Tuesday, 15 June 2021

February to June 15th

With Covid movement restrictions in place, the end of the river season drifted into a non event for me. 

The closed season didn't see much activity either. I attended more Covid vaccinations than I had fishing outings! Just a single trip to a local club water for a few hours. 

A cheeky robin looks on

With lots going on at home and work to distract me, the closed season seemed to drift by with relative ease this year. In the past I'd often spent hours on end preparing tackle and bait, willing the days to roll on by. This time, I'd done literally nothing by June 15th, other than to return all rods and reels into some semblance of organised storage and to purchase the usual range of tickets.

A well earned week off work beckoned to mark the new river season...

Sunday, 31 January 2021


 Some pretty simple monthly statistics to kick the year off:

Fish - 0, Bites - 0, Sessions - 0.

The first time in over a decade that I haven't managed a January outing. 

Lockdown 3 has naturally limited the options, but the frequent moody and foul weather has done a fair job of narrowing them further. Throw in some family baggage and the month quickly became a write off.

You know things are bad when you've had more trips to the local Covid test centre than you've had fishing trips! My daughter recently clocked up her 4th visit - all negative outcomes so far thankfully.

Her nursery was a casualty for a week though when a staff member tested positive. A week of juggling home working and providing childcare is something I don't need much more of! 

We end the month with rivers over their banks again and temperatures dipping. I'll probably extend my barren spell for a couple more weeks and hopefully have the odd day off work when conditions improve.

Our local pond

Thursday, 31 December 2020

To The Future

Another year comes to an end. Covid-19 dominated most of 2020 and looks set to do the same as we move into the new year and well beyond. 

Hopefully we'll avoid another full lockdown that prevents any angling, but it's getting dangerously close again. I just hope we can get a workable strategy that sees a return to "normal" life in the first half of 2021. Right now things look dangerously out of control, despite the optimism of multiple vaccines.

While I've been lucky to have avoided any serious Covid issues amongst my extended family, it's completely derailed the support networks that my household revolves around.

When you can't just rock up at a friend's or family member's house to let them see / entertain your young offspring, it adds extra pressure within your own environment. As a result, I've done far less fishing in 2020 than in any of the previous 30 years. Quite simply, maintaining a functional household has had to be the priority. 

Normal life!

Doom and gloom aside, I look forward to some good fishing in 2021. A new river ticket which might finally see me crack that elusive 5lb chub! Hopefully another bloggers' challenge - Covid permitting. Maybe follow up on a tip off of some good perch in a stillwater I joined during lockdown 1? Perhaps investigate the recent additions at the syndicate pool?  And of course there's still my other staple venues to fall back on. 

I might be challenged for time, but I'll have plenty of variety to go at when I do get out! I'll try to share things more regularly on here over the year ahead. 

Good luck to everyone in 2021. Tight lines, but most importantly, good health to all your family and stay safe. 

Friday, 25 December 2020


A couple of short pre-xmas sessions. A blank on a stillwater and a lone barbel on a ever swelling Avon. 

Further serious quantities of rain have seen the upper Avon (Rugby) hitting record levels. Misery for festive river anglers. Unlikely to improve much with a big storm arriving later on Boxing Day. 

One more session planned this year. Might have to be a stillwater, but I'll take anything I can get. It's been that sort of year.


November, no fishing for me again.


Some fishing respite around half-term thankfully. A bit of a mixed bag across a few sessions. Nice to see a zander again - it's been a while.



Didn't wet a line all month. Family duties taking over. Fishing can wait...