!

Till the next time Tight lines!

Sunday, 11 August 2013

The Purist wears blinkers!


Photo 01 - Bumblebees at the boathouse enjoying the Globe Thistles!
The Purist wears blinkers!

In my early years of fishing I once came across a fellow on the River Gala who was dressed like a nineteenth century gentleman angler with breeches plus fours and very expensive looking split cane rod. Naturally we got to talking about our great sport and he went to great pains to tell me that he was a dry fly purist! At the time I could do nothing but stand in awe of the gent fishing the dry fly irrespective of venue conditions or stock of fish. As time progresses you tend to relive moments of the past and I pondered on my encounter with the fellow.

My first taste of game angling for Brown Trout happened a good number of years ago too many in fact to mention! Yes on the River Gala still a favourite of mine I was introduced to the joy of the dry fly using eager young yellow bellied Brownies who quickly taught me nothing could be taken for granted. Indeed they were always eager to respond to the fly until that is I had caught a few but more if my cast was poor as it often was then only the occasional rise to the fly would be gifted to me. Often however they were but half hearted rises splashing close to the fly which they had already detected as a highly suspicious meal indeed in spite of matching the hatch.

With the impetuosity of youth I quickly moved on to the submerged fly and found that many Trout could also be caught by this method. It was most enjoyable but it always lacked the high encountered fishing the dry fly. It is the moment a Trout rises and sucks in your offering and you instinctively tighten into a deceived adversary, your trick of deception had worked! It is a feeling like no other difficult to describe but its like waking up on Christmas morning as a six year old. It’s a mighty adrenalin rush coupled with deep satisfaction. If you tie your own flys then that lift is even greater.

The art is well told in old Izaaks book The Compleat Angler and by Dame Juliana Berger in a "A Treatyse of Fysshynge Wyth an Angle".in 1425. Dry fly fishing was “invented” well before this with documentary evidence showing the Romans used to fish for Trout with a fly way back in AD200. Patterns of fly in earlier times would probably be described as crude compared to the sweat shop types we buy nowadays and the hooks were made out of bone and were large and clumsy. Nevertheless the anglers caught Trout on these rivers, they were not as hard pressed as they are today, but I bet the capturing anglers went through the same feeling of elation that we do today.

Many say the dry fly is the pinnacle of angling and I believe it so, but that is not to devalue other types of angling for that would be a mistake. Angling is something to everyone whether they fish above or below the surface. There has been in the past a kind of angling snobbery where all methods other than the dry were decried as being fit only for peasants and dissenters. Not so these days, the clued up angler fishes the method which brings results! Look and listen other anglers may be catching, your aim is to be in that group. The intransigent dry fly fisher will suffer many lesser days by not adapting to the venue and conditions. Our committed Trout anglers on the loch are adept in all the major branches of fly angling quite simply because if they were not they would not catch anything!

My view of the gentleman purist has changed quite a lot over the years. We all have our favourite methods of fishing and I am sure deriving much pleasure from them. There is however a time and a place for each method to be employed. Would you fish a dry fly on a crisp March morning just as our season opens? I’ve asked this question of a few people and the answer is a resounding no! Angling is about versatility, having the ken to adapt your methods to whatever will give you the best chance of some sport. Without this versatility many more days will have been spent head scratching looking into a nice clean basket! I absolutely love fishing the dry fly, but I will not use it to the exclusion of everything else! Everyone is free to employ any method they wish but at least give yourself a chance, and adapt to the situation on the day, it may be appealing to be called a purist, but it may be that your blinkers mean you miss out on a lot of action!

Lots of fish being caught!

We are now well into August and already a chill has entered the air early morning autumn approaches and the balmy days previously encountered become a distant memory. The change in season has not affected the feeding patterns of our fish however. Trout are still being caught on a variety of methods with one caught last week at the bottom of St Mary’s weighing one and three quarter pounds. Many smaller fish were also reported.

With Pike the onslaught continues albeit the bigger ladies keeping on the mandatory slimming diet (it won’t last!) post spawning whilst the siblings continue to feast! Yes many Pike between ten and twelve pound have graced angler’s nets with a few smaller ones to boot! Some nice photos coming from our now regular Carlisle visitors and I will post them next week. Perch continue to brighten up the days of fly anglers with a few being reported not to any great size however. The Carlisle lads above hooked into a 3lbs Eel which I am told led them a merry dance as they often do even on heavy Pike tackle (photo coming). This is by far the heaviest Eel caught this season.

