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With only a few hours left before the official start to the coarse fishing season there will be without doubt men and women making provision for a trip to the river tomorrow. Some will set off just after midnight and others at first light.

It has been reported that the start of this season could be one of the best for many years. The rivers have had a good fill of water from the continuous inclement weather, weed growth has been strong and all the muck and debris has possibly been washed away, so once we get a few days where the rain may stop the water should be in prime condition.

Two vintage Wheatley Silmalloy fly boxes full of sea-trout flies

Two vintage Wheatley Silmalloy fly boxes full of sea-trout flies

I wrote recently about Wheatley Silmalloy Fly Boxes. What I can report is that I have now acquired a couple more full with sea-trout flies, one passed on by Wilf Baines of St Helens which has a great selection, so Wilf, it has gone to a good home. The other box has a great selection of low water flies with some great patterns a trip to the West Country is in order.

L.P.A.C enamel badge

L.P.A.C enamel badge

Other items of note are two badges, one a Central Association L.P.A.C with beautiful enameling. CALPAC was formed in 1879 see http://www.calpac.info for further detail and another badge by Sylcast, Fish Of Merit, which will be awarded at an appropriate moment to my young son when the tip of that rod bends round and he lands that prize fish.

Tales From The Tacklebox

Tales From The Tacklebox

I was kindly sent by Jason Whiteley a copy of ‘Tales From The Tacklebox’, Escape From The Crooked Tree. A fabulous book for children ages 4-8 and inspired by the author’s childhood having spent time in a lake house during the summer. The characters in the book are lures and a giant catfish.

The book is beautifully written by Jason Whiteley and superbly illustrated by Michael Kock, if you have children and want a bedtime story you will also enjoy then this is another to add to the bookshelf to sit alongside Mr Crabtree.

Escape From The Croked Tree by Jason Whiteley

Escape From The Crooked Tree by Jason Whiteley

A pint of ale is now required as the hour of noon on a Friday has passed and a toast to herald the new season. It has been a week without a good pint of British ale whilst away from our green and pleasant land so I need to re-acquaint myself with those flavours…a pint of Doombar or Adnams Jubilee I think may hit the spot.

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