The Boatman

Ladybower reservoir
*sings* “If I could choose the life I pleased, then I would be a Boatman….”

Andy has taken up fly-fishing in the last few months. I wasn’t really into the idea until he told me that fisherers (technical term) can hire a boat at Ladybower Fisheries and see all the quiet bits that normal, non-fishing folk can’t usually get to. Part of my Sketchbook Skool homework is to document my week in sketches so, when he said he was spending a day out on the reservoir, I figured it was as good an opportunity as any to get out of the house, even if it was forecast to chuck it down with rain all afternoon. So I tagged along and, guess what? It was a flippin’ glorious day.

Once I was confident that I wasn’t about to fall in and drown, I was hypnotised by the shimmery shoopy shapes and swirls as they sploshed and sloshed against the boat:

Water patterns
Lovely water patterns

Then I drew, and Andy fished, until sundown.

Sketching at Ladybower
Sketching at Ladybower
Landscape sketching at ladybower
Landscape sketching at ladybower

Sadly the fish were asleep and the Trout Count remained at zero, so we didn’t have fish for our tea (perhaps not so sadly for the trout), but it didn’t matter.

Fly fishing at Ladybower

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