Darrell Upton “how my fishing began”

Like most.

My fishing began its life at a young age sitting along side my dad. I was More concerned about what was on our sandwiches rather than what we may catch. At the time it was more an adventure to me than a hobby but I was a mere 4-5 years old.

Throughout my childhood I regularly returned to fishing which helped pass some time on weekends and school holidays. It wasn’t until I saw the capture of a double figure mirror carp that I was literally ‘hooked’. The next decade or so was spent pursuing carp and the occasional pike. My interests always seemed to lie with the less commercial waters where I day dreamed of the possibility of an unknown/uncaught fish.

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31lb of Canal carp

After tailoring my tactics and finding my strengths I began to realize that unless my fishing was done at close range where i could observe and stalk my quarry then I didn’t feel content. After some changes in circumstances, time became limited and I didn’t have the long weekends that I once did. I began focusing on winter fishing pursuing pike when the work season had died down slightly and my spare time increased.

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After meeting Jon it didn’t take long to find some common ground and we got onto the subject of fishing. Jon regularly dropped fly fishing into the conversation but i never took the bait thinking it’s another venture which will cost me a small fortune and may not be something that interests me. Sneakily and cleverly if i may say so Jon brought one of his fly rods to work and insisted that i gave it a chuck in the yard and this is where our fly fishing adventure began.

Why “the tree trout”.

Myself and Jon are both Arborists working together for a professional family run business. The name “The tree trout” seemed very relevant as not only do we climb trees but regularly catch our fair share of tree trout.


So that’s a little bit about how my fishing came about, interested in ‘Why I fish?’. If so, follow the link for an article I wrote for Eat-Sleep-Fish. “Why I Fish”

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