Sunday, 26 January 2014


Photo 01 - Visitor John Moralee with a stonker!

I had an interesting discussion with a visiting angler a few weeks ago during which he lamented the current ban on fishing with livebaits. He thought the ban restricted his sport and was at a loss to understand why it had come about. He stated that livebaiting was never his first choice only being used when other methods did not return results.

I know there are many who take a similar view but I firmly believe that the ban is a right and proper thing to do for the following reasons. Angling is ever increasingly coming onto the radar of the anti angling brigade and livebaiting is near the top of their agenda. It would be difficult to defend sticking a set of hooks into an otherwise unharmed fish and sentence it to death by attack from another predatory species. Even worse would be attracting no such interest as described above and allowing death to be a slow process by damage to internal organs or septicaemia.

The second reason is an environmental one and one that is increasingly leading to loss of biodiversity! Yes over four or five decades species of fish have been turning up in lochs all over the country and species that are not native to that water! Pike anglers have been responsible for much of this often tipping the remaining livebaits after a session into the water being fished introducing new species sometimes with devastating results!                         

One need only look to Loch Lomond where Ruffe (Pope) and in Lake Windermere where Roach are causing mayhem with indigenous species! The Ruffe in Lomond reproduce very effectively and are slowly eradicating the rare whitefish called Powan eating the eggs and severely reducing the year recruitment. In Windermere Roach are multiplying at an alarming rate in the eutrophic south basin. It has been suggested to climate change and increasing water temperature allows the alien invaders to increase breeding success competing with the nationally important endangered species of Arctic Charr indigenous to the lake! You might have thought that resident Pike would keep the invaders in check but Ruffe are so unpalatable with their huge spines and in the correct conditions Roach breeding like rats are too numerous for the Pike to deal with!

That great damage has been done is beyond contention, so far attempts to discover new selective poisons that target the alien invaders have not come up with a suitable product. Only time will tell how these endangered species fare, what is more worrying however is that if climate change continues introduced species will become a huge problem! This is because there are many bodies of water that contain these alien invaders but the habitat provided by those waters is at present not conducive to normal breeding.

Once these waters heat up by a few degrees and oligotrophic waters become mesotrophic or even eutrophic then biodiversity will be under real and a possible terminal threat! This move in habitat will provide the appropriate environment for these invaders to thrive and out compete the respective endangered species! imagine every loch and lake populated by Roach and only Roach, it does not bear thinking about! For this reason livebaiting had to be stopped, the sport of a few anglers cannot be considered above the need to maintain biodiversity and protecting endangered species!

Photo 02 - The usual Saturday swell!
The countdown begins!

In approximately seven weeks the 2014 Brown Trout season begins and earlier this week I took some time out to examine my tackle in readiness for the day. On checking the 1955 Carter of London split cane rod I was pleased to note that all the rings were intact and secure and the finish on the blank was intact with no signs of cracking or peeling. I had decided at the time of the rebuild to use Isocyanate automotive lacquer with a plasticiser added. It looks like it was a good choice, the finish being flexible and hardwearing and was achieved in two spray sessions!  I mentioned at the end of last season that the cork handle had worn in some parts, I have decided to leave this be as it is a comfortable handle and a new one would undoubtedly require some bedding in.

On examining my fly lines all were ok with the exception of the floating one which had a few cuts in it doubtless where I had stood upon it during furtive casting spurts. This damage is non repairable and the only solution is to replace it with a new one. I have again opted for a mid price Airflo as I find the flexibility and shooting characteristics to be good without resorting to silly money. The other lines were just cleaned and had conditioner applied to keep them supple for the coming season.

Flies were examined and any that had partially unwound or showed signs of rusting were consigned to the rubbish bin. Casts that were on my carrier were also discarded and new ones ordered to replace them, it would be a tragedy to lose a good fish over the price of a few pence, and in addition it’s an excuse to visit Turnbull’s our recommended tackle dealer in the town to see new products available. The reel’s were also stripped and cleaned and new grease applied to keep them running smoothly. So come midweek my tackle will be stashed ready for the new season, roll on the 15th of March!

Meetings and a proposed car park!

We received notice this week that our meeting regarding fish poaching which was to be held on Friday coming has been cancelled due to some of the participants being unable to attend. This is of little consequence as there is plenty time before the Muppet season begins with the advent of good weather. The meeting will hopefully be rescheduled for the following week.  The meeting will be attended by  police including the areas wildlife officer and two employees of the river Tweed Commission.  We have also received notification that the flood protection scheme meeting will be held in St Mary’s Hall on the 26th of February 7.00pm for 7.30pm. Any interested member may attend.

At this meeting those attending will be told of the transfer of ownership of the land owned by Scottish Water around the regulator to Scottish Borders Council.  The field currently inhabited by Arrabella the mare is to have the fence removed and the land put to some other use. The default position is that it be turned into a car park although locals will be asked to propose any other use they think might fit the bill. My own view is that yes a few parking spaces should be provided but that the rest of the field be retained for use by the horse if this is in keeping with the owners wish. This mild mannered affable equine is a favourite with families who visit the loch and brings many visitors to the area.

