Photo 01 - Snow on the hills!
Competition rules and tips!
Our wild Trout competition held on the loch will take place on the 23rd of this month (April) with the hours of fishing being 10.00 – 16.00. Competitors should assemble at the Glen Cafe before 10.00, most usually arrive around 09.20. As always Cath and Lisa play mine host and serve up delicious bacon rolls and piping hot coffee! Our weigh in will be held at the Tibbie Shiels Inn as usual. Although the inn is closed Alastair has agreed to set up the traditional barbeque following our weigh in and presentation of prizes. Just to recap the prizes will be as follows
1st prize – A days Salmon fishing in the autumn on the upper Pavilion on Tweed kindly donated by the family of the late Major Sir Neil Westbrook and the Westbrook cup to keep for a year and honorary membership of the club for one year.
2nd prize – A bottle of spirits of your choosing.
3rd prize a box of flies suitable for St Mary’s loch.
It’s still cold but there has been the odd warm day and Trout have been rising when flies hatch so if it does become warmer floating lines may be the order of the day. Fish are often found in the margins so you don’t need to be wading out a great distance. The consensus is usually floating line with two or three flies one of which should be of an attractor pattern with the others traditional patterns in size around 14.
If no fish are encountered then you need to get depth and a slow sinker or intermediate will be the shot. If you get to this stage with no joy then imagination is your best tool. Push the boat out and fish something you would consider ridiculous in normal circumstances. My fall back is a Rainbow Trout lure fished deep. It may produce nothing but it just might get you a bite that could see you to the Tweed!
Whatever you do engage with the surroundings envelope yourself in nature and be receptive to all that is offered up to you. Enjoy the patter, rekindle old friendships and make new ones – it’s simply what real anglers do!
(1) There is to be a bag limit of 4 Trout then catch and release.
(2) No Trout under 8 inches may be taken.
(3) Fishing shall be fly only using rod (one) and line.
(4) No Trout shall be passed to another angler (Bag sharing).
(5) Pike and Perch to be returned to the loch unharmed.
(6) The organisers may inspect all tackle and fish caught.
Boats will be available for disabled anglers and those with limited mobility in the first instance any remaining boats will be given to other anglers as required. If the need for boats is greater than boats available a straw poll will be the arbiter.
(7) Parking in designated areas only, please avoid blocking farm gates and entrances.
(8) Any angler found to be in breach of competition rules shall be disqualified.
(9) Fishing shall commence at 10.00am and finish at 16.00hrs with all catches to be weighed in by 16.30hrs at the Tibbie Shiels Inn.
(10) Fishing to be confined to St Mary's Loch only.
You are advised to carry a mobile phone with you in case of difficulty.
Photo 02 - level down a tad!
The wider world in my view!
No prizes for guessing just what the heading relates to, it is of course the latest and current mess that sees Lord Snooty exposed as a liar and a fool! Thousands of protesters were outside Downing Street demanding he abdicates! Ordinary hardworking people have had their fill of this fool! Looking back to the start of the week when the gaffe was uncovered Lord Snooty remained silent except that to state his father’s financial matters were a private affair! More digging through the “Panama” papers showed that not only Lord Snooty’s father had been involved but Lord Snooty himself was also involved!
Each day inched closer to the truth until he finally admitted that up until the time he became Prime Minister (a black day) he had around £30,000 invested in this overseas racket! Why did Snooty continue to deny this, it must have been clear the truth would out! We can only assume that Lord Snooty held on in the forlorn hope that he could get away without his involvement being detected! He only admitted his involvement after 5 days worth of outright lies!
So here we have another proven liar just like the two Tories mentioned last week! A man who still maintains we are all in this together when quite clearly we are not! How many working people on the minimum wage have thirty grand to invest overseas, very few I would warrant! Yes here we have a classic case of the differences in the lives of the rich and the poor!
So what will become of Lord Snooty now that he has been exposed as a fool and a liar? I cannot see him falling on his sword at this stage he will try and ride out the storm. The latest is that he will publish his tax return but a tax return is wholly based on what you declare, with his record of deceit god only knows what misdeeds he has committed! Corbyn and a few others are demanding he resign but they are weak individuals and will only succeed in embarrassing themselves. The criticism from the Tory benches reaches its height with “he handled the affair badly”. No mention of the fact that for four days Lord Snooty tried to deny, deflect and deceive the public making his position untenable!
He has been reported to the sleaze watchdog and we will have to wait for the outcome. The problem for Lord Snooty is that like many other Tories such as the Borg Queen and Sajit Javid he has lost the trust of the people of Britain! How would it be possible to trust a fool who has now been outed as a conniving outright liar! There is also the question of the £200,000 gifted him by his mother in two instalments to avoid around £80,000 of inheritance tax!
Expect the campaign for the UK to remain in the EU to take a further tumble as people dismiss the words of Snooty as lies spouted by self interest! A second rate liar as Prime Minister, the situation is unthinkable. Lord Snooty has been found guilty of putting personal wealth in front of serving the public. I think the British public will judge him as they did Puppet Clegg in the last election.
Corruption is probably rife in Westminster particularly in the Tory party where it seems to be their trademark, but when the man who tells us “we are all in this together” is exposed as a charlatan the situation is indeed grave! Lord Snooty had had his shot at running the country and has been found seriously wanting. Tory MPs are now increasingly beginning to think of what comes after Lord Snooty, they are finally realising that Snooty is a liability! It’s now time for him to develop a spine and stand up like a man, and do the decent thing!
I had to laugh this week when Borg Queen Ruth Davidson tried to explain her proposal for the hidden tuition fees she would introduce if elected First Minister which thankfully is something that will never come to pass! Her prediction that it will return 100 million pounds per year was systematically ripped to shreds.
In fact analysis by financial experts reveals it would realise nothing until 2021 and even then the amount raised would be in single figures. Yes another windbag lets rip with a load of tosh! Did Ms Davidson attend school, and if so which one, so details could be made available so that parents seeking an education for their child to avoid that particular school! How many people would vote for a dummy? We need at the very least to have people representing us to have a basic education clearly voting for a Tory will not realise that aim!