Sunday, 16 March 2008

No fishing this week

I gave the fishing a break this week , not that I would not have gone given the chance .
Having got some stuff done and out of the way Saturday we planned to go out for a walk on Sunday , it ended up not being a bad day although I didn't walk far .
At around 10am I was sat sorting out Scarlett's hair , my little baby is fast becoming a girl when my mate who I used to fly fish on the old Townsend water on the Ribble and Hodder rang me to say he was going to watch the rugby we go to the home matches and have season tickets , did I fancy a ride ? he also told me his Dad Len , who I learned a lot about fly fishing from was coming along , so a quick word with the Mrs and Logan and our plan was changed .
Logan came with me and although the game was not the best we enjoyed the day , a win for Wigan in the last minute helped . The most enjoyable part was we were soon talking about old times spent fishing and reviving old memories and funny story's that we all remember but are not mentioned or thought about enough .
Our stories took us from the canary islands to the river Lyon on the side of the Tay in Scotland , in fact during the car journey I would think most rivers in the north west of england were talked about , when I think about it I have fished in a wide variety of places and although over the past few years a lot of it has been by myself good company only makes the memories sweeter . I was lucky to have shared some good days with Phil this year and also got a day with Mike the other week I get as much pleasure now just being out and if Idont catch it's not the end of the world .
We talked about a lot of people some sadly no longer with us but most of the funny stories involved my dad .
Another big plus for me was Len talked me into putting my name down for his club and said he would nominate me , ok it will cost a small fortune but I'm in a privileged position being asked the wait may take some time but you only live once and the lengths of river are in my opinion the best in the area . Rob my mate is a active member of the club and I have a ready made fishing partner who is good company and a decent angler to boot , he already takes me on as a guest , now my interest in the fly fishing is rekindled I hope to spend a few more days in his company this coming season with a bit of luck .

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