Sunday, 21 February 2016

Nearly time!

Photo 01 - The ring o the loch path is there somewhere!

Nearly time!

A date is fast approaching that is emblazoned on the mind of every Trout angler and it signals the start of the wild Brown Trout season. That day is the 15th of March and it never comes quick enough for most anglers. There was no doubt that last season was a poor one, said by our longest serving member Pete Young as being the worst he could remember! We are hoping that since it was so poor it can only get better! Plenty of Trout were spotted on the odd days the weather obliged and there is hope that the coming one will give up what last year did not!

Its also time to get the gear spruced up in readiness for the start. Here is my rundown of getting my stuff ready –

Check lacquer on rod this mostly applies to cane rods as you really need that weatherproof coating but whatever the construction material used in your rod you should check for any imperfections gained last season. Check the guides for roughness or missing inserts and that the whippings are secure.  Get rid of all old monofilament casts and make up some new ones, losing a good fish due to tired mono is an event you will not forget! Check your fly lines for cracking and cuts and if found replace. Clean your line and re-grease if it's the type that requires dressing. Check spigots I usually apply some beeswax to stop them twisting or separating during casting.

Check reels for roughness, clean and lubricate as required. Check your waders for any obvious signs of damage and repair as necessary, I find “Stormsure” type to work well. Check the contents of your creel or bag and the pockets of your jacket for any ancillaries you regularly carry such as priest, floatant/Permasink, nail clippers and scales. I don’t usually go through my fly’s looking for damaged/blunt ones as I do this when taking the fly’s off the leader!

When you have done that sit back with brandy in hand and contemplate what the future might hold. The future looks bright!

Think before pontificating!

 I always remember being told a story of an “angler” banging on about how all the rivers should be catch and release which in itself is a credible stance. That was until he caught a big fish which he duly executed instantly losing all credibility in the process! His need for glory was greater than his love for fish! That single action of dispatching the fish  cost him dear among the true catch and release anglers! Be resolute in your actions and words and be able to defend your position whatever that maybe. Had the process been thought through his actions would probably have been different but he did not, from angler to charlatan in an instant!

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The window for renewal and new club membership has now closed. If however you wish to join the club contact Keith and if any spaces are left you may be able to join.

Photo 02 - Looking up the Loch o the Lowes!

The wider world in my view!

Much ado about nothing!

Of course I refer to the intensive and valiant battle fought singlehandedly by Lord Snooty for the hardworking people of our country! Yes Lord Snooty emerged on Friday night looking drawn but elated and announced he had at last forced the EU to come up with a special deal for the UK! He now believes that the deal which he has negotiated against all the odds is a firm basis to underpin the campaign to remain in the EU! Make no mistake the decision of whether to stay or go is a huge one but Lord Snooty’s “triumph” will influence no one!

I find it quite hard to express my disbelief that such paltry gains wrung from the EU even makes the news! As predicted Lord Snooty has gained absolutely nothing when comparing what has been achieved to what was originally demanded!  The whole episode engineered by Lord Snooty is a joke, a play stage managed and assisted by the EU to make it look like they have conceded and compromised towards significant change!

Lord Snooty created this farce after being put under pressure by UKIP to hold an in out referendum and all the high cost play acting will cost us dear! Saturday’s newspapers rubbished the deal without exception because when analysed it is meaningless! Nothing gained that makes any significant change to our membership of the EU.
To think we have had to suffer day after day reporting about nothing just goes to show what a sham our current system of government is, if any credibility was there prior to this it is now gone! Embarrassed Tory MPs go out of their way to avoid interview lest they be ridiculed for the entire fiasco!

The aim prior to this debacle was for the renegotiation to boost the campaign to remain in the EU! The campaign has in fact done exactly the opposite with the “Brexit” campaign shooting forward by another three points! It has been one of the lowest points in this desperate administration's reign and just goes to show that bungling is what they do best!

We really do need to be part of the EU for many social and economic reasons but Lord Snooty is severely hobbling the campaign. Scotland is committed to remaining a part of the EU so it is in our interest to see the “Brexit” campaign win the day! Yes it seems odd but if the leavers won then that would trigger the much anticipated second referendum and we could leave the UK and join wholeheartedly with Europe.

To leave behind an administration devoid of compassion, completely directionless and reaching new highs in bungling must be our aim! We need to form a society with the opposite aims from those stated above. Only then will we be able to secure a future for those who in our current society have nothing. Make no mistake the going will be very tough and it will take a great deal of effort from all of us to make it successful but we must forbear! Continuing with Westminster is not an option unless you wish to view your comedy broadcast from Downing Street as opposed to the comedy channel, we must seek a better way of living, and independence will give us that opportunity!

Good to know!

A You Gov poll conducted this week in Scotland gave out some very reassuring news. The poll found that the SNP are headed for another majority government which is absolutely astonishing for a party in power! The Tory revival much postulated by Borg Queen Ruth Davidson has it seems petered out already. Yes the great comeback is finished before it had even started which is very good news indeed!

The Scottish Puppets aka the Lib – Dems continue to lose support paying the price for colluding with the Tories! You would think Puppet Rennie could have halted the slide but clearly he cannot! They continue to slip ever downwards and are now a complete irrelevance! The Greens continue to grow but as yet are still a fledgling party, nevertheless among the young of the nation they are increasingly popular!

Kezia Dugdale in spite of being a fine politician has been unable to turnaround the fortunes of Scottish Labour! There are too many poor politicians in her ranks and they must be weeded out mercilessly if the party is ever to hold the title of the official opposition!

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