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Last day out in a boat ... where did the year go?

It only seems five minutes ago that I wrote about our opening event of the season at Ravensthorpe back in March and now it’s November and we’ve just held our final section day out boat fishing at old favourite Draycote Water, rounding off another great year of fly-fishing.
We in the West Mids Fly-Fishing section always try to maximise our days out and provide a varied and interesting calendar of events each year. Much of this is thanks to the sound financial husbandry (you don’t read that very often in fishing reports) of our treasurer Chris Howkins and the excellent relations that we have as a committee with all of the trout fisheries in the region. Steve, Chris and I have got to know fishery managers, bailiffs and staff well over the years and our support for their businesses has been reciprocated with good deals on our events, meaning that we can make our money go a little bit further each year and that means more fishing for our members!
The final boat-fishing day out at Draycote was no exception. The water has always been seen as ‘home turf’ so to speak and even with the changes of management over the years, we have always retained close links with the fishery and have enjoyed good service and convivial relationships with the staff.
So, on this final outing, armed with helpful information from the lodge, our group set out from the jetty for the last time in 2017 across a fairly calm reservoir in benign conditions, which boded well for the day. Yes, the conditions did stay fair for November and for some the fishing was excellent, as we come to expect here. However, for others, who didn’t quite get it right and didn’t find where those feeding fish were shoaled up, it presented a bit more of a challenge, but nevertheless, for everyone it was an enjoyable session and great to be out with the section for the last day of ‘the season’.
Although some of us may remain in contact through a couple of personally arranged bank-fishing days in December and January and the AGM to come as well, that’s it officially for the year, but March 2018 will soon come around and we’ll be back!
Well, that leaves nothing more for me to say, other than it’s been another great year out with the West Midlands Police Fly-Fishing section and to wish all our members and readers all the best for 2018.
Kevin Pearson
West Midlands Police Fly-Fishing section
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