I love fishing auctions and regularly bid in those of the S&TCA, the WTT (to which I also submit offers for fishing in the streams in the southern Alps near to where my wife and I have a home), the Monnow Rivers Association…and the Wye & Usk Foundation, and the latter, for reasons that readers of my blog, will be well aware.
Last year the W&UF offered a lot which intrigued, and I bid for it and won.
It was for an engraved stone which would be lovingly released into the river Usk, which is where my fly fishing adventure began. And it will be post lockdown and I hope to witness it but may not be able to.
Eventually someone may pick up this (my) stone from the bed of the river where I learned to fish and wonder…well what?
Will that happen next year, in five or fifteen years, or fifty or five hundred years?
When they do, will spates have smoothed the stone and erased, what was carefully engraved?
If I cannot be there, I have asked that it be placed, or maybe dropped, into the river on the downstream side of Llanfaes Bridge.
This is my stone.