Photo 02 - looking to the far side of the Lowes!
 
Dud link!

Last week’s link to the fly fishing forums drew a blank for a number of readers. Now I am not sure if the posts are only available to logged in members so I have copied and pasted the text which will allow you to see the advice given to the enquiring angler looking for an instructor close to Galashiels.

Does any one know of any casting instructors round the Galashiels area, could do with some polishing up, its been 19 years!

cheers stef

Hi.

Have a look at the Game Anglers Instructors Association web site and put in where you live and it will tell you who is in your area.

Thanks I have found one around the Kelso area

www.gaiassociates.co.uk

Sound advice indeed! Click the link and have a look at the site, it gives the stages such as Associate Member,  which signifies an unqualified  angler possibly taking instruction to become qualified at the first level as APGAI. A more valuable qualification AAPGAI which signifies an advanced instructor is by far a better bet. I note that the site mentions the qualification of APGAI as being suitable for fishing guides. This situation of self governance for fishing guides is however a total failure clearly shown by our earlier investigations. Mandatory central regulation must become the norm for these people if we are not to be seen as the joke of the angling world!

Photo 03 - they thought we were born yesterday ,see next week.
 
The Wider World in my View!

A UKKIP blunder!

I am of course referring to the outrageous comments made by a rather insignificant YKIP MEP Godfrey Bloom! Yes by calling the third world nations Bongo Bongo land he hauls us back to colonial times. The point he was trying to get over however is a very valid one. We at the behest of Lord Snooty give millions in aid to the likes of India and Pakistan to name but a few and yet these countries seem to hame immense wealth when it comes to funding their war efforts!

Yes India and Pakistan are rapidly becoming fully fledged members of the “lets end the world club” choosing not to take care of the many poor and needy of their nations instead investing in nuclear warheads! Clearly this is an incorrect strategy and Mr Bloom was correct in this respect, why would we allow our money to go to these countries where that money may be in part or wholly to increase that nation’s arsenal?

Pakistan stands out like a sore thumb accepting aid from us and at the same time acting as a training ground for those who would attack us! Yet again common sense needs to be urgently deployed, these governments must be urged to create the infrastructure whereby their own people can generate enough food and wealth to take better care of their citizens! This should be a fundamental requirement of any aid given to them! Lord Snooty will maintain the status quo as he tries to use this benevolence to portray what a great country this has become! Pragmatists all over the country are calling for the problems (and they are increasing daily) of this country to be tackled before overseas aid is given. Lord Snooty for once needs to interrupt the process of persistent blundering and for once act with a degree of common sense! Let’s put our own house in order before looking to throw hard earned money overseas!

Rogues gallery of tax evaders!

You of course will have seen this on the national news. Quite why Lord Snooty wanted to highlight this abject failure is beyond me! They savage the border controls allowing ever Tom Dick and Ahmed into the country then to try and remedy their faux pas by issuing a most wanted series of photos in the manner of the FBI and proudly proclaim they have caught 2 out of the twenty or so they have been looking for!

These fools chasing people who are in the bigger picture largely irrelevant when compared to the gargantuan Google and Amazon who cost this country millions if not billions in tax evasion! Yes Lord Snooty and his merry band of clowns and jokers would do well to concentrate on the real criminals and not the small fry! Yet another spectacular example of the image boosting boomerang that comes back to hit them squarely on the forehead! Britain once again shamed by these fools!

Mapping the path of destruction!

Yes Jeremy Hunt the the MP that calls himself the Health Minister predicts that the NHS will be unsustainable in the very near future! At last a Con-Dem minister who speaks the truth! We all know this, Snooty and his pals have had the abolition of the NHS on their list of things to do as soon as they snatched power! There could not be a clearer warning - The NHS is not safe in the hands of these fools!

Sunday, 4 August 2013

A New Loch Keeper!


 
Photo 01 - member Gary with a good twenty plus!
 
New loch keeper!

 

Yes we have now secured the services of a new loch keeper to manage our fishing’s on the loch. He is Aaron McPherson a part time gamekeeper from Selkirk. Aaron is known to all the keepers in the area and brings with him great countryside experience, a wealth of knowledge on all countryside sports of course including fishing! He is a keen Pike angler and has fished the loch on many previous occasions. We have had a briefing session and we have agreed that firstly the unending problem of anglers and others leaving litter will be tackled. He is currently familiarising himself with our club rules and protocols and we have given him a list along with photos of anglers barred from fishing at our lochs.

