Sometimes out of a tragedy something good can happen.
Of course you don’t want it to happen in the first place.
However now and then in a community an event takes place that brings people together.
My good friend Alec Harvey had that when his first granddaughter Willow was born prematurely and tragically died soon after.
About a year later he decided to try and raise some money for the Tiny Lives Charity which did so much for his family throughout that difficult time.
Alec’s aim was to raise £500 but thanks to the Fly Fishing Community’s outstanding generosity and Alec’s enthusiasm and personality he ended up raising an amazing £11,097.50 !
Many Friends and Family gladly joined in and a weekend was organised with a friendly competition on the Saturday at Thrunton Fishery and one on the Sunday at Chatton Fishery.
Donations and Prizes rolled in including a 1000 Dollar Bellator Fly Rod all the way from the USA.
Anglers and Fisheries donated guided trips and fishing days and Anglers Families rallied round with Home Baking and Raffle Prizes.
Fishing Friends dug deep to outbid each other for items that normally money couldn’t buy.
The event took on a life of its own.
And so to Coldingham Loch……….
My own very small part in this was to donate a Guided Day with me out on the Loch as a raffle prize.
And who was the “lucky” winner but Alec himself!
So I tried to make the day as special as possible.
Alec arrived at my house at 07.30 and we started off with a full breakfast.
I am not sure if it was the Full English or the Full Scottish?
I suppose the being right on the border it was appropriate that we had Ayrshire Bacon and Cumberland Sausage, English Eggs and Scottish Black Pudding.
After our Tea and Toast to finish we loaded up Alec’s gear and set off for the Loch.
There were fish rising everywhere as we tackled up and got the boat ready.
Both of us started on Dry Flies and maybe with Willow looking down we both got a fish first cast.
A good mornings fishing ensued and then perhaps later than normal after the morning’s repast we retired to the hut for Lunch.
Salmon and Pasta Salad was followed by Roast Beef Sandwiches and a Chocolate Mouse all washed down with a small glass of Wine and more Tea.
After that we slowly made our way back to the boat and out on the Loch again.
By this time the wind had changed from South West to Easterly and the rising fish had disappeared.
The fishing in the afternoon was tough but perhaps, just perhaps it was appropriate that the day ended on a slightly sombre note.
Well done Alec.
P.S. Alec would like to once again say thank you to everyone who helped and participated in this event particularly his Family and Friends.
He would also like to say a very, very special thank you to Carl Nixon. Carl is a well known figure in the Fly Fishing and Fly Tying world and was instrumental in acquiring many of the raffle prizes and auction items that did so much to boost the final total.