This, in turn, has coincided with Benno giving me a reminder of his progress as an angler, and the importance that he places upon the quality of the technique involved rather than the basic statistic of how heavy the fish. He has been using a fly rod at Long Shaw Farm and has taken three double-figure carp in two outings - I've managed just the one! In 1993 (June 12th edition) I wrote a piece for the Angler's Mail about my approach to Tench fishing at Wilstone Reservoir, Tring. It was part of a series of articles, by various individuals, under the dubious heading of "The Specialists". The format was fairly basic - What species, where do you catch them, how do you catch them? - followed by a quick portfolio of your PB fish, a short quote about your ambitions and a photo. I think I got paid £25 for the effort. I had a quick look at it this morning and am amazed to recall what I'd written way back then - my dislike for competition, as a measure of ability within a hobby, being as obvious then as it remains to this day. My desire to be as good an angler as Simon still remains, although I think Benno has surpassed my wildest expectations - the red-tape associated with angling (enjoyment of our natural history) will never go away.
|Angler's Mail - June 12th 1993|
|A very nice Common Carp of 16lbs 12oz - Benno ensuring that the fly rod is part of the image.|
Good to know that some of the lessons have paid off? Not too sure about the shades!
|Even when the bird was partially hidden, the eye ring was still obvious!|
|My usual attempts at digi-scoping were as the bird retreated into the thorny depths|
|I did manage to nail one image - happy days, great memories of a superb place.|