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    Default A big thank you!

    I didn't fish at all last year as wading in a wheel chair is not recommended but I'd like to say a big thank you to everyone who has posted pictures on the forum.

    The huge selection of rivers/pools/fish etc has cheered me up no end. It's a wonderful source of motivation especially when I'm feeling a bit tired and about to start my daily physio routine.

    Mac
    Last edited by mcminnow; 03-03-2008 at 01:37 PM.

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    Keep it going Mac, it wont be long before you up to your dangly bits and swishing the 13' er again

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    Hey Mac;

    Technology sure is great...and no worries...once you're feeling up to it I'm sure you'll find plenty of places that you can fish and enjoy a river (just yet another challenge when salmon fishing....and isn't that what salmon fishing is all about - challenges). I often find stepping into the water is the last thing you want to do when salmon fishing; so you may have an advantage over us "less motivated to stay clear of the water" anglers.

    Stay positive mate....silver-lining and rainbows are part of every rainy day...be sure to enjoy them....life is short.

    My guest hooked this one with 4 feet of fly-line out the top guide and it took the fly 24 inches from my feet (he was sitting in a boat).
    Get educated and involved in what salmon open net pens are doing, before it is too late!

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    good for you Mac, I hope you will be posting your own pics soon enough.

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    Thanks guys...........yes, I'm coming along nicely and my specialist is delighted. Can now walk 3/4 of a mile non-stop although I look like a sailor on a rolling ship's deck. Walking is one thing, balance is another, hence the wading stick and flotation jacket, but my physio thinks I'll be fine in a couple of months.

    At least I'm fitter that I was 10 years ago and I'm 2 stones lighter than 18 months ago which can't be bad as one gets older. Also less for my legs to carry about.

    Am getting bags of support from Mrs. Mac, who also happens to be a wizard with a camera. I just hope they'll let me start driving again soon, but if not Mrs. Mac will continue to act as chauffeur/ghillie.

    Mac
    "I'll be back"
    Last edited by mcminnow; 03-03-2008 at 08:45 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcminnow View Post
    Thanks guys...........yes, I'm coming along nicely and my specialist is delighted. Can now walk 3/4 of a mile non-stop although I look like a sailor on a rolling ship's deck. Walking is one thing, balance is another, hence the wading stick and flotation jacket, but my physio thinks I'll be fine in a couple of months.

    At least I'm fitter that I was 10 years ago and I'm 2 stones lighter than 18 months ago which can't be bad as one gets older. Also less for my legs to carry about.

    Am getting bags of support from Mrs. Mac, who also happens to be a wizard with a camera. I just hope they'll let me start driving again soon, but if not Mrs. Mac will continue to act as chauffeur/ghillie.

    Mac
    "I be back"
    Well said Mac, and we all look forward to you "being back". The power of running water, it's a humbling thing - get yourself out there, if only to be at the river side to start, get by today, and you'll be fishing tomorrow.

    All the best,

    Altmor.

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    Keep at it!

    I wonder if you were aware of the Wheelyboat trust? They now have a boat on the Tweed. There's more information at

    http://www.wheelyboats.org/newsevents

    and

    http://www.bdaa.co.uk/index.php?news=70

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    Talking well done

    HI MAC,
    AS one who has a balance condition,I to have to wear a life jacket and wading staff,It took me quite some time to re gain my balance ,its still not right after a lift accident which happened 12 years ago this coming April(I was in a lift that dropped 6 floors) IT takes time .some days I am still unable to walk and cannot leave the house but on days that I feel ok oh boy oh boy fishing here I come . So keep up the good work and it wont be long before your wading down those pools and hauling them out.all the best Neptune
    Hidden Content " The best fly to use is the one you believe in"

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    Guys, if its any help to any one here on this forum. our local loch as a new wheelie boat and if any one wants a day out if and when they are in the area (between Edinburgh and Glasgow) I would be more than happy to take them out for the day. Loch has brown and rainbow trout. Biggest naturalised brown caught was about 20lb and the bow about 16lb. These are grown on as they are stocked after we feed them up, at approx 2lb in weight.

    Fly life like every where else is diminshing, with the exception of the sedge and the rises are very good in the evening.

    So once again pm if you are interested and we can take it from there.

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    I thought about the Wheelyboats last year when things were bad and my specialist told me it's a tricky operation with varying degrees of success.

    Being a tough sod who used to run 120 miles a week and run marathons, I decided if I came out well, I was going to work damned hard to get walking again if at all possible, not easy when you're 65.

    It's been a long haul as I was in the chair full time until early September, then it was the zimmer frame followed by a walking stick. The best thing I did was to get myself some parallel bars set up the the lounge. These proved to be hard work but hugely instrumental in getting me back on my feet.

    I cannot fault the support I've had from Mrs. Mac, the medical people, my local authority and my physio has been nothing short of brilliant.


    I'm never going to be 100% again, but at least I can now walk again although I'll always need to use a walking stick/wading stick.

    I'm now walking 3/4 mile every day and cycling 12kms twice a day on my excercise bike as well as doing excercises. My physio thinks it's getting a bit easy and has said we will increase this in a couple of weeks.

    The bottom line is that I've been very lucky compared with other cases I observed while in hospital, so I've made provision to finance a new Wheelyboat to benefit those anglers less fortunate than myself.

    The ultimate test will come when I attend one of Springer's Spey Casting courses. I may fall over, I may get a bit wet, but I'll give it a go if he'll have me.

    Mac
    "I'll be back"
    Last edited by mcminnow; 04-03-2008 at 12:09 PM.

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