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Schoolboy Error

Fresh from his triumphant Five Nations trip Allan Liddle is brought back down to earth...with a bump!


A weekend trip to the Tummel: a few wee lessons were swiftly learned!
A weekend trip to the Tummel: a few wee lessons were swiftly learned!

Still cock-a-hoop from my recent success in Ireland and a fantastic trip to Orkney it was business as usual for my Scottish Fly Fishing League match last Sunday, this time on the mighty Tummel where a few wee lessons were swiftly learned by yours truly.

Lesson 1; Always check you’ve switched your alarm on correctly in case you want a stressful and a bit rushed drive, luckily the dogs need out early otherwise I might not have made it at all.

Lesson 2; If you’re going to try ‘new methods’ then do it away from competition day, working through a three hour competitive session isn’t the place to fart about, especially when under the watchful eye of Scotland’s Mr Stern, Kenny Riddell (only kidding Kenny’s a great guy but I’m sure he was more than a little frustrated watching me muddle through a wee bit trying things instead of concentrating fully).

Lesson 3; Schoolboy error of the week, if you hit something on your back cast, check your fly before you fish on.  Something I do without thinking normally so I’ve no idea why I didn’t do this on my Tummel foray, maybe it was the fact I only had a mere fifteen minutes left, maybe it was complacency, maybe it was just a combination of both which equals bad angling.  Anyway whatever the cause it certainly resulted in two solid takes and no-hook up, this isn’t surprising as there was no hook there to sink in.

Oops: if you hit something on your back cast, check your fly before you fish on.

Oh well, back to reality for me and a wee red face when I tackled down, good news was I’d caught a couple beforehand so all was not lost.  Some guys might have been a wee bit down on the journey home, me?  Made me smile really, another lesson in the life of a troot angler, least it’s something I won’t forget in a hurry.  Will it happen again?  Knowing me, probably.

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