So it was at around 10pm on Christmas night when I got a text message from an enthusiastic fisher Charlie.
I had read something somewhere about going Pike fishing on Boxing Day being traditional so we decided to go to the local canal.
Anyway, too cut a long story short we fulfilled two traditions, we went Pike fishing on Boxing Day and in grand traditional style we blanked. Hell, we even used big rattling plugs. I had asked Alex if he wanted to join us but he was up North spending time with his folks. Freezing cold, hungry, no fish, he would have loved it I said to myself as I thumped my freezing cold feet in an attempt to heat them up.
By God, I was prepared!!
Charlie had brought Scott his girlfriends brother who had only fished a couple of times before, asked if he would want to go again he said â€œdefinitely, ask me again in May will youâ€
Outwardly promising we would meet up again soon for another Pike session and inwardly vowing not to answer any more fishing text messages we parted freezing cold and wanting to die !
Still fancy Pike on the fly though!
It is almost time, we are half way through. The 21st was the Winter solstice, the days are growing longer and the nights are growing shorter.
We shall all soon be on the river once more !
When I got back from my honeymoon sitting on my doormat was a rather nice surprise, a DVD entitled Trout Grass. Written and narrated by David James Duncan. Featuring Glen Brackett, Hoagy Carmichael and Thomas McGuane. Shot on location in Southern China and Montana, Trout Grass documents the transformation of bamboo into a split-cane fly rod. It is beautifully shot with some memorable spoken words. Basically, it is the journey that every bamboo rod takes from being a strong bit of grass cut down to being on a river catching a fish.
You can buy it through the Trout Grass web site, it costs 29.95 dollers. I will give a shout when it comes out on Amazon !