Remembering Rice Lake

Back in the 1980’s I worked for Air Canada, which while providing me with zero by way of stimulation, job satisfaction and sense of fulfillment, did bung 10 free airline tickets my way every year. As a further sweetener, all AC staff (my how we teased the male flight attendants about being ‘DC’ as well

From Boy To Fisherman

At barely twelve years of age, our eldest son, Kristopher, has barred his mother from the bathroom while he bathes. No longer will he allow her to choose his clothes or see him without any. My wife grieves privately at this partial loss of her firstborn. Her second- and third-born, TJ and Steven, although a

The Magic Of Mullet

The daffodil flowers faded not so long ago. Now their leaves are starting to wither untidily among the long weedy grass stems. I shan't cut them just yet, not if I want an even better display next year. Most of the buds on the surrounding trees have exploded into a green haze, among the branches

Don't Always Believe What You are Told

During the closed season, I made my first few trips to a Carp syndicate that I have decided to fish this year. Although I had baits out most of the time, my main aim was to get an idea of the lake's features while there still weren't many people about. I'd been told that the

From The Privvy – Chapter One

An Early Start I was woken at four in the morning by my father, it was sometime in July 1958 and I was going carp fishing for the first time. Today was the culmination of several weeks of preparation, my cousin had modified our rods by building solid glass tip sections and replacing the snake