But as ever I am excited for the start of the river season.Why running water as opposed to lakes and ponds,that enthralls me so much.I'm not sure a definitive reason can be conveyed as to why that is the case.Living here in Surrey,we have a wealth of lakes to go at,but very few light my fire.The majority are aimed at Carp anglers and that species had me in it's grip in my much younger years.I'm now to long in the tooth to bivvie up,preferring short sessions that can fit around the real world that encroaches upon our pastime with more frequency as the years progress.
I think the reason I love river angling so much is that in that it enables me to loose myself.You can if you walk far enough,find solitude.Away from other anglers,just you and nature.Day dreaming the hours away while the water passes you by,interrupted on the odd occasions by a screeching ratchet.A nod on the rod tip,the vanishing of a float.
I'm sure that most of us river anglers share these sentiments and more besides.A client of mine said that humans are 95% water so he can understand why we are drawn to a river.He is a dry fly addict,casting on the Test and the Itchen,he tells me that as soon as he is on the beat only then can he relax.
I've stuck a few photos up from the back catalog,that I'm sure we all have.
|My favorite spot.|
|My PB from a few years back.|
|My mate Mr.DD playing Rugby with a nice Perch.|
|Crap photo,I was shacking after an immense fight from this fish caught in a summer flood.|
What would I like from the fourth coming season?As ever I'll be trying for a four pound plus Perch and a twenty plus Pike from the river would be nice.I'll be doing more Barbel fishing this summer,as the last few seasons the species was neglected somewhat by me.
And really just to have a few laughs with mates along the way,share their elation at great captures and also laugh at their misfortunes.Next weekend Gruff and I are off to the Severn,more of a opening night social really.If we blank who cares,we have to be away by around 0700 as it's Fathers Day.A fair old jaunt for a few hours fishing,but I cannot wait!
I'll wish you all a good and memorable season,lets hope the weather is kinder,much kinder than the last one.