Pitsford Reservoir nestles in the Northampton shire countryside amongst rolling hills and fields of yellow rapeseed. On our way to the lake we passed by the village of Lamport birthplace of  BB one of England’s greatest country writers.

I was fishing in the annual water industry game fishing competition with fellow employees of South West Water.

We fished the Friday  practice day and Saturday match day finding the fishing challenging. Teams of buzzers proved to be an effective and enjoyable technique of constant anticipation. Trout fishing tends to bring out the snob in many and I listened as anglers condemned the fishing of boobies on sinking lines whilst extolling the virtues of fishing buzzers on a floating line. Both techniques involve fishing a virtually static fly; are the ethics so different? In both approaches the angler waits for that thrilling tug on the line.

A four hundred mile round trip was a long way for three trout but fishing is about far more than catching. Places, people and friendships count for a lot.

A bitter cold North East wind made it feel  more like March than early May not a great greeting for the hundreds of swifts, swallows and Martins that twisted and turned above the cool waters.

About piscator2

An all-round angler I fish for fun and enjoy sharing my experiences and adventures at the waters edge. Each week I write a column for the North Devon Journal and occasional articles for various publications.
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