I learned of the sad news that my local tackle shop is closing down. Country Life in Balgreen has been around for about as long as I can remember but I guess all things come to an end and it seems that there just isn't enough profit in bricks and mortar any more. So it joins the ever growing list of quality tackle shops that are shutting shop, fortunately living in Edinburgh there's still options but there's really only one other shop I frequent and that's the Orvis shop, it's still possible to pop in, have a chat and pick up a few bargains for the tying bench. So, farewell to Country Life!
|4 PLay Softbait 5g Jig|
I arrived at the canal in a bit of a funny mood after my visit to the tackle shop and not really feeling the usual buzz when I approach a session. My head was still full of questions about the demise of fly fishing, why aren't kids fishing, has online really killed the high street, will we continue to lose smaller shops replaced by megastores and so on...
Well, I set up my tackle and started searching, I really searched every area I could even putting my lures in real peril but after about an hour I had nothing to show for it. I decided to move along the canal a bit further heading back into the city and then I found a couple of cormorants feeding on roach. Try as I did I couldn't get a photo of one with a fish in it's gob, I think they were a little spooked by my presence and after a short while they scampered.
|Cormorant on the move|
I had a great time catching perch on the canal and burns last year using smaller softbaits so I'll probably do a bit more of that but for now I'm looking forward to just getting some fishing in where I can, the trout season gets ever closer but this year I expect I'll be doing a little less trouting and exploring other opportunities, more species, more waters and hopefully more fun.
I think I blanked my first cat of last year too and it turned out OK so fingers crossed, the sun will come and the fishes will feed.