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If you were to emigrate....part 2

I went for a meeting up in Birmingham yesterday and it involved nearly eight hours on a train all told - part of me doesn't mind taking the train when required, because I can get my laptop out and do some work, and I have some very good noise cancelling headphones that enable me to shut out the mass of humanity squeezed into a tin can like a bunch of ripe sardines (London Underground anyone ?). But the other part of me gets fairly claustrophobic. I guess that a part of why a lot of us go fishing is to get away from the crowds and be able to experience this world for what it is. Something truly special. Spending too much time around too many people once again gets me thinking of places in the world where you can find awesome fishing that is surrounded by a somewhat lesser number of people.......don't get me wrong, I do love the UK, and I love living in the south west, but you can't get away from the fact that we have too many people squeezed onto this island. There are some wide open spaces out there...............

The east coast of Canada - very few people, outstanding fly fishing, and I also hear of some very good saltwater fishing down nearer to the US border, including runs of big striped bass. I think the Canadians are fantastic people and I love their zest for the outdoor life. But this part of the world gets horribly cold in the winter, to the point that the rivers and big parts of the sea freeze over !! I suppose you could just spend the winters skiing though.....

The Bahamas - so many people think that the Bahamas are merely a few little islands stuck in the of nowhere, when in reality they could not be more wrong. There are masses and masses of islands of all sizes, and most of them receive little serious fishing pressure. A paradise for saltwater fishermen, both inshore and offshore, and if you go looking, you can go right off the end of the map.It's the same with a lot of places - do the research, speak to the right people, and you can find open space and good fishing in so many places. Ireland anyone ?

The west coast of Canada - just an outstanding part of the world. The first book I ever did for Dorling Kindersley (Adventure Fishing) was project managed by such a nice guy who then went and emigrated to Vancouver Island with his family soon after the book was published. Perhaps he could not take any more of working with me !!, but I still hear from them and it sounds like paradise to me. I have been the to the west coast of Canada a couple of times, and it just strikes me as a great place to live. All kinds of fishing, all kinds of weather, lots of skiing in winter, and some of the most unspoilt and pristine landscapes you could ever hope to see. I can see why so many Brits move over there.

Iceland - world class salmon, trout and sea trout fishing, and we are starting to hear more about some very cool shore fishing for species such as cod. An easy place to get to, with plenty of wide open spaces, very cool people, outstanding fishing, seems kind of tempting. Cold and dark winters, especially the further north you go, but then they do have long daylight hours during summer.

Australia and New Zealand - two countries I have never been two, but I so badly want to go and spend some proper time down in this part of the world. Some friends of ours recently emigrated to Australia, and the more I hear about the shore and boat fishing all around the coastline, and the sheer variety of species on offer, the more I want to take myself off down there and see a bit of it. Not sure I could take the Aussies and the Kiwis stuffing us in the rugby all the time these days (not looking forward to Saturday), but I could forgive them over time !! New Zealand just looks off the scale when it comes to landscapes and fishing. We hear so much about their trout fishing, but it is easy to forget that they have saltwater fishing that would just blow our minds.

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