A Fisherman’s Tale.
I received this pleasant and interesting email from a River Stour fisherman almost a month ago. I had intended to post it earlier, but best laid plans and all that. . . .
From: John Thomas
Date: Tue, 17 Sep 2013 08:47:02
Subject: River Stour
I hope you don’t mind me emailing you out of the blue. I’ve come across your blog while doing a bit of research on the river Stour (for angling purposes).
I’m first and foremost an angler, and have been for some 35+ years. Angling is more than just catching fish tho, and being outside with nature is a massive plus for me. Sitting still and quite, hoping to go unnoticed by everything and everyone is part and parcel of my fishing.
I am a member of the ‘wildlife trust’ and have spent an enjoyable time reading your blog and looking through your superb photos.
I have been fishing the river Stour for a while now, and it never ceases to amaze me how this little river, once so polluted and poisoned is now flourishing. The fishing is quite good (if you know where to look….), with a large variety of species including brown trout, Chub, Barbel and Roach.
Sadly I can’t help but feel we are only one small ‘slip’ away from seeing all this good work by mother nature taken back into the bad old days…..
Although I’ve not seen Mink or Otters on the Stour yet (I see both quite regularly on the Severn), I’ve seen their signs.
What I have noticed is an abundance of Kingfishers in the Stour valley at the moment.
Only last night I had a kingfisher perch on my rod three times….. If only I had my camera to hand, but sadly it takes just the slightest movement to send them zipping off down the river in a blue blaze. At one point, I had a kingfisher perch on my rod no more than a foot from me, while I held my rod, waiting for a bite. Stunning!!!
Sadly not all fishermen see nature like this, and I’m fully aware of the bad press some fishermen get from the greater public for their littering and inconsiderate behaviour.
Fires, litter and destruction of the river bank are just some of the things that anglers are guilty of. Sadly I feel its a ‘society’ thing, and not just anglers, but that doesn’t make it any better.
I’ll keep you updated with any ‘interesting’ sightings I see while on the Stour and I’ll check back regularly to see what you’ve been spotting too.
Regards, and many thanks.
John Thomas (River Stour Angler). <<<
Thanks you for your email, John. I appreciate you contacting me, and I look forward to further updates. Having been an avid river fisherman myself many years ago, I understand the attraction and relaxation benefits of angling.