Archive for the ‘Rivers’ Category

Ain’t no sunshine? Then they’re gone

a-fly-rod-of-your-own-9781451618341_lgOn a roll-call of supposedly hard and fast rules that stand on shaky ground, this thing about trout ceasing to co-operate in bright sunshine is due some serious review.

Just days after filing an article on a great day’s fishing beneath near-cloudless skies at Tinto Trout Fishery (see our 500th issue, out on  August 16) I start reading John Gierach’s latest book, A Fly Rod of Your Own, and encounter this:

“The day was unseasonably chilly, cloudy and rainy with a leaden sky…The weather felt more like October than August and would normally have been promising for trout fishing, but Snake River cutthroats don’t care for gloomy days. They’re friskier when it’s warm and sunny…”

None of this makes the basic premise unsound, of course, but it does serve as a cautionary reminder that the only thing set in stone in flyfishing are bridge supports.

Salmon fishing – be prepared for deep-pocket water…

Just had some ads for salmon fishing courses sent to me.

Three days on the Tyne – in February – for 100 pennies shy of a grand, per person.

Four days on the Tweed in August, £1,399.

And then I had an email offering me a week’s five-star accommodation on the Greek island of Kos for £579. I won’t be going there for the time being, either, but it was at least nice to be back on planet Earth.

There comes a point in a fishing guide’s life when he’s good enough to let himself go

Gary McFadden is there.

Seriously, if a guy who looked like he does came out of nowhere and offered to help you with your fishing, I doubt you’d know whether to run or hand him some  kind of helpline number.

Such is the danger of being swayed by image before you’ve assessed the substance behind it.

The hirsute McFadden is in fact a fishing guide of such repute on Alaska’s Kenai River that he has just been voted into America’s Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame.

“He’s kind of an icon. I don’t know if you’ve ever met him, but he’s kind of like the wizard, he’s like Gandalf almost,” Harpe said. “He has those qualities about him and there is something to say about that.”

He has quite way with words, too. The end-of-season river, full of trout sulkily moping around with sore mouths, is a word picture that will stay with me for the rest of the day…

‘Salmon Fishing in the Yemen’ – the reviews are in…

“When the recessive style works with the characters and the kooky international-incident story, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen has an absorbing, old-fashioned sweetness…But when the blend of classic and hyper-contemporary are not working together they are working against each other, making for some pretty jarring tonal lurches.” – MovieLine

“This perhaps sounds like a hilarious movie. So it could be, in the hands of the masters of classic British comedy. Unfortunately, the director is the Swede Lasse…who sees it as a heart-warming romance and doesn’t take advantage of the rich eccentricity in the story.” – Roger Ebert

“Even though you know full well going in this is a feel-good film and there’s that sense of predictability within the story, it’s whole lot of fun to see it play out with this group of charismatic actors and talented filmmakers. This is a cute, quaint film that goes against the current when it comes to the traditional romantic comedy.” – VeryAware

“It’s basic stuff, but it works because the entire cast crafts fine human details into every moment to ensure the characters aren’t just cutouts. Moreover, it’s funny.” – The Province

“…less a classic fish-out-of-water tale than a fish-in-strange-waters tale, a study in diametric opposites that finds unexpected synchronies and moments of almost mystical harmony. Viewers who take the sheik’s advice and suspend their disbelief, even for a moment, may well find themselves hooked.” – Washington Post

“This not-quite-madcap piece may be a tad contrived, and inoffensive in the extreme. But somehow, this cast, this director and this writer make it all come off, as unlikely a delight as the very fishy story it is built on.” Centre Daily Times

Supporting Utah Stream Access Coalition…from 5,300 miles away

Because what starts in America tends to end up in the UK.

Because people who’d rather own than share are a global pain in the phenomenon.

Because, one day, this could be my problem, too.

“The Mission of the Utah Stream Access Coalition is to promote and assist in all aspects of securing and maintaining public access to Utah’s public waters and streambeds.”


Pic of the Day – Whitetail Lake, British Columbia

Impossible Dream Monday

What $1.75m buys you in Vancouver these days. Casting room looks a tad squeezed in that cove but I’m sure we’d all grit our teeth and get on with it somehow.

“Private waterfront acreage!…This custom designed 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom home was built in 1996, complete with a detached garage and guest cottage. The property is positioned within a protected bay on a private peninsula with 650ft of private water frontage and a sandy beach making this the ideal retreat for getting out of the city to enjoy privacy and serenity of the water.

This is truly a four season recreation paradise. Within minutes from your front door you can go fishing, hiking, mountain biking, golfing and even skiing at Whitewater Ski Resort. With World class skiing, sledding and snowshoeing in the winter along with unparallel fishing, hiking and biking in the summer, this property is the ultimate recreational paradise.”

Welcome to 3460 Fisherman Road, Nelson, BC. Yup, even the address is perfect.


Pic of the Day – Saddle Creek Park, Lakeland Fl.

Doing the Coquet proud

I read a lot of local newspaper fishing reports as part of my job. The who-caught-what snippets provide useful raw material for fillers in the Trout Fisherman pages from time to time and the correspondents who do the thankless ring-around  to track down stories each week are among fishing’s unsung heroes. I doubt even they would ever pretend that their brief allows them much scope  for exploring angling’s aesthetics, however.

Which makes Andrew Gibson’s photographic tribute to the River Coquet in the Newcastle Journal recently all the more outstanding. Had the paper run the photos with click-through links to a wallpaper-size version of each shot, it could have had a minor traffic spike on its hands.

More of this, please, local press.


Pic of the Day