 

Other priorities will include permit evasion which costs us dear and inappropriate angling tackle for the job in hand. These are onerous tasks and we would encourage all anglers to offer Aaron any assistance that they can. Although Aaron is a big lad he is very personable and easy going and I am sure he will be a huge asset to the club and the sport of angling. Anglers should be patient in allowing him time to settle into his new role, remember your own less than confident moves when starting a new job. In other words do not give him a hard time!
 

Photo 02 - A very fine double!
 
Aaron takes up his position on Tuesday when he will take possession of the club phone and begin his management of the lochs. At present there is no e mail address but for those of you unable to give up e mail please use mine stmarysloch@gmail.com and I will forward on your message to him. With child safety and angler peace of mind at the forefront of our aims, we are to propose him to become a Scottish Office Warden as are all our bailiffs which will be a reassurance to anglers whilst giving him power of entry on to private property and seizure of tackle from anyone suspected of fishing without the mandatory permit.

 

We know that all our regular anglers will extend to Aaron the spirit of friendship and cooperation as he strives to make the lochs a better place! Naturally we extend grateful thanks to Alastair at The Tibbie and past loch keeper Ian for their invaluable assistance given to the club during the last couple of months. Naturally we extend our sincere thanks to the three other individuals who expressed interest in the position each candidate was of the highest standard. Aaron can be reached from Tuesday onwards by texting or phoning the club number which is – 07724523777 or you can mail me using the above address. I will update the main site as soon as possible.

 

Photo 03 - Gary's nephew Martin with a solid double!
 
Hope for the future!

 

I refer to one of our newest members Gary Monteith who has been fishing our lochs since before Christmas and has quietly along with his companions amassed a very nice collection of fish. Compared to some of the brags we used to have to put up with these lads had to be coaxed and cajoled into giving us some pics of their catches! Skilled, competent and enquiring anglers, the thinking variety we are always eager to recruit, they follow not convention, rather employ their own methods based on logic and innovation and as can be seen, with a good deal of success!

 

Gary has a very well equipped boat on Loch Lomond where he and his band also often fish, but as he said to me last week our “wee loch” (St Mary’s) is already one of his favourites. Rather reassuringly he takes the same line as we do with regard to fools and charlatans! He kindly offered to let me see firsthand his unique method of trolling the loch and even extended the hand of angling friendship offering me a day out in his boat on Lomond! Yes indeed these are the words of a real angler, one who can see past the banknotes, one who thinks firstly of what he can do for a fellow angler in the footsteps of old Izaak! Enjoy the collection of photos some of which were taken in the depths of winter where success is hard won with only the most hardy savouring the fruits!

 

Photo 04 - Another fine double!
 
To Gary and his team many thanks for your photos, they will be of interest to many and they will now be recorded forever on the internet as part of our social history. Most of all however, thanks for keeping alive the real spirit of angling, sharing with fellow anglers your experience, skill and noble aspirations! Yet another we are pleased to include in our number as a valued member! Respect due!

There is indeed hope for the future of angling!

 

Photo 05 - Yet another fine twenty plus!
 
Finding a fishing instructor!

 

I was asked midweek how to find a properly qualified fishing instructor. It’s a very simple matter, look at the link below and follow the advice given to an angler who posed the same question. As we have stated in our submission to the Scottish government and it is implied by the angler answering, demonstrable qualification and accountability is everything when seeking a guide or instructor!

 

Photo 06 - yes its another big double!
 
Angling questionnaire

I received this last week from a researcher in the USA looking into the wider sphere of angling specifically relating to our (angling) attitudes towards Otters and fish eating birds. There are a few identification questions so test yourself and see how you get on. I have sent mine off as this appears to be a most worthy study looking into what is often a most controversial subject. Whatever your views send them off; too much information is rarely a bad thing!
see foot of page for questionairre.

 Photo 07 - The doubles just keep coming!
 
Cheap fishing tackle!

Some tat, some good stuff at ALDI today -  https://www.aldi.co.uk/en/specialbuys/sunday-specialbuys-4th-august/


The wider world in my view!

 

Daniel Pelka RIP!

 

I have no doubt that the whole country was appalled by the horrific treatment dished out to this innocent young child. Mistreatment that emulated that wreaked upon the inmates of Birkenau/Auschwitz by the cruel Bosch! No defence was offered by the two perpetrators, no emotion whatsoever displayed, no remorse for their horrific actions!  These people displayed cruelty far in excess of what would be expected from a human being. That however is the crucial point, they are not human beings!

