I first tried fly fishing at the ripe age of about 11/12 at an outdoors camp when I managed to successfully catch my head, my back, the grass and even occasionally threw some sort of spaghetti out in front of me. The only thing I didn’t catch that day was a fish. I never went near a fly rod again for 6 years or so until one day when I was in Glasgow Angling Centre buying a new spinning rod I picked up a start fly fishing outfit on a whim for a measly sum of £40 or something like that.
And so started my journey into fly fishing. I read on the internet all about clock faces, hauling myself around, loops connected to straight lines and read all sorts of arguments. None of this made any sense at all nor did the videos on youtube help much either. I think I had two attempted fishing outings to a local loch where I was about ready to snap the rod over my knee and retire knowing I’d been defeated.
The only saving grace and probably the sole reason I am where I am today having enjoyed fly fishing in multiple corners of the globe and spent an unhealthy amount of hours casting in fields is down to the Glasgow Casting Club. This was set up in Glasgow to help people with their casting once a week for the measly sum of a couple quid. Without this club I wouldn’t have met the people I have, I wouldn’t be casting the way I do, I wouldn’t have had many wonderful trips with those people and may not even have been involved in fly fishing at all so a particular thanks to Alberto Laidlaw who set the thing up, Alan Brown and Alex Laurie who were the main people involved in spurring me on and helping to an extent impossible to describe here.
From here I spent the next 3 or 4 years at the club casting away, fishing a lot and ultimately completing the full circle and helping others.
That’s how I got into it and the thing that keeps me going is the sheer enjoyment of the outdoors and the bewildering way you can get lost in the moment of stalking a fish. I won’t forget too the many great friends I’ve met in this game and no doubt future friends I will meet. I suppose I should give Paul a mention here too as we’ve shared some superbly fun fishing trips, generated a couple stupid stories but most of all there’s many little favours here and there he’s done for me that has led to great trips in various places.
Thanks to all!
Ice fishing this weekend....