Yesterday afternoon that would be, everything that can go wrong did, including compounding it with some ludicrous fishing choices by myself and I can't think of a better place to vent it than here.
The Thames had dropped somewhat, but with a nice tinge of colour, having checked a few swims prior and knowing that some of the slacks looked good and perhaps with the chance of some Roach sport, I then decided to head off further upstream and ignore all these spots for other swims, perhaps a bit of the grass is greener mentality creeping in. I am still trying to get my head round what would provoke such choices and I really can't rationalize it.
So to sum it all up, I basically ignored areas of the river that have produced to me in the past, instead heading for areas I had less knowledge of, which in itself is fine if you can take something constructive and positive from it, but I felt that I had not learnt a lot from doing so, which was partly due to the way I went about things.
The end result was part roving without fully roving, generally trying various swims, ending up feeling like I was just dipping my feet into the water without fully wetting them, something I have not done before, ending up feeling unfulfilled and going very much against my gut instincts, almost an aimless drifting, but not realising it till the very end of the trip.
I can't quite put my finger on it, but I certainly do not plan on repeating some of those choices anytime soon.