Not Exactly Fishing

In the latest instalment of Not Exactly Fishing, Gordon Mack examines a trout’s stomach and finds an age-old debate among the contents.


Gordon Mack, in the latest addition to the Not Exactly Fishing series, relates a painful encounter with the gentle Daddy Long-legs and warns of the unseen perils of fly-tying.


River Snizort - middle beats

Snizort – the cemetery beat

Gordon Mack, in the Not Exactly Fishing series, recounts a recent visit to the River Snizort, the Isle of Skye river where a fascinating renewable energy project sits side-by-side with an environmentally-precious,  successful salmon and sea trout fishery, and relates his high-voltage experience.


IN THE latest instalment of Not Exactly Fishing, Gordon Mack ponders the values of catch returns and makes his own analysis of a week’s fishing this summer in South Uist. (more…)

In the latest instalment of Not Exactly Fishing, Gordon Mack recalls how his beloved hill loch retreat, tucked away off the beaten track in the foothills of The Cuillin was unexpectedly burgled. (more…)

EVER gone on a fishing trip with the lads and been tempted to run a small sweepstake to liven up proceedings?  Not Exactly Fishing reveals how a smart London coarse angler with an inside knowledge of underworld crime, ran off with the profits on a fly-fishing holiday to the wilds of Scotland’s remote Sutherland. (more…)

SIX weeks in Brazil for anyone with an interest in fishing, seems like too good a chance to miss. The opportunities, like the country itself, stretch far and wide from striped peacock bass and giant catfish in many of the rivers of Amazonia to marlin, tuna, sword and sailfish in the Atlantic coastal waters to the south.

In many of the rivers which network the huge mountain ranges between the states of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, and up into Minas Gerais, trout were introduced during last century and have found the environment very much to their liking. Sounds tempting?

Very. But my Brazilian odyssey fell into the category of road trip with family, as opposed to fishing trip with chums and although I did get on very close terms with dozens of tropical marine species including swimming with greenback turtles on a diving expedition off Ilha Grande, the scale of the recent flooding and ensuing national disaster for many Brazilians did dull my appetite somewhat.

That’s not to say the natives’ enthusiasm for dipping a rod into the nearest river, pond or sea-shore seemed to be in any way muted by the calamities taking place elsewhere in the country. And while enjoying a spot of surfing and generally lazing around in 30 deg heat on a quiet beach at Ubatuba on the Costa Verde I was able to watch some of the locals practising their beach-casting skills. At the end of the day, it was the fishing highlight of my holiday.

If you’ve never witnessed this use of a 5-ft spinning rod for beach-casting before, you’ll enjoy this clip as two Brazilian holidaymakers demonstrate the art of sub-aqua angling . . .

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