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The Camaraderie of Fishing

March 6, 2020 Off By Ian Whitcombe

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I was lucky enough to be shown around a small syndicate trout water in Leicestershire yesterday. It’s name and location are shrouded in secrecy at the member’s request, so I’ll just call it water A.

I was being shown around by the club chairman, who I’ll call Dave. We were also joined by the club secretary, who I’ll call Peter.

Water A is a 1.6 acre lake, stocked exclusively with rainbow trout and is situated among rolling Leicestershire countryside. The lake is stream fed and the water was crystal clear, despite the recent rains.

After showing me around the lake and onsite facilities, Dave suggested we have a go at fishing it. He suggested a sinking line with a solitary booby on the point, which I decided to ignore (I’m not sure why) and fish a floating line with my favourite candy FAB on the point with a diawl back dropper.

Ten minutes passed and Dave was in to a fish, quickly followed by Peter, who was also using a booby on a sinking line. My ludicrous decision to ignore the local advice had backfired and I was not getting a touch.

I switched to the suggested method and employed a silver sparkle dynamite booby on a di5 sinking line. This brought me immediate success with numerous nips at the tail before a final huge pull, which resulted in a 2 1/2lb rainbow.

Encouraged by this success, I cast out again and despite several pulls, didn’t manage to connect again for another hour. Meanwhile, Peter and Dave were hauling fish out ten to the dozen and completely showing me up.

This brings me to the main point of this blog entry.  I find that one of the most enjoyable parts of fishing is the people with whom you fish. Personally speaking, I don’t mind if I don’t catch. As long as someone on the venue does, I’m happy. It’s good to see fish caught, regardless of who caught it. Everybody has had the experience of fishing with someone who doesn’t quite get it and gets a bit jealous of others catching and I’m sure this atttude ruins the fishing for them as well as those around them. Hands up who has asked a successful fisherman what he’s fishing with, only to get to be told “a fly” !

Peter and Dave were brilliant fishing partners and they were constantly offering little tips and tricks which hugely improved my chances on the lake. Peter even yielded his spot to me as he’d already caught a number of fish and wanted me to catch well too. I was pleased to see that this kind and gentlemanly approach is actually enshrined in the club rules, which I think is something a lot of the larger reservoirs could learn from. I hear that Toft is now imposing this rule, but a major issue with some of the other reservoirs is people anchoring up all day and taking 50-60 fish from a tightly packed shoal, giving no one else a chance at them. This is counterproductive in two ways because not only does it spoil the day for others, but it also teaches the people in question nothing from the point of view of learning new techniques in other areas of the water where fish may be less plentiful and more wary.

I ended the hugely enjoyable short 4 hour session with 2 to the bank and 1 lost. The second fish falling to an Ali McCoist on a floating line (these flies will be in stock shortly).

Mostly though, I enjoyed spending some time in a lovely location with two really nice people who made the day so much more fun.

Thanks again to Peter and Dave (you know who you are!)

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