THE CAT STEVENS SESSION Aikin’s Pool at Orchard Lakes, 7 September 2018

Aikin’s Pool; this was taken with my mobile phone as for once I didn’t take my camera (hence no fish photos despite us catching a few) • Venue: Aikin’s Pool at Orchard Lakes • Swim: The far end of the lily pads • Time: 14:00 to 17:00 • Weather: A typical September day, some sun, some cloud, varying between t-shirt and sweat shirt weather. It has become my habit to finish these write ups with a ‘next steps’ section, but quite often whim or circumstances lead to a change of plan. However, this time I did go on the predicted … Continue reading THE CAT STEVENS SESSION Aikin’s Pool at Orchard Lakes, 7 September 2018

IT’S BEEN A WHILE The Match Lake at Orchard Lakes, 20 August 2018

The far end of the Match Lake; after the match over there was only me fishing at this end of the lake • Venue: The Match Lake at Orchard Lakes • Swim: Far end of the lake opposite the end of the right-hand Island • Time: 17:00 to 20:00 • Weather: A return to more normal summer weather. Without looking at the internet, it was sunny and cloudy by turns, t-shirt weather until the sun dipped below the trees and a slight breeze. I have been absent from the bank for over a month, which rather reminds me of a … Continue reading IT’S BEEN A WHILE The Match Lake at Orchard Lakes, 20 August 2018

SIDESTREAM AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY The Large Lake at Avon Tyrrell, 2 July 2018

The view from my swim …. • Venue: The Large Lake at Avon Tyrrell • Swim: Far bank to the left of the bay • Time: 08:30 to 10:30 • Weather: From the BBC – “… will be very warm or hot and high-level cloud may turn the sunshine hazy at times. Gentle easterly winds.” This was a rare session where carp were the target, although my methods may be a tad unusual. I’m afraid it is not my style to spend the night in a bivvy waiting for a buzzer to tell me that a carp has picked up … Continue reading SIDESTREAM AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY The Large Lake at Avon Tyrrell, 2 July 2018

SIDESTREAM OF THE DUMP Mudeford Woods Pond, 29 June 2018

This snap probably makes the pond at Mudeford Woods look larger than it really is • Venue: Mudeford Woods Pond • Swim: No.5 • Time: 08:00 to 11:00 • Weather: 25C and unbroken sunshine, but with a light breeze. One of the things about retirement is that you end up going to the local council tip frequently. In the case of our local tip it is opposite a small pond situated on a narrow strip of land that is a nature reserve. In effect the nature reserve is a finger of land bordered on one side by the tip and … Continue reading SIDESTREAM OF THE DUMP Mudeford Woods Pond, 29 June 2018

WHAT’S ANOTHER YEAR? The Small Lake at Avon Tyrrell, 25 June 2018

Another idyllic location, although in this case you do need to pick your time as I am sitting under the zip wire …. • Venue: The Small Lake at Avon Tyrrell • Swim: The platform swim • Time: 08:00 to 10:30 • Weather: From the BBC – “Another warm and dry day with plenty of sunshine. High cloud any again turn the sunshine a little hazy at times, most likely towards the west. Sea breezes will again give a cooler feel on the coast.” Well the opening week of the river season slipped by without me getting bankside and oddly … Continue reading WHAT’S ANOTHER YEAR? The Small Lake at Avon Tyrrell, 25 June 2018

CONUNDRUM CORNER Parley Lakes, 4 June 2018

Parley Lakes with its lily pads and overhanging trees; I think old Mr. Crabtree would approve, but appearances can be deceiving • Venue: Parley Lakes • Swim: Opposite a lily pad on the inner bank of the shallow lake • Time: 07:30 to 10:30 • Weather: Sunny initially turning cloudy, or as the BBC said: sunny spells and variable amounts of cloud. A few isolated heavy showers are possible, but some places will remain dry. Feeling cooler [21c] than yesterday. I ended last week’s instalment by saying I wasn’t sure how time and opportunities would pan out this week and … Continue reading CONUNDRUM CORNER Parley Lakes, 4 June 2018

MISANTHROPE CORNER Aikin’s Pool at Orchard Lakes, 30 May 2018

As commercial lakes go Aikin’s Pool isn’t too shabby • Venue: Aikin’s Pool at Orchard Lakes • Swim: Opposite the main lily pad • Time: 18:00 to 20:15 • Weather: Overcast and dry in-between torrential rain and thunder, or to quote the BBC “… clear spells will give way to growing areas of low cloud, along with some mist and fog. Late on in the night, the threat of showers will return.” I ended up working in the garden for longer than I intended and it was approaching six pm when I arrived at Orchard Lakes, so I was a … Continue reading MISANTHROPE CORNER Aikin’s Pool at Orchard Lakes, 30 May 2018