I have laid aside business, and gone a'fishing.

Izaak Walton

Saturday, January 8, 2011

A Job for Dad!

It's horrible outside so I sat down to read my Christmas present to myself, Trout from Small Streams by Dave Hughes.

He talks about keeping all your gear at hand so you never find yourself missing that vital piece of tackle at the river, stream or lake etc.

It made me think how most of us just chuck rods, bags, tackle and wellies etc in the back of the motor and head off to the water with all our gear rattling around. I was sat doodling away when I came up with the idea of a small wooden cabinet to store all my fishing gear in the back of the car. I could keep a selection of gear in the motor at all times - just in case.

3 narrow top drawers to store fly & spinning rods - all in their cordura rod tubes, nets, reels, lines, tackle etc. etc. etc. 3 larger drawers to store waders, boots & jackets. Plus dry gear like socks, thermals, jumpers etc.

My Dad, Roy, has been addicted to woodwork all his life. He made a spokeshave aged around 14, and he's still at it now - he's 80 next month. If you feel so inclined, you can read some of his musings here. Anyway, I think this is cabinet might become his latest woodworking project.

I'll keep you posted...

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Flies of fancy

So, happy new year to my tiny band of followers. I hope we all enjoy a fruitful 2011.

Anyway, here is my starter for ten, the flies that will lead me in a new direction during the coming season. I hope to see more of my new friends the Grayling and the Brown Trout, and I hope to find myself more on the riverbank and a bit less anywhere else - especially work.

I will share all of my triumphs and disasters with you - you have been warned!