Hello June… Starting The Month How I Intend To Continue – My First Ffion Of 2020

Up bright and early this morning, I started the new month in the same way that I said farewell to the old one. On the bank of a Black Country canal.

You can follow the session via the video below. On the way back to the car, I saw my first foxglove of the year. In Welsh, that’s ffion, and it’s also a girl’s name. Remember Ffion Jenkins, who married William Hague?

I think it’s a lovely name; in fact there are many Welsh ones that also qualify, with Angharad, Bronwen, Fflur, Gwenllian, Rhiannon and Seren all coming immediately to mind.

Anyway, back to the angling session. I fished with the following tackle: Fox Barbel Specialist 11’ quiver tip rod and a Shimano DL2500FA reel.

The reel was loaded with 4lb Maxima Chameleon and this went straight through to a Drennan Super Specialist size 10 hook, which was attached via a blood knot.

A size 6 Dinsmores shot and a 5mm ESP shock bead created the six inch hook-length, with a 1/4 ounce bomb above the bead. 

I fished worm and loose fed red maggots. I was near a lock initially and then moved along to cast three rod lengths out into the boat channel and open water.


    1. Hello, David. Not a problem in the day. There are a few eels in the canal, as I’ve targeted them before, but during darkness, or at least late dusk. You too.