Sunday, 25 June 2017

All comes to.....!


 Photo 01- A man content with the world!



All comes to.......!

One of our members Barry Leslie recently appeared on these pages with a fine wild Brown Trout from the loch. I knew that he also fished for Pike but never heard him mention catching any. Well there was a reason for that because in his outings to try and tempt the supreme predator lure fishing he had been unsuccessful! Many would have given up but not Barry!


Photo 02 - The icing on the cake for Barry!

He persevered and eventually he found himself in the right place at the right time. He was up at the secret swim darting a few lures out when the line went tight and a Pike finally came to the net. Well they say that good things eventually happen and after an arduous apprenticeship of 2 years and 4 months Barry struck gold!  Indeed a further fish came to the net topping off Barry’s induction to Pike fishing! None of the fish were huge but like me last week a most welcome fish after a drought those fish were worth their weight in gold! Indeed it’s true – all comes to he who waits as Barry and I can testify!


Photo 03 - How many Spotted Flycatchers can you make out!

Going well!

Our boat house spotted flycatchers are doing very well. You will see from the photo above they have grown significantly the beneficiaries of intense feeding by mum and dad! We are not sure as to the number of chicks estimates are between 3 and 5.  We did not want to cause distress to the family so only long range photos were taken.You can now see the pattern developing on their feathers and the word is that this next 7 days will see them fledge! We may not knowingly see these birds again but we are delighted they chose to nest in our domain and we wish them well for the future!


Photo 04 - A deformed Pike I caught yesterday feeding well!

Update!

We have now heard back from the sailing club and they have consented to a meeting with our club.  Due to my work commitments the date they suggested is unsuitable but I have invited the Commodore and Vice Commodore to a meeting in the club boathouse  the date of that Saturday and the time of the meeting to be decided by them. 

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The wider world in my view!

The slide continues!

Arguably we are now entering a pivotal moment in the country’s history; a time which could see us sink or swim! What makes this a hundred times worse is the fact that we have a government capable only of staggering incompetence! In every aspect they screw up seeming to have no clue whatsoever as to where we are headed impervious to the many they will destroy on the journey to nowhere! A rudderless ship does not cover it!

Theresa Mayhem lives up to her name on a daily basis a wooden robotic woman who is seemingly repulsed by working class and poor people in our society. A woman who wants the ordinary citizen to have no privacy whatsoever our each and every move closely monitored! A woman of no judgement making the wrong call on every occasion, every time she speaks in public the Tory support falls which is a very good thing indeed!

And as if that was not enough her cabinet of horrors contains a mixture of outright buffoons and would be Victorian mill owners! Jeremy Hunt a man loathed by health workers seems to be only capable of implementing pointless health service reforms which turn out to be unsettling, pointless and costing the taxpayers millions of pounds and all to end up with an operating system which is worse than the initial situation prior to meddling!

On top of this his continual denials reveal that his primary aim is to privatise our beloved National Health Service farming lucrative contracts out to his city pals leaving the NHS with the mundane basic service that he desperately seeks! His vision is for a continuation of the current system in which if you have the ability to pay you can have prompt top class intervention and care and if you are working class navvy you have to join an ever increasing waiting list. Couple that with early discharge and fragmented follow up and you are an ideal candidate for emergency readmission!

Often portrayed as a rising star in the government is home secretary Amber Dudd and she is well named! A hardliner who models herself on “Butcher Thatcher” is absolutely intent on removing any civil liberties that we still have! David Davies who apart from issuing threats to the EU has been little heard of. Portraying himself as the no nonsense hard man of the Tory party he blew his image on the first day of EU negotiations caving in to the demands of the EU. The phasing of negotiations which he said would turn out to be "the row of the summer"ended with Davies capitulating on one of his key demands and as usual with Tory policy it turned out to be a damp squib!The list is endless super buffoon Boris Johnston, ace twit and backstabber Michael Gove to name but a few, we have quite simply in our government a bunch of fools, loudmouths and rank incompetents!

