The Exploration of Stream: B – Part 1 (Small Stream Reconnaissance)

During the last 1008 hours (that’s exactly 6 weeks to you and I) I’ve spent approximately four of them fishing…that equates to a 0.396% fishing:life ratio. Whichever way you look at it, and as a trout fisherman, that ain’t good my son.

My extra-curricular life of late is either spent attending casting workshops/clinics, GAIA mentoring groups or GAIA events at various Country fairs (CLA Game Fair, Herefordshire Country Fair and this weekend’s North Wales Country Fair), but the majority of my time has seen me stood in various fields waving a rod about, attempting to cast a piece of wool within 18″ of cones placed at 20′, 20′ and 45′; implementing in-the-air mends at pre-specified sections of the line; single and double speys, rolls, jump-rolls, and on and on we go.

As some of the kind and knowledgeable inhabitants living in the immediate locality of the aforementioned fields have very helpfully and kindly pointed out, there are indeed no fish in the field, and yes, they’ve also pointed out that the water levels are very low at the moment. Still, they wish me the very best in my endeavors all the same. Looks of amusement and joy beaming from ear to ear as they convey this knowledge from across the field. I laugh heartily.

Tomorrow evening, however, I’ll be putting my practice to the test with a little exploration of a new ‘never-ever-ever-to-be-named’ small stream which I’ve just recently been granted the right to fish as per membership to a new club.

The stream lies at the bottom of a steep gorge, and a fairly good hike is needed to access the water…much of the hike is spent sliding down the valley sides. Still, such places are known for their seclusion and lack of others, which is fine by me.

A full report will follow, however, a few images taken at the bottom of a darkened valley during our first reconnaissance mission are shown below…

Small Stream Reconnaissance - 01

Small Stream Reconnaissance - 02

Small Stream Reconnaissance - 04

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