Re: ANGLER OF THE MONTH - MAY COMPETITION
Story for May competition...
I'd like to share my recent trip to a local lake where only fly fishing is permitted for trout and pike.
I've been suffering from poor health recently and having been looking for a sport to get into to help improve my general well being.
I'm new to fishing and although I've found it can be an intimidating sport to get into (all the people togged out in camo\green gear with enough equipment to sink a battleship) my trip last Sunday made me realise it isn't as bad as I thought.
For a start everyone is so friendly. I spoke to more people along the lake side in an hour or so than I do sitting at my desk for a whole day at work
Secondly, although fly fishing comes across as being a black art that only old wiley characters can master it really isn't that bad. OK I hooked my hat once, my jacket collar (which my mate had to unhook, oh the shame!) and my rucksack. But most of the time the line went where it should have.
Thirdly I actually caught a rainbow trout. It wasn't huge, I don't think it made a lb but I actually caught it on a fly rod by myself. The feeling was fantastic. But more importantly is the after affect that has made a world of difference to me. My well being has improved immensly, I feel like I've now got something that I never had before. I'm not sure whether it's a new purpose, or that I'm now an angler and am part of this huge club I never knew existed or that I'll never feel at a loss of something to do. There's now so much to learn, so much to do and so many people to talk to.
All this from a fish weighing less than a lb and a fly rod