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Stockie from Stocks

Saturday, 13 July 2019 at 10:48

Stockie I had a grand time on Stocks fishery in Lancashire (, fishing with my old friend Rod Calbrade. Our catches were modest but the rainbows did respond to dry flies fished from a drifting boat. Black Hoppers and the Ginger Midas - the last, a new pattern to me, and one suggesting some kind of sedge - did sterling work.

A poignant reminder

Saturday, 13 July 2019 at 10:40

Slaidburn So many Northern towns and villages have their war memorials. In Slaidburn there's a particularly poignant reminder of local lives lost in the Great War. It always astonishes me, just how many young men and women lost their lives, and of course those lives lost affected sisters, brothers, parents, lovers and friends. It touches me, too, when these memorials are - as at Slaidburn - so often so well tended and maintained. [W]e that are left grow old.... We will remember them.

At Slaidburn I was staying at the Hark to Bounty, a fine old country pub ( It's located in lovely countryside hard by the River Hodder, just ten minutes' drive from Stocks.

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