Dom Curran

Country Life Every Week - - In The Garden -

Wynnstay joint-mas­ter, small farmer and stock­bro­ker

Sport­ing heaven The strongly fenced Wynnstay grass vale on the Welsh borders; Chirk Cas­tle in Wales on the Shrop­shire bor­der, a first-class, high­bird shoot near home with some proper sig­na­ture drives; the Rynda on Rus­sia’s Kola Penin­sula (Reel Life, Septem­ber 21) Favourite kit My 15lb dou­ble-handed Sage rod with Abel reel Horse of a life­time Vinny—vin­cent in smart com­pany—is a 17.2hh Ir­ish sport horse who loves hounds, but is am­biva­lent about peo­ple. He’s a real field mas­ter’s horse and a proper ma­chine, but he’s also quirky and not overly good at stand­ing still, so I pray for a fast hunt soon af­ter leav­ing the meet Red-let­ter day On a trip to the Kola Penin­sula, three close friends walked a long way to fish the top end of the Rynda and we each caught a big fish. My 21-pounder re­mains a per­sonal best and the oth­ers were only a pound or two smaller Last day on Earth Hunt­ing, for the adren­a­line rush and the ca­ma­raderie of a sport shared among friends

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