What a pity then we are lumbered with them thanks to the thousands of Scots who unbelievably voted for a Tory! For this government there is no turning back and for that reason alone we need to get them out! Labour are 3-5 points ahead in the polls, astonishingly  Jeremy Corbyn is two points ahead of Theresa Mayhem in personal rating something that no one predicted! The latest poll on Brexit shows that 72% of people now want to remain in the EU. Clearly Brexit is looking to be a complete and utter disaster!


The future for those who come later looks to be extremely perilous at this time and the court jesters we have in office look to be increasingly impotent! We owe it to those future generations to create a future where there is hope and prospects for a fair and equitable society the first step to this end is to get these blundering Tories out!

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Membership Closed!

Image 01 - Our boathouse resident A Spotted flycatcher family.

Membership closed!

This should have appeared earlier but for one reason or another its only appearing now, We restrict ourselves to 50 members to ensure the lochs are not overfished but this year we appear to have ended up with 52. As usual it’s entirely down to Watt Mitty who had us in limbo for a year neglecting to carry out his work then preventing us from accessing the club database.

Two members contacted me recently wondering why they had not been given the opportunity to renew their memberships We could only apologise and of course continue their memberships and they were content with this arrangement. Interestingly they were not computer users so were largely unaware of Mr Mitty’s ridiculous actions!

So the situation forthwith is that no further memberships are available for the 2017 season. There may be a possibility of new members joining the club for the 2018 season but this is entirely based on one member out one member in! We could easily increase the membership numbers but we arrived at the 50 member limit based on habitat evidence. So if you want to join the club you will need to be patient!

Image 02 - A Red Kite as spotted by David!

Club W.C!

The good news is that the obstruction in the sewer pipe has now been cleared so the facility is again open for member use, the bad news is the condition of the clay sewer pipe is not great with a couple of holes in it and extensive cracking. Is evident! The repairs carried out should see it ok for the next few years but the next intervention will be replacement of the entire pipework! Please only flush proper toilet paper down the pan!

A little beauty!

Given the weather prediction for yesterday of unadulterated bright sunshine my expectations of catching a Pike were rather low! I decided on the Lowes as in this instance size was not important. You see I have not had a Pike for 15 months again entirely due to Watt Mitty as I had to do his job! Well a little Pike struggling to beat the 2lbs barrier obliged and my first Pike foe a long time was landed photographed and returned safely! It was a minnow considering some of the specimens that inhabit both the lochs but this little beauty was worth its weight in gold! 

Three little beauties!

For the second time in as many years our little bird feeding station has been utilised as a nesting box by some of the bird population! Last year a Chaffinch successfully reared 4 young chicks and this year we thought she was back. However it quickly became apparent that this years tenant was not a Chaffinch But a Spotted Flycatcher!

Yes three spotted eggs turned into three ravenous chicks and the dutiful parents are to be seen making regular feeding trips to satisfy their offspring’s hunger. In an effort to cause a minimum of disturbance Jenny had the entire area has been roped off and the Lomond boats moored across the bay! Hopefully all three will successfully fledge!
Member David Shotton on travelling near the Gordon Arms noted a Red Kite and was wondering if an introduction had been carried out in the area! So if you are aware of such an introduction drop me a line. There has been a large release in the Dumfries area so it may be overspill from this event! Click the link to read more about the Spotted Flycatcher - https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/bird-and-wildlife-guides/bird-a-z/s/spottedflycatcher/ 

Photo 01 - Our Spotted Flycatcher family!

The wider world in my view!

Blunderwoman!

Theresa Mayhem it seems is intent on stealing Lord Snooty’s title of the biggest bungler in British political history! Following on from the recent election which she did not have to call her inadequacies are being further highlighted! As you will know she is putting the Irish peace process in jeopardy by trying to form an alliance with a ragbag party the DUP the “acceptable” face of the protestant militia! An independent impartial government in bed with one side of the two opposing forces it's worse than a bad joke and will not end well!

Risking this fragile process to further her own ends she is putting at risk years of good hard work by her predecessors namely Blair, Brown and Major!The Good Friday agreement is hanging by a thread thanks to the limitless bunging by Theresa Mayhem! Not content with this major blunder she utterly messed up the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire disaster! She visited the area following the fire and did not speak to a single survivor! More the actions of an insignificant clerk than a British Prime Minister!

