Down to Fishing
After a while I decided to show the way (Old bighead)and this 17 year old responded instantly, not surprisingly as he told me later he was a qualified coach at 17, Hollands youngest at the time and he is hoping to become Hollands youngest European Fly Fishing Coach - EFC or something similar, anyway I'm sure somebody will correct me, hopefully Rick or Sander.
I decided to have a bash at Milldale for a few hours and I got Fishcake to drop me off at the riverside and we said our farewells. Shit! I'd left my lunch/drinks bag in Fishcakes boot and with no phone signal couldn't do much about it. After waiting and praying for a few minutes I made a start and began fishing, feeling hungry and very thirsty, son of a bitch. I Was quickly rewarded with a few trout and grayling which went some way to restoring my energy, well took my mind of things anyway.
After a couple of hours I heard "ticket please" and turned to see Fishcake had returned, bag and all. Needless to say how pleased i was he'd come back with my goodies, especially all the way from Leek, bless him. We both had a brew of Ringtons Tea which I'm trying to educate Fishcake about, and had a good chinwag before we parted for the second time today. I carried on catching plenty of trout and noticed Tim Walton from the forum walking towards me. Tim came across a real gent and we spent some time chatting until he left me to fill my boots. I had my final fling with this lady below who was completely camera shy and simply refused to be photographed for anything, below is my best effort. After bidding her farewell I made my way to the car knackered and satisfied at the end of a very busy day.
Reflecting on the days fishing while driving home I came to this conclusion that although quite a few rods had gone through this stretch today, the fish didn't seem to mind much, however I believe a checking station would have huge benefits for LADFFA members offering them a chance to make an informed decision of how many rods your following from each end. Also methods and flies to use, as well as considering the health and safety benefits plus a few others like catch returns complete, lost items and information for the bailiff etc.