The Greatest Rack Ever Made

You have come to the blog of a well-meaning Scot with a penchant for fishing. I could provide volumes on the Northern Pike, for example, but Field and Stream has done a pretty good job of it. There are lots of guides online to fishing in Canada or my home country for these voracious eaters. It is fitting that people like me love to eat them in turn. So I am not going to give you an angler’s guide or a “how to” manual on grilling fish over a campfire. My friends tell me to stick to my own stories to make my posts more fun and human. If I happen to recount a fishing adventure, so be it. Otherwise, I could cover almost any topic.

I am tempted to tell you about my gaudy-colored lures that pike love. I keep them in a handmade wooden box that I made just for storage. I have a few other cases for my larger tackle, necessary for the very visual-oriented fish. Bigger bait means a bigger haul for the day. I could also relate a few tales about my days as a guide and the excitement of pulling in a 30-pound pike. The lochs in Scotland are rich resources making fishing here the best in Europe. Local fishing involves spinning or using dead bait, from either the shore or a boat, as you prefer. As an aside, live bait is outlawed in the country. Of course, fly-fishing is a distinct option.

I have digressed from my focus on my woodwork, in case you didn’t catch my drift. Not only have I made heirloom-quality boxes, but I have also fashioned a rod, net, and gear rack from Scottish pine. My nephew says that it is the greatest rack ever made, but then he is only ten years old. I think there is a budding woodworker in my midst. I will need to plan some lessons to find out. In case he doesn’t know it, the Scottish pine is the most popular Christmas tree in the U.S. In my house, it has a bigger distinction. In these parts, it is known for its thick bark and dark lower trunk. It is a majestic species that lives for 150 to 300 years. Branches are crooked and gnarly, with needles on the ends. I use it repeatedly for wood projects because my circular saw (from here: can cut through it like a hot knife through butter, and I intend to design some more projects for my favorite little boy.

In future blogs, you will hear all about it. You will also get fishing tips slipping in here and there, and lots of information on the pike. I have gone a long way from trees to fish, but that is the fun of this post. I promised you something different!