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Jmd123December 1st, 2018, 9:25 am
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2310
Who's been to Scotland? I HAVE!! And possibly going back??

My boss has worked with AECOM and highly recommends the firm. It's a longshot, but hey, I think I have the basic qualifications. If you count my first "real" job after my Masters as being at South slough Reserve (1992-1993), I've been doing aquatic science for over 26 years. So, why not, especially with a professional connection to the company that might provide me an in?

I don't have much of anything tying me down at this point in my life, and a big fat resume loaded with marketable skills worth a few more $$$ than I thought. And still having my health, I'm always up for another adventure. Stay tuned folks, I can't tell you what's going to happen next, but I'm sure it will be interesting...

No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
WbranchDecember 1st, 2018, 9:39 am
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2389
I'm pretty sure there are no yellow perch and smallmouth in Scotland. Also almost all the streams, creeks, rivers are held in private hands and it is doubtful you will be able to fish any unless you are willing to pay a daily beat fee. I guess you could still fish for barbel, chubs, and carp.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
RleePDecember 1st, 2018, 1:05 pm
NW PA - Pennsylvania's Glacial Pothole Wonderland

Posts: 353
I don't believe the fishing access situation in Scotland to be anywhere near that grim...

I've had a number of friends go over there to fish and they had excellent trips for trout in terms of variety of stream types, fish size, etc.

It is true, I guess that most access has to be purchased. But in the case of my friends, most of the fees were very reasonable, cheap even. As in all day (or perhaps even multiple day, I forget..) access to a HQ wild brown trout fishery in the northern highlands for what was about the equiv. of 15-20 bucks US.

So, there may be a lot of potential there after all and after a few reports back, we may all may be wanting to come stay with you for a few days..:) Who knows?

Good Luck however it works out for you Jonathon..
Jmd123December 6th, 2018, 4:34 am
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2310
Oh Matt, you're my favorite curmudgeon.

There are perch in England, along with zander (the European equivalent of walleye) and pike (same species even). Not to mention brown trout, which occur in streams, lakes, and sea-run forms, plus Atlantic salmon and arctic char...and there are PLENTY of lakes for this kayaker to explore!

Guys, I have no idea where I am going to end up. I got called back to work and I am heading out for the field shortly for a wetland delineation - yes, in the snow! Just so long as I land in an interesting place with some interesting people & fishing opportunities, and a good job with a good salary, I'll be just fine.


P.S. No matter where I go I will always have guest accommodations for wayward Troutnuts.
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
MartinlfDecember 6th, 2018, 10:13 pm
Palmyra PA

Posts: 2840
Keep us posted, Jonathon!
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell

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