During the last couple of weeks and as a result of the short days and cold temperatures on more than one occasion my mind has drifted back to the summers long warm evenings. A rising fish, gentle waters and soft birdsong are quite a therapeutic combination. Such times on the river leave me relaxed and fulfilled. My wife refers to my fly fishing as prozac without prescription. Its certainly always helped me to keep lifes stresses at bay.
This last week i have become aware of the latest trendy complaint apparantly its called "Nature deficit disorder" Theres a link to the article here
Now I am puzzled as to why something as simple needs an apparantly scientific explanation. I for one know that not been able to stand in a river fairly regularly brings on a very serious condition. I have always just thought of it as the "Shack nasties" . Symptons vary but moodiness , lack of appetite and irritability are all possibilities. There is only one cure of course. There are partial treatments . For me fly tying is the most effective . But that seems to have only limited benefit. No when it comes right down to it getting in a river is the only cure.
This last weekend for instance , feeling shit with man flu developing I knew that a couple of hours with a rod in my hand would despite the cold temperatures make me feel better. Wife wasnt happy about it but with her parting words of ..."you wont get any sympathy of meee..." fading away I set of down my local beck. This bit of the river is indeed local if I had a mind I could walk it in ten minutes. Today I took the car to the bottom end of the section and met up with friend and we went looking for Grayling. Now there are Grayling in the river . But there isnt many and they often dont want to play ball. Sunday they didnt want to play at all . A couple of out of season brownies was all I could manage but it did what I wanted it to do. Fresh air, the feel of cold water. Autumn sunshine and even a barn owl floating along the river bank. For at least an hour or two I felt human again.