The Tug is The Drug

A short photofilm about a shed and ‘the tug’ that draws people back time after time.

Beside the River Ness in Inverness, Scotland, sits a small green shed, near a fishing pool located only a short distance from the city centre. But the shed is a focal point for the anglers who gather daily during (and after) the fishing season, to swap tall tales, tease each other, and make long-lasting friendships. They welcome strangers, anglers and non-anglers alike, share stories, laughs, fun and the odd cup of tea.


  • Lovely John. Thanks for sharing. Reminds me of a radio doco I made on the salmon netsmen on the river Tweed.

  • Nice work John, I’ll re-visit when I have more time to enjoy fully

  • You’ve made their enthusiasm shine through

    • Thanks Catherine. They were hard at it trying to get as much time in before the salmon season finishes in a week or so!

  • Lovely work, John. These are the stories that put a smile on the old fizzog.

    • Thanks Tony. They’re a great bunch of lads, and well deserve preserving for posterity!

  • Damn you, now I’ve got the Scotland bug again and I’ve only been there last year. Do you do tours? 😀

    • Sorry Thomas. So sorry. The tug to Scotland is common amongst previous visitors……best feed the craving with a visit!

  • Great story, thanks for sharing. Would have liked to hear more some more sound effects from the fishing though, to give my brain a rest from time to time from the onslaught of thick Scottish 🙂

    • Thanks Seth. I think I agree with you! ‘Sandy’ has a pretty good Glasgow accent and a speech rate thats fairly typical, and unless ‘tuned in’ to that it can be a pretty testing listen. Glad you enjoyed it all the same!

John MacPherson was born and lives in the Scottish Highlands. He trained as a welder in the Glasgow shipyards, before completing an apprenticeship as a carpenter, and then qualified as a Social Worker in Disability Services. Along the way he has cooked on canal barges, trained as an Alpine Ski Leader & worked as an Instructor for Skiers with disabilities, been a canoe instructor, and tutor of night classes in carpentry, stained glass design and manufacture, and archery. He has travelled extensively on various continents, undertaking solo trips by bicycle, or motorcycle. He has had narrow escapes from an ambush by terrorists, been hit by lightning, caught in an erupting volcano, trapped in a mobile home by a tornado, kidnapped by a dog's hairdresser, rammed by a basking shark and was once bitten by a wild otter. He has combined all this with professional photography, which he has practised for over 35 years. He teaches photography and acts as a photography guide & tutor in the UK and abroad. His biggest challenge is keeping his 27 year old Land Rover 110 on the road. He loves telling and hearing stories.

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