‘It may be surprising just how much fishing can take place without a rod, but time spent observing fish is so very rarely time wasted’
It’s not long now, the glorious sixteenth is within casting distance and the excitement and anticipation of finally getting back to some of my favourite watery places is approaching unbearable levels. I have managed the odd trip to tempt a trout or two but mostly I have spent the close season preparing for what’s to come and partaking in some rod-less fishing.
To some it may be surprising just how much fishing can take place without a rod, but time spent observing fish is so very rarely time wasted, trying to feel and understand the rhythms of a water and it’s inhabitants are important long before the need of a new super bait or well placed cast.
In fact fishing without a rod is a hugely liberating experience, no matter how little gear you take fishing with you it will always be a hindrance when compared to a mere pair of binoculars slung around your neck, having your hands free to navigate through dense foliage and when being careful to avoid tripping on roots or breaking twigs it’s soon evident the ease at which secrets will be offered to you.
Now with Mother Nature turned up to eleven the darker days of winter are but a distant memory, it is warm, the countryside green and alive with birdsong, the grass is long and willow seeds carpet the windward sides of my favourite pools, as I said, it’s not long now…
Writing & Film – Dipper, Gloucestershire, June 2022