There was a time when almost all young boys went fishing. This was mostly during school holidays and usually starting out on one of our abundant Scottish burns. Nowadays the early route into angling is typically via the stocked fishery which, I feel, gives the budding angler false aspirations of both ease and trout size.
Normal people don't have my trouble. They climb straight to the top of a hill. Not halfway up, back to the bottom then up again; followed by three-quarters of the way up, halfway down, then back up again; an assault course, not a walk.
The most famous woman angler of the last century is undoubtedly Georgina Ballantine. Her record 64lb Tay salmon has been the envy of male piscators ever since she caught it on October 7th 1922, and they have, not infrequently, attempted to play down and belittle her triumph in devious, male-like ways.
I was twelve years old when my Uncle Ronnie first said to me “We'll get you up North next year”.
We were queueing in the fish and chip shop on our way home from an unsuccessful days fishing on one of the local put-and-take style fisheries which are scattered all over the central belt of Scotland. When I say we were unsuccessful, I of course mean me.
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A new and unique book that will interest those whose love is fishing for wild trout in the lonely and wild back country. Written around the author's experiences in Scotland, this book will be enjoyed by wild trout fly fishers no matter where they fish.