Photo 02 - only 2lbs but worth its weight in gold!

Not only that, she did not lay out government help only doing so after huge public protest. She now admits the aftermath was a complete shambles with her own performance woefully inadequate! Of course the main failing was that of continued austerity! Fire budgets have been slashed with the number of fire safety inspections down by a third. Councils cutting in all aspects sees the infrastructure dismantled leaving only skeleton services! Cuts to budgets lead to cuts in essential services, it is an inescapable fact!


At the recent general election thousands of Scots to the nation’s great shame voted for Tory candidates in a rather dense and unthinking way! The aftermath of this major blunder is now coming home to haunt us! A poll carried out on Friday shows that 69% now believe Brexit was an erroneous choice now that the consequences are becoming clear! The inept Scots who voted Tory are responsible for this farce this cannot be denied!This government stumbles from one crisis to another with no ray of light in what is a very dark tunnel! The Brexit negotiations are now upon us and believe me they will not turn out well! The bottom line is that it is time to get rid of this Tory government, those who voted Tory in Scotland should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves!

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Round up for members!



Photo 01 - Barry with his fine Brown Trout around 1.5lbs!

Round up for  members!

Trout!

There is still plenty of Action taking place with our population of Brown Trout with decent numbers being caught. The average weight would seem to be around three quarters of a pound but the odd bigger ones still appear. In this category was a specimen caught by member Barry Leslie who shows off the specimen in photo 01. Note Davie Wilson managed to get his neb in! Barry is an accomplished wild Trout hunter and the above photo is testament to his prowess! Well done Barry!

Pike!

Well the willingness of our Pike to fervently feed shows no signs of abating in select areas of the loch. a couple of visiting anglers nabbed a 19lbs and a sixteen pounds fish to add big smiles on the journey home! Club Pike hunter Davy Forsyth did not manage to equal the previous weeks glory but nevertheless still managed a ten pounder and a five pounder to end his session.

Club treasurer Elliot Fraser down for a quick visit had a bash on the Lowes fly fishing for Pike and in the poor conditions yesterday managed to bag a couple of nice jacks. Midweek a visiting angler bagged a nice fifteen pounder topping off his session with our future a nice wee three pounder to ease his journey home. As always some areas are fishing better than others so if you plan on coming give us a call and we will direct you to the hot areas.

Photo 02 - Awaiting new runners and oar points!

Arran boats!

Salmo Trutta one of our Arran’s is currently upside down awaiting new steel runners on the outside fins. We now have these runners which are vital in protecting the fibre glass from impact damage over rocks which are aplenty in the loch. In addition to this work both Arran’s require to have the oar pin mounting points modified.

The current oar points are now misshapen becoming more oval than round causing an annoying looseness whilst rowing. They are made of a soft Mazak type metal, a type of zinc diecast and as such are not strong enough for our needs.  We will commission four new parts made in steel suitable for holding our current oar pins on both our Arrans. As always there is work going on behind the scenes!

Photo 03 - Wet and windy yesterday!

Club W.C!

The club toilet is currently not working and there is a sign on the door to that effect! The sewer pipe has become blocked due to hand drying/general purpose paper being used instead of proper degradable toilet paper. We envisage the blockage being cleared on Saturday. Please do not use the hand drying paper as toilet paper!

Image 01 - Cruella Trump courtesy of Daily Record!

The wider world in my view!

A humiliating victory!

With her stuttering war cry of “strong and stable leadership” and nothing whatsoever to support that claim Theresa Mayhem managed to snatch disaster from the open jaws of victory against the odds! She shied away from meeting real people choosing to meet only party activists in hermetically sealed aircraft hangars whilst her opponent Corbyn met only real people in open and accessible venues!

Theresa Mayhem was well named as policy after policy was about turned once the public wrath was felt. As her lacklustre campaign dragged on her ratings fell like a lead balloon. Pivotal was when she refused to turn up to the leaders debate where undoubtedly she would have been on the receiving end of a serious mauling, it would have however demonstrated a degree of commitment!

