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Saturday, November 08, 2008

You never can tell

The overnight rain had cleared and the day turned sunny but breezy. With havy rain and gales forecast I thought I'd get an afternoon/evening session in. The river looked bob on, up a little on Tuesday with a hint more colour, but much warmer at 8.5C.

I dropped in to the big slack and put a barbel bait in the deep channel and fished a maggot feeder downstream. A half-moon appeared long before dark, wagtails worked the far bank perching on stones and singing. The high bank kept the wind from chilling me. After three-quarters of an hour the bites started coming to the maggot rod. When I dropped the feeder slightly further down the swim they increased in frequency. Delicate bites that pulled the tip down slowly and were all missed when I struck, the maggots either sucked or missing.

Towards dusk fish started topping in the swim and around it. Dace sized fish. The bites grew more sporadic. I reckon it was dace giving me the bites and they had moved up in the water. When I looked at the swim and the flow rate I thought it would be a good place to run a float through. Pity I'd left the float rod at home.

By five thirty the sky had clouded over enough to obscure the moon. I moved to a banker barbel swim which was also well sheltered and put two barbel rods out. It was eight thirty when I packed up in the predicted rain, the wind rushing through the half-bare branches of the trees on the far bank. Some of the gusts were uprooting the brolly and I had had just a few tentative chub pulls. Shining the beam of my head torch into the margins it seemed like the river was colouring up.

I'd have put money on catching a fish or two under the conditions. It just goes to show, you never can tell. And Emmylou agrees.

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Monday, July 14, 2008

Do I need a reason?

Spookily I was about to stick the CD of Lennon's Rock 'n' Roll album in my car when a link to this clip popped up on a forum I hang around.

If you don't have the album already, get it NOW!


Monday, May 26, 2008


Last week didn't go to plan as I wasn't able to get two spare days on the trot to get away tenching. Now there's the Bank Holiday weekend to avoid and my car is also off the road until Thursday. Bah!


Tuesday, May 06, 2008

No fish

Three nights of immobile bobbins. So, for all those of you who loved the Goldfrapp clips here's something else.


Tuesday, April 29, 2008


I should be sat by a tench lake now, but I'm not. So here's a double helping of Goldfrapp to annoy you!


Thursday, January 17, 2008

A musical interlude

Posted here to save myself searching YouTube every time I want to watch it!


Sunday, November 25, 2007

You gotta smile

After blanking on a trip squeezed in between building rods I sought solace in YouTube.

You can't feel miserable after watching that!