Sunday, 7 February 2016

Angling etiquette!

Photo 01 - A loch Skene Trout caught last year by our secretary Alasdair.

Angling etiquette!

In general as anglers we are a pretty well behaved bunch and don’t really cause any real bother but there are always exceptions. You will recollect the story of a so called angler who shamed the good name of our sport with his appalling behaviour in attempting to assault a smaller angler following a local angling competition. This goes down as the worst episode of thuggery in the history of angling in the Borders! Idiots like him aside we generally conduct ourselves to a high standard. Irrespective of the grievance no angler, nay right thinking human being should act in such a disgraceful way! Etiquette is demanded of us in every facet of our lives it is the framework that guides our lives.

Up at the loch we have anglers who like to set up and fish certain areas but these areas do not belong to that angler, so if an area is clear and you fancy fishing there then just go ahead and fish. There are no reserved areas on the loch for anglers.  Similarly on the river especially with Salmon fishing no spot belongs to one angler. Etiquette however dictates that one should move through an area thereby allowing an angler behind to fish the water you have. Always observe the club rules they may differ somewhat from national ones. Respect the property of others which means if you are using our engines and boats you should look after them as though they were your own!

Always defer to another angler giving him or her first opportunity to fish the stretch if you both intend on fishing that stretch. Do not invade the personal space of another angler, only move into such an area if invited to do so. Only net other anglers fish if you have his or her consent if you lose the fish of a lifetime for an angler it will not go down well. Be generous, if you are catching fish on a particular fly and a brother angler does not have one give him yours and share in the sport! This is the angling brotherhood in action!

Do not blunder onto the property of others unless you have explicit permission. We as an angling club have negotiated access to the lochside but that access does not include taking vehicles on to that land nor does it allow setting up a mini rock concert complete with bonfire and limitless alcohol! Do not attempt to fish without firstly obtaining a permit and ideally spend some time speaking with other anglers or the bailiff, this will pay dividends in the long run. If you think you may be getting in to a situation where fists may fly back off, the brotherhood of angling will thank you for your actions, on no account disgrace the good name of angling!

As anglers we are expected to act in an acceptable manner, the general public holds us in good esteem, we all make mistakes very rarely to anything like the extent of the person above, but nevertheless we must always strive to act in the most decorous manner! If we respect others abide by the rules of the club then our great sport of angling will be what it is at its best absolutely fantastic!

Looking good!

Yesterday I met with some of our new members and I have to say I was very impressed! Yes they are obviously country men with a great understanding of what it takes to be an angler. Kitted out for a weekend long session with all the essentials they were at great pains to point out that when they were gone only their footprints on the muddy bank would be evident!

 There is always a last minute dash for membership and we only have a few spaces left so some will be disappointed. Now that’s a great shame especially when some very fine specimens are being caught! One group of lads yesterday bagged 3 heavy doubles in a six hour session. So if you read this lads, congratulations and we hope you have a few more sessions like yesterdays!

Photo 02 - Loch Skene earlier last year taken by Alasdair.


Some members have still not renewed but please do not leave it to the last minute. There is still time to avoid the £20.00 administration fee so get pen to paper and get it done! Check the sidebar on the right of this page.

The wider world in my view!

Lord Snooty in Europe!

The situation of Lord Snooty and his renegotiation of out terms of membership has deteriorated badly from a comedy to a complete farce! This situation is endorsed by the general public, business and most of the Tory party. Yes universally condemned by one and all Lord Snooty has not only managed to achieve absolutely nothing he has managed to deal a possibly fatal blow to the stay in campaign!

The “Brexit” campaign has now generated a nine point lead following Snooty’s adventures! I do believe Lord Snooty has finally taken leave of his senses! How anyone could come back with such an insipid package of measures that bear no relation to the original demands is beyond me! Thin gruel is how one Tory MP described it another called it poo and it is certainly no more than that! It’s now reinforcing our position as the clowns of Europe a label started by the Omnishambles brigade! The good thing for Lord Snooty is that he will get the other nations to stamp this deal quite simply because it is an irrelevance made by Snooty and bungled by him!

The good news however, is that when the UK leaves Europe Scotland will leave the UK! Let that day come!

Crucial for Scotland!

The infamous “Vow” as it was called that frightened pensioners all over Scotland into voting no in the referendum looks like it will crash and amount to nothing!  Yes the talks with Westminster have faltered over the amount of the block grant to Scotland! Tory puppet David Mundell Scotlands only Tory MP lays the blame firmly at the feet of the Scottish government!

You would however expect this fool to come out with this line! The reality is however is that the austerity loving Tories are trying to cut the block grant to Scotland and mixing the cheat in with all the other stuff hoping it won’t be noticed. Praise then to the Scottish Government who rumbled their scheme!

Nicola Sturgeon has stated that she will not sign up to a deal that sells Scotland short and the people of Scotland are right behind her! These Tories would like nothing better than to short change our country and then revel in the fact that the government of Scotland were happy to accept the offer! No Nicola Sturgeon must hold out until the country gets exactly what is due. Whimpering Mundell will have to continue with his line that the Scottish Government is being unreasonable because if being unreasonable means holding out for what we are due, we must continue to be unreasonable!

Unruly Scottish Puppets!

I like to tune in to first ministers questions midweek if I can and this week amongst the usual toing and froing the speaker was forced to reprimand a group of puppets (Lib-Dems) naming local puppet Jim Hume! We don’t hear a lot of positive contributions from Puppet Hume or indeed the puppets in general! However stepping out of line like recalcitrant schoolboys only serves to demean the already dire reputation of the puppets in Scotland!

So how’s about growing up folks, and instead of your circus like behaviour, let’s see some real positive contributions to the debate. If we felt we needed some pointless raucous behaviour we could pay some real schoolboys to carry it out and save the country significant monies as well! So come on lads start acting like grownups!

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