The season has come and gone and 2013 seems to be carrying on in a similar vein for me, ie more grief than good, but at least my health is better and theres no excuse for getting out and about now, and hopefully this will be a better year and coming season. I have never understood what 'stress' and 'anxiety' are, but now I have first hand experience, and together they are life changing problems that take some getting through.
Cant wait to get started again after losing out over the last 20 months.
Over the last few weeks, I have finally found myself feeling good enough to get out and about with a float rod, after a somewhat unpleasant 12 months.
All I need now is the remnants of this year to fly by, and look to a much better year in 2013, and try to get everything back to normal. I havent had a barbel on all year and I can't say that I have really missed being out and about as usual, but then there are some 'problems' that can't be fixed by a bit of fresh air.
19/6/12, River Dove. Phase New Moon.
It's not been a great year for me personally, and I just haven't had the get up and go that would normally be there with the new season approaching, but I finally decided to put the gear in the car and get out fishing for the first time in 3 months.
The river looked great still carrying some water and colour, and fish were picking off the Mayflies that had got a little too close the surface to escape with their lives. As for the first session of my campaign, well it went according to plan...... A blank. Rick had been down for a few hours and had two doubles in about 20 minutes whilst I was setting up, and then we never had another sniff between us in over 3 hours. Nice to see some things haven't changed.
Some good fish have already come out of the Derwent, Dove and Trent, and with a poor summer forecast there may well be some big fish around by the end of August.