Norfolk is one of my favourite English counties. There’s something of a bygone era feel to it and a sense of serenity washes over me whenever I visit. I was invited along to see the work carried out by the John Wilson Fishing Enterprise at Shallowbrook Lakes near Norwich, along with my fellow Lifelines compiler Rod Sturdy, his wife Jennifer and good friends Graham and Sue Tibbs. Graham was an artwork contributor to the book.

On arrival we were warmly greeted by Lisa Wilson. For those that don’t know; Lisa is the daughter of Britain’s most famous angling TV presenter; the late, great John Wilson MBE. John was a natural presenter and exuded charisma, with a larger than life personality…. just what’s required for a successful TV show. This was borne out by its almost unrivalled popularity with viewers; including the non angling fraternity who just loved his approach and style. His show ran for 15 odd years on terrestrial television and he followed that with a successful career on Sky.

I met Lisa’s mum who was John’s first wife. Both Lisa and her mum chatted freely and openly about John, his family life and angling career. As a life long fan of John Wilson, I can only say how honoured I was to meet them both and to share in so many candid memories of the great man.

There were around 20 youngsters being briefed by Lisa on what the day would entail and a bit of history about her late father. They were soon fishing in groups, each one headed by a qualified coach. What become evident very quickly was just how much they were focused on the fishing. We witnessed genuine concentration and a willingness to learn.

I think it is fair to say that these are young people who have had a tough time and are trying to cope with their mental health issues. They attend schools specifically tailored to help them with their significant and complex needs. Some schools have now recognised that as part of the overall support and provision package provided, angling and nature can play an important role in their therapy.

It was very evident to us that the excellent work Lisa and her team provide, made an acute difference to those pupils attending. There were moments of joy, moments of laughter and it looked like a sense of belonging, something that can so often be missing in individual’s lives.

We had a wonderful day and felt privileged to be invited along to see first hand the great work being carried out by the JWFE team. We will endeavour to support this project as much as we can through the sales of our book ‘Lifelines’ and we truly hope the project goes from strength to strength.

Lifelines Update

Both Rod and I are delighted to announce that our book ‘Lifelines’ has been selling better than expected. We produced 500 copies (300 hardback and 200 paperback). There are only about 100 copies left, which is tremendous considering the launch was late December 2021.

The good news is that this success has generated a significant revenue; all of which has already been passed on to our two chosen good causes; The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and The John Wilson Fishing Enterprise.

Also, we have submitted our accounts to our auditors so they can sign them off. We will of course keep you updated on that progress.

In brief I can at least give you some idea of what the finances look like;

Total raised from Crowdfunding minus the Crowdfunder.co.uk fees totalled  £6468.97

Our initial costs came to £5,823.43, leaving us a credit of £645.54.

We received 194 copies of the book to sell at the book launch and to fulfil the crowdfunder promotional deal (where anyone prescribing to the promotion received a free hardback copy of the book).

We have sold out of physical copies and this generated an additional sum of £2,654.46.

This created a total of £3,300.000, once the balance of the crowdfunding monies were added to the total. This money was then split equally between our two beneficiaries.

Since then, we have received a further £1964.88 in royalties from our wholesaler (Arthur H Stockwell). This has also been transferred to our chosen good causes and they received £982.44 each.

Rod and I would like to thank all those good people that have purchased a copy or two. We hope you have enjoyed the stories and marvelled at the artwork. A reminder that without the dedication and selfless support of the authors and artists, this project would not have been possible; so thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.

Rod and I are now looking at alternative means of taking the book forward, so we can generate income for these two enterprises for many years to come. We hope to have a second run of books (including leather bound limited editions) and we are also looking into producing a audio book version.

We will be running an auction at some point where we have one master copy of our book signed by every contributor and a hand drawn illustration of Chris Yates signed by the very talented artist (Pete Wilson) and Chris. This is a one off piece and we have already received an offer of £250!

As soon as the auditors have completed their work I will post in detail the results.

We will also be visiting Lisa Wilson at her project headquarters in Norfolk, to see how your money is being put to good use; helping those with mental health issues by introducing them to our great sport. The therapeutic benefits of angling and nature has finally received national recognition as a therapy; something we have always known of course!

We have been so lucky with our book LIFELINES – An Anthology of Angling Anecdotes, and more . . .

We have already sold almost half of our stock. The book launch held at Knole Park Golf Club went extremely well, despite the new Covid concerns, where we sold around 80 books.

