The mirrored surface of the flowing water ripples with a
series of expanding liquid silver O’s,
a fish attempting to catch flies on the sunlit surface then
diving into dark still water below,
the elegant arching of the rod and the clean whipping sound
of the line as it soars past overhead,
before landing and being carried in the gently flowing
currents of the wide shallow river bed.
The distinctive whirring sound of the reel’s circular spool
casting into turbulent pewter grey sea,
standing in receding wave shallows, the ebb and flow of the
tidal water dictating where to be,
northerly winds with the icy metallic scent of forthcoming
snow blow undisturbed across a deserted beach,
the only other inhabitants monochrome oystercatchers call
as they fly, seemingly just out of reach.
After winter’s restful slumber in the lengthening days of
spring, fly fishing comes to the fore,
all too soon the transitory summer season cools and
becomes autumn leaving you wanting more,
fly fishing a crystal clear fast flowing stream wearing tall
green waders and muted patterned tweeds,
knowledge of the fish, weather, local area and fly fishing
expertise are required if you are to succeed.
A khaki seat tackle box contains an assortment of hooks,
multicoloured fishing beads and bait,
on a calm day with nebulous white mist lightly resting on the
water, the tranquil scene captivates,
feeling the wind and sun, the serenity of salt and freshwater
fishing, an interest you loved so dear,
whenever I see a person fishing, whether river, lake or sea,
this brings you ever closer, brings you ever near.
Beloved Husband James Farthing 1929 – 2017
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