Friday, 27 March 2015

Two Swallows......

....certainly don't make a summer.



What with all the hullabaloo around the eclipse and the thawing out after last knockings (end of the coarse fishing season) I nearly forgot to record one of the high points for me in recent years on the last day, 14th March.



Was it a 2lb roach? Dace of a pound? No, it was two Swallows feeding in front of me for a few all too brief moments before heading up river. It was chuffing freezing - I had moved swims after struggling all morning for three roach. These two early arrivals certainly put a spring in my step and my trot - I just knew I was going to catch.



A move to a glorious trot, a few handfuls of liquidised bread and we were away. It was a roach on every trot through. Murried caggots strike again! Three needed the landing net with the biggest of 1lb 3oz. 



A fine end to the season, but the highlight was most certainly those two bluebirds. My diary tells me they were my earliest sighting, not seen any since.



5 comments:

The Two Terriers said...


Lovely stuff Dickie, beautiful roach. John

Dickie Straker said...

Thanks John, ended up with about 40, all the year classes and as bright as new pins! Just heard the mackerel are in, spring speeding on! TTFN Dickie

The Essex Scribbler said...

Blimey, swallows already. Another week or two for is in the east I think.

Dickie Straker said...

It's weird, last year I think it was way past easter - these two must have been blown off course or were the scouting party. Never any pattern to it - back in the autumn TT was seeing Redwings and Fieldfares weeks before us down here - the wonder of nature! TTFN Dickie

Peter champion said...

Swallows usually arrive here first week in April Dickie.Ive been noting the date on the potting shed wall for nearly twenty years.First cuckoo call is also jotted,unfortunately i have not heard him for the last couple of years which has been missed.First trip to Sutton Friday last with our Hedge.Hard going with a cold wind.He had a couple-i lost two and went home with an empty bag!.