Caught by the River

Shadows & Reflections – John Richardson

John Richardson | 27th December 2008

In which, as the year comes to it’s end, our friends and collaborators look back and share their moments;

2008. A strange year in many ways. The fishing has been tremendous but I haven’t been on the bank enough despite the 2007 New Year Resolution to get out and fish a lot more. I console myself with the thought that if I was fishing twice a week it wouldn’t be enough and I would still be saying the same thing to myself this year.

In the late summer and early autumn there were some great Perch fishing expeditions to Frensham Pond with John Andrews and my son Michael, in rain, thunderstorms, sunshine, darkness and fog. The bonus on these outings, apart from some huge Perch, were the beautiful scale and fin perfect Rudd. Every one a little jewel.

The first fish of the season was a 5lb 6oz Chub, and on the first cast of the season too. That day was completed with Roach, more Chub and those Victorian gems, Gudgeon. A new Avocet for my birthday and first cast with the new rod an even bigger Chub.

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