Discussion on the Coronavirus thread about fishing as an activity during lockdown seemed to suggest an interest that may have wider appeal so I thought a dedicated thread would be an idea, so here it is: a thread for anglers and angling and all things fishy and fishing!
So, to kick off, my own introduction to fishing: In the late 50s into 60s my dad occasionally took me fishing on the Thames, using a length of fishing line tied to a stick, and worm baited fishing hook. I don’t recall catching anything! The same technique from a seaside pier on summer holidays did occasionally result in a fish or two.
But it got me interested, and around the age of 11 I bought myself a rod And reel from Woolworths, cheap enough to get with birthday money and pocket money savings. Went fishing on the Thames (nearest river to home) a few times - caught a roach once otherwise nothing. (Took the roach home and eat it!) That summer we went to Buckfasleigh fo hol, and I took the rod because the B&B was on the river Dart. I didn’t catch anything, but someone there looked st my rod and asked why I was using a fly fishing rod with a baited plain line - and told me about fly fishing. I’d never heard of it, so got out a library book and read up on it. Bought myself a dry fly line and a few flies, and in taught myself to cast in the garden (without the fly of course!). Next summer we had a camping hol in walking distance of a reservoir in Sussex where you could fly fish for rainbow trout. So one of the days there I bought a licence and spent the day trying. No trout - but several perch: wonder of wonders, I was successful! And whilst allowed only two brace of trout (ha ha) the licence said you could take as many perch as you wanted as they were effectively a pest. So we had perch for dinner that eve: Fried in butter I recall they were very tasty! But that was my best ever fishing day in fresh water: I went to the same reservoir two or three times more as a teenager, and caught one trout, and a few more perch, but I never caught another fish anywhere else, whether with fly, or subsequently trying spinning. My last attempt in freshwater was about 35 years ago. Sea fishing (only from shore) has been more successful on occasion.