Urquhart Castle.

Note And Photo From :- Kelowna Trout Angler.

Urquhart Castle.

Scotland has some wonderful places to see and explore.

It’s an odd feeling to look down at the Urquhart Castle and Loch Ness. There are centuries of history that can be explored, but I am more concerned with the water and the atmosphere surrouding the area.

Down in the depths there lurks the fearsome ferox trout.  It lives in the deeps and patrols a shadowy world.  It’s difficult to catch, although I’m sure anglers will employ a variety of tactics to achieve success.  There is another character which shares the deep waters of the loch, the ‘monster’.  There was a time when I thought that "Nessie" was alone, but now I know there are other fabled creatures which exist in deep lakes around the world.  So Nessie may be separated from family, but not alone.

Urquhart Castle.

I do hope that Nessie’s existence remains only in the sporadic sightings of a few dedicated seachers.  If ever we can prove that monsters do exist then we will have lost something forever. Wonder and doubt are such valuable things.

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Storm Casualty

Note And Photo From :- Kelowna Trout Angler.

Storm Casualty.

On my way to work after a storm at Brighton, East Sussex, I spotted this ship washed up on the shore near the Place Pier. She was called the Athina B.

Storm Casualty.

It was quite an event and one which the whole family went down to enjoy.  There are lots of articles written about this boat as you would expect so I will spare the detail.  For me it was a strange feeling, to stand on the shingle and wonder at the power of the waves and moving water which had brought this ship ashore.  As the picture shows the storm had done it’s work and now the water looked benign. Gently the ship would rise and fall as a minor swell came in but, for us, the old skimming stones pastime drew us all to the waters edge.

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Floating Pyramids

Note And Photo From :- Kelowna Trout Angler.

Floating Pyramids.

It was some years ago that I went down to Brighton seafront, walking along the promenade from Hove lagoon.

I can’t remember the event that was taking place but I have a feeling it was to celebrate an arts festival.  Perhaps it was the Brighton Festival.  However, these strange new toys were destined to become all the rage.  I was more impressed with the sailing that was going on around the show.

Pyramids At Brighton Beach

The people  would walk around inside the shape and hope that they would move forward. Well, that was the theory, but if the wind blew, then I guess that would be a different story. The crowds were appreciative, but perhaps they only looked on in amusement at a mild form of stupidity.

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Green Shell

Note And Photo From :- Kelowna Trout Angler.

Green Shell.

Many years ago I was captivated by this shell and water.  There was no logic attached to it but, as I stood in front of the display, there was something about the light, water and the colour.  Mind you I am biased as I like green.

Green Shell.

I wish I could remember exactly where it was.  I think the picture was taken in Polperro, in Devon.

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Hovercraft

Note And Photos From :- Kelowna Trout Angler.

Hovercraft.

Who can forget the Hovercraft.  There were great hopes for these giants and many believed they were to be the saviour in many marsh type environments. The invention by Cockerwill was a triumph in British technology.  I remember making small versions with biscuit tins and hair dryers, but the sight of the real thing was fantastic.

The first meeting came when I had a chance to cross the English Channel on the car transporter.  I stood on the shore and watched as this great lumbering machine pulled into the harbour, left the water and started to come up onto dry land.  It didn’t seem real, but there it was, all noise and fluttering skirts.

Cars were unloaded and people walked up the slope towards customs. We sat in our cars until the signal was given to start loading and down we went.  It was similar to that of entering any ferry. Once seated you were aware that the engines were powering up and you were starting to float.  Slowly the beast  turned and moved forward.  We were off.

Down the slope we seemed to slide until the the slight bumps told us we were on the sea and gradually entering the channel.  The power increased and the craft bucked a little as it hit the waves.  It lifted high enough to tackle the waves without too much of a problem and the forward speed increased.  Great, unless you were sea sick !  On the journey the sea swell was kind and I remember only the fantastic speed for such a large craft floating on the surface of the water. We passed the ferry and crossed in front of tankers and other large ships on their way to and from the Atlantic.  This had to be the way to travel.

Waiting at Dover.

Hovercraft at Dover

A similar experience on a lesser scale could be enjoyed crossing to the Isle of Wight.  The hovercraft was smaller, but just as impressive.

 Bound for the Isle of Wight

Hovercraft at Southsea

Now, sadly, the hovercraft is no more.  It enjoyed the affections of the public for a short while and now only survives in specialist roles and with hobbyists that keep the spirit alive.

