I have just been to Bellbrook trout fishery. I do not quite know why. I paid £35 to catch three specimen fish and came away having caught nothing more exciting than a mutant trout and slight chill!
I have to say that I was ill prepared. I had an old line that should have been changed ten years ago. It purports, or rather purported, to be an intermediate. This means that it sinks very slowly, much slower than a slow sinking line, but it definitely sinks, so is mid-way between a floater and a sinker – thus “intermediate”. Ideally a line of this sort should gradually drop beneath the surface on a nice level plain with no one part sinking any faster than another. My version rather resembled the sinking of a piece of rotten string, parts of it didn’t sink at all. No amount of jollop or fullers earth could persuade it to behave like it should and so, I am afraid, I removed it from the spool at the end of the day and hurled it with considerable force – not to mention malice – into the nearest bin!
I was fishing with my best friend Marc. Musto Marc we call him because he works for this popular clothing brand. (IT SHOULD BE MENTIONED HERE THAT I WORK FOR LE CHAMEAU – A FAR SUPERIOR BRAND OF COUNTRY CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR, THAT HAS SHAPED THE WAY WE DRESS WHILST SHOOTING. Well…………….that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.) He caught his three specimen fish very easily. Actually I say “specimen” but by this I mean they came from one of the Specimen Lakes. They were neither extraordinarily large nor, it has to be said, perfect of fin; but he he caught them. We were fishing the same flies on the same lakes and at the same time. The only difference was that his nice blue Cortland Intermediate did exactly what it says on the tin.
I could have gone salmon fishing for £40 and expected to catch nothing. If I had connected – OH the joy. This small stillwater debacle was the exact opposite – and it was all my fault.
I left the fishery feeling most dejected.
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Based in Chew Magna, South of Bristol, Dave Wiltshire is a AAPGAI Advanced level instructor.