We have now received a feature on one of our contributors; the internationally acclaimed author Luke Jennings, in a double page spread in the Daily Express where James Murray interviews Luke about his life and his latest contribution to our book.

I was also approached for comment about the book and why Rod and I put it together. It’s an excellent article and I hope it will encourage even more sales of our book.

A link to The Daily Express’ Article is below:

The Daily Express; Author, Angler and the Soldier Spy

Support two great charities by contributing towards the publishing of this excellent book.

Lifelines – an anthology of Angling Stories. Crowdfunder.co.uk

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected all of our lives.  Loved ones have passed away, others lost their jobs and many have suffered physical and/or mental hardships.

We really wanted something positive to come from these dark days. To somehow make a difference.  Both Rod and I are passionate, lifelong anglers and we had the seed of an idea to produce an angling book; something that would afford a glimmer of light during these dark days.

Not the normal run of the mill “how to catch” or “look at what I’ve caught” style of fishing book.  We envisaged a collection of short stories, all based around angling but more as a theme rather than the sole purpose.

This book is an anthology of musings, reflections, adventures, humorous capers and fictional indulgencies.  We have called the book ‘Lifelines’ because it so aptly describes what angling has been for so many people and how we as anglers can offer a lifeline to those less fortunate.  

Some of the stories contained in this book highlight how deeply angling has acted as a spiritual and healing catalyst for many.  Both mental and physical scars can and have been alleviated by the pursuit of angling and it has offered so many people a road back to a much better and happier place. 

Our line up of authors includes titans of the angling world as well as internationally renowned authors, presenters, entertainers, journalists, film makers, professionals and of course regular, everyday people.  What connects them all is a strong bond; a lifelong passion for angling:

Paul Whitehouse

Luke Jennings 

Chris Yates

Hugh Miles

Charles Rangeley-Wilson

Dr Andy Orme

Martin James MBE

Dave Steuart

Chris Ball

Lisa Wilson

Martin Salter

Magnus Irvin

Terry Theobald

Dom Garnett

Stewart Allum

Peter Cockwill

Richard Baker

Lars Christensen

David Kiely

Russ Smith

Clem Booth

Vic Gent

Geoff Maynard

Nicolas Walmsley

Jay Roberts

Rod Sturdy

Nathan Walter

Fennel Hudson

The forward has been compiled by our good friend John Bailey.  As an internationally acclaimed author, journalist, presenter and broadcaster, no one could have written a more fitting forward than John.  His words really set the scene from the word go.  He is a craftsman and wordsmith and one of the finest anglers to have lived.

The book includes a very candid and humorous piece from Lisa Wilson, daughter of the UK’s best known and much loved angling presenter; the late Mr John Wilson MBE.  Although the angling world is a much poorer place with John’s passing, his memory is kept alive by his daughter Lisa, who now heads the John Wilson Fishing Enterprise.  A fitting tribute to the great man.

The book will be published by the family run Stockwell Publishers, based in Devon.  They have been producing quality books since 1898.  The book will be available in either paperback or hardback editions.

In all there are 27 stories and one poem, accompanied by some wonderful hand drawn illustrations.  We are extremely fortunate to have some very talented and gifted people producing artwork for us;

Chris Turnbull

David Miller

James Hague

Pete Wilson

Josh Fisher

Graham Tibbs

Stuart Allum

All Proceeds from this book will go to charity.  The money will be split 50/50 between The John Wilson Fishing Enterprise and The Royal Marsden Covid-19 Appeal.  Both of these charities are very special.  

The aim of the John Wilson Fishing Enterprise is to promote mental health as a key objective, particularly for children and adults who fall under the social care umbrella. Its emphasis is to provide fishing opportunities and the chance to connect with the outdoors and provide therapy through the art of fishing.  The fishery is located within a nature reserve and this opens up the opportunity of combining fishing with nature walks, as the two are so intrinsically linked in our opinion.

Lisa Wilson, who is a Level 2 Professional Social Worker told us “attendees are monitored by qualified social workers who are on hand to cover the usual processes and to conduct observational assessments”.   

We probably all know someone who has been affected by cancer and The Royal Marsden Cancer Hospitals have done so much for kids with cancer as well as adult patients alike. The General Fund has been set up to help support cancer research, staff, both Royal Marsden Hospitals and cancer patients through these uncertain and difficult times. Having seen them in action when my nephew Conor was treated, they were just amazing.  They are truly wonderful people.  I need say no more. 

