Yesterday was the first day of my Easter break and the weather was beautiful. As usual there were quite a few chores to attend to. The outside metal stairs needed painting and the wooden structure which provided shade on the terrace had to be treated against the sun and the fence needs fixing in the places where the dogs get out and make a nuisance of themselves.

I was in “chore” mode when Leo said he wanted to go fishing. We had about 3 hours before Pippa needed to be dropped at her dancing class in Fuengirola and he figured that that would be time enough. Needless to say, as soon as the river was mentioned all thoughts of chores wet out the window and in short order we were kicking up dust from the dirt track on the way to the Guadalhorce.

Leo has turned out to be quite an accomplished fisherman and he hooked, played and released a lovely barbel within just a few minutes of our arrival. Then we went exploring a little stretch of river that he had not seen before and, in the process managed another couple of fish before we were off home again.

And the chores? I guess we are going to have to make a start on them today!

Within a few minutes odour arrival Leo was into a good fish....

Within a few minutes of our arrival Leo was into a good fish….

Which was carefully unhooked.......

which was carefully unhooked…….

then a quick photo for the album......

then a quick photo for the album……

.....and on its way again.

…..and it was on its way again.

My turn!

My turn!

This fish was unusually deeply hooked and the nymph had to be removed carefully with forceps.

This fish was unusually deeply hooked and the nymph had to be removed carefully with forceps.

Christ! I didn´t realise I was  quite so bald! The fish here is swimming off strongly.

Christ! I didn´t realise I was quite so bald! The fish here is swimming off strongly. They are really beautiful fish.

On its way.

On its way.