First fish of the season

Georgia and I took a quick spin to Syon Park fishery in West London yesterday and, despite the bitter cold and apparent lack of activity elsewhere, I hooked into this rather handsome rainbow after about 20 minutes, and on about my third cast after switching to a green and black sparkly Woolly Bugger.

Note the unusual rod, too. It’s a Phillipson Pacemaker 8’6” cane rod, dating from the late 1940s. It’s a lovely rod to fish with and roll casts like a dream (which, OK, is not called for much on a stillwater like this, but WTH). And it catches fish.

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