Spring Changes Everything

Posted by: Alex Norgate on April 2nd, 2015

Over the past four months I have been living 1800 meters up a snowy mountain in the Rhone Alps. Due to the harsh and snowy grasp of winter, there is very little fishing to speak of, so the majority of as my time has been spent snowboarding and performing as a DJ/MC/Human beat-boxer under the name Audible1. Click here if you would like to see a bit more of what I’m about when I’m not at the waters’ edge.

After such a good season last year it was tough putting the rods away, knowing that they wouldn’t see light again until April the following year. Now, fortunately, that time is fast approaching. Unexpectedly, I have already managed to cast a line or two — but without a bite I might add. Still, it was wonderful being by water again, if only briefly. I was struck by the realisation that I greatly missed sleeping outside; for me there is little more enjoyable than waking up to the sound of bird song by a river or an intimate misty pool. There is something about the fresh air and being surrounded by the natural world that reawakens my mind. Perhaps, when I pack away my rods for the winter, I pack part of myself away too, until spring changes everything? It’s in these moments that I feel incredibly fortunate to be alive, conscious of my surroundings and self, to the point where I can hardly contain my appreciation.

Other than my summer being centred on carp fishing, I have not made many plans this year, mostly because ideas and options keep arising and changing. I will loosely say that I plan to go to Italy for a few weeks and then I will head to the south of France where I will most certainly make a visit to Cassien. I am told that even though that path has been heavily trodden, it is still a magical place to be. As I plan to be in the area, it would be foolish not to at least see for myself. After that, there is a chance I will head west as far as Le Lot, a stunning river I was fortunate to have stumbled across last year. At the end of the day I am not too fussed if my vague plans don’t manifest in the way I planned, because there are so many great waters waiting to be discovered. If the previous year is anything to go by, then I it will be an excellent summer indeed.

The last thing I would like to mention is my plan to merge my existing Carp Watercraft facebook page with another page run by a talented angler called Alex Kobler. If you have not heard about Alex and his partner Caroline’s adventures around Europe, be sure to check out their blog. Alex, Caroline and I share a lot of common ground, having simultaneously embarked on the adventure of a lifetime — each (until relatively recently) without knowledge of the other — so we thought it would be a good idea to document our experiences together under the very fitting name “Carp Gypsies. I have a lot of respect for them both, both as anglers and genuine people, and I am very happy to be joining forces and recounting our experiences together.

More from me soon.

Until next time,

Alex

Spring Changes Everything – Alex Norgate – Blog – Trakker

Winter has mostly been about working, catching up with friends, and hitting the slopes!

Spring Changes Everything – Alex Norgate – Blog – Trakker

There is something about the fresh air and being surrounded by the natural world that reawakens my mind.

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Spring Changes Everything

Posted by: Alex Norgate on April 2nd, 2015

Over the past four months I have been living 1800 meters up a snowy mountain in the Rhone Alps. Due to the harsh and snowy grasp of winter, there is very little fishing to speak of, so the majority of as my time has been spent snowboarding and performing as a DJ/MC/Human beat-boxer under the name Audible1. Click here if you would like to see a bit more of what I’m about when I’m not at the waters’ edge.

After such a good season last year it was tough putting the rods away, knowing that they wouldn’t see light again until April the following year. Now, fortunately, that time is fast approaching. Unexpectedly, I have already managed to cast a line or two — but without a bite I might add. Still, it was wonderful being by water again, if only briefly. I was struck by the realisation that I greatly missed sleeping outside; for me there is little more enjoyable than waking up to the sound of bird song by a river or an intimate misty pool. There is something about the fresh air and being surrounded by the natural world that reawakens my mind. Perhaps, when I pack away my rods for the winter, I pack part of myself away too, until spring changes everything? It’s in these moments that I feel incredibly fortunate to be alive, conscious of my surroundings and self, to the point where I can hardly contain my appreciation.

Other than my summer being centred on carp fishing, I have not made many plans this year, mostly because ideas and options keep arising and changing. I will loosely say that I plan to go to Italy for a few weeks and then I will head to the south of France where I will most certainly make a visit to Cassien. I am told that even though that path has been heavily trodden, it is still a magical place to be. As I plan to be in the area, it would be foolish not to at least see for myself. After that, there is a chance I will head west as far as Le Lot, a stunning river I was fortunate to have stumbled across last year. At the end of the day I am not too fussed if my vague plans don’t manifest in the way I planned, because there are so many great waters waiting to be discovered. If the previous year is anything to go by, then I it will be an excellent summer indeed.

The last thing I would like to mention is my plan to merge my existing Carp Watercraft facebook page with another page run by a talented angler called Alex Kobler. If you have not heard about Alex and his partner Caroline’s adventures around Europe, be sure to check out their blog. Alex, Caroline and I share a lot of common ground, having simultaneously embarked on the adventure of a lifetime — each (until relatively recently) without knowledge of the other — so we thought it would be a good idea to document our experiences together under the very fitting name “Carp Gypsies. I have a lot of respect for them both, both as anglers and genuine people, and I am very happy to be joining forces and recounting our experiences together.

More from me soon.

Until next time,

Alex

Spring Changes Everything – Alex Norgate – Blog – Trakker

Winter has mostly been about working, catching up with friends, and hitting the slopes!

Spring Changes Everything – Alex Norgate – Blog – Trakker

There is something about the fresh air and being surrounded by the natural world that reawakens my mind.

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