This is Harry Jamieson the last independant rod maker in Scotland. I am for ever thankful to C. who introduced me to him. He lives in the Highlands in a little village called Nethybridge. He is one of the most knowledgeable person I have met when it comes to fishing in general. Talking to him is like opening an encyclopaedia or nowadays of course it is „google“.
Married to Christine, a Swiss lady who is an enthusiastic and very talented gardener, we immediately liked each other. So if we don’t find the words in English we can go on and speak French and sometimes even have „un verre de blanc“ together….
Driving to his house was a bit of an ordeal- pouring with rain- sometimes in buckets as you can see! But Alois‘ motor was purring like a contented cat…
Lots of other more important people have driven here:
↔yes, HRH is a friend and customer as well!
As I enter the workshop I can smell various things: wood, leather, cork, fabric and a certain type of glue which is epoxy as Harry explains to me later.
Hear for yourself what Harry has to tell about his profession and other things:
This rod is an original Grant Vibration rod made by the famous Alexander Grant of Carrbridge in the Spey Valley. He was one of the most expert Speycasters of his time and is still legendary within the angling community. At the same time he was a brilliant fiddler and he also built his own fiddles.. if you want to know more about him go to the link below.
To the left is the Grant Vibration made of Greenheart wood ca.1910
To the right a modern Carbon Rod with the same rings
Harry was kind enough to let me film some of his „tricks of the trade“. Here they are:
You may have guessed by now, I am the proud owner of a tailor-made Clan Rod by Harry. It is 15ft long and made of carbon fibre. The more I fish with it the better I like it.
Next week I shall be going to the Tweed Valley, getting some tuition to cast without hurting my weak left shoulder. So my next page will give you all the news of Tweed and a nice Hotel I shall be staying at…