Published Aug 25. 2003

Chill in the water

Just returned from a swim - it was cold!

I just returned from a short swim in the sea close to where I live. It was cold! And that is good - not for swimming, but for fishing. My wife, Birgitte, and I have taken these small excursions for a short evening swim a few times this summer, typically during sunset and on days where the weather hasn't been quite as warm and sunny as this summer has been as a whole. As you may know from your own swims, cold weather means warm water - at least by the feel of it. Not so this evening! It was freezing even though the air was not warm. We have had a few days with cold winds, and the water temperature has definitely dropped a few degrees. If it's not worth swimming in for people, it is for fish, and my longing for the Danish coasts as a fly fisher rather than a swimmer was strongly stimulated this evening. The fishing season is certainly coming, just as Bop P concluded in his entry for this very day. Now I’m just waiting for the wind to turn a bit and calm down. As soon as that happens, I’ll be off for this season’s first real trip to the coast.
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