There would be a few problems associated with a car park in this area, it is situated next to the regulator where very deep and fast flowing water is situated and the barriers are most definitely not childproof! Similarly the Yarrow as it leaves the loch is very fast flowing in medium or high water and currently no fencing is present in this area!

The area can be frequently waterlogged and it is inevitable that someone will get their vehicle stuck, who will rescue them? I am assuming that the council will not have funds to tarmac the area although the “refurbishment” currently taking place in Galashiels would tend to suggest otherwise! A car park in this area will undoubtedly lead to more people traversing the road to Bowerhope and I am none too sure the residents there would welcome that! There would also be more litter even if bins are provided and of course there is the potential for drunken louts to take over the area leading to many difficulties! We will see what further transpires.
Photo 03 - The best bit of the day lasted half an hour!

The wider world in my view!

Puppets in meltdown!

It has most definitely been a very poor week for Puppet Clegg and his band of lying puppets! Yes Lord Rennard accused of molesting women has refused to resign from the failing party in defiance of Puppet Clegg. Of course the matter should have been investigated as soon as it had taken place Puppet Clegg for whatever reason did not do so!

Similarly sex pest Puppet Hancock who had been allowed to continue in his position despite the serious matters laid at his door. It looks like that in this case matters will proceed to criminal proceedings. Yet again Puppet Clegg is found wanting!

The result following the Cowdenbeath by election must have brought home to Puppet Clegg the reality of the Lib – Dem situation when rather embarrassingly they were pushed into last place by Scotland no hopers UKIP. The electorate has spoken the verdict no confidence in the lying puppets! This is very good news for the country as the puppets are simply an irrelevance in Scotland and the UK as a whole. Just look at them when the Scottish parliament is televised, puppets smirking and nodding yet none of them seem to have anything sensible to say! Their only claim to fame was in propping up an incompetent and hateful administration the electorate will not forget!

Puppet Clegg has been shown to be weak on these matters as he has in coalition with the Tories, the puppets are in terminal decline with the self destruct switch being activated, for the sake of the increasing numbers of poor in the country let’s hope the decline is rapid and permanent!

Are we better off today?

Listening to Lord Snooty this week we are all apparently all better off and should be thankful for it! Did you ever hear such poppycock! There are now 14 million people in the UK in poverty as defined by the UN. The UK is the fourth most unequal country in the world with the gap between the poor and those who have excess rapidly widening under these Con-Dem fools! They bang on about joblessness decreasing and granted it is! The problem is that these jobs are worthless low quality low skilled jobs that in a thriving country would not be offered to jobseekers!

Every aspect of the machinations of these Con – Dems is a ruse artificially constructed to try and convince the public of how well they have done, and what they have done is precisely nothing to benefit the ever increasing poor of this country. Oh they have rolled back the public sector and with it the careers of thousands and the excellent services provided by them! Yes passing on commercial opportunities to their own kind who pay the minimum wage and not much else!

The problem in this country is not the benefit scroungers who comprise only a small proportion of the money lost to the country but those conglomerates and rich individuals who rake in billions and pay the tax of a 5 man small business, the gap between the rich and the poor needs to be reigned in rapidly lest the country deteriorate into mass riots and anarchy! Such a scenario is on the horizon as those with silver spoons in their mouths inherit highly paid jobs not through ability but through birth! It’s happened many times before, in the First World War toffee nosed buffoons sent millions to their death because they had not the savvy to weigh up and plan a strategy that had a hope in hell of succeeding! They used men as though they were expendable pawns! The great depression riots are in danger of being relived!

Yes the old hierarchy and privileged classes assume all and the wretched poor pay the ultimate price. Nothing has changed since that time, power is still vested in the hands of the few, the rest of us are expected to be grateful for left over’s! It really won’t do and neither the Tory or Labour party seem to have any inclination to tackle this!  This country is in a shameful state, we seem content to allow the status quo to continue, Butcher Thatcher changed this country forever removing our manufacturing base making unemployment or working in mundane low reward jobs in supermarkets the norm! With increasing numbers of children now found to be malnourished due to poverty the aberration that are the Con – Dems should hang their heads in shame just a bunch of worthless, smug and arrogant Noddy’s!

Great Britain if it ever was such will never be again! Say what you like about Eck Salmond but he is at least offering a more equitable way of government where the gross riches of the affluent will be redistributed to the many, although what he proposes is not enough it is at least a step in the right direction!

Under the Con – Dems we will only get poorer. I mean what do a couple of millionaire posh boys know about real life and the hardships faced. They know nothing, only what their equally posh Bullingdon bred researchers tell them. Our current society is in terminal decline, it will only get worse if the country tolerates these Con – Dems any longer! We are not better off in spite of the fact that the rich of the country are amassing huge wealth, it needs to stop! Eck Salmond offers a ray of hope, the choice on September 18th becomes clearer!

Brass neck or what!

Yes the banks don’t want to pay out more than £2,000 of your money to you unless you can tell them what it is for! If they decide your reason is acceptable they will give it to you! Funny how they did not ask us for permission before bringing the country to its knees in 2008! That’s some amount of brass neck!

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