Its January, it’s cold and miserable and most of us have not caught a fish all year – it will probably be another few months before we will even see a snout of a trout. Last year the season started badly with freezing temperatures – all the trout were away hibernating or something. Then suddenly almost overnight we were faced with flaming hot days with people worrying about the trout going belly up in the heat – you just can’t please some people.
Something struck me as I drove into work after the festivities – sleet! It was bloody miserable – I think I may actually have preferred the freezing cold of Christmas time to the damp miserable cold of New Year.
Still, its not all doom and gloom – each day is getting just a tiny wee bit longer. I have this wee widget on my phone that tells me the time of sunrise and sunset – today’s sunrise was at 0848 and sunset was at 1600 giving us 7 hours, 12mins and 9 seconds of meagre daylight while tomorrow sunrise will be at 0847 and sunset will be at 1601 giving us a whopping 7 hours, 14 mins and 8 seconds of sunny goodness to fill your soul. Fast forward a month and the length of day will be around 8 hours, 57mins and 59 seconds.
I note from my diary the first time I wet a line last year was a Pike Trip - it was actually pretty good with lots of Jacks caught.
The only positive thing about the dark nights is that it can be filed away as “fly tying time”. Of course being a Fishing Father the dark nights can also be an excuse to go to bed at 8pm and catch up on some zeds. Talking of which I need to get my ass in gear and actually start tying some trout flies.
Oh Happy New Year by the way.