WMP Fly Fishing section, A couple of very sociable days out!
As the summer got under way, so did our fly-fishing social calendar, with the section entertaining guests at Blithfield reservoir in Staffordshire and then being guests up the road at Foremark reservoir, South Derbyshire, as we enjoyed social fishing contests with fellow anglers from within both the police family and the community.
Many of us enjoy the competitive side of fly-fishing in but we also think that it is important to get involved with other like-minded souls and welcome people from the region to fish with us. It’s amazing how fishing can break down barriers and find out how much we have in common. It’s also a great way to keep in touch with both serving and retired officers and police staff from around the country.
The first of these social events took place on the first day of July at Blithfield reservoir and was known as the ’Community Day’ with non-police anglers from clubs in Derbyshire and Staffordshire joining WMP and Staffs police anglers for the day. It was a really sociable affair with people from all walks of life getting together and starting off with a communal breakfast, thanks to expert cooks Steve Owen and Nik Chapman. Well, they knew how to knock up a decent bacon sandwich anyway! Anglers boat-shared so complete strangers could fish with each other and everyone came in with plenty of fishy tales to tell and new-found friendships. Of course, this had to be followed by even more food with a barbecue outside the boat lodge and a couple of drinks to wash it down. A great day and one that is sure to be repeated.
The second event took place just a few days later and was known as the ‘floating line’ competition, where anglers representing the police service from around the East and West Midlands regions have a bit of fun trying to get the better of each other but only allowed to use a floating line. Not exactly the line of choice in baking hot sunny conditions! Being restricted in this way and not being able to change it to search out those fish deeper in the water is extremely frustrating, but very challenging. It was a real test of angling skills to make the most of a difficult situation, but despite all of that, a few fish were actually caught by some rather lucky anglers (it’s not really sour grapes!) and Staffs police were the victors on the day.
So, all in all, two very successful events which have further established the fly-fishing section as a sociable and influential group in the region and opened our doors to the community of fly-fishers around us.
What’s more to say? Nothing, other than it’s been another great couple of days out with the very sociable West Mids Fly-Fishing section!
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