IT’S THE SAME OLD STORY The Tench Lake, Orchard Lakes, 29 March 2021 (Session 13_2021)

Venue: The Tench Lake, Orchard Lakes Swim: Using my numbering system (which starts from the south bank peg) Peg No. 9 Time: 09:00 to 11:00 Weather: chilly and overcast early doors with a wind blowing down the lake, by the afternoon it was a pleasant afternoon ‘It’s the same old story’, well I think I have to agree that had Billie Holiday been singing abut my fishing over this winter she would have been on the money. There is a predictability to my sessions since the start of October: Any river session – pound to a penny it will be … Continue reading IT’S THE SAME OLD STORY The Tench Lake, Orchard Lakes, 29 March 2021 (Session 13_2021)

CLAIMING THE EXTRA 20 OVERS Mudeford Woods Lake, 28 March 2021 (Session 12_2021)

Venue: Mudeford Woods Swim: Peg No. 2 Time: 19:00 to 20:00 Weather: an odd day as it started cold and windy but was still and mild by the evening with the prospect of quite warm weather later in the week I’m convinced that when County Championship matches were played over three days, rather than the current four days, both captains had the option of electing for an additional 20 overs on the final day if they thought they could push for a win. In reality the captains could still shake hands on a draw if the game was petering out … Continue reading CLAIMING THE EXTRA 20 OVERS Mudeford Woods Lake, 28 March 2021 (Session 12_2021)

HOW DID ADRIAN MOLE FIND THE TIME? Everton Grange Lake, 25 March 2021 (Session 11_2021)

Venue: Everton grange Swim: Peg No. 8 Time: 09:0 to 11:15 Weather: overcast , raining at times about 11C with a slight wind A few posts back I speculated about how the combination of Mrs. Sidestream both shielding and being between jobs combined with my little dabble in the world of work (25 hours a week for six weeks) would impact on my fishing. As this is my second, admittedly short, session of the week it would seem that, so far, fishing is holding up. However, keeping this blog up to date is starting to slip! I’m wondering if Adrian … Continue reading HOW DID ADRIAN MOLE FIND THE TIME? Everton Grange Lake, 25 March 2021 (Session 11_2021)

A CHEKHOVESQUE ORCHARD LAKES The Match Lake, Orchard Lakes, 22 March 2021 (Session 10_2021)

Venue: The Match Lake, Orchard Lakes Swim: The Far Corner/The Short Bank Time: 16:30 to 17:45 Weather: clear 10C with a slight wind I fear lockdown#3 is making a Moaning Minnie of me. So, I’ll start by saying I’m grateful that my Ringwood ticket gives me access to Orchard Lakes for six months. To be able to fish a commercial complex that is just about a mere three miles from home is a boon. As the complex has only recently reopened and is only available on the club book from October to March, I pencilled it in as this afternoon’s … Continue reading A CHEKHOVESQUE ORCHARD LAKES The Match Lake, Orchard Lakes, 22 March 2021 (Session 10_2021)

MEET ME ON THE CORNER Mudeford Woods Lake, 16 March 2021 (Session 09_2021)

Venue: Mudeford Woods Swim: Peg No. 2 Time: 16:45 to 18:35 Weather: overcast, sunny, mild but a breeze from the north east Once again the river season fizzled out for me. The précis is four river blanks between Christmas and the 14th March, split evenly between the Royalty (Hants Avon) and the Meridians (Dorset Stour). It probably isn’t worth a long post mortem, knowledge, technique, motivation, weather and Covid-19 restrictions all played their part. Still we move on and today was the first day of my temporary part time jobette and after a lot of screen time completing training modules … Continue reading MEET ME ON THE CORNER Mudeford Woods Lake, 16 March 2021 (Session 09_2021)

A BAD WEEK FOR ROYALTY Hampshire Avon, The Royalty Stretch, 12 March 2021 (Session 08_2021)

Hampshire Avon, The Royalty Stretch Swim: Initially the Avon Buildings Car Park Bank, moving to across the footbridge Time: 15:30 to 17:00 Weather: It has been a showery and windy week but the wind dropped today and I fitted in 90 minutes between showers. Fear not, I am not about to add to the words already expended on the nation’s favourite dysfunctional family. You know, the one with the propensity for washing their dirty linen in public. No, with the river close season looming, this is about a short session I fitted in on the Royalty stretch of the Hampshire … Continue reading A BAD WEEK FOR ROYALTY Hampshire Avon, The Royalty Stretch, 12 March 2021 (Session 08_2021)

REPETITION, REPETITION AND PERHAPS NOW TIME TO BE EXPANSIVE Mudeford Woods Lake, 3 March 2021 (Session 07_2021)

Venue: Mudeford Woods Swim: Peg No. 2 and a few casts in Peg No. 3 Time: 09:45 to 11:30 Weather: overcast, still and whilst still mild it is starting to get a bit chillier Back when Roy Hodgson was manager of Fulham I read an interview in which he said something like ‘we’ve some German coaches coming today who have asked to see a training session. I hope there not expecting to see anything revolutionary because all they’ll see is repetition.’ Well my trips to Mudeford Woods have rather slipped into a repetitive approach: Tackle: The short carp margin rod, … Continue reading REPETITION, REPETITION AND PERHAPS NOW TIME TO BE EXPANSIVE Mudeford Woods Lake, 3 March 2021 (Session 07_2021)

THE ROAD NOT TAKEN Hampshire Avon, The Royalty Stretch, I March 2021 (Session 06_2021)

Hampshire Avon, The Royalty Stretch Swim: Barlins, just above where the river divides Time: 10:15 to 11:45 Weather: Fresh first thing but sunny and reaching 11C with a slight breeze from the west Before I move on to the rationale for this post’s title, time to draw a deep breathe. One of the positives of the blog is that I have a semi regular dialogue with four or five other anglers. It is a manageable number, unlike say Face Book where all manner of people have found me, or Strava (a sort of social media platform for runners and cyclists) … Continue reading THE ROAD NOT TAKEN Hampshire Avon, The Royalty Stretch, I March 2021 (Session 06_2021)

GRIMRIDIANS Dorset Stour, The Meridians, 26 February 2021 (Session 05_2021)

Looking upstream from my swim Venue: Tidal Dorset Stour, The Meridians Swim: The very top peg (I.e past the last boat and by the hedge) Time: 09:45 to 11:45 Tide: Outgoing Weather: Frosty first thing but sunny and reaching 11C with no significant wind Well the notion that the Third Test between India an England would provide some lock down distraction was short lived as the game was wrapped by India on day two of five. I have some sympathy for the tourists as I have firsthand experience of heading abroad under researched, ill prepared and having my flimsy technique … Continue reading GRIMRIDIANS Dorset Stour, The Meridians, 26 February 2021 (Session 05_2021)

NEXT, A SESSION OF TWO PEGS Mudeford Woods Lake, 22 February 2021 (Session 04_2021)

Venue: Mudeford Woods Swim: Peg No. 1 switching to Peg No.2 Time: 16:15 to 18:00 Weather: overcast but still mild and absolutely no wind This will hopefully be a much shorter post than the preceding one, primarily because this is something of a deja vu session. A quick check in the garage told me that the maggots left over from Saturday were still okay. Incidentally I had added some crushed Aldi or Lidl ‘weetabix’ to the bait box when I had arrived home and, whether that is sensible or not, it seemed to work. So, whilst a coat of emulsion … Continue reading NEXT, A SESSION OF TWO PEGS Mudeford Woods Lake, 22 February 2021 (Session 04_2021)