After spending the last year gallivanting round Asia and Australia Graham Lumsdon had finally returned to good old Blighty.
One of the best matches of the year was upon us. The Grayling Festival has been going for several years now and this was to be my third foray with the Veterans.
Del Spry arrived after an emotional drive from Carlisle, little did we know that folks would be travelling a lot further than that to fish the Grayling Classic.
Another trip to the Services Dry Fly Water courtesy of Ian Pinder, Ian has been a bit of a charm for me this year.
I have been doing a fair bit of fishing on the river but the sessions have been short usually a couple of hours after a works meeting.
This will have been our third trip out this season, the other two sessions were nothing short of outstanding!
Jayne had taken the kids to Brighton for the day and the prospect of going home to an empty house did not appeal.
Had a couple of hours to kill before dropping of some stuff in Andover, where better to spend it than the beautiful River Avon.
As a Loch Style competition angler, most of my days afloat are spent practicing for some match or other.
I was up in Leeds visiting my Mum with the kids, she likes to have a bit of time with them without me around barking about manners, behaviour ect ect ect.
I was greeted by a fierce downstream wind when I arrived at the fishery, but at least the car park was empty. I have not been getting onto the rivers as much.
I have not gotten to the river as much as I would have liked this year. This time of year is always a bit hit or miss, more miss than hit so far!
I was in Argentina climbing Aconcagua, it would be rude not to try and get any fishing in, we were very lucky with the weather and got the mountain climbed fairly quickly so that meant a few days R+R in Mendoza.