Standing on the coat tails of Lord Snooty and Minister without a clue Gideon Osborne, May was guilty of an astonishing level of political bungling, it may yet be the case that she overtakes the aforementioned as the biggest political bunglers of all time! As the days went by she became further exposed as a wooden lame duck! Alienating her core vote of pensioners with the “Dementia tax” and abolition of the triple lock on pensions and the means testing of the winter fuel payments did for her good and proper!

Her vision of obtaining a strong mandate by an increased majority went up in smoke on the release of the exit poll on the ten o clock news! They were safe with a working majority and through the supreme bungling she chose to hold a completely unnecessary election and will now pay the price (sooner or later) for her ineptitude! Her election campaign was a complete disaster and will be recorded as such for those who come later!

The galling part of the election was the (inexplicable) number of Scots who voted for a Tory! What were these Scots thinking about? Surely they must have worked out that there are numerous other less toxic ways of registering a protest for undoubtedly that is what the Tory vote was, because let's be frank they did not have any policies! Like it or not Scots have allowed a lame duck administration into power which is to the nations shame! If Scotland had not sent 13 posh boys and duffers to Westminster Mrs Mayhem would be out which would have been the proper outcome!

Indeed the referendum played a part but allowing the Scottish people to decide their own fate after the terms of Brexit are known is the only logical and democratic way to proceed! Surely you Scots Tory voters do not want an incompetent administration like the one we now suffer to decide our fate! I cannot think of a worse outcome! Tories have no place in Scotland; their vile policies are anathema to all right thinking Scots. The danger in using Tories as a vehicle for a protest vote is that the result can be 5 years of heartache as we may find out!

For all that Theresa Mayhem won, it was not a laudable victory it was a completely joyless and humiliating one! The Prime Minister we see at her soapbox no longer speaks with authority or autonomy; she is but a puppet being worked by the 1922 committee! They will have already determined the cut off date for the removal of Theresa Mayhem.

She remains in power as of the election simply because it currently suits her puppet masters! The world looks on with incredulity as this shambles deteriorates into a complete and utter farce the UK is the laughing stock of the world! The EU negotiating team must be laughing up their sleeves Brexit looks like turning into Feckit!  Instead of facing a version of the iron lady they are facing a tissue paper lady! We now have instead of “strong and stable”, “a coalition of chaos”, a “clusterfuck” or an “Omnishambles” take your pick! Consequently our country will remember the 8th of June for a very long time, the future does not look good! The only good thing however is that her days are numbered, thank god!

Muppet!

Of course its Cruella Davidson Scotland’s Tory robot who thinks she is leading a Tory revival in Scotland! The reality however is that she is merely the recipient of a seriously misguided protest vote by some dozy Scots! Her highlight of the week was when introducing Theresa Mayhem roused the invited hand picked crowd by proclaiming that Mayhem will “make Britain great again” what an absolute Muppet! Actually Cruella Trump suits her!

Sunday, 4 June 2017

A really good evening!

Photo 01 _- Davy's 19 pounder!

A really good evening!

Every now and then the loch gives out massive rewards for ones efforts, it’s not a common occurrence but it does happen. And so it was on Friday evening that Davy Forsyth set out in search of our top predator the Pike!  It quickly became clear to Davy that the night could turn out to be a good one as already after a short while he had contacted and landed a Pike around seven pounds and one of ten pounds on dead baits.

Photo 02 - Davy's 16 pounder under guard!

There followed a sustained attack on the various lures being used with a couple of jacks being landed and some lost including a nice double the action could only be described as frantic!.  Absolute mayhem, but it was not yet done a fine fourteen pound fish took a lure and led him a merry dance. Just time for a drag on the vaper when the clutch started to sing with line spearing into the loch and strike it was fish on again!

Photo 03 - the ferocious head of a 19 pound Pike!

A fine 16lbs fish reluctantly slid into the net and after photographing her she was quickly released. At last it was time to reflect on what had just happened on this memorable evening, but for Davy’s ticker the turmoil was not yet over. Line was ripped of the reel at a ferocious pace as he struck into a heavy fish. Some time later a super heavy double came to the net which on measuring her translated into a fish of around 19lbs! The icing on the cake in  a remarkable evenings fishing.

