My back took a while to become less of a pain (literally), then the weather turned vile while I couldn't press on with work, and now all the rod bits I've been waiting for have arrived and I'm busy again just as news reaches me of a big bream from a water I fish. Who recently sold his long range bream rods because he wasn't going to use them again? As you read this I'm stamping my feet and swearing loudly.
One of the blanks I was awaiting was a green painted Chimera. This was to be whipped up in black with a metallic lime green thread as tipping. There was a 50/50 chance it would be eye burningly garish! Fact is, it looks quite refined.