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Friday, 9 August 2019 at 17:20

East window The ruined eastern arch of Bolton Priory church is, I think, one of the most potent emblems of Yorkshire - more so, perhaps, than the Rose Window in York Minster. I first visited the priory in 1963 and have walked and fished parts of the Bolton Abbey estate sporadically through all the decades since. Yes, the estate does get busy with tourists - it has been busy with tourists since the later 19th century - but even on the busiest summer's day there's usually a place where you can get away from the crowds and, if you wish, find a quiet spot to cast a fly. At the time of our visit the river was in flood though it was just about fishable - was what our angling ancestors called, approvingly, 'porter colour' - so to snatch even ninety minutes' fishing was grand. It was possibly better yet to release a trout within a hundred yards of where I caught another Bolton Abbey fish - in 1974. I have to remind myself that my span of angling engagement here is now at least forty-five years.

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