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An individual, of no great importance, who is unable to see the natural world as a place for competition. I catch fish, watch birds, derive immense pleasure from simply looking at butterflies, moths, bumble-bees, etc - without the need for rules! I am Dylan and this is my blog - if my opinions offend? Don't bother logging on again - simple!


Saturday 31 December 2016

I finished as I started

2016 has already been covered by my two post review, however, Benno and I have probably spent more sessions fishing together this year, than any of the previous five? We were out again, this morning, and just as had happened on 1st January, blanked. A school boy error costing me the only chance of the morning - I wasn't best pleased with myself after leaving a set of (double) hooks in a fish. We'll go back, as soon as possible, to try to catch this fish and remove my rig. If we fail? Then my error will result in a dead pike - it's already nagging at my conscience, there's no need to comment in a negative way; I'm gutted!
I'm not the only angler ever to have left hooks in a pike (any fish) but am probably more vocal, in my opposition to killing creatures in the name of a hobby: (the pinning of invertebrates, purely for id purposes, being particularly galling), than the vast majority and, as such, feel particularly embarrassed by this stupid error. I could have kept it quiet, but why? I screwed up and willingly hold my hands up - won't stop me offering opinions on other stuff, not a chance!
So what is Dylan hoping for during 2017? Pretty much the same as everyone else, I would think? Happiness, continued good health, for me and my family, and the ability to continue to chase my dreams, unhindered by rules or regulations. Can't see too many other families wanting much different? I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge "thank-you" to everyone who has bothered logging on and making my blog such a success. Let's hope that 2017 is all that we would wish - I still have plenty of dreams and am hopeful that I retain the drive/focus to make them become reality? Quite how external factors will impact on my year, only time will tell? Let's get it on! HAPPY NEW YEAR - Dyl


  1. Well done for being honest Dyl. but then it describes your character in many ways. A happy New Year.

    1. I just had to air my frustration mate - I use this blog to criticize others, so it's only right that I also use it as a venue where I can do the same about my own actions. I was bloody gutted when it happened. Not the end of the world, but might just cost one unfortunate creature its' life and I ain't about to start playing God. An accident, I can live with, a stupid mistake is much harder to take. Have a great 2017 mate - Dyl

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    1. Steve we'll have that beer next time you're down at Dunge! Have a good one - Dyl

  3. Accidents happen Dyl as you know. However, if we operated by doing nothing in an effort to avoid accidents, we'll never get anywhere. Though throwing oneself out of an aircraft wearing a wing-suit is pushing the limits of doing something.
    Hopefully you'll catch this fish. Are double hooks just that? - not trebles?
    Happy new year and good luck.

    1. Rich, it wasn't an accident - it was a stupid mistake, one that I must learn from and never repeat! The hooks I use are Vic Bellar's and Drennan Specialist doubles - if you go my post of Oct 2013 (Thinking pike tackle) there are some images of the two patterns side by side. If there is anything good about this sorry episode it is that the hooks lost were the barbless Drennan pattern and not VB's. Wishing you and your family a great 2017 - Dyl

  4. Dyl, I might need to know the nature of the mistake so that I might avoid something similar. There's rigs and rigs. I watched a program on Carp fishing and formed the impression that some rigs were acceptable and some not. Seemed too much trouble to be bothered with.