Thursday, 16 February 2012

Upper Crust

Well I managed to snatch a few hours at
weekend. The normal story of a busy morning,
a quick phone call, chuck some stuff in the
boot and a dash down the motorway followed.
Arriving with limited time but the hope of
at least watching until the float disapears
once or twice. Even better that the thing
making that little red tip vanish is a fishy
critter helps me through the week.
The thing is I often reguard the lower river
as well...... not really a river. It's slower
deaper, wider and more populated banks are in
the main avoided by me. You may say it's a bit
snobby, but I like to escape from people when
I get the chance. Not the ones who have the same
thoughts on angling as I do, as I now often fish
in company. We often talk all the way to the river,
then a hour or two can pass without a word. The odd
decent fish, a bit of advice or a quick bite and drink
is the other time for words until the journey home.

The journey to the river is often spent talking fish.
"Oh you should have seen the amount of Dace,
Chub and Roach on the Ribble when I was a kid"
is my normal line.
" Not many 4lb Chub then
but you could catch one after another".
Now the thing is the lower river is now
just like the old days... Full of fish!!
So even though my "upper crust" fishing
ways are part of my ethos the chance to run
a float down stream and that run often ends in a
fish is just to good to miss!

So to the fishing, I now have a constant supply
of dried out bread, as the Mrs would tell you
"It's hung up in bags all over" It works and like
all things with a bit of practice and advise I now
have a good set up. The best place to get advice is
other anglers, now you may like all, some or none of
what they say but the thing is with the blogs that
people keep it's easy and free. One bit of advice on
bread from I think idlers quest? was all about punched
bread, well it works for me its quick, easy, cheap
and doesall I need it to..... catches fish!! I would
suggest you take a look. I had maggots and started off
with them but after ten minutes of no bites I switched
to bread........ good move every run seemed to result
in a fish, nothing big most Chub from a 1.5lb to 2lb
enough to get mewanting more...... Oh and that 2lb

Pete did catch a few fat Dace, once it
had gone dark!!
This is my favourite picture of Pete for
obvious reasons.


"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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