The 'Gazette'

This page is for thoughts on trout fishing - off the wall, pipe dreams or simply 'not strictly about catching trout'.  Our own trout fishing magazine in other words.

If you see an article you think should be here, email the url to Oliver - or, if you fancy your hand at writing an essay, here is where you can make your literary debut.


Double taper lines - don't knock them!

Why are weight forward lines so dominant in trout fishing? 

Read what some influential fishermen think - here



Bruce Sandison writes for Pitfour

Bruce is famous for his fight to preserve wild fish species. This piece is exclusive to the Pitfour Fly Fishing Club.

" I can’t remember how I became an angler. It just seemed to happen. None of the members of my family fished. I had to teach myself the essential elements of our well-loved art; how to break rods, tie allegedly fail-safe knots, fill boots with ice-cold water, how to fall into rivers and how to hook the back of my head and everything else within range, other than fish.

I wanted to catch fish, but it soon became clear to me that catching fish was only a very small part of the pleasure that angling brings. This firm belief has stayed with me throughout my life. It has shaped my views and opinions on the management of Scotland’s fisheries, and, also, on how we should care for our precious, irreplaceable environment.

Fishing for wild brown trout has been one of the greatest joys of my life. Not just catching fish, but the whole bang-shoot of the business of being at one with nature. I adore Scotland and everything it stands for; the smell, the touch and the taste of my native land; its people, lonely moors and distant mountains, its wild trout-filled lochs and peat-stained streams.

Our mountains and moorlands make us what we are. Every creature, human or animal, depends upon that land for survival. Therefore, whatever hurts Scotland’s environment hurts us all. In our brief stewardship of this treasure, let us strive to preserve its integrity. When we are gone, let there be no sign of our passing other than the friendly imprint of our care. This is our duty to future generations and there is no room for compromise"

Bruce Sandison


Someone said ...

  "I fish better with a lit cigar; some people fish better with talent"

Nick Lyons, Bright Rivers, 1977


And finally ...

  "Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish and he will sit in a boat and drink   beer all day"