Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Bad days

30Sept,01Oct Marshalstown and Woodburn Reservoirs

When i started blogging, one of the aims was to record all the times i had fished. Recently this has changed to writing about only the days I did well on. This has had the side-effect of letting me think i am a better angler than i actually am. Thought I'd better even the balance. The last two days I've been presented with a bit of free time so I used it wisely and went fishing.

Admittedly the weather has been pish, but i still thought I'd do OK, damn over-confidence. Yesterday my getaway was obstructed by my five year old nephew who had decided that he was coming with me. I knew this wasn't going to be a great days fishing but his optimism was contagious, he wanted to see me catch a fish, the thought that i might blank hadn't even occurred to him. So off we went.

I opted for Marshallstown reservoir as it has some good platforms so as to not let the child fall in or get covered in mud. My expert adequate control of the flyline was enough to entertain him for about ten minutes. There-after his enquiries of "when are you going to catch a fish?" got him through another ten minutes. After which he tried to take matters into his own hands by throwing rocks into the water to drive the fish closer to me. Bless his cotton socks, he's ever so thoughtful.

Although no fish were caught, we all returned with the same amount of eyes we left with and no-one had been in the water for a swim.

Today I though I'd make up for the lack of fish and really put some effort in. I even managed to get to the water before noon. I begun at the wild fishery at the top of the three reservoirs at South Woodburn, there is rumoured to be wild trout in here so I thought I'd check it out. I've fished here before a couple of times but had only ever caught fingerlings in a spot we call the nursery. I would have started my day here apart from the fact that there was no water in it.
I took the opportunity to walk around the reservoir as the circumference is less with less water in it. I'm quite a lazy bugger. The wind had unfortunately decided to follow me about and no matter where I stood it blew into my face at about 20 knots. All in all, it turned out to be quite a nice walk despite not seeing any evidence of the mythical wild brownies and for once i actually arrived home before the time demanded suggested by wifey.


Fish Whisperer said...

That's why it is called fishing and not catching. Great read Andy even if you didn't catch any fish.

Steve Dobson said...

Have to agree with the Fish Whisperer. There may be bad catching but bad fishing is a bit of a contradiction. I enjoy your writing.


thebigandyt said...

still had a good time out and the wind certainly blew a couple of cobwebs away.

Cheers guys

Steve Dobson said...

Hello Andy,

I just noticed that you have linked to Steve Dobson's Fisherman's Blog
from here. Thanks.
I have added your site to my links as well.


thebigandyt said...

Cheers Steve,

I've also ordered your clip from your site. It looked like a really handy accessory


it a part of learning in fishing..that why i called a art of fishing..

thebigandyt said...

Aye,thats true, there are easier ways of getting fish, supermarkets for one.

Bill Coleman said...

I think it's a good thing fish don't bite all the time. Makes when they do much more the better.