New waders, barbed wire fence…it had to hap­pen


High wa­ter for Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber.

One time when I was fish­ing for sea-trout on a Scot­tish river, I hit into a good spec­i­men. Since I was fish­ing fairly light, I was fol­low­ing the fish along the bank in my brand new waders.

Even­tu­ally, I came to a piece of barbed wire that was fas­tened to a short post. As I stepped over the wire I caught the in­side of the right boot, which cut a V shape through the rub­ber.

Even­tu­ally, the fish threw the hook, which didn’t leave me in a very good mood af­ter dam­ag­ing my lovely new waders. They’d cost a few bob too!

Now, where I lived in New­cas­tle there was a garage about 50 yards away, and I knew all the lads who worked in it. I took the dam­aged waders into the garage and spoke to the fore­man. I asked him if he could “gal­vanise my wader for me please”.

He looked at me in a quizzi­cal man­ner and said: “Yes, but you won’t be able to walk in it”.

It must have been about 10 min­utes later when the penny dropped. I re­alised that I should have said ‘vul­can­ise’, not ‘gal­vanise’.

As you can imag­ine, the chaps in the garage had a good laugh at my ex­pense. When I went back to the garage shortly af­ter­wards I got a huge cheer from all the staff.

I ac­cepted the mickey-tak­ing with good grace and, be­cause they’d had such a good laugh at my ex­pense, I wasn’t charged for the re­pair job. A good re­sult!

I’m still an­noyed, though, that I let that fish get away! ■

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