Sunday 20 January 2019

A fishy business..

When Gail comes home from work she has a habit of telling me the news from the office (whether or not I asked). Last week, her Perthshire-based colleague Beth was apparently all excited to be attending a big event celebrating the start of the Scottish salmon fishing season. Beth's husband is a ghillie on the River Tay.

Well yesterday Gail and I went for an amble along our local salmon river, the Dee, but failed to spot any anglers standing in the icy waters. After the walk we passed by a shop in Banchory and, noticing a 'dogs welcome' sign on the door, went in to have a look round.

In one quiet corner of the shop, I spotted some interesting activity and called Gail over to have a look...

Within seconds I was surrounded by admirers.

"Ooh a fox terrier!"
'Such splendid dogs, we had them when I was a boy."
"What a fine specimen, this one, so alert."
"A real terrier, bursting with character."

All true of course.

Rather rudely, I thought, Gail interrupted my new fan club to ask about the equipment on the table.

We learned that we'd chanced upon a fly tying workshop and these men were engaged in the delicate art stitching together assorted feathers and fluff in the hope of fashioning a lure that will prove irresistible to our notoriously wary salmon.

Oh, and apparently the fish on the Dee can swim safely for another couple of weeks, as the men (it almost always is men) with the rods and flies are not let loose until 1st February in this part of Scotland.

I shall report back from the river next month.


  1. What an interesting find. Lady recently listened to a podcast on the black market for rare feathers for fly fishing lures. It is apparently a thing.

  2. Hari OM
    My word, Bertie lad, what a grand place to discover! I look forward to your fishing news. Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  3. OMDs is amazing what one can see/find on a simple walk. I didn't realize (as I'm not an angler) that you had a big salmon fishing community there. How very interesting. BUT way more interesting fact is the 1000% appreciation of your handsome WFT self. Those anglers get a well done from the president of your US of A fan club.
    I would address Gail's interruption of your fan club's admiration; however, seeing that she is in possession of the hands that feed you I WON'T!
    Hugs Cecilia

  4. We're thinking that those fishermen might have wanted some of your gorgeous fur for a lure!
    Our fish are dying in their algae, drought and poor river management by the government. Lots of finger pointing...

  5. Dear Bertie,

    The main words I caught in all of that were Salmon and Fish. As those are good things, this must have been a good encounter. Of course, any encounter with admirers is good!

    Also, my person says to tell your Gail that our logs are very big because we have a very big logging industry here and these are trees that escaped being taken to be made into other things. We have Very Big Trees here in general, and there is always a fight between people who want to keep them in the forest and people who want to cut them down to make money. And so that is why we have Very Big Logs on our Beaches!


  6. Oh wonderful! We love a good fishing tale! We have one of those Orvis stores close by and we love to go in and have a sniff around. Any business that likes dogs and the great outdoors is "paws up" in our book.

  7. That group knew just the way to treat a handsome and friendly chap like you, Bertie. And what an interesting project they were working on. Did you leave them with your address so they can send you some of the salmon they catch? We love salmon!!!

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  8. You sure stumbled on quite the group of admirers Bertie.

  9. We bet you are a hit wherever you go Bertie
    Hazel & Mabel

  10. Finding a group of terrier admirers is da best.

  11. Isn't it fun to make new friends, Bertie!

  12. Admirers and fishy talks? Sounds like a wonderful way to spend an afternoon!
    Rosy, Jakey & Arty

  13. Oh Bertie, i loves your new fan club! I hopes they grace you with some of the fishies they catch with those wonderful 'flies' on the next meet up!
    You knows, Ma always gets the same "I had an Airedale when I was young! They are such cool dogs!" Ma always asks why they don't have one now, and the answer is almost always the same ~ Well, they are ' a lot' of dog. yes..yes we are! BOL!!
    Ruby ♥

  14. That is so cool, Sir Bertie! Be careful not to get a hook on your sweet paws! Xo Toots