Monday, 23 February 2015

The next best thing


They say the next best thing to actually fishing is reading or talking about it. I do agree, but also include walking by water - rivers or lakes where one fishes or intends to fish. I needed a fix and my favourite venue never fails. Only a few weeks left of the coarse fishing season and the Avon was slightly coloured and tanking through after some heavy rain of late. Really looking forward to squeezing in some tail end trips, but this wooded glide won't be one of them. Wrong time of year.


The conker copse is one of the best places on the estate to wind down and contemplate a barbel in the early autumn. After then it seems to get harder to catch the fish. I don't think they stay here all year round. The barbel are few and far between, but monsters do lurk around these chestnuts. Recognise the glide above? Autumn Glory in the delightful A Passion for Angling series by the lovely Hugh Miles and starring Ferney and "him who we don't talk about". This is the scene of the conker match and barbel capture. Moody today in its winter cloak. 



4 comments:

Peter champion said...

Lovely pictures Dickie.Also shown in the film Toms River?.I wonder if its on dvd these days.Ha Ha the rogue that cant be mentioned has been Black Gaffed to the limit so we shall have to think of another "prize"for him.

Dickie Straker said...

Thanks Champ. What a lovely film Tom's River is. I remember my dear old Dad calling me down when it was shown one Christmas....I must have been in my teens.. he shouts "come down and watch this Dickie, you'll love it" - how right he was and who would have thought that for the last 10 years I have fished from its banks...heaven! Not on DVD, I have it on VHS. TTFN Dickie

The Two Terriers said...


Dickie, That brings back memories of when I had a ticket at Hale Park near Downton. We lived in Sandhurst then and I could be there in just over an hour, lovely.

All the best,

John

Dickie Straker said...

Nice bit of river at Hale John, fished there a few times over the years. Bit different to the drains eh! Hope you had a pike or two? TTFN Dickie