Season Summary

I usually summarise the season in one word. This year choosing one word was tricky but I settled on ‘eventful‘. I experienced so many new things that warranted a diary entry. Events that might otherwise be overlooked in later years when recalling the blur of 2019.

In April I visited the Derwent in Cumbria to celebrate my 65th birthday. The scenery, weather and fishing were fabulous and the rented farmhouse beside the river was a warm and comfortable lodging. I am tempted to return but it was such a magical week that it can never be repeated.

I was invited to fish the River Wey during the mayfly season and I although I let a monster escape, I had a great time exploring a bigger version of the Rother. I also visited the River Itchen in early September and had the entire fishery to myself. My beat was spectacular and I learnt a lot about upstream dry fly on a chalk stream. I have taken a rod on the Itchen next season.

2019 was the ‘Year of The Cane Rod’. I christened the Farlows ‘Holdfast – New Zealand’, the Sharpes ‘Aberdeen’ and bought several other cane rods.

farlowsholdfastNZ

Although I have an inventory of my cane collection, it has become difficult to choose a rod for a days fishing. I have my favourites but I will ensure that the majority get used next year.

IMG_4520small

Bob Southwell

IMG_3224small

Fly Culture magazine

IMG_3745bwsmall

River Derwent, Cumbria

IMG_0180bwmedium

Little Springs

IMG_4076abw-1250

River Rother

IMG_4162small

The New Riffle

IMG_4348small

Mayfly Spinner

IMG_4587small

Mayfly Dun

IMG_4699bwsmall

Below Keepers Bridge

IMG_4969abwsmall

Riverhill

IMG_5071small

Weirwood Reservoir 1975

IMG_6095small

River Itchen

IMG_6334small

New Hat

IMG_6731small

Ebisu Day

IMG_6655bwsmall

October