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And meanwhile...

Sunday, 14 November 2021 at 08:31

The goodbyes cover mock ...Jon sent across an image for what might become the cover of what I'm pretty sure will be my last ever book, The River of All the Goodbyes. It'll take a while for the text to see publication because there's all the proofing of the dictionary, Names of the Fish, to do first, and that will be a fiddly job. Nevertheless, it was grand to begin to think about what The Goodbyes might look like once it sees daylight.

A new old rod

Saturday, 13 November 2021 at 20:16

Swimversa This Milwards Swimversa was probably made around 1960. I had the rod restored by Paul Cook last year and Paul did a wonderful job, eliminating a minor knock in a ferrule and straightening the tip. Today was the first time I'd had the chance to rechristen the rejuvenated Swimversa; I did so on the Test at Timsbury, where Howard and I were pestered by (often very large) trout - all carefully returned - while trying to catch grayling. We did catch some grayling between us and I was delighted to see the Swimversa take on a curve it hasn't experienced for what I imagine are decades, but the highlight of a fairly slow day was, for me, a reacquaintance with...

...Graham!

Saturday, 13 November 2021 at 20:11

Graham Yes, it's been a long time since Graham and I worked the same swim, but here he is, looking almost as small as when I last encountered him. He's travelled well, mind you - all the way from the Itchen to the Test. Swimversa, Speedia, 3.2lb. reel line,2lb. bottom, size 18 barbless hook, single red maggot.

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