Both Rod and I feel incredibly privileged to have accumulated such a wonderful, talented group of writers and illustrators to make this project possible.  We cannot thank them enough.  

Now we need YOUR help.  Everyday anglers, friends and colleagues that can make a difference and enable this project to realise its full potential. 

Please try and help us fund the printing of this book.  Anything you can give will help.  Those that can donate £100 will receive a complimentary copy of the book and will also be acknowledged as generous benefactors within the book’s credits.

There will be unpaid, independently appointed accountants to inspect all transactions and audit the books, so that you can be safe in the knowledge that every possible penny will go to our two worthwhile charities, minus only printing related costs and of course fees to Crowdfunder.

Thank you for your support.

Nathan Walter

Rod Sturdy

Lifelines – an Anthology of Angling Stories. – Crowdfunder.co.uk

Ruddy Marvellous!

  Thirty five years ago I committed my most heinous of angling crimes.  It was a beautiful simmer’s day on a Kent gravel pit.  I spent many hours here as a teenager chasing the beautiful, natural carp.  The fish were not big by modern standards; up to low twenties.  Here, I whiled away many happy hours with my good mates, Mick Hollands the local angling legend and great friend,  Trevor and his brother Andy, Jules, Dave Kiely, Storm-Rod Steve and my very good friend Gerrard Weller who was sadly killed in his early twenties and many more besides. Still I digress….. As the sun beat down, the rays of sunlight dappled the surface of the small pit and the carp could be seen lazily cruising.  Their backs gently breaking the surface film and every now and again a small boil on the water indicated a feeding fish. I set-up a rig; a small surface float and a long mono hook link with a pop-up boilie.  Out went the rig and I pulled it into position, hopefully to intercept one of those big torpedo’s that were slowly moving between the huge sets of Lillie pads. Unbeknownst to me the lake also contained some hefty rudd.  As the pop-up vanished with a gentle gulp the strike met with something less powerful than I expected.  The carp that was honing in on my bait suddenly swirled and headed off back to the sanctuary of the pads and the culprit that had stolen it’s food was soon netted. In the net lay the most beautiful creature I had ever seen; a burnish bronzed behemoth of a rudd.  I was gobsmacked.  Two young lads were standing behind me and looked in amazement at this most wonderous of fish.  The excitement in their cries of wonder encapsulated the moment. However in a flash of madness, maybe a brief flurry of youthful machismo, I decried the capture as nothing but a nuisance fish and slipped the rudd back without weighing it or capturing this special moment on camera.  A most heinous crime indeed and it would take many, many years to undo this blunder! From that day on I promised myself to enjoy unintended captures and treat them with the respect they deserved and justly so. Thirty five years later the opportunity presented itself to finally have a go for some big rudd.  I felt we had left it too late, as we often do chasing big fish opportunities.  We had been given some information early in the summer, where big rudd had been caught and not followed up on this prime tip off.  Now, as we fast approached October we had a day spare and all of the facts we needed to head to the venue.  Although it was due to be a bright and warm day, the wind looked like it would be a huge problem; gusting to 20mph.  This can make float fishing difficult and also fish observation awkward due to the chop on the water surface.  Anyway Geoff convinced me, against my better judgement, it would be a worthwhile exercise to at least explore the venue for future opportunities. P1010029.JPG We arrived around midday and proceeded to explore the stretch.  We spotted some small fish early on but nothing of any real size.  We walked some distance down one side and then decided to walk all the way back to where we had started and cross over to the other bank, as access looked a little easier.  We were armed with a loaf of bread and flicked in the occasional flake in likely looking spots.  Geoff, who was suffering with severe back pain, had decided enough walking was enough. I vowed to carry on and explore a bit more. I felt it was imperative to spot the fish first, rather than fish blindly.  Just as Geoff turned to head back to the car, I spotted two enormous rudd.  They saw me and turned broadside in the water and vanished into the depths.  One looked truly huge.  However we then spotted a big shoal of decent rudd and a few flakes of bread were tossed in, to see if they would take them.  They did.  We shot back to the car to grab the gear.  We knew that at least we had a chance now we had found a few fish. P1010027.JPG My plan of action was to set up a 14ft float rod, a waggler fixed top and bottom river float style and a 10 hook.  I intended to fish flake on the surface or to let it slowly sink a couple of feet down.  I found a shoal of rudd and they all looked decent; maybe 1.8lbs or so.  Access was difficult due to the density and size of the reeds however I managed to find a spot where I could get to the shoal.  The float went out and within a few seconds a rudd gulped the bait down.  The fish came off quite quickly and the same thing happened on the next fish. IMG_3156 The bread flake was attached to the 10 hook a bit more carefully, the line kept tight to the float and this time the strike was solid and the fish was hooked properly.  It was almost impossible to get the net to the fish but with Geoff’s help we hoisted out the first of the day.  It was a plump, broad backed golden marvel.  It looked huge now it was out of the water, much bigger than it had looked in.  The scales read 2.2lbs….success and so early on. It was a magnificent creature and with hands shaking I returned it to the water. I kept stalking the banks and trying to find the fish.  I saw some truly huge specimens and we soon realised that the shoal of rudd that we estimated to be 1.25 to 1.5lbs were in fact all 2+, so God knows what the couple of big fish I saw would have weighed! I continued with the same tactics throughout the day and managed to land 3 more specimens at 2lb 1oz, 2lb 5oz and my last and biggest rudd at 2lb 6oz.  After that the fish were hard to spot due to the light conditions and the wind.  Geoff hadn’t managed to catch but we had found a shoal of fish and after a few set up adjustments, he finally hooked but promptly lost a fish.  However at least he knew they were there and perseverance finally paid off with a stunner going 2lb 5oz. A__CC1B The trip had been well worth the drive and effort.  Well done Geoff for sticking to the plan.  At last a wrong of 35 years had been put right and in some style to.  I’m sure we will be back for another go this season but if not next summer will present an exciting opportunity to hunt these fine rudd again and who knows maybe that elusive 3 pounder may fall to our bait!

