Sunday, 26 March 2017

Further news on our competition!

Photo 01 - Davie works some jigsaw magic on the Lowes boat.

Further news on our competition!

In order to clarify our rules for the competition we would like anglers to be aware that all four of our boats will be available for use at no charge. The pecking order will be first choice boats will be allocated to any entrants with disabilities or difficulties with mobility. These anglers may be accompanied by an able bodied angler to assist as required.

Any boats left after the above group have been filtered will be any angler desirous of a boat may take one subject to availability. If there are more anglers than boats then a draw will take place. So the lowdown is meet at the cafe between 9.00 -10.00 then fish from 10.00 till 16.00 then weigh in at the Tibbie between 16.00 – 16.30 followed by a post mortem barbeque and presentation of prizes.

Just as a reminder the prizes are 1st a day autumn Salmon fishing on the Tweed, The Westbrook gold cup for a year, A box of Flies and a wet cel sinking fishing line, the latter two prizes kindly donated by David Shotton. 2nd prize a bottle of spirits of your choice a box with flies. 3rd prize a box of flies and the three prize winners will get membership of the club for a year and if they are members the next year free. See you there!

Photo 02 - Brilliant weather!


We still get asked how and where you can obtain a permit to fish the lochs so here is a rundown of how to go about it. You may arrive at the lochs and commence fishing and our bailiff will catch up with you and issue the required permits. This is the first choice for obtaining a permit and offers easy access for the visiting angler with no waiting around just arrive and fish!

We also have other outlets where you can obtain a permit. The Glen Cafe will be happy to issue a permit to fish as will Alastair at the Tibbie Shiels Inn you should note however that as the hotel is not currently open there is no guarantee of obtaining a permit. The Gordon Arms Hotel also has a stock of our permits and will be happy to accommodate you during opening hours. We also sell permits through our recommended dealer Mike at Fishers in Penicuick. There are plenty of choices so do please obtain a permit.

The Lowes boat!

Progress is being made with the broken rim of the boat now having been thoroughly repaired. This week Frank and I put a new runner on the bottom of the boat a simple enough task blighted by worn, broken sheared screws. However by the end of the day we accomplished this. All that needs to be done now is to finish the preparation of the boat prior to painting. The colour is going to be a dark blue as opposed to white.
The bottom of the boat will have in addition to the blue epoxy paint a coating of car underseal for extra protection. The rim of the boat will be black as will the seating inside and then she is ready to return to the Lowes.

Tweed Commission seat!

We have received no interest whatsoever regarding the opportunity to take up a seat on this body. I will therefore write to them and formally decline the opportunity. Many anglers when asked said they could see no relevance to the working man Trout or Pike angler, perhaps that says it all!

From our recommended dealer!

This week Mike is offering a Wytchwood Coat and bib combo with a free hoodie for a reasonable £329.00
Also on offer are thistle down fly lines by Snowbee at an amazing £39.00 the name gives the game away and if you are looking for a line that makes splashing on to the surface a thing of the past. With one of these you can land your fly gently in front of your targeted Trout!

The wider world in my view!

Absolute chaos!

Never in my time on earth have I witnessed such chaos as is currently doing the rounds at present! We are faced with leaving the EU and facing Indyref 2 at the same time. My biggest worry is that the current Tory administration seem intent on beating the previous one to take the title of the biggest bunglers in UK government history!
No one really thought that any administration would displace Lord Snooty and Gideon Osborne’s Omnishambles government, but this lame duck administration is coming very close indeed! 

A “hard” Brexit is on the cards and when asked, Diddy David Davies has no plan if a trade deal cannot be gotten from the EU! The remnants our our manufacturing industry are quaking in their boots, financial organisation already have plans to jump ship.
You really couldn’t make this stuff up the incompetence of this administration is breathtaking! Just look at Philip Hammond’s budget which was reversed in super quick time as it did not fit in with the Tory manifesto! It’s a very basic mistake that again shows the UK to the world as a bunch of fools something this administration is becoming very good at!

It is now clear that would be Butcher Thatcher Theresa May is nothing but a figurehead. As a puppet she merely voices the words of the extreme right wing Tories! Two other Scottish Tory puppets David Mundell and Ruth Davidson continue to spout English rhetoric and rather laughably seem to be claiming to speak for the majority of the Scottish people! There are more Pandas in Scotland than Tory MPs!

What a load of tosh, with Mundell being the only Scottish MP and Davidson presiding over a handful of clueless temporary MSP’s their voice is nonexistent! If the Labour party pulled itself together the Tories would be back to a miniscule number of MSP’s which is as it should be! It’s very difficult to feel at ease with such a shambolic administration and believe me there will be much more to come!

When Nicola Sturgeon rightly announced plans for a second referendum she was quickly rebuffed by Theresa May! Of course Sturgeon had anticipated this and after the Scottish parliament’s approval for the referendum later this week a formal request will go to Westminster for the required permission.

Now May and the Scottish puppets claim to speak for the majority of Scots but what must be remembered is that Sturgeon was elected with a manifesto to hold a second referendum if material changes have occurred and without a doubt they have! So to deny a referendum is to rubbish the wishes of the Scottish people! The question therefore as a Scot are you happy to be continually dismissed by a remote government that we did not vote for?

It looks as though a second referendum will take place in 2 or 3 years and Scots can be certain that another will not take place for a very long time! So we need to bite the bullet and accept the inevitable. So the choice would be more of the same and intensifying chaos and a possible economic implosion or a chance to start afresh with new values and a difficult path to self sufficiency! None of these options will be easy, but I know which one I will be choosing!

Return of racing!

I used to be an ardent fan of formula 1 racing until the races morphed into a procession dominated by the team who could invest most in technology. Lewis Hamilton is not a stand out driver most any of the F1 drivers would taste success in a Mercedes car. Today Vettel’s Ferrari demoted Mercedes to second and third. What a welcome development, F1 viewing figures have been dropping like a lead balloon as the outcome was known before the race started! For the first time in a long time I am going to tune into the race and see hopefully some real racing!

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