As the year draws to an end and hours before we herald in the new, I take time to reflect over some of those golden moments of the past year.
A few gems of vintage tackle were found, rods by Chapman’s of Ware and Hardy’s in a dishevelled state were then brought back to their former glory by Richard Narewski, a master craftsman and rod builder.
I met Chris Clemes earlier in the year and had the opportunity to try out his fantastic cane rods in Green Park in the heart of London of all places. At this time he is fishing in South Africa whilst we endure the wind and rain.
An early trout fishing trip in Arctic conditions gave young Tales his first 3.5lb fish, this was to set the bar for 2013 and he maintained a good level of fish all season with an early autumn haul of three 3lb fish in 10 minutes from underneath an alder at Robins Wood Fishery.
In May I took up a new position with a Dutch distiller and from there on in was little time to fish, simply work took over. My focus was then on building the distribution for Sloane’s Dry Gin and Rebellion Rum which has taken me to all four corners of our land, over hills, across meadows and streams. Next year I will leave a travel rod in the boot of the car just in case I get an hour here and there to cast a fly or bait.
There were to be no sea-trout or salmon caught this season, nor did we catch Esox or a prized silver bar of sea bass. Our sea fishing exploits were few and far between, trips to Norfolk and Cornwall resulted in blanks, with the sea full of sand eels we expected at least to connect with a bass but it wasn’t to be.
On our travels we met many new faces and those with the passion for angling have turned into friends, their kindness to advise, help and guide young Tales when our paths have crossed give one faith in humanity. Fishing like football is a sport embraced by all irrespective of colour, creed or background.
Mrs Tales has put a ban on any new tackle purchases, probably a good thing in reality as there are lots of ‘sticks’ as she calls them that need to grace the river rather than line the rear passage way to the garden. I guess we need to plan a few trips for 2014, a weeks salmon or sea-trout fishing is high on the list.
If I look at my WordPress stats then one post that seemed to repeatedly get viewed was my recipe for cooking black pudding, strange it may seem but that is what the stat monkeys at WordPress say.
Well can I wish all of you who took time to drop by talesbytheriverbank every good wish for 2014 and many tight lines.