"We sit on cowslip banks, hear the birds sing, and possess ourselves in as much quietness as these silent silver streams, which we now see glide so quietly by us"
Monday, 14 June 2010
As I sit and write this short piece there are twenty six hours left of the traditional close season.
The past few weeks have been spent cleaning tackle and preparing for the glorious 16th of June.
The last seven days I have walked the new beat a couple of times, looking for signs of activity to help me decide as where to start the my new 'quest'.
I have planned for a twelve hour session to see in the new season but am also using it 'just to get a feel for the place'.
New surroundings, new swims and new conquests are always head scratching times in the angling world and each session is a learning curve for the next session.
New faces and friends will be made complete with new tales of past and present.
The stretch has more features than you could 'shake a stick at' and a potential of multi species to good sizes of which include barbel, chub, perch, carp and pike.
A fish to suit all conditions is the overall view and this will dictate how I spend my time for the next twelve months.
Only two different tickets have been purchased for my running water fixation and this covers ample water to fulfill my passion for peace and quiet.
On my last reconnaissance trip just a couple of days ago I was taken back just a little as the beat is in quite a remote country side spot but as I wandered through the first six bar gate into the second field I was taken back by the sighting of a couple thirty yards away that were cavorting with no clothes on!!
Now as an avid angler I never gave them a second glance... Yeah right!!!
I casually strolled on through trying to keep my water eyes intact with the river so as not to lose the tinted colour through my glasses that is needed for fish spotting.
Further down the beat a 'splosh' was heard and on closer inspection, up from the depths popped a terrapin!Great I thought, obviously someone's unwanted pet, although sights like this are not seen in your everyday world by all - 'us anglers get all the best views ya know'.
Anyway, enough of my mutterings.....
I will try and keep the blog as up to date as possible for those of you that take the time out to 'follow my footsteps' of which I am grateful.
I hope you enjoy reading it, as much as I do casting a line and writing about my happenings?