Rydal Water is one of the smaller of Cumbria's Lakes, surrounded by hills and woods. I decided to launch my kayak for a day's fishing soon after dawn on a beautiful calm November morning. Launching is from the car park at the north end of the lake into the river Rydal Beck and then a quarter of a mile drift downstream into the lake itself.
I approach Rydal Water with the morning mists still shrouding the hills
Mirror-calm conditions are ideal for exploring the lake and its little islands
By mid-morning the mists have evaporated and thin winter sunshine reveals itself
I manage to boat a decent pike weighing 7lb 3oz (3.2kg)
I reckon six servings from this fish!
By mid-afternoon the sun slips behind the hills
A moulted swan feather is trapped in some weed
Fishing in Rydal Water in by permit only. Day permits can be purchased on-line this the Lake District Fishing website.