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The Sunday Express

The petition to stop habitat destruction on our waterways made the Nationals today:

Support the petition and help save our rivers:






Many of you will not be aware that the destructive removal of UK riverbank and canal trees, shrubs and other vegetation, and ‘in-river’ flora/weed growth is unlicensed and neither is it governed by any laws in most cases.  Only in instances where the River, Canal or adjoining Land is listed as an SSSI protected area or where there are preservation orders on certain trees, does permission need to be sought and granted to destroy and remove this vegetation.  This action always results in established habitat destruction of the essential cover, sanctuary and natural homes of resident birds, bats, fish, insects, amphibians and all wildlife.

This means that Landowners, the Environment Agency, Natural England, Canal and River Trusts, Councils, etc. can remove anything that they deem necessary, unhindered by regulations and without fear of scrutiny and prosecution.  They can and will decimate entire lengths or riverbanks and streams and remove as much in-river established habitat as they wish, without accountability. They do this in the name of flood defence and maintenance or projects.  They do not need to consult anyone; neither do they need to seek permission, except in certain cases. Much of this destructive work is funded by public money in the form of grants from Natural England, the Environment Agency, private initiatives and the EU.

Modern flood defence management (and I use the term ‘management’ loosely and with a certain amount of contempt) has been the most destructive concept to hit our rivers in my lifetime.  It has zero consideration for fish and wildlife, either in or out of the river.  It has intrinsically altered our rivers and canals, primarily to further farmer’s profits and protect farmers profiteering interests and in some cases to protect housing built on natural floodplains and natural water meadows where the excess river and rainwater should naturally be stored.  However, farmland is, without doubt, the major reason for this modern take on flood management lobbied for by the National Farmers Union (NFU).  Of course, building houses on natural floodplains doesn’t help either! The destructive work on many rivers has been so severe and the natural watercourse altered so irrevocably that the damage inflicted to the riverine ecosystem is nigh on irreparable.  Yet despite this, the Environment Agency and their partners, Natural England, private landowners, Canal and River Trusts (formerly British Waterways) Councils etc. continue to destroy our waterway habitat, week in week out, directly or indirectly.

As well as the bankside Tree and Vegetation habitat destruction, the other damaging practices are Dredging; where the guts are ripped out of the river and marginal vegetation is utterly decimated causing, bank collapse, further siltation and erosion. Established lifeforms, like macroinvertebrates (insect food for fish and every living creature along the riverine and land food chain), are simply obliterated and destroyed in this ill-conceived destructive process.  Established fish spawning grounds are trashed without thought, highly beneficial life-giving ‘protected’ Ranunculus weed growth and other species are cut and removed, plus numerous other critical cover and sanctuary features, are simply ripped out of the river.