Now why so many Pike were in such close proximity in the area of the loch we can only speculate. It has happened before, I remember well my fines hour when I caught a 22.5lbs fish a 19lbs fish and a 16lbs fish all in the space of 30 minutes with two on at the same time up at the big lay by! They say Pike are primarily lone hunters but it may be that certain circumstances draw them together.

There has recently been good numbers of Sea Trout in the Tweed system and it may be that decent numbers of these fish are entering the loch and this movement has been detected by the loch Pike and they moved to thre outlet to intercept them in a feeding frenzy!

Whatever the reason it is clear what Davy experienced was an exceptional evening where large numbers of Pike were huddled in a small area. The resultant sport as you can see was superb and in Davy’s own words “one of the best day’s fishing I’ve ever had, a great day!”

Well done mate!

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Is this really what we want!?

In my years as a voter (I have never missed one) I have never heard so much about nothing which is exactly what is coming from the vile Tory party! I have witnessed many campaigns which up until a couple of months ago culminated in the mild bungling of Jeremy Corbyn, Dianne Abbot et al! Now that has been surpassed by a country mile by the Tories who are the architects of the biggest fudge, the most shambolic election campaign ever visited on the British public!

Theresa Mayhem said there would be no election then she called one hoping for a landslide victory which now looks increasingly unlikely! I have no doubt if it were legally possible she would seek to U turn on her election decision and cancel it! She was going to increase National Insurance and U turned. 

She introduced the “Dementia tax” and has U turned! This lame administration does not appear to believe in research they simply come up with an idea introduce it then pull it off the table when the consequences are made clear to them! We have teachers in England fundraising to purchase essential books, nurses and soldiers going to foodbanks, public services decimated to the point of collapse!

The crisis created by the Tories in our schools where pupils in some schools haven asked to hoover the floors because the school does not have the money to re employ one. Things like pencils lined paper are being rationed because of this administrations obsession with dismantling the public sector! Check out a new website set up by cash strapped schools – www.schoolcuts.org.uk

When asked what the new revised social care cap is to be she doesn’t know! She didn’t have the mettle to go on to the leader’s debate to explain this and sent the apology for a Home Secretary Amber Dudd to stand in for her! On reflection that was probably a good idea as the more Theresa Mayhem speaks the more her words damn her! Her character however is developing all the time. In addition to being a lacklustre charlatan she has now developed a reputation as a rank liar (click the link below) and prize buffoon/comedian! Flying high in the ratings she has fallen to a point where more voters are dissatisfied with her performance than satisfied!

The catastrophic bunging by her and her top team (David Davies and Amber Dudd) has left potential Tory voters in a quandary as to which dummy to vote for Theresa Mayhem or Jeremy Corbyn! I wrote last week of the “poverty” about to face us that will become apparent on June 8th! As if that was not sufficient we in Scotland are saddled with the Borg Queen Cruella Davidson who along with her clueless hangers on seem to only be able to speak on a possible referendum! Yes they have no policies on any everyday subject simply employing the national Tory stance of bleating the Tory mantra “strong and stable”, and “we have been clear”! The reality however is that they are the complete opposite!

There is only one thing clear and that is if the Tories are given a free hand to dive off a cliff edge into a “hard Brexit” we will all suffer! Imagine this group of duffers who are capable of planning nothing coming up against educated thinkers from 27 countries; believe you me it won’t turn out well! I have no doubt EU leaders will be relieved to see the increasingly wooden performances of Theresa Mayhem and will enjoy restful sleep before and during the negotiations!

 In contrast however the next few years will cause the British public much angst and some very troubled days and nights! This country is on the edge of a catastrophic collapse jumping head first into an economic black hole! Those consumed by greed put this horrific administration in power, to get them out and for the sake of this country under no circumstances vote for a Tory!

Number 1 in the charts!

Interesting to note the above is now number 1 in the UK I tunes chart but the BBC and others refuse to play it! Wonder why!