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Yin Yang Koi fish in oriental style painting: they symbolise luck.
Yin Yang Koi fish in oriental style painting: they symbolise luck.

"The more I practice, the luckier I seem to be." I think it was Jack Nicklaus who said that. The phrase resonated as I reached into my Tardis-like reservoir box (actually, a converted tool box) to grab a chunk of shortbread (and jolly nice shortbread it was, too.) and the water in front of me just erupted in spray and an exceedingly upset and large Grafham rainbow.

Of course, I fully understand why the fish was upset; well you would be, wouldn't you, if all your other friends and comrades had pretty much evaded capture by the near eighty fishers at the Snowbee floating line event the other week, and you were the one of the very few trout that was idiot enough to fall into the feathered and fibred trap.

So few caught fish: this is not an indictment on the fishery; far from it. But it does focus the dilemma of August 'dog days' and ever-changing air pressures that we seem to be continually experiencing.

But I just wanted to throw 'luck' into the equation. Funny thing, luck. But if you consider for a moment the scenario surrounding the capture: the small fact that I had changed flies and techniques some eight or more times that lead up to that happenstance: the fact that we were fishing near weeds and the odd fishing was chaotically chasing 'jelly' fry: the fact that other fish had come from that area. Maybe 'luck' does have an edge to it.

And my that shortbread did taste good.

Should have taken some with me to Chew yesterday. Gah!

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