First Blog post – New website!
First blog on the new site and it’s Pete being dragged into the modern world.
This past few weeks have been real busy and staretd off with Duncton Mill fishery in Sussex which hosted a charity day in aid of Support Our Paras. I had instigated this along with Bernard Cribbins who is patron of the charity and had huge backing from Iain Liddell of Uniserve who got together the majority ofthe guests for the day.
Martin and Caroline Fleetwood made everyone very welcome, organised the buildings and food as well as pproviding the fishery for the day. Caroline’s cakes at end of the day are truly legendary.
Bernard ran the main auction at lunchtime and there were some amazing donations to help raise the total figure to £20,000. When I have detail of the cheque handover I will post the info.
It rained most of the day but who cares for a good cause and a couple of Martin’s beautiful char put in an appearance. Keith Arthur had one and the best rainbow of the day at 6lbs while the best brown went 5 – 4.
The very next day I was up early again and heading down to the New Forest to a corporate day for Middlesex Group. Wet again but these lovely people always have a fun day out and the fishery is completely rejuvenated.
Some great fish were caught and the new lodge is first class.
It was a long, wet drive home and I was well bushed after the two days out and really looking forward to getting all the gear sorted out on Saturday morning. The smell of wet nets in the car was a little overpowering the next morning.
Following week and it was a feature day to Manningford in Wiltshire. Guess what? It rained again. Well managed fishery and the basic rainbows were solid fish which fought real well. task for the day was to try for an end of year brown on what should be a good day to catch them. Wet, breezy and well overcast. Somehow I did it and a lovely 6 – 8 brown was to be the star of Pete Gathercole’s camera and an upcoming issue of Trout Fisherman.
This last weekend, 14 November started off with a lovely early Saturday morning lesson just before the rain hit in again but Sunday 15th was dry. I was scheduled to be at Avington to help out Gerry Pomeroy who is making a documentary on a year at Avington. It was really breezy and sight fishing was tough but we filmed stacks of tactical things and then got really lucky by locating a big fish which had just been hooked and lost. It wasn’t exactly happy with life and was skulking around weed beds at the top of the first lake. Bit of persuasion and a lead bug was the necessary fly and we got the whole thing on film. Then did a long interview session for Gerry and hope all this pays off for him when it’s shown on TV hopefully sometime next year.
So, that’s a quick update on the last couple weeks and if I can I will continue to keep the blog going.