 

We are now expected to keep these animals for the rest of their lives! No doubt as time goes on and memories fade they will rise to the full facilities afforded to “prisoners”! They were guilty of taking a life but more they extolled unthinkable torture on one who had no defence, one who was innocent of the foul ways of the world, one whose life had only just begun! The cruelty of these people defies my vocabulary so great their crimes!

 

A minimum of 30 years in prison is wholly unsatisfactory for horrendous crimes such as they have committed, execution is the only fit punishment! There is no rehabilitation with these creatures, they cannot and will not be a benefit to society! It is time for humanity to wake up and realise that in some cases there is no chance whatsoever of betterment and a biblical like for like punishment be employed. They should be whipped to within an inch of their lives then without ceremony hanged by the neck until they are dead!

 

Photo 01 Chris with his first St Mary's Pike Around 20 to be sure!
111 it’s a shambles!

 

As earlier predicted the ill fated 111 number has turned out to be a complete shambles! The con-Dems seeking reduced cost fractioned the system allowing numerous companies to submit low tenders to acquire services on the cheap! They were warned by the trade unions the BMA the society of GPs that it would cause chaos! The result is that now there is chaos with the 999 number being overused and A&E departments being overrun with many trivial cases!

 

Given the fact that these Con – Dems seem to succeed only at blundering the above is no surprise! It was predicted by every medical body and every group who had the slightest idea of how the NHS works, and still they went ahead! There is now ever increasing chaos and confusion in emergency departments all over England!
Photo 08 - Another big double coming!

The NHS is not safe in the hands of these fools!

 

Other snippets!

The “go home” immigration van hailed as a success by Lord Snooty and a spectacular flop by everyone else is to be investigated by racial commission. Only a couple of out of touch posh boys could have come up with such a ridiculous idea!

 

Civil servants dealing with another lead balloon, the Universal Credit System is being decried by the civil servants working on its implementation.  They say its grossly unfair and targets the weak and disabled! Yet another shambles!

 

A new book (The Blunders of Governments.)to be published soon examines the blunders made by government since the inauguration of butcher Thatcher looks like being a thoroughly compelling read. The current government are currently streets ahead of any preceding administration – no surprise there then!
 
 
 
 
Wildlife survey:
 
Is viewing wildlife an important part of your fishing experience? q Yes   q No   q No opinion
 
 
 
Is the opportunity to view wildlife important in selecting a fishing site?  q Yes   q No   q No
       opinion
 
 
If answered yes to the question above: Please rank from 1 to 3, the top three species of wildlife you would most like to see in the wild in Scotland (with 1 being the animal you would be most interested in viewing):
 
If you are unsure or have fewer than three species you would like to see then you may leave a blank space.
1.
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2.
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3.
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---How many days do you typically go fishing each year?
 
 
 From 1 (low) to 5 (high), I would rate my interest in fishing as (circle your level of interest):
 
1           2            3            4            5
  
 
 
Do you fish exclusively in Scotland? q Yes   q No
If no, where else do you like to fish?
 
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How many years have you been fishing in Scotland? ________
 
Do you prefer fishing for:   
 
q Salmon        q Trout        q Both       q Other? :
 
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Do you fishing with a guide? q Yes   q Only sometimes   q  No
 
 
Otter Assessment:
 
Does Scotland have an otter population?  q Yes   q No   q Not sure
 
If yes, how do you know?
 
q Viewed an otter in the wild   q Read about it  q Heard from a friend   q TV    q Other:
 
 
Have you ever seen an otter while fishing in Scotland? q Yes   q No   q Not sure
If yes, about how many times have you seen otters while fishing in Scotland?
 
q Once/ rarely   q Occasionally (2 – 3 times)   q Frequently (more than 3 times)
 
 
 
 
STRONGLY AGREE
AGREE
NEUTRAL
DISAGREE
STRONGLY DISAGREE
NO OPINION
I feel that otters decrease the number of fish available to anglers
O
O
O
O
O
O
I would enjoy seeing otters near rivers where I fish
O
O
O
O
O
O
I would be concerned if the otter population in Scotland declined
O
O
O
O
O
O
I believe that the presence of otters is an indicator of a healthy aquatic environment
O
O
O
O
O
O
I believe otters pose a threat to game fish populations such as salmon and trout
O
O
O
O
O
O
I believe it is important to conserve and protect otters
O
O
O
O
O
O
I would specifically choose one location over another if I knew I could see an otter
O
O
O
O
O
O
I would like to learn more about otters
O
O
O
O
O
O
 
 
Do you feel that otters are a nuisance/pest to anglers visiting Scottish waterways?
 
q Yes   q No   q No opinion
 
Why do you feel this way?
 
