|"That Excellent Inn the Peacock, Rowsley Bridge" circa 1879|
My first outlay, for membership of the Peacock Fly Fishing Club, in readiness for next season has just been dealt with and, frankly, although it has gone up 5% compared with this last season, I believe it will be worth it. The water is superb and the river keepers are second to none in the country. The "wild fish only" policy is a massive success with more fish in the river than ever before (at least since I started fishing there in 1969) and they are in a greater variety of sizes from little to enormous and everything in between. The water is beautifully kept without turning the place into a theme park or worse still a "garden" and the wildlife abounds, thanks to the diversity of habitats created by the keepers.
There will be other, greater outlays to come but that will be in Q1 next year!
You may have similar outlays to make, so a good mission during this close season is to make sure to set aside enough money, money money...