Canalisation; the art of reducing a beautiful, meandering wild river into something reminiscent of a canal or spate river; no bends, no features, and the bankside vegetation kept to a minimum or none at all.  There are two main reasons for this kind of butchery; firstly to allow boat access from canals into the river itself.  This pollutes the naturally clearer river waters which become full of dirty, toxic contaminated silt and diesel laden turbid water.  The water clarity is lost, the weed growth dies off and so, in the end, do the fish and macroinvertebrates that used to thrive in those once crystal clear and much higher quality waters.  The loss of vital spawning grounds, along with flora and fauna mean that fish, bird and wildlife populations simply decline and become fewer and fewer. Obviously, this has a knock-on effect on the whole ecosystem and food chain, which is critical to the survival of all living creatures.

The other main reason behind the river destruction is so that in flood conditions, the river water can be rushed downstream and out to sea as quickly as possible, unhindered by overhanging trees and bushes or natural meandering river features like bends. This prevents farmland set on natural floodplains from flooding, despite it being a natural outcome.

The result is often catastrophic; fish fry, spawn, invertebrates and other wildlife are simply killed and swept away. Any natural river feature, that would have offered a refuge and sanctuary in these adverse conditions, has been eradicated by the Environment Agency ‘flood defence’ teams and their partners.  Despite the running off of excess river and rainwater ASAP, this being the ill-conceived EA’s standard flood prevention procedure, it leads to even more severe flooding downstream of towns and cities. There are countless examples of this over the years and yet the obvious reasons as to why this happens are still ignored by the Environment Agency.

Our rivers have never been under such threat.  We must fight to protect the riverine habitats that our fish, birds, wildfowl and all wildlife depend on for survival.

The highly protected otter, bats, water voles, kingfishers, herons and a plethora of protected bird life, animals and invertebrates, are all put at risk by the removal of bank-side trees, shrubs and in-river flora and fauna.

Fish are under tremendous pressure from predation and this form of essential habitat is critical for their survival too.  Tree roots and overhanging and fallen trees offer sanctuary for the fish, where they can seek cover and evade capture from predators. Fish also use these structures and weed growth for spawning and we are seeing declining fish stocks due to this loss of essential habitat.

In-river tree debris, trailing branches and tree roots are often packed with life.  All sorts of insects including mayflies, damselflies and dragonflies use these for laying eggs and reproducing future generations naturally, as do the fish. To ensure we have a balanced ecosystem we must stop removing these vital survival resources from our rivers. Remove just one critical element beyond a sustainable level and the whole pyramid collapses. As a nature lover, I want to see all life thrive, both in and out of the water.

As an angler, I have an affinity with the fish as they are often forgotten in the great scheme of things, particularly when it comes to the more glamorous wildlife that most non-anglers love to see.  Fish are not fluffy, cute or cuddly creatures and it’s difficult to look at them with any great fondness unless you are an angler. However, the fish are key to the survival of the other wildlife and we have seen a huge decline in fish populations in our rivers over the last 20-30+ years. The only reason that some indigenous UK fish species are still present in our rivers today, is because of the Environment Agencies artificial captive breeding and continuous re-stocking of our rivers and streams, which simply masks the bigger issue of why these stocks are declining.

The EA and other Government financed departments will be only too happy to dispute this statement, arguing our rivers have never been so healthy; however, the reality is the UK has failed miserably to meet the EU’s Water Framework Directive and has been challenged successfully in court by the Angling Trust and the WWF. Let us hope that this pressure on our Government continues and that more battles are won to protect our rivers, trees and all fish and wildlife.

For all of these species to thrive in harmony together, we must ensure that their environment and habitat is highly protected.  This is why I have created this petition.  We must prohibit and stamp out this kind of destructive work, no matter the reason, to protect the rivers in England and ensure our rivers can support the fish and wildlife that we all want to see.

Anyway, back to the point in hand; Riverbank Tree and Shrub removal plus in-river debris. This work must be fully licensed and valid reasoning given for the action to destroy and remove. Full and proper ‘independent’ ‘Environmental Impact Assessments’ carried out ‘beforehand’ and ‘after’ in all cases before any legal permission is granted or denied.  The EA already produces a ‘Best Practices’ leaflet to try and stop the mass destruction of habitat.  Yet despite this acknowledgment that works carried out can frequently be excessive and damaging, there are still no laws to try and prevent it from happening.  There are also numerous instances where the EA fisheries department has helped to create and enhance riverbank trees and shrub growth, only for their own flood defence team to come along at a later date and take it all out!

