Almost another month of the season wiped out thanks to the rain. I cannot recall a wetter summer.
Today was a special day.
On a Saturday morning with the sun shining and the river back to normal I took my sons Oscar (two and a half) and Adam (one and a bit) for their first outing on the river. It was really just a walk with the Ayu tucked away in my waders in case the opportunity presented itself. We got to a spot I thought might be interesting to them. A shallow incline and lots of stones to throw in the water and some sand to build sand castles (we took a bucket and spades). They were very excited about the sand and throwing sticks and stones in the river.
After about an hour, when every fish had probably decided it was time to emigrate, Oscar showed an interest in the rod and he fished for about 2 minutes. He did what I asked and held the rod confidently, with smooth movement, and sweeped the area with a weighted nymph. I was pretty impressed!
We spent about 2 hours there, most of which was throwing stones and sticks in the water and me doing me best to ensure nobody fell in. Unfortunately Adam did fall in head first whilst I was videoing them both. It was a panic at the time, but hilarious on video, I am hope he will enjoy watching it in time!