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.