Come rain or shine or wind or snow…
I can’t imagine Matthew ever surrendering his weekend fishing plans to the weather and believe me, we’ve experienced some challenging conditions over the last few weeks. Over the festive period we’ve endured torrential rain one day, storm force winds another (his Advanta Protector Extreme 1 man bivvy coping very well on both occasions) and even an early morning snow storm. The latter giving him his much coveted, ‘Bivvy In The Snow’ picture.
Vicky and I generally split the early morning taxi service duties between us. However, I have to admit to the secret joy of being woken at 6am on a cold Sunday morning only to then realiser that it’s not my turn this weekend and being able to roll over and go back to sleep.
Despite the weather, Matthew was as eager as ever to get out over Christmas. Mostly just because he lives to fish, but also to try out his various bit of his new gear. An essential new piece of kit were his custom made to measure, boys full length waders. And the first opportunity he got, there he was, holding his first 2018 catch, waist high in what must have been near freezing water. He didn’t seem to care. One thing I will say is that, despite an obvious attempt to entice the next generation into fishing, there’s most certainly a gap in the market for young, cool and trendy kids’s fishing clothing.