We have just returned from the Province of Cadiz, where we spent a couple of nights staying at a place called Tajo del Aguila on the shore of an enormous reservoir called Embalse de Guadalcacín.

The group consisted of me and my son Leo and three of his school buddies, Ryan Edwards, Damian Le Chat Lewis and Daniel Porter. Our aim was to see if we could catch a few black bass on the fly. Leo and Daniel had fished here before but both the reservoir and fly fishing were unknown to the others.

I fished from my float tube but the boys fished from hired two person kayaks and took turns paddling and casting. They all got to grips with the business in pretty short order and everyone managed to catch some bass. The best was Leo´s which we estimated at about a pound and a half and we had this one for dinner on the second night after having dined on a fish taken by Damian on the first night.

In the tradition of just about any decent fishing trip I can recall, there was a fair amount of beer consumed. Each evening the boys would play some drinking game but your correspondent, being a relatively “mature and sensible” citizen, passed on the offer to participate and offered instead to prepare our meal of black bass and chorizo, or sit in the corner with his Kindle and a beer.

How was the fishing? Pretty good. We caught plenty of bass, returning almost all but keeping two for the pot.

I hope the boys enjoyed themselves. I think they did!

 

The fishing party. Left to right: Daniel, moi, Ryan, Damian and Leo

The fishing party. Left to right: Daniel, moi, Ryan, Damian and Leo

 

These fellas have just graduated from school. Here we are again all dressed up at the graduation dinner last month.

These fellas have just graduated from school. Here we are again all dressed up at the graduation dinner last month.

The boys did not see this lovely early morning view of the reservoir on the second morning. They had drunk so much beer and had such a late night I was unable to rouse them!

The boys did not see this lovely early morning view of the reservoir on the second morning. They had drunk so much beer and had such a late night I was unable to rouse them!