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Archive for February, 2011

Fly Fishing with Friends

Monday, February 21st, 2011

One of the great things about fly fishing is the friends I have been lucky enough to make. There is nothing nicer than getting a call from a pal telling you the fishing is hot on their river or lake and would I like to join them to have a go? It is, of course, reciprocal and I get as much pleasure calling friends and saying they have to drop everything as the river is on fire.

We were lucky enough to venture up to Yorkshire this weekend to see some good friends and to take a look around and see the river they fish.

I know I have said it before but it still amazes me how small our country actually is. We set off at around 9am and were sitting in a cafe in York at 2ish having also made a stop for a cup of tea elsewhere.

On Saturday morning we got up and I mentioned to Emma that it looked a little foggy. After blinking a few times and taking a closer look ( I am a bit slow first thing) it turned out to be snow. We sort of knew it was coming and there was a nice scattering on the grass, but thankfully it wasn’t really cold enough to settle on the roads.

We’d come a long way and I really wanted to see the river I’d heard so much about and, as the roads were clear, we headed off.

It turned out it was everything I had hoped it would be and so much more. A beautiful setting, with water to match.We weren’t on a fishing day, I just wanted to see a place I had heard so much about. That having been said, I did have a cast of my new Access rod for 20 mins or so just to see and it worked perfectly.

I am pretty sure we’ll be back during the trout season, but in the meantime when we get the report of how well that river is fishing it will be nice to know that I’ll have a really good idea of exactly the spot being described. You know, the sort of thing about the riffle just below the path…

I had a great picture taken of me fishing in the snow, but just can’t seem to get it to load right  now…enjoy Charlies painting of a trout instead!

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Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

I’ve just been complemented by Emma on how tidy I have kept the table next to where I sit. It doesn’t sound that interesting or noteworthy but in some small way it is. To the casual observer it looks like a pile of junk with fly boxes, nippers, books and loads of magazines piled up on it.

To me it is a place where I know that I need to head for when I’m looking for something. I know that my tide tables will be there and the article that I meant to get round to reading will be there. The needle knot contraption I use on new fly lines is there, along with a couple of camera cables that are always on hand to download the trophy shot. All this on a small table which measures 14″ x 16″!

I also managed to balance, actually topple is a better word, my morning cup of tea on it too. This is a real act of skill and needs to be seen. It certainly isn’t for the faint-hearted!

Of late I have tried my best to try and make it look a little more presentable and I think I am getting there. I plan to do the same with the back of my truck this year too. I am not going to go back and look but while I am writing this I have an awful feeling I promised the same last year. Well, I mean it this year…

Paul and grayling!

It was good to meet up with Paul again and see him catch a few grayling too on his most excellent Bannister rod. Paul is just the perfect gentleman and loves every second he is on the water! It’s always a pleasure to spend time with him.

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