This week i managed a day off and a trip to a favourite river that was at a reasonable level. First cast and i got this nice mid-double then lost a smaller fish. Then i managed to lose 2 20lb plus fish at the net; the second of which looked an upper 20. Devastated doesn't come close after the weather and conditions this season. Then as i was sitting on the bank reliving the losses i received a call from my local hospital to inform me my father had been admitted poorly. It put the loss of the fish in perspective and i packed up after just half a day and made the 3 hour drive home. My dad is doing ok i am glad to say. The pike can wait.