Monday, 14 June 2021

Pre-Season 2021/22

It's very nearly time to go fishing - river season opens on Wednesday - like you didn't know! New line on reels, bits and bobs restocked and kit ready to go - time to make a few plans...

I'd like to up a few personal bests this season; rudd, roach and perch are the initial targets - I'd like to crack a 2lb+ roach and rudd, so close to the target. And a weighed 3lb+ perch would be fantastic.

I can't ignore the local barbel - so I'm again aiming to bank 100 of them this season. I'd like to beat my PB (perhaps a 15?) - but I'll probably have to wait until February for one to hit that weight.

I have a couple of winter pike targets (after so few pike last season) - but with the threat of Covid making a return I'll post about that nearer the time - I don't want to curse it!

Right, hopefully on the riverbank on Wednesday (second Covid jab tomorrow and it made me ill last time). Tight lines bloggers - and I look forward to reading all about your adventures this season...

Friday, 11 June 2021

Bugs & Beasts 5

Species 35 - Wood Whites - not many places you can find these.

Species 36 - Adonis Blue - a female posing in the sunshine.

One of our rarest butterflies - the Glanville Fritillary.

The tiny Small Blue - not easy to photograph.

Common Newt - or is it a Great Crested?

Wednesday, 9 June 2021

On This Day 2018

Three years ago today...
My first canal carp - a 28lb beauty caught on floating crust from a grotty London towpath - this will take some beating!

Wednesday, 2 June 2021

Bugs & Beasts 4

Species 32 - Green Hairstreak - battered but beautiful.

Species 33 - Marsh Fritillary - rare species for the collection.

Species 34 - Duke Of Burgundy - we've seen this individual before.

Dark Dingy Skipper - different colour variation, not new species.

Red-Headed Cardinal Beetle - so it's not just butterflies!

Sunday, 30 May 2021

On This Day 2015

Six years ago today...
A pike interrupted a bream fishing trip right in the heart of London - fortunately I had a few lures in my bag!

Thursday, 13 May 2021

Bugs & Beasts 3

Common Lizard - not too bad for a point 'n' click camera.

Species 31 - Grizzled Skipper - first one I've ever seen.

Dingy Skipper - better than last year's photo.

Orange Tip - male - open wing. Really wanted this one!!

Orange Tip - female - open wing

Friday, 30 April 2021

The Guild

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Thursday, 22 April 2021

Bugs & Beasts 2

Species 29, Orange Tip, 14 April 2021. Still want an open wing shot.

Species 30 photographed, Painted Lady, 20 April 2021.

Hard to get - open winged Small White.

Fifteen Adders spotted so far (at least 13 individuals).

Adder photos by James - couldn't get close enough with my camera.

Butterflies: First Sightings 2021 (2)
 Apr 09 Speckled Wood (x3) Fresh
 Apr 09 Holly Blue Fresh
 Apr 14 Orange Tip Fresh
 Apr 20 Painted Lady Fresh

Monday, 12 April 2021

On This Day 2018

Three years ago today...
A double figure brown trout on the fly, followed by a 7lb rainbow from the legendary Lechlade - doesn't feel like 3 years...