As a child the vast majority of people are drawn towards ponds, lakes and rivers. Not only are they all too often pleasing on the eye but they are shrouded in an air of mystery as to what lurks below the surface. Stories of monster fish capture the imagination and it is not surprising therefore that individuals wish to explore this watery environment by going fishing.
It has been said that there are five stages in angling:-
- Catching a fish
- Catching a big fish
- Catching a lot of fish
- Catching the fish your friend cannot catch
- You go fishing for fun
Some would say there is a sixth stage; you just dream about going fishing.
Fishing is unpredictable and, when you come to think about it, this is the very reason why, for a larger number of people, it can become a life long passion. We simply do not know what is going to happen next when we come close to nature. Even in a matter of hours, or sometimes minutes, the environment changes; fly hatches materialise or fade away, trout avidly rising to the natural fly or simply “disappear”. You may witness a flash of blue as a kingfisher flies by or may be you are lucky enough for it to land on a branch before seeing it dive into the water for its lunch.
Angling is therefore above all else unpredictable, a challenge, a learning experience, at times frustrating but also punctuated with periods of satisfaction when it all comes good; a well executed cast lands delicately on the water and the choice of fly results in a trout being hooked. But there is more to fishing than catching fish. We can find ourselves in beautiful places and witness first hand the ever changing face of nature. You become absorbed in another world when, for a time, you can relax and leave your troubles behind.
Note: in addition to obtaining permission to fish any person aged 12 or over must be in possession of an Environment Agency Rod License which are available from Post Offices – this is a legal requirement.