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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!


Sunday, 20 November 2022

Outside the box

This might never come to fruition but, if things fall into place, I could be a very happy bunny! Bev and I took a drive down to The Stour, around mid-day, so that I might assess the Pike fishing potential on offer given the ridiculous amounts of rainfall recently. As expected the river was in full flood. Filthy dirty, debris laden and piling through so not quite what would be described as ideal conditions under normal circumstances? Still, this was exactly what I was hoping for! My Pikelines article effort has required me to delve into my angling past and, I have to say, opened my eyes to a situation that I'd completely forgotten. Floodwater Piking in the Thames and Hampshire Avon, during the 1980's had produced some of the most memorable captures I've been privileged to be part of/witness. What's the point of growing old if you're unable to learn from the journey? Grateful for the relationships I've established with the local farming community, since moving to Kent in 1993, there's a side drain which might provide an opportunity that is well off the radar of the majority of East Kent anglers. I've already made the phone call, although it might be another wasted effort, in a list of similar wasted efforts, yet I feel it has to be worthy of an attempt - nothing ventured = nothing gained! Van's loaded and I've got a window of four hours (max) before the next deluge descends. What's the worst that can happen? Exactly - nothing.


  1. A step into the unknown - is there anything more exciting in fishing? Good luck

    1. Brian - you're a star and an inspiration, cheers for taking time to offer the comment! The situation is not unknown, just unexplored, if that makes any sense? Keep the positive vibe & tight lines - all the best - Dylan

  2. Well, Dyl. You won't catch Pike in your study. Though if it rains much more, you might 😉 Good luck tomorrow.

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    1. Not so much a new water as a situation which I've not previously explored?