I managed my usual early-season day at Clywedog a couple of weeks ago. Dropping on a mild calm morning, trout were rising close to where I parked as I bought my permit. They were in a shallow bay so I got my river four-weight from the van and chucked a couple of nymphs at them. As I made my first cast the first osprey of the season glided overhead - a good sign. Stockies are always hungry, so I was kept busy for an hour before I headed home to fire up the smoker.
The various summer game fair organisers have woken up to the fact that they need some decent trade stands to attract the right sort of customers. Several of them are still asking ridiculous prices for stands, so it wasn't difficult to make my choice. The Game Fair at Ragley have pegged their prices at 2010 rates, and seem to be attracting the right kind of traders. It is good to get out and meet my customers once or twice during the summer, so I've plumped for Ragley - it's a nice site in a good area. If nothing else, we'll have a good barbecue and a pint or two with friends.
The monographs have been well-received and my customers are clamouring for more. I have at least another four in the pipeline for October, but it's time I had a break from the computer so I've booked a Land-Cruiser camper in Windhoek and I'm off to circumnavigate the Okavango for a couple of weeks. If the roads are OK I'll drive from Maun to Chobe, via Moremi and Savuti (where the lions hunt elephant!) and finish up looking for tigerfish on the Zambezi. But who knows? Wherever I finish up, it should be fun!