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Journey through the cusp of seasons

Published on March 27th, 2016 by

In northern France, the end of the grayling season and the beginning of a trout season. Magical journey continues. Ternoise new trout seasonThis is la Ternoise: a surviving, and improving, chalk stream, at Tilly Capelle. We started the new trout season here. Wojtek with streamer, me with nymph. This is Wojtek’s first trout; so typically Ternoise, so like a young sea-trout.The first wild trout of the season to Wojtek, on streamer. Opening day, 2016Before we moved on to the Aa to find the last of the season’s grayling, and the possibilities beginning with dry fly.IMG_4847High waters, stained, and very cold. Cold air too, with north-easterlies, and the trout were not very active, even when the LDOs hatched, while the grayling saved the day. Ouve Wirquin and then Wavrans.IMG_20160316_124551Sparse hatches and, in truth, grayling feeding more reliably on nymph, on Hydros, though the PTN jig scored most heavily for me.IMG_4924Cold, and so beautiful. So full of promise. Early spring, before it arrives in England.IMG_20160316_122846And it’s a journey, right, so we went south, to the Normandy beaches. This is Sword, where the British landed in 1944 at the beginning of Overlord, grasping Europe back from tyranny and evil.Sword, Luc-sur-merAnd Juno – combined British and Canadian landing point.IMG_4887So peaceful now. 70-odd years ago, it was not like this. A different sort of beginning. A couple of weeks later, after this photo; Brussels, and we find ourselves, our Europe, pulverised by atrocity again.

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