No common sense is no laughing matter

Enniskillen angler Brian Mc Clintock with the first salmon from the Drowes this year.
Enniskillen angler Brian Mc Clintock with the first salmon from the Drowes this year.

At long last I have changed my mind about the do-gooders; they are more to be pitied than laughed at.

And it has taken a toddler to show me where I was being unfair.

This is how I saw the light. My two-and-a-half year old granddaughter, Holly, feeds the songbirds at her parents’ home near Cushendun while her little brother Connor (14 months), attends to the ones at Clady Road half a mile away.

On Sunday Holly’s dad had lifted her up to a vantage point so that she could have a better view of the chaffinches, wagtails, blackbirds and robins feeding a few feet from where she stood. I then lifted Connor up to see more birds from a good spot in the porch.

He would have stayed there all day but, as usual, I had to go so I lifted him up to where Holly was standing, with strict instructions to their dad not to let them fall.

I was on my way out when I heard the most unmerciful shriek. It was Holly with tears tripping her. Asked what was wrong, these words of wisdom, if not good cheer, spat from her lips.

“Connor is looking at my birds,” she howled.

Now any sensible person would agree that that reaction is quite acceptable and, indeed laughable from a toddler. But not from adults who want everyone to believe they are the true friends of wildlife and that everyone is their enemy.

Holly made me see that it was not the fault of the do-gooders that they get most things wrong; it is because they, like so many others in positions of authority and responsibility have no common sense.

I would say that lack of common sense is at the heart of much that is wrong in these islands. Prime examples of it are to be found in the anti fracking and pro worthless wind farms lobbies.

So, you think that well paid, well educated ‘experts’ wouldn’t tell costly porkies? Well. Think again and it may help you to reach the correct solution if you read Christopher Booker’s article in the Sunday Telegraph (January 25). Or it might not. Booker has long taken the view that we are being led up the garden path by men with their own agendas on climate change. Now read these few paragraphs from Booker’s article on Sunday. He writes: “By far the most comprehensive account of the wholesale corruption of proper science is a paper written for the Science and Public Policy Institute, ‘Surface Temperatures Records: Policy-Driven Deception?’ by two veteran US meteorologists, Joseph D’Aleo and WUT’s Anthony Watts.

“One of the more provocative points arising from the debate over those claims that 2014 was the hottest year ever came from the Canadian academic Dr Timothy Ball when, in a recent post on the WUWT, he used the evidence of ice-core data to argue that the Earth’s recent temperatures rank in the lowest three per cent of all those recorded since the end of the last ice age, 10,000 years ago

“In reality, the implications of such distortions of the data go much further than just representing one of the most bizarre aberrations in the history of science. The fact that our politicians have fallen for all this scary chicanery, has given Britain the most suicidal crazy energy policy (useless windmills and all) of any country in the world.”

Enniskillen angler Ryan McClintock caught the Drowes’ first salmon of the year on Tuesday. The 7b 8oz fish was taken on a yellow Flying C from the Cascades. Water levels were very high in mid week and the weather was bad so fishing was not at its best on the Drowes.

Proprietor Shane Gallagher said he wished to thank all who had fished the Drowes since opening day on January 1. He said their names would be entered in a tackle shop and fishery draw.

Irish Angling’s Nancy Hearne was able to report the capture last week of the first salmon of the season down South. She said opening day on the Currane and Killarney saw good numbers of anglers out in search of the elusive salmon.

Experienced angler Gerry Looney was out early on opening day on the Long Range in Killarney. Gerry sent Irish Angling a picture of his first salmon caught which weighed 10lb. Billy O’Connor was out on the Killarney lakes on Sunday and caught an 11lb springer at 11am.

Alan Cassidy, from Cork city was very pleased to land his 8lb 8oz salmon on the lower River Flesk on Lough Leine Anglers Association waters. Marty Smith and angling guide Mick Flanagan headed to the River Inny on Sunday. Marty was in for the shock of his life as he hauled in a 22lb 1oz pike which measured 95cm, with a girth of 40cm.

Craigmore lake was frozen again at the start of the weekend but Leslie Beggs had 12 on mixed lures, Tommy Wharry, 13 to 6lb on lures, damsels and bloodworm.

Other catches were: Trevor Norris, Derry, 12; Gary Rock, 11; Steve Wright and Jim Magill,12; John Dillon, 10 to 6lb; John Roy, nine; Brian Robb, eight to 5lb; Martin Foster, 12; Colin Foster, seven; Ben Beresford, six; Tom Turner, 4lb 10oz; Ken Thursby, 3lb 10oz; Bobby Rooney ,13; Harry Diven, nine; James Harper, seven; Phil McKenna, two at 4lb and one at 5lb; Davy Couples, 5lb 10oz; Jimmy Norton, two to 3lb 10oz.

At Cashel, Martin Bradley, Dungiven, caught and relelased seven trout which took red bloodworm and a small natural zonker. Scottish angler, Matthew Culbertson, on his first visit to Cashel released 14 nice trout which took a hare’s ear nymph and a natural zonker.

Young angler, Declan Bradley, Swatragh, had two trout for a total of 6lb 3oz and released another one of 3lb. Danny Walker and Jim Russell, Monkstown and Newtownabbey, used a pheasant tail nymph to catch four for home for 11lb 10oz.

Andrew Logan, Dungiven, hooked four and brought one of 3lb to the bank. Nigel and Paul Rathfield and Ross Walder enjoyed their day at Cashel.

Did you miss the BBC 4 film on renowned Scottish fly tyer, the late Megan Boyd? Megan worked her magic in a cottage in northern Scotland to produce flies that many anglers said were absolutely lethal. She made her flies in a tin-roofed shed in Sutherland.

A new documentary, Kiss the Water, cast a light on the life and work of Megan Boyd who gained a reputation as one of the world’s best makers of fishing flies. Her flies were sought after by anglers in the UK and America and used by Prince Charles.