My name in Jon Harris and my fishing story is not remarkable or unusual. Some of my earliest and best memories are recalled through fishing, one way or another – course fishing only in those days. I would pester my parents (neither were interested) to take me fishing and then when old enough I’d walk to the local canal or day ticket lake. Sometimes I’d strap my kit to my bike and pedal through the darkness before dawn. Often I’d be tackling up by torch light.
I was quietly obsessed. I would read “Mr Crabtree” until I could recite each page and then a book by Peter Stone became my fishing bible. Tench became my favourite quarry. I would rearrange my floats for hours and I can even remember setting up all my tackle at home as if by the bank so I could practice and rehearse where everything was.
I grew up. Fishing became a sporadic pastime, as a career and then a family filled the space.
I found fly fishing relatively late but the obsession has not diminished. I am some years from retiring and so must take advantage and relish every stolen opportunity. I am a member of a couple of clubs (MTAA and GAS) that have water on the freestone rivers of Monmouthshire and I also take advantage of the excellent passport system of the Wye and Usk Foundation. As a boy I favoured still water float fishing, but now I’m never happier than picking my way up a hill stream stalking little brown trout or trying to stay upright in the middle of the Usk. In recent years I have ventured further afield, fly fishing for grayling in the colder months – a new and similar challenge. Every fish I catch from our rivers is returned unharmed. If I fancy trout for dinner, I catch a farmed rainbow from a local fishery or visit the supermarket.
Recording my experiences, this blog will become my fly fishing diary, if not always complete. I am not an expert but I am reasonably experienced and each time I go fly fishing I learn something new. I have no specific plan or idea about how this will grow, but it will add to my overall enjoyment and perhaps be of some interest to others.
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