Annual Leave…A Visual Diary

With the end of the trout season fast approaching we anglers rush to the rivers, streams and lakes like crack-addicts rushing shuffling to the nearest drug-rehabilitation clinic for their weekly allowance of Methadone. As it was also the Boss’ birthday a week of annual leave was booked and the relaxation/party begun…with a few fishing trips squeezed in for good measure I might add.

For some time now I’ve been of the opinion that my fishing life is too rudely interrupted by that of my working life. Instead of sitting in front of damned computer monitors all day long I could be stood in a river casting to a rising fish all the while being gently cooled by a light breeze instead of a hell-spawned rickety old office fan.

Instead of hearing the sounds of gently chattering waters I’m assaulted greeted with the wonderful sound of multiple server fans, whirring loudly in their non-climate-controlled server cabinets at the height of summer; instead of hearing the bird’s summer song I’m kicked (quite literally) in the nuts by whining IT support calls querying as to why, for example, they’re unable to turn their monitors on. At the risk of sounding totally honest sarcastic, it could be something to do with the unauthorised convector heater you’ve plugged into the socket where your monitor’s power cable plug used to be; and yes, I said convector heater, and yes, I know it’s the height of summer; such are the levels of stupidity I am duty bound to endure.

Such levels of annoyance are reduced by said annual leave and it was a fine week away from work responsibilities with much fun, beer and the even saw the odd fish oblige; I was lucky enough to be able to fit in a little more exploration on the new stream (Stream ‘B’) and also a nice short trip away for my better half’s birthday.

Sunday 22nd August: Further Exploration of Stream ‘B’

The stream of skulls…
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Mark’s first fish of the day, a stonking 12″ wild brown trout
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Finally, levels are up after a decent amount of rain and everything is refreshed at long last
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Beauty with spots
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Mark fishing ‘The Tunnel Pool’…
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…and our slightly nervous journey through it…
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…five minutes later (and after a lengthly discussion on how to get above the rapids) we’re safely out the other side
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Nature abounds
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Another ‘never been hooked before’ beauty for Mark
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High waters
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Yours truly beginning a cast
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Hidden beauty
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Sunday 24th August: Exploration Done, It’s Time for Relaxation With Stream ‘B’

The hike down to the stream and, this time, via one of the valley’s gentler slopes
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White-tipped perfection
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Spooky fish hold in the smooth, gentle glides…
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…and only the most delicate of patterns will do, a Blue Winged Olive Reverse Parachute Emerger…
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…the result: six wild brown trout.
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Sparkling riffles and glorious glides abound…
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…and hold similarly glorious trout.
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Klinkhamers and greedy trout
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Sunday 25th/26th August: Tenby

What British summer on the beach looks like…
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The rain lifts…time for the pub…
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Restaurants, shops and pubs hide well down the narrow alleys of Tenby harbor…
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Couldn’t help it…FFISW.COM
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Cliff-top vantage point
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A windy morning but the gulls seem unaffected
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Sunday 27th August: Return To The Home Stream

My glorious glorious home stream and where my thoughts are constantly fixed…
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Autumn Dun (Ecdyonurus dispar)
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One of the many obliging fish of the day, this one violently rose to a Klinkhamer
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Riffley perfection
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BWO RPE…
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…and a trout that wanted to eat it
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