A very chilly day for April at Chalybeate Springs fishery, but our guests from HCMR (Blues & Royals) – hosted by Tunbridge Wells Fly Fishing Society (TWFFS) and Jim Streeter, the owner – being soldiers, weathered it well once the chefs of TWFFS had filled them with hot tea and coffee, with sausage and bacon sarnies to match. Fishing for Forces t-shirts and TWFFS baseball caps were distributed and the caps were worn and t-shirts put on over fleeces (brave souls).
The fish were showing and several came to the net quickly and it was game on for the prized FFF tankards for biggest fish and biggest bag. Lunch, as usual, was a splendid fare of burgers, bacon, and sausage rolls, with lots of cake as dessert. Then, it was back to the water in earnest and everyone caught fish. At the weigh in, there were lots of comments and laughter despite bitter cold, and the biggest bag of 9.2 lbs of 3 fish was taken a young Ghurka Cpl Yubaraj Gurung of 10 QOGLR. The biggest fish of 3.2lbs was captured Tpr Moules.
Russell Bell Chair of TWFFS kindly presented the tankards and Major Douglas then presented Russell and TWFFS with a HCMR plaque as a superb token of thanks. Everyone caught fish and judging by the handshakes, snide comments and smiles, a good day was had by all guests and mentors. TWFFS and the fishery did them proud and I, representing FFF, am very privileged to work with them and have their sterling support.
Bill Howell, Founder