Saturday, 23 October 2010


About two weeks ago we made a trip out
for some rainbows. Mike and Nick sported
two nice tashes. Mike looked like an extra
for faulty towers and nick like a German tank
commander. We had a nice day, plenty of fish
some good laughs, not many picture as my camera
died but I think I did get the best shot of the day!!
On arriving everyone had an array of big hairy things
I had my little box of river flies. Rather than rely on
any skill, or knowledge of the water, or any stocked
trout lake for that matter. The die was cast small flies
retrieved slowly, luckily it worked and a string of fish
I love this time of the year and the
American term(I think) describing it as
fall is about spot on.
The river Dane is a river I old in high
regard, not that some of my local streams
don't hold the same if not more amounts
of fish. I will stay clear of my normal preaching
of the reasons why and concentrate on the positives
of being out on the river, Gods good air and all that.
I love watching a float, if anything the last few
months and a touch of night fishing have made my
limited time even more enjoyable. This area of my
angling will continue I guess, even the stocked fishing
has been a nice diversion at times.
Well the Dane, a small river, winding by nature,
fast shallows, deep bends and tree lined banks.
Every new spot you fish seems likely to hold a
good fish and on a new beat of river, the often
long search for that perfect glide keeps you
walking and climbing through the rich under-
growth. Nettle stings and a hundred scratches
later I normally find that spot that looks "fishy"
and begin my way of setting about things.
The first thing before the rods set up is to put a
bit of bait in, this continues and by the time the
float runs down the water for the first time
the swims been fed for twenty minutes or so.
I also like to start upstream and work down,
it may be a false thought to think at least a few
bits have made the way downstream. Hungry
mouths wait around the next corner.

Two fish on the Dane are ready for you
at this time of year Chub and Grayling.
It's always been two althugh the latter
as replaced the Roach of my youth.
This is a water I will return too , it appears little fished,
apart from the Otter tracks that I think I found? The walk
will put most off I guess but I imagine some cracking Grayling
lie in wait, the Chub go three to four pound, I don't think they
get the pellets so are more of a natural size for the river here.
I'm sure Phil and Mike would like it even with the walk it's
worth the trip.


"Life is but a dream?"

"... on a good day of fishing, the job, the noise and clutter ... fade away until there is only water and the rhythm of the rod and, now and then, a fish."

-Random Phrump

''A Thought''

A simple philosophy I have adopted over the years has been tested and re-enforced in the past few weeks. It is to celebrate those good and pleasing things encountered in daily life, no matter how small, with at least the same vigour as I bemoan the bad or merely vexing.
-Steve Dobson

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