So the gang decided to take a trip to the
highlands again with Edinburgh high on the
list of places to visit. As there were 12 of
us going and a shed load of luggague (we
decided to go for 6 days this time) we were
tempted to hire some camper vans and live in a
little more style than the usual tent. Alas
finances were to shatter the chance of a real
mattress once again.
Minibus Transportation Wins Again
Like our last trip James was on it with the
financial calculations. No matter how we cut
it there was just no way to make renting three
or even two winabegos as cost effective for
hiring a 12 seater minibus and camping in our
tents again. I was quite dissappointed as I
was looking forward to travelling in style.
Even though you can hire some fairly luxurious
minibuses these days the extra cost would
defeat the object of a cheap few days fishing
without breaking the bank. So once again we
searched the web for a decent minibus. We
looked on several sites and settled on minibusnation.co.uk
eventually as someone else had
Once the transport was booked and our gear was
all collected at my flat, we were ready to
take on the wild waters of the highlands
again. When everyone was onboard, Just for a
laugh I said right Heathrow here we come. I
was almost kicked to Scotland and back never
mind driving. Luckily they eventually took
pitty on me (felt bad for what they did lol)
and Mick took over the driving. I wasn't sad
to give up the wheel and have a much needed
You Drive The Bus
If you've ever driven to Scotland up the A1
there's a town on the coast about a mile
before the border, called Berwich Upon Tweed.
It's a stunning little coastal town that
changed hands during the English, Scotish wars
so many times most of the people who live
there don't know what nationality they are.
Before heading anywhere near our desired
destination though we had to navigate the city
that is Manchester, with the sound of football
supporters singing in that out of tune way
they do I was mindfull of the thousand pound
excess on the minibus insurance while we
inched our way through the city near Old
Trafford. Happily we made it through and
picked up our final member for the onward trip
to Loch Long.
We arrived at a crazy hour and I wasn't sure
if I was happy that we'd missed the pub or
cheesed off. Then Smithy mentioned he'd packed
some Guiness and it didn't seem to matter any
more. Once we'd streched the old legs we were
all quite up for a camp fire a beer and the
chance to discuss tactics for tomorrow. Not
that there's major competition amongst our
group but there was certainly a whole load of
crap suggestions for various bait ideas being
Eventually as the fire died down and it seemed
essential that we retired before the sun came
up and we were too tired to do anything I
thought one of us should sleep in the minibus,
just for added security. Its always a worry
when you hire a vehicle and have to leave it
unattended in a remote area. Just not worth
the risk so I took first watch, even though
sleeping in the bus is hardly watching at
least if someone did try to steal it I'd wake
up, I hope.
Next morning we woke to find Gary already at
the water, rod in hand, bait all ready. Not
wanting to be out done Gary had left his
second hand rod and reel at home and hire some
top of the range kit. Serious game on then!
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Next week we ride from Luton England. We're
being picked up at an awfully early hour, 5am.
That's early for me! We usually ride together
by motorbike but we've decided to go in style
so we are hiring a
minibus from Luton to take us all the way
to the Scottish Highlands for a fantastic week
Now you might be frowning and asking yourself
why we could possible go fishing on
motorbikes. And even more important, why
would we want to? Well it all started when 14
years ago when on a trip to America, we came
across Hells Angels fishing on a lake with
their bikes all lined up behind them. Being
bikers we wanted to find out more so we took a
deep breath and said hello.
They were a fantastic bunch of guys and asked
us to join them to sample the days catch. Well
we'd be rude not to! When we finished eating
they took off and we watched in awe as sixty
three chopper style bikes and two three wheel
trikes pulling their kit tore down the dirt
track and vanished into the setting sun.
Fishing in Scotland will
be cold in comparison to our experience in LA
with our new "best friends"
but they have some great fishing waters and
the scenery is beautiful. My favorite has to
be Inveraray Pier on Loch Fyne.
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On my bookshelf you'll find a stack of tattered
notebooks of various shapes and sizes. These notebooks are the journals
from my travels. They include drawings, diagrams of fishing patterns
and rigs, techniques, and other scribblings. This web page is an
attempt to digitize all my journals and notebooks, for myself and for
others to view. Plus there's a lot of good fish photos!
Alright so I've tried this once before on this site a couple years ago,
but since I haven't had much time lately to keep this website updated
by hand, so I'm proud to announce the creation of...
the worldanglr times
What is it? It's a blog. What's a blog you ask?
It's short for weblog...
Here you'll find a collection of fly fishing news, random
thoughts, information, and more!
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2004 Patagonia Expedition Photos!
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Steelies, Bulls, and Bows in the Northwest..
Pacific Northwest Photo Gallery!
out my new photo gallery! It contains over 300 photos, some take recently
with my new digital camera, and some scanned. Photos are from around the
globe, including the US, New Zealand, Australia, and even Nepal! You can also find the 2003 photo essay archives here...
sun had just started to warm the air as I found myself walking down the
trail to my favorite brook trout lake...
Big Brookies and Secret Lakes
mentions sixteen inch brook trout, most people raise an eyebrow...
Escaping the Rain
As the torrential
downfall continued outside my window, I stared depressingly at the weather
report, trying to figure out where to fish for the next four days...
Blackmouth and Rocky Beaches
Fishing in the salt for blackmouth
Bogs, Logs, and Rising Cutthroat
Exploratory trip to one of the hidden
lakes in Western Washington, in hopes of finding wild coastal cutthroat.
Recounting my first trip to the
Olympic Peninsula for my birthday.
Micro-Nymphing for Trout
and tips for fishing tiny unweighted flies.
Can't We All Just Get Along?
This story of an encounter with a duck hunter
while fishing Beda Lake.
In Search of Shangri-La
Exploration of a Northern Cascades
headwater stream in hopes of finding the fabled "Waterfall
of Big Cutthroat".
View my complete list of articles ranging from
nymph techniques to rambling essays.