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---Do you feel that otters negatively affect other wildlife?  q Yes   q No   q No opinion
 
If yes, how do you think they negatively impact other wildlife?
 
 
 
 
What types of fish do otters primarily feed on?  q Game fish   q Coarse fish   q Not sure
 
Any species of fish in particular? 
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What comes to mind when you think about an otter?
 
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Overall attitude towards otters:
 
q Strongly like           q Like           q Moderate            q Dislike           q Strongly dislike    
q no opinion              
 
What about the otter causes you to have this attitude?
 
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From the pictures shown to you, please circle the number that corresponds to the picture of an otter:
 
1                 2                 3                 4
 
Text Box: 1. Text Box: 2. eu otteramerican mink.jpg
Text Box: 3. Text Box: 4. polecat.jpgpine marten
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                        
 
Bird Survey: Part I
 
grey heron.jpg
Have you seen this bird while fishing? q yes   q no  q not sure
 
 
 
Would you enjoy seeing this bird in the wild?
q yes     q no     q no opinion
 
 
 
goosander.jpgcormorant.jpgosprey.jpgPlease identify the bird in the picture if you can:            
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Have you seen this bird while fishing? q yes  q no                                                   q not sure
 
Would you enjoy seeing this bird in the wild?
q yes     q no     q no opinion
 
 
 
Please identify the bird in the picture if you can:            
 
 
 
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Have you seen this bird while fishing? q yes q no                                                    q not sure
 
Would you enjoy seeing this bird in the wild?
q yes     q no     q no opinion
 
 
Please identify the bird in the picture if you can:            
 
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Have you seen this bird while fishing? q yes   q no
                                             q not sure
 
Would you enjoy seeing this bird in the wild?
q yes     q no      q no opinion
 
 
Please identify the bird in the picture if you can:            
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Bird Survey: Part II
 
 
Do you consider fish-eating birds to pose a threat to the fish populations in Scottish rivers?
q Yes     q No     q Not sure
 
If yes, please provide a brief explanation:
 
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Do you think it is important to learn how to share Scottish rivers with wildlife such as fishing eating birds?
 
q Strongly agree        q Agree         q Neutral                 q Disagree       q Strongly disagree
q no opinion              
 
 
Why did you select your opinion above?
 
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STRONGLY AGREE
AGREE
NEUTRAL
DISAGREE
STRONGLY DISAGREE
NO OPINION
I consider fish-eating birds to be a nuisance while fishing
O
O
O
O
O
O
Fish-eating birds are an important part of a river ecosystem
O
O
O
O
O
O
I would support efforts to decrease fish-eating bird populations
O
O
O
O
O
O
I would go to the river specifically to see fish-eating birds
O
O
O
O
O
O
 
 
What, if anything, would you consider to be good about fish-eating birds?
 
 
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What, if anything, would you consider to be bad about fish-eating birds?
 
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Demographic Information:
 
Tick the option that best describes where you live:
 
q   Rural area (countryside)                   q  Town/small city                    q  Large city
 
---Please state your current postcode if you are a resident in the UK:
 
 
Are you a member of any wildlife, natural heritage or conservation organizations? q yes q no
If yes, please state the groups or organizations that you are a member of:
 
 
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Gender:
Ethnicity:
Residence:
Highest level of Education:
Occupation:
q  Male
q  White
q  Scotland
q  Primary school
 q  Employed
q  Female
q  Black
q  England
q  Secondary    school
 q  Unemployed
 
q  Indian
q  Wales
q  Secondary school + trade
 q  Retired
Age:
q  Chinese
q  N. Ireland
q  2yr college degree
Job title, if applicable:
 
q  Asian
q  Republic of Ireland
q  Bachelor’s degree
 
 
Other:
 
q  Beyond bachelors    (MA/MSc/PhD)
 
 
 
Other:
 
 Are you a student?
 
 
 
 
 q Yes q No
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This is the conclusion of the survey, and we thank you very much for your participation. Your input is valuable and greatly appreciated.
 
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