We arrived just in time for me to take a couple of quick photo's prior to our days Pike trip in the Parlour Pool.
|Sunrise over Pipes.|
It looked like it would be a good day,but I left the lads to it after an hour.The levels below the main sluice were to low for my liking,two anglers can fish the deeper water with no problems but three is an angler to many.Here is Gruff doing a good likeness of a garden gnome trying to snatch a few live baits.
|Gruff and Coops no doubt slandering the world.|
Was I disappointed,yes a little but I also know what a ball breaker of a river this can be.Sure I prefer the water above Christchurch,Hale Park being one of my favorites.Two friends have tickets for the Longford Estate,no guest tickets here though,but at well over five hundred pound per season I guess they can keep it how they want.
Gruff and I did think of getting a Ringwood permit the other season.But it takes around two hours each way,so in truth you have to be practical about these things.So it leaves the Royalty or Britford for the day ticket angler.Fisherman will always be drawn to this river,time and time again,sure blanks seem to out weigh the good days.And it is not the river it was,are any these days?The Roach that the late John Searl caught from the boom swim,on the cinder path are but a moment in time,a cherished memory for the angler in question and looked at by me with awe.I was looking at those photos again last night,in his book A Brush with the Avon and I took a moment to walk up and stand in that swim today.You see with me,when you fish the Avon,your not only fishing,but your walking in the foot steps of the greats of our sport.You can day dream and just smile and count your blessings,to be on such a historic water way.It is in my eyes how Carp anglers view Redmire Pool.
Na,it's not such a kick in the nuts,that no other fish graced the bank for us three today.Because next time,it may be the fish of your dreams and that is the thing that pulls you back,always will.
Footnote:-Coops your fish does not now count,as no lures or spinning are permitted in the Parlour Pool,so you sir are a fraud.Also if anyone is fishing the Parlour soon,watch out for Seagulls as Gruff had a belting run today,that left his trace up a tree.Yep you two wondered while I slipped away for some peace and quiet.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.