I cleaned out my fishing box this afternoon. It’s a large white Ikea-esque plastic job. I use it as a bin, chucking all potentially-needed gear into it before transfer into the boot of the car. It’s like a travelling fishing wardrobe. Waders, chest pack, spare spools, fly boxes, partially decayed bananas. I’ve found some fascinating biology in it over the years, at all stages from off-fresh to genetically-evolved beyond all comprehension.

Removing the large items from around the box I found a fine layer of various detritus and dust on the bottom. And there in one corner was an upwing spinner, decayed as far as to leave just a paper-thin body shell. Heaven knows during which season it came to find itself there. It might have been an olive upright, but I wasn’t sure. Feeling that warm and slightly intangible connection to the river one still feels when not actually there, I dug out the camera and photographed. I then picked it up, examined it closely, and gave it a gentle tap. It disintigrated into tiny pieces, joining the rest of the dust and detritus in the bottom of the box. I wondered how it had managed to stay in one piece for so long, hidden away from all the random junk that lives in there.

I couldn’t help consider how long it would take for the rest of the box’s contents to reach a similar state of decay, poised between form and dust. Let’s hope at least the shiny aluminium reel has a few years left.

Competing interests in the countryside is not a new phenomenon. But I couldn’t help bring attention to this short piece by the BBC which covers a part of the world dear to me and plenty of other anglers in central-southern Scotland. The John Muir Trust (good people, see the link on the left) are looking to secure the ecological future of the Talla and Gameshope estate (there’s a nice PDF at that link) at the upper end of the River Tweed. As usual, interests from landowners, farmers, would-be windfarm developers and envorinmentalists do battle.

Watch the short piece here.

A beautiful evening on Sunday, soft pink light and very still.

Wow, two posts in one evening, a bit extreme I realise, but trust me it’s worth it.

A few months ago someone from the Media Trust contacted me via my thrilling Vimeo channel to ask if they could use some of my incredible, mind bending time lapse footage for the title sequence of an awesome new TV show thing. Having signed my videos and kidneys away I forgot all about it, until this evening the kind lady got in touch to ask for my kidney.


I also discovered that one of my sequences made it into the final edit. If that wasn’t exciting enough, the real kicker is that it’s separated in time from the appearance of The Wogan’s face by barely 5 seconds! Tamanawis and The Wogan, bonded like brothers and teaming up to promote, and I’m quoting now, “…the most inspiring stories from your communities … across the UK.” Seriously, check out the first 20 seconds of the latest episode, conveniently embedded below. Apparently these episodes go out on the Community Channel, but my lack of a TV makes verifying this a bit tricky.

Playing back the title sequence a few dozen times and in slow motion (I encourage you to do the same) I can even notice the distinctive camera wobble between some of the frames. Ah what fond memories of sitting there on the side of the Pentlands in a howling gale, desperately trying to give meaning to my life and hold the tripod steady. It was certainly worth it as I feel The Wogan and I will change lives with this. Look, the latest episode already has 134 views.

At this stage I can’t reveal whether The Wogan and Tamanawis will be again joining forces for any future charity work. However, I can confirm that my agent is pursuing several other possible projects involving celebrated TV personalities such as Michael Parkinson, The Hoff and wee Pat Nevin. I am open to other approaches, but must stress a preference for working with personalities whose names involve a The.

A full 5 years ago (this blog was started barely a few years after Sheffield Wednesday were relegated, it’s that old now) I wrote an overly long and narcissistic post (this is a blog after all) about the ultimate fly tying storage solution. Find the post here for the brave.

Well, and I do love the true randomness of this, I was contacted the other day by someone who’s blog I linked to in that post. She kindly took the time to inform me, and I’m now passing this on, that the Cube can be purchased again online. Find it here. It’s a neat thing actually, although truth be told I’ve since migrated my storage solution to new pastures. May all your Cubes dominate.

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