During August my mate Andy “Epicentre” was up from London for a couple of visits, so first of all we decided to go exploring on the River Trent. Our first stop was the A1 stretch at South Muskam. Not having been to the A1 Pits Fishery before, we came in from the wrong side of the railway crossing and had to sit there for ages, watching countless trains whizzing past, waiting for the barriers to open. Having finally got into the complex we were impressed how busy it was, with loads of bivvied up anglers on the various gravel pits. We found the river less populated and drove along the whole length to get a feel for it, finally deciding on the downstream end, which looked good on a sweeping bend.