Not long now....only a couple of weeks until the start of the trout season. I'm looking forward being able to wander down the fields to the Churnet and to cast a wee dry fly or two at the lovely brownies that race and rise down there.
I'm also looking forward to fishing the lochs of Islay again but will probably have to wait until the end of May before that...then I'll be catching lovely wildies like the ones in the pic above...
Thought I'd post one of my most memorable angling moments from 2010. Wesser reckons that everytime he feels a bit down, he has a look at this video and the look on my face and it tends to cheer him up a little.
We'd travelled up to the borders for a little Grayling action on the Teviot with none other than English rivers champion John 'JT' Tyzack. John gave some expert tuition and eventually I was in to this stonking fish of over 2lb.
The hat was plonked on my head just seconds before the video was taken......
Christ I'm bored of winter. It's 3.45pm, it's going dark, windy and cold. It rained all weekend and the rivers are in flood.
In a few weeks time we'll be walking about in shorts and very much taking for granted the sunshine, the warm and long summer evenings, the babbling brook and the splashy rise of a wee broon troot or two. Next season I'll be fishing more rivers than ever before, the Derbyshire Wye, the Dove, the Churnet, the Severn and possibly even the Laggan but there is one stretch of river that beats all the rest for me and it's on my doorstep....the Churnet upstream of Leek.
Last season I really enjoyed walking down to the river and spending an hour or two stalking fish in the stunning surroundings of the upper reaches of the Churnet valley, where once an abbey stood and where the Roaches can be seen dark and gloomy on the distant horizon.
I'm hoping that the trout come back stronger than ever and that the winter was not to cruel to them. The river is pushing through strong today, and once it settles back down again, I hope to see more evidence of fishy activity.
Just to let you know that I've planned our first tutored malt whisky tasting to be held at The Wine Shop in 2011. Please click on the image above to expand the poster for all the details about the event.
The tasting will be an in depth look into the world of single malt whisky and we'll be tasting 4 classic drams:
Glenkinchie 12 year old (Lowlands)
Dalwhinnie 15 year old (Highlands)
Singleton of Dufftown (Speyside)
Talisker 10 year old (Islands: Skye)
To reserve your ticket please contact us ASAP as places are limited. 01538 382 408.
The event takes place on Saturday 26th March, 8pm at The Wine Shop in Leek.
I'm a keen angler and whisky enthusiast. I'm lucky enough to have lived and worked on the Isle of Islay in the Scottish Hebrides, angling and dramming paradise! I fish for wild brown trout and sea trout whilst up North, back in Leek in the beautiful Staffordshire Moorlands I like to meet up with my pals and fish for wild brown trout, grayling and other river species in the Dane, Dove, Churnet, Manifold and Wye.
(firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to contact me)