My season has ended…I have added six Counties this season, and now have just three to go! Bedfordshire (very difficult); Cheshire (should be OK!); Merseyside (may be impossible!!)
It may be raining, again, and heavily, but I am in the North East, where, and on dry fly (!) I caught some small but beautiful wild fish….
# 43. September 24. Northumbria, the Till
# 42 September 12. Essex, the Cam/Granta
July was a ‘rubbish’ month for fishing, the Isle of Wight excepted, and in August I was in Iceland, and in California, and it is now September, and I hope to make up for a season bereft of time on the water, and with a lower fish count than usual.
…and in June, I was unable to add to my count, but it is now July!
# 41 July 2. Isle of Wight, the Caul Bourne
In the rain of May end, I have added two more Counties… and my ‘Map’ now looks like this, with now, just six, still to be ‘netted’!
#40. May 31. Tyne & Wear, the Derwent
#39. May 31. County Durham, the Tees
We are off and running -
#38. April 16 West Midlands, the Blythe
On Friday last (March 2nd) I drove down to the town of Usk in Monmouthshire, and bought a day ticket from the lovely Jean Williams at Sweets, to fish the first day on my favourite river, the Usk. I was rewarded with two fish, and on returning the first, I dedicated it to Peter Ward (see Lancashire) who sadly passed away at Xmas.
What a start to my fishing year!
I write these few words from a lovely suite at the Cavas Wine Lodge, some twenty klicks South of Mendoza in Argentina. On Wednesday, and with Josh (Herlihy) I fished the fabled Limay River in Patagonia, and today, the Arrojo Grande de la Quebrada, near here. A total of twenty five rainbows, and a solitary brown came to net, and I look forward to sharing this adventure when back in the UK at the end of the month.