I’m doing a subscriber giveaway. I started a YouTube channel as many people have said I should and although at first I was vary wary about it as I’m not that sort of in front of the camera guy, i’m actually quite enjoying it and love filmmaking.
I haven’t had much time to get out recently with work and other things going on so I decided to go on a little micro adventure stalking for pike with the Dog and convert a dog walk into stalking for pike along the river.
It’s very difficult to balance everything sometimes and sometimes something has to give and it is important to keep that balance in our day to day lives.
I head out along the river after a real heavy night of wind and rain and I am very thankful that we cancelled the previous nights camp out as the weather really did turn for the worst.
My stalking equipment basically consist of a small spinning rod, telescopic net and a ruck sack with a few lures in it.
The lure I was using this day was a small (6cm) rubber shad with a single hook. These are very productive along this stretch of the river and the previous week I had a good catch so I thought i’d give this a go again.
The tide was really low and I don’t think i’ve seen it this low before. My thought where that the fish would be very concentrated in the main channel but this wasn’t the case.
The method I use is casting out, allowing the lure to hit the bottom, the retrieve a little jigging the lure then allowing it to drop to the bottom. I find that a lot of the time the fish are taking the lure on the drop.
Not very productive fishing session only had one but it got me out for a while.
Due to to limited time I head to head back home after one fish but managed to head out the next day for a little down time. Post to follow.
Today was time to head out hiking the Birch Forest. The weather has been perfect recently for foraging for fungi so I headed out into the woods to see if I could spot any.
As we started to walk into the birch forest i could see there where many slippery jacks but not fresh that morning.
We had a good walk around saw some birch polypores these are inedible but have some use in bushcraft and emergency situations:
Birch Polypore (Piptoporus betulinus) is also called Razor Fungus and can be used as a strop to give a blade a Razor sharp edge.
As well as giving your blade a super sharp edge it can also be turned in to a plaster. By slicing out a piece of the underside of the fungus and peeling it off you can make yourself a bushcraft plaster!
Funny how nature works the same thing that keeps your knife sharp also keeps your blood in when you cut yourself!!
I enjoy hiking the birch forest we had a look around but no fresh fungi so decided to stop and make some breakfast and coffee.
I was using a small bush box for the fire and was using a flint, steel and birch bark to start my fire. Camera messed up so missed filming starting the the fire.
The area I stopped for food was full of slippery jacks so I marked the area on my view ranger app for a time when conditions would be better for fungi.
I had recently been playing and designing a foraging pouch which can be clipped onto a belt and is rolled up in a leather holder (below).
First attempt was ok but I need to remove some of the clasps and turn them around so the bag could be removed from leather holder. Also so that the top of the leather holder could be clipped to inside of bag.