Tales of the river­bank

As Ald­iss marks its mile­stone 125th an­niver­sary, the com­pany’s chair­man Tim Ald­iss re­flects on his pas­sion for fish­ing, and, af­ter a life­time of shop-keep­ing, how tak­ing time out to en­joy na­ture keeps him grounded in the fast-mov­ing re­tail world

Norfolk - - Out Of Office -

What are your favourite things to do in your spare time?

I’M an avid fly fish­er­man and have loved fish­ing since I was a boy. When I was about three I would be taken down to Dodds Mill with a lit­tle fish­ing net and would catch tid­dlers. I’ve been keen on fish­ing ever since.

How of­ten do you go fish­ing and what are your favourite fish­ing spots?

In the sum­mer I go fish­ing quite a lot. Usu­ally I would go two or three times a week and I tend to spend most of my time fish­ing in the Wen­sum or Bure, or on the lo­cal trout lakes. So far this year I’ve not done as much fish­ing as I usu­ally would be­cause I’ve been work­ing to re­store a piece of the River Wen­sum at Len­wade.

It’s the first time I’ve been able to own a stretch of river and I’ve cre­ated a per­mis­sive path to en­able ev­ery­one to en­joy it. The En­vi­ron­ment Agency has been a great deal of help to me and has given me a lot of very sound ad­vice. Friends have given me sound ad­vice too. It’s amaz­ing how kind peo­ple are when you want to do some­thing like this and give you their time.

Have you ven­tured fur­ther afield than Norfolk on your fish­ing trips?

You name it I’ve been there. I am re­ally for­tu­nate to have trav­elled a lot. One of my very favourite trips is salt­wa­ter fly fish­ing in the Sey­chelles, where you get fish like trevally and milk­fish.

What is it that’s so spe­cial about fish­ing?

You are at peace with the world. You feel at one with na­ture, com­pletely re­laxed, and you can lose your­self in your thoughts. Es­pe­cially when you’re in busi­ness, some­times you get very stress­ful days and it’s nice to be able to get down to the river.

Is there a catch that you’ve never been able to net?

All men are equal be­fore fish, the say­ing goes – you could have all the money in the world and it wouldn’t mean you are go­ing to catch the one you want.

I sup­pose ev­ery­one wants to catch that super-sized trout or salmon. I’ve been lucky to have caught some rea­son­ably large fish. When I started I was al­ways both­ered about how many fish I caught. Then it was the big­gest. At the stage of my fish­ing life that I’m at now, it’s not the big­gest or the most I’m af­ter - it’s about the most chal­leng­ing catch.

This spring Ald­iss is cel­e­brat­ing 125 years of trad­ing in Norfolk with a se­ries of spe­cial pro­mo­tions. Find out more at their stores at Oxbor­ough Lane, Fak­en­ham or Hall Road, Nor­wich or on­line at www.ald­iss.com

Mr Tim Ald­iss

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