It's the day we all dread. After a horrible winter I, like most river anglers, was really hoping for a fortnight of spring weather to finish the season - No. OK, a week then - No. A day?
I got up early to a heavy frost, conditions were bright and cold - not ideal... But it's the last day, me and Dan had to give it a blast. Initially it didn't look good but by lunch time we'd seen a few barbel and had a couple of enquires on the luncheon meat (not a great day to run out of SB4).
Lunch then... We opted to upgrade the traditional Penton Hook sausage sandwiches and couple of cans of beer to steak and red wine - very posh... There are now two types of fishing; traveling light & steak for lunch!
But what we really needed was a fish to end a cracking season, ideally a barbel (or perhaps even a rogue salmon), but they didn't want to play today… We stuck it out into the evening and a last minute chub did the trick, haven't seen that many of them this year. Might have been a bit light on pike, but what a season.