IF Solihull’s Sheena Goode has one regret, it’s that she didn’t take up flyfishing earlier.
The England ladies champion and international is busy packing her tackle box ready for another competition and admits that, eight years after she started in the sport, it has virtually taken over her life.
“I’d taken the kids to a Go Fish exhibition to see if they would be interested and everyone was doing the coarse fishing and this chap asked me if I’d like to have a go at fly fishing, and that was that,” said the Monkspath mother of two.
Years of hard work and dedication followed as Sheena, who works part time at Tescos in Shirley, built up the skills to take on the best - and beat them.
“Fly fishing takes fishing back to its roots; you’re trying to imitate the food source of the fish, like a daddy long legs skating across the water. You’re pitting your wits and skills against the fish and sometimes it can be like trying to find a needle in a haystack,” said Sheena.
So get the idea of someone sitting by a canal with their rods and a maggots out of your head and think of eight hours in a rowing boat constantly casting to catch your elusive prey.
“The weather can be horrendous and you’re out all day in it, so you do have to be dedicated,” said Sheena.
However the rewards are huge: “I’ve made some fabulous friends and fished in the most beautiful of places, many unknown to the public, as well as travelled abroad representing England,” she said.
All the more remarkable then that she’s achieved all this without a penny of sponsorship, despite being a major figure in what is billed as Britain’s most popular sport. Anyone wishing to sponsor Solihull’s fly fishing champion Sheena Goode can contact the Solihull News at email@example.com.