The Instant Age

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We don’t really have to wait for anything these days.

24 hour News and Weather Forecasts.

Salads in the Winter and internet shopping around the clock.

Cash machines dispense money 24 hours a day.

Many rivers are open throughout the year as if it is not the Trout it is Grayling and of course the small water Rainbow Trout Fisheries are always open.

So when you do have an opening day somewhere such as the Loch it does let a sense of anticipation build up.

This year Margaret and me booked the Lochside Cottage for the weekend so this further drove the anticipation. We arrived early on the Friday and while Margaret got settled in I helped Gareth to put in a final stocking.

Our inspections about a month earlier confirmed a significant head of overwintered fish and today’s stocking was a further top up for the large number of fish that were put in two weeks previously.

I drove the boat while Gareth put in a small net full every thirty yards or so.  We did a full circuit of the Loch before the barge was empty and there were quite a few big fish in the mixture of sizes.

As well as the Loch stocking being regular it is  very gratifying to know that Gareth always spreads out the fish.  This makes a huge difference to any fishery as it gives everyone a fair chance and the new kids on the block stir up the residents so the fishery does not become “stale”.

So after that it was back to the cottage for a cuppa and the torture of looking out the windows at rising fish……… 🙂

Darkness soon came which was a relief!

After a nice dinner and with the wood burner complimenting the central heating and a glass of wine in hand it became fairly obvious how the instant age has become ingrained.

There is no TV in the Lodge…………… so no instant updates on the News or Weather or Sport.

There is a DVD player but no live TV.

So what do you do?

Well we did come prepared with books and after a while the lack of a goggle box became quite pleasant.

A CD playing some soft music in the background eased the transition…………

By the third glass of wine all was well!

The next morning I was up at six and with the kettle boiling I lit the fire which brought back pleasant memories of doing the same thing in a Cabin in Canada a few years ago.

We enjoyed our first brew while watching a Deer mooching along the east shore path before it disappeared into the gorse.

The fishing?

Well it was great. My partner Ian Whyte and I had a hatful each. Mind you it did take me almost an hour to connect with the first one but after that they came thick and fast.

It was also good to catch on Buzzers as well as the usual early season lures.

Back at Lochside Cottage in the evening the solitude and lack of TV were becoming more usual and the general pace of life seemed to be slowing down.

A splendid Roast Beef Dinner with Carmel and Gareth topped off a wonderful day and ensured a great night’s sleep.

The next day the fire lighting ritual continued and I had another great day this time fishing with Trevor Wadds. I even caught one fish on a Dry.   A size 16 Black Hopper.

A Steak and Salad Dinner with the obligatory wine provided the fitting finish to another perfect day with almost no TV withdrawal symptoms at all.

A quick fish on the Monday morning resulted in 10 fish caught including 2 at once and then a nice lunch before we left for home.

It was great experience with some wonderful memories and I would thoroughly recommend it to you and it certainly should be on everyone’s Bucket List.


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