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Schmap

Note And Photo From :- Kelowna Trout Angler.

Schmap.

If you are in Calgary or going there, then take a look at the attached links.

 From The Watersedge  have been chosen to submit one of our pictures to the mapping service. So take a look at our picture of the Deveonian Gardens. It can be found at the following web page and can also be found via a mobile phone connection at the second link.

http://www.schmap.com/calgary/sights_zoos/p=34947/i=34947_24.jpg

also if you use a mobile phone.

http://www.schmap.com/?m=iphone#uid=calgary&sid=sights_zoos&p=34947&i=34947_24

Thank you to those at Schmap who voted for us.

Sturgeon Rising.

You set out for a sturgeon fishing session with high expectation. 

 The rods are powerful, the reels large and the line tends to be about 130 lb breaking strain.  On your first trip you have little idea of what to expect. You’ve seen the pictures and have read the articles by the lucky few that have been on the trip. You sit and soak up the scenery hoping that your rod tip will bend towards the surface of the water as a sturgeon takes hold and runs with the bait.  Often the rod tip bounces delicately and then moves steadily for a short distance.  This is the time to strike!  As the fish powers away you start to get a feel of the size of the thing which is attached to your line.  Pumping and pulling eventually brings to the surface a creature of prehistory in all it’s glory.

Sturgeon

It’s an amazing sight and at that moment all tiredness disappears from your body as you are now faced with the problem of how this fish is going to fit in your arms for a photo shoot.

A good guide should be there to help and advise. Take a look at Steve Kaye’s site.

http://www.sturgeonhunter.com/

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Cold Cruise

I am always amazed at the way these cruise ships sit on the water.  I understand the theory of bouyancy and what’s going on, but if you take out the Physics, then you must feel a sense of amazement.  It looks like a reverse of the iceberg principle with more of the ship above the water than below it.

This particular ship was edgeing it’s way through the channels between the mainland and Vancouver Island. I hope the passengers on board had taken time to spot the Orcas as they rose around the vessel.  I was travelling along in yacht, made of concrete, hoping for enough wind to sail rather than use the engine. The guide who owned the boat was a specialist in whale photography and he recounted the tale that Orcas had been spotted "surfing" the wake from the propeller of these ocean going cruisers.

Presumably they are catching something in the wash, but it is much nicer to think that they like swimming behind these large ships just for fun.

Cold Cruise

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Getting Ready.

The Fraser River, BC, Canada.

Leaving early one morning, I pulled off the lane, down to the edge of the shingle. I was amazed at the sight of about 200 trucks and campers all positioned so that they could fish off the beach for the salmon.

This is salmon fishing on the Fraser at the height of the season.

Bar Fishing On The Fraser River

 It’s busy, you hope for a good run of fish and that you don’t get caught in another fisherman’s line.  Most of the time the anglers on the bank were using beach style techniques with the odd person spinning. In the distance you can see one of the many boats used by the guides, or the regulars, who seek to avoid the crush of close quarters fishing.

Luckily Steve, the guide, and I were heading further upstream for a morning session fishing for salmon.  The rest of the day was to be spent pursuing sturgeon. For those seeking a little more peace it is always possible to find another spot away from the crowd.

Take a look at Steve’s web site and see some of the fish which the Fraser can produce when you are in the company of someone who has a good feel for the water and has the relevent tackle and techniques.

http://www.sturgeonhunter.com/

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Rocky Mountaineer.

Note And Photos From :- Kelowna Trout Angler.

Rocky Mountaineer.

I have a fascination with trains and my first job in England involved an intimate working relationship with British Rail. The Rocky Mountaineer was a train which we had always wanted to travel on, and for many years we visited the travel agents in England and dreamed. Now our time had come and the dream was to be excorcised. There is a great choice of where to join the train, and options as to which carriages to travel in.  As this was to be a ‘once in a lifetime trip’ we decided to travel ‘Gold Leaf’ and join the train in Calgary, travelling through the Rockies to Kamloops for an overnight stop and then on through the Fraser Canyon to Vancouver.  Riding in one of the glass domed carriages we had fantastic views of the surrounding mountains and forests, and the staff were wonderful.  They kept us well informed during the whole journey and quickly alerted us to any wildlife along the way. The food was exceptional. Bison steaks, salmon and various other delicacies were eaten with great enjoyment.

The line takes you along the banks of the Fraser River, sometimes crossing valleys on tressles with sheer drops either side of the rail.

Rocky Mountaineer

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