I hope that you can give this petition your full support and act to save our rivers, birds, bats, fish, insects and all our wildlife. If you love wildlife, love walking along beautiful unspoiled rivers, watching countless birds and wildlife thrive in and around this watery environment, then you need to support this petition.  We must put an end to this wanton destruction of such nationally important habitat.



Angling for Health?

Most non-anglers have a perception of fishing as a sedentary sport, where fisherfolk sit motionless for endless hours, staring at a float or a rod tip.  Is this a realistic view of the UK’s biggest participant sport?


Well as an angler, I would, of course, dispute this belief.  There are branches of our beloved sport, or pastime if you will, that do fit this image of a non-physical activity. However, there are other fishing pursuits that fully embrace the physical side, generally associated with the term ‘sport’.


I can only speak of my own passion for angling and what it gives to me.  I’m lucky to be in a position that allows me the opportunity to pursue my chosen pastime pretty much wherever and whenever I want.  I travel throughout England and Wales in pursuit of my chosen quarry and I’m very lucky to have some like-minded friends to share those experiences with.  That’s a big thing for me and my fishing; good friendship.  To socialise and share experiences with good friends, or like-minded people, goes a long way to ensure that our wellbeing is being catered for.

The greatest pleasure derived from my angling experiences is being out in the great British countryside, breathing in fresh air and enjoying the sights and sounds of nature.  Whether it’s summer, autumn, winter or spring, each season brings a change in the flora of our surroundings.  The changes in lushness and colour. Changes in the luxuriant growth of summer to the crisp, frosty mornings of winter, where the ice sparkles in the sunlight.  Being outside offers a chance to escape the mundane, day to day chores that life throws at us.

I particularly enjoy river fishing.  I love the wildness of a river.  It’s unmanicured banks, thick foliage and unpredictable nature.  The sounds of flowing water are enchanting.  It’s therapeutic and almost spiritual.  It offers an escape, a cure, a tonic perhaps, from the day to day harsh realities of everyday life.  Walking mile upon mile in search of the right swim, the right spot, with the right flow, whilst carrying a backpack, rod, chair, net and a plethora of barely-used tackle, can only help to keep one fit and healthy.

Summer and winter can see me in chest waders working a float through numerous swims, testing the flow and depths and searching out the fish.  It’s an active method and a day stood in the river can leave the body aching and tired but with a feeling of being alive and being almost part of the river itself.

Even fishing with a static bait can involve covering much distance.  I’ll still wander the stretch of river, trying likely looking spots and if nothing materialises, I’ll move on again until I find the right one.  This way many miles can be covered as I wander up and down stretches, dropping into likely swims before moving to the next.  Sometimes I’ll tuck myself away amongst the bankside vegetation and sit quietly watching the world go by.  It’s at these quiet times that nature simply comes to you.

I’ve been very lucky to see otters frolicking in the river just feet from me, the flash of the iridescent blue kingfisher as it hurtles past, or sits perched on a branch waiting to dive into the clear waters.  I’ve even had kingfishers land on my fishing rod as I’ve watched quietly, in awe.  I’ve been within a few feet of barn owls, fallow, roe and muntjac deer.  I’ve watched enthralled at the antics of stoats and weasels as they tumble and frolic together in a frenzied dance.  I’ve seen mighty red kites swoop down at prey within spitting distance of me and buzzards, peregrines, harriers and kestrels.  I’ve heard the captivating sounds of ravens as they have made their deep, gurgling croak hidden in the trees.  I’ve watched birds of prey circling high above, riding the thermals and listened to those haunting cries echoing through the skies.

Fishing offers escapism, breathtaking scenery, nature and wildlife, exercise and a feeling of wellbeing, that only the countryside and maybe the concentration of fishing can offer.  I have yet to mention the fishing itself….well perhaps that’s for another time.  However, needless to say, it’s the instinct buried deep within us; to hunt.  To track down and tempt our chosen quarry.  For me, the greatest sight of all is seeing that fish, that we’ve worked so hard at to catch, swim strongly away and back into the flowing waters, where it may never see a hook again.  There is a beauty in each fish and each species of fish that is hard to define but any angler would smile at the mere description of a magnificent roach, chub, grayling or barbel.

After a day on the river, I feel healthier, more alive and more enriched than I can describe.  If that’s not good for the body and mind, then I don’t know what is!

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