Planning new adventures for 2018, I’m remembering the blessings of the last season now passed. A time of learning across nine of our english rivers, searching for wild trout and grayling with a fixed line fly. The visits, crammed in between work/life commitments, while all too brief, were both challenging and rewarding in equal measure.
Good times, fishing with friends old and new and taking on fresh challenges. Above all, looking back over the last year, I see the diverse wealth of fishing available to us across our small island home – I travelled from southern lowland chalk streams to the tiny moorland systems of the southwest, from the freestone rivers of the Welsh borders to the northern upland streams and back again, to the legendary Wandle in London. I even caught fish in some of them!
But I have touched on just the surface – there is so much more to discover for anyone up for making the effort.
They wash away the trying times – a lost rod, a broken rod, endless road miles, the wet and the cold and the fish-less days – so it’s good to pause, reflect and enjoy again these golden times. Photographs are so wonderful in helping us remember, here are some of my favourites from last year – I hope you enjoy them too.
Fishing the tiny wild streams of Bodmin Moor, Cornwall (Summer 2017)