Sunday, 21 October 2007

Decisions, decisions

This summer has been a depressing affair. Bad weather, poor fishing, too much DIY and too little time. It looked as though this trend would continue into a dismal winter until I decided I needed a project to keep me sane. I had the bright idea of getting the 'punt' out! The punt being a plywood affair I built 20 years previous to fish the local reservoir for pike when we lived in Chesterfield. It soon dawned on me that although it was still seaworthy it was totally unsuitable for the narrow Lincolnshire waterways.
I fish occasionally with a chap called Raif (Fly Fishers’ Republic)
We've fished together on and off for over 30 years. One of the places we love to return to is the upper reaches of a major midlands river. Raif has many times expressed the wish to canoe up this little river and fish back down it.

Then another bright idea struck me! I would build a canoe! It would fulfill both our dreams and Raif and I could paddle up our little river and I could fish the local drains and rivers. Building the thing was down to me. Raif had just taken possession of a little girl, Katie, and I was the only one with the time and space to construct it.
The saga begins!!.................

7 comments:

Krafty said...

I'm looking forward to the first voyage - I wonder if that will be before or after Katie's first birthday?

Peter Smitham said...

The way things are progressing it may be after.

Krafty said...

Just in time for the new Coarse season... that'll do nicely.

Krafty said...

I look forward to pulling a few big pike and chub up alongside the gunwales.

Peter Smitham said...

Just don't scratch the paintwork or you'll be walking!

Krafty said...

I see you sorted the link thing. Was that Word document any help, or did you just figure it out for yourself?

Peter Smitham said...

Bit of both really.