Thursday 22 August 2013
Got the kids off to bed last night and jumped on the bike to go and see what was happening down at the river. No decent fly hatches to speak of although I did get the odd eyeball and mouthful of midges. It was encouraging to see plenty of fry around, but I'm not so sure Phil Clayton & Adam Mack will be pleased to see an armada of goosander in one of their favorite swims.
The relative rude health of these urban waterways and the return of fish stocks has brought about this abundance of fish eating birds, but the balance is fragile and the damage a flotilla of 30 cormorants can do should not be under estimated. If the fish are gone then so are the kingfishers and herons.
Tuesday 11 June 2013
Wednesday 26 September 2012
Saturday 8 September 2012
Monday 3 September 2012
Friday 31 August 2012
The lack of fishing opportunities has led me to finding my fix elsewhere. Trout , by James Owen is a smashing read charting the history and geography of the species and piecing together trouty gems of literature from Izaak Walton to George Mellie, notably an extract from Hooked!, his book about fishing, where he described landing a trout, then lying down in the undergrowth and masturbating into a large dock leaf.
Wednesday 8 August 2012
" There’s a monthly book club in the snug and the Salford Friendly Angling Society has been meeting here since 1817. "
Friday 6 July 2012
Wednesday 6 June 2012
Tuesday 8 May 2012
Started a nervy Sunday with Tom & a few tins until Yaya settled them...
It was then to the river(via the New Oxford) to meet Adam, another of the Salford Friendly crew to show him how to chuck a fly. At the river we were met with an incredible hatch of LDO's & caddis. Amazingly the fish Tom snagged below wasn't the best of his day...
He managed to present his EHC perfectly into the back of an unsuspecting Adam Mack's head
Adam should have had his hooked swede checked out as you can see, later on, the side effects of urban trouting can be pretty gruesome
Saturday 24 March 2012
Discover the reason why: http://tominargentina.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/reasons-not-to-lie-in-bed-on-saturday.html
Sunday 18 March 2012
Thursday 15 March 2012
Friday 9 March 2012
I didn't want anyone to think the TITT Urban Conclave weekend was wasted on the SFAS so I thought I'd drop a quick post before the season starts. We've been busy recruiting, training & recording the efforts of a growing band of kick samplers throughout the catchment; Irwell, Roch & Croal. It is also nice to see the river itself has been giving a helping hand by securing some Large Retail Debris (LRD) along the banks.
And here's a little treat for Dr Gaskell; A Babby's Yed
A delicacy in Wigan I'm led to believe!
- Anyone found a more sinister piece of bankside jetsam?
- A prize will be given at our AGM for this years best entry.
Thursday 16 February 2012
Sunday 15 January 2012
Workhouse Boy:(Me) [Woken by boy pacing back an forth] Tom, give it a rest will ya? We're trying to sleep (Fish).
Hungry Boy(Mike): Can't sleep(fish). Too hungry.
Workhouse Boy(Paul Carr): We're all hungry.
Hungry Boy:(Mike) Yeah, but I'm scared.
Workhouse Boy:(paul) Scared? Of What?
Hungry Boy: I'm so hungry(Not had a f'kin sniff of a fish all day) I'm scared I might eat(poach the peg) the boy(Paul) that sleeps(fishes on the next peg) next to me.
Tuesday 10 January 2012
My Kiwi bud & I had hiked up to Lake Daniels deep in the Southern Alps for some Trout fishing, the lake is a good 3hr hike up out of the main valley following the Alfred River up to the Manson-Nicholls hut where we had planned to stay the night giving us the chance to fish into the dark.
The place is amazing & after exploring the lake, casting to the resident Rainbows we decided to stop for dinner & wait for the evening rise. As my rucksack is always full of fishing/camping gear & booze, I pretty much gambled on catching dinner, luckily this wasn't a problem. So as I was gutting & cleaning the fish in the margins in my shorts I suddenly got this feeling of encroaching large dark shadows behind me... I turned around, shit myself & left the water like a Jesus Lizard in one swift movement.
Some of the Eels in this gang were as thick as your thigh. Not wanting to miss the opportunity I swiftly rigged up some trout guts on a large hook & bagged the bugger above!
Saturday 7 January 2012
Well to find out more about us & to join, visit; http://www.salfordfriendlyanglers.co.uk/
You can catch up with what we're up to through the blog; http://salfordfriendlyanglers.blogspot.com/ or you'd be welcome to pop down to one of our meeting at the 'clubhouse' the excellent Kings Arms in Salford.