Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Loch Etive 2 Years ago Today

En route to Cadderlie Bothy 2 years ago today, Loch Etive.

A wee rock cod near the quarry

Great trip, great company.

Friday, 20 November 2015

Come By The Hills

Had a wee trip to a mountain bothy last weekend. Where after driving my way up to and down the million pound racetrack into the lands of Lochaber and Locheil I met with Mark, Sandra, Ian and Steven. 

Sadly, one of the intended party who shall remain "Anonymous " failed to join us.

After a late start, I almost found myself under the cover of darkness as I launched the kayak and headed for the beacon of light that was the candle lit bothy window. But what great company I found therein.

"Come by the hills to the land where fancy is free,
And stand where the peaks meet the sky and the rocks reach the sea,
Where the rivers run clean and the bracken is gold in the sun,
And cares of tomorrow must wait till this day is done. "

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Up The Hills

Went for a wee walk up the hills on Sunday 25th October

Hitting the high road.

The glade.

Twin trees ;-)


Twas a bit dreich but found a nice wee spot ;-)

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Good Day on The Carron Dam

Good day up the Carron Dam today with Billy and Nigel. No blanks, stacks of browns, a few rainbows and quite a few misses. 

Billy out fished me and Nige by a long shot taking about 20 browns and 3 bows on quite a hard day with an East Wind to boot.

Big change in the weather over the last couple of days and we were glad to get in at five p.m. after 8 hours on the water as it was getting pretty nippy.

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Some New Additions to the Bushcraft Armoury

Was down at my local army surplus the other day and picked up some new bushcraft tools.

I have Crusader MK1 and Mk2 cooksets but find them a bit too bulky so am trying to put something together along the lines of the pathfinder canteen and cookset for a fraction of the cost that I can stow in a British Army water bottle webbing pouch when I'm on the move along with fire starting kit and a bottke of meths. This will give me the option to cook with wood, solid fuel tabs or meths using a Trangia Burner.

The items pictured are a USA GI canteen water bottle, Esbit " small " solid fuel stove, Zippo petrol lighter, Mora Companion SS knife and a GI canteen cup. Am hoping to buy another GI cup to make a pot stand / burner windshield soon. The pack of cards is to give a size comparison for the closed Esbit stove.

Monday, 7 September 2015

Wagglers and Whips

Decided to get the float rods out and head off coarse fishing today. Myself and my young companion had quite a productive day with a few mirror and common carp between us fished off a pellet waggler on a match rod by me and a body up pole float of a whip by the youngster.

This one took a couple of red maggots fished just off the bottom on a pole float.

A small carp that could have been mirror but it was only very sparsely marked with mirror scales.

Looks promising and putting up a good scrap.

Ready for the net.

Pristine specimen of a common carp with lovely big scales.

A nice common in the 8 - 10 lb range that took a red and white maggot fished quite close to the bottom off of a pellet waggler and a Daiwa match rod.