Alas, it did not go according to plan. After work another regular Kelvin fisher and I hit a tributary for some small stream action seeing as how the main river was out of action because of the rain. In the end we caught no fish and got cold into the bargain- which seems to be a bit of a tradition when I go fishing with Alex.
I think our optimism was slightly greater than our actual chances of catching a fish. Well, with hindsight that was the case anyway. What we should have done was head down to the river in the middle of the day- at this time last year I was taking trout on olives but now with working full time I have just got to take my fishing time when I can get it.
The usual first trip calamities- how a big thick thing likes fly line get into this mess is beyond meâ€¦.
It was cold, I mean really cold. I felt as if my nuts were going to freeze off at one point if the truth be told. I was worried when Alex told me he was fucking freezing and wanted to head to a local pub for a pint- he is made of sturdier stuff than me. Once in the rather nice pub I think people were bemused at this couple of rockets sitting wearing waders having a pintâ€¦
We learned a valuable lesson- wait another couple of weeksâ€¦.
So I am ill. If I was not ill I would be trying to catch a trout on the Kelvin. Instead I got Claire to drive me to a spot and have a look at it.
It actually looks ok considering it has been raining the last week. It is at a lovely height, wee bit dark but give it a couple of days with no rain and a little sunshine and we should be in business.
Actually, now that I look out the window I can see a bit of sunshine, so maybe there will be a hatch coming off at the moment. Stick to around late afternoon for dry flies.
Thankfully this does not happen wher I fish
So I wondered who might broach this rather touchy subject and it finally happened in a forum I visit.
Lucy Bowden operates a website dedicated to getting women into the sport called Fishing for Everyone
She says on her site
Here at fishingforeveryone, we are dedicated to encouraging more people into the sport of angling and in particular to get more females out there and enjoying the sport!
Fishing is one of the few sports whereby everyone and anyone can become involved, no matter of your age, race, gender or ability, anyone can fish! Angling is a sport which gets you out there and at one with nature, where you can relax and enjoy the surroundings at your own leisure.
She has appeared on telly and has been mentioned in the angling press on occasion which is pretty good for a young lass just trying to get more women into the sport.
However, Lucy has started punting rods and reels as well as pink waistcoats on her site making people think that she has perhaps not got the sports best interests at heart but is in fact a capitalist money grabbing evil women angler just out to make a quick buck. I jest, I jest dear readers !!
Lucy responds to the accusation on this thread.
She states that:
â€¦it is me who donates 5% from every sale of wellies to the charity, Casting For Recovery as well as promotes and enters the yearly fishing competitions to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Relief.
The wellies are Â£45 (on special offer) so she donates Â£2.25 off every sale! I bet she sells a lot of those pink ones!
I shall let you make up your minds!
So BBC weather said it was going to be sleeting today, ha that is a laugh: considering as how my first trip of the season was cancelled because of this. At around 1430 today it was actually quite warm with a little sun on the water. I could certainly imagine large dark olives hatching in weather like this. In fact I pretty much know they will. Tomorrow come hail (likely) or shine (unlikely) I will be venturing forth to try and catch my first trout of the season on a dry fly.
If that does not work I have a bunch of heavily weighted nymphs with lead and Alex says he is bringing worms and pink prawns for Salmon.
Oh purists where are you now!
I am going to be good to Bob Wyatt and plug his book. I am sure I did so in the past but as these plugs go around in full circle as new readers get picked up I felt it was worth it again. For my American readers this is one of those books you should read without question !