Knew exactly where I wanted to be last Friday for the first day of the season. It's a peg on the Swale fast water running into a deep hole under bushes before running out into fast water again. It's an early season banker for a few chub and the odd barbel. We arrived about 07:00 and not another car in sight (was this the right day?), so guaranteed the peg I wanted. After a hike of over a mile we were there but the peg had changed due to the winter floods, bushes ripped out new snaggs & the fast water pushing further down the swim than it used to. I let my mate set up just over half way down the swim where the flow eased. I opted to fish the run in as I had a new 17' Team Diawa float rod to christen. A few trots down getting used to the new rod (the extra length really helped controlling the stick float in the flow), bang first fish on. Carefully playing it to the net it was a brownie of about a pound I felt the rod give a little judder. I quickly unhooked it and as I slipped it back my phone fell from my pocket to join it. The air turned slightly blue as I picked my rod up, the next was unrepeatable as I noticed the last 16" of the rod tip down the line by the float. In all my years of fishing this was the first time I've had a rod snap. Not a good start to the new season I then set my feeder rod up. We had seen a few fish topping further down the swim. My mate had lost a good trout on maggot as it leapt clear of the water. I started with meat incase there were any barbel about. The bites seamed very cautious on meat & the first 3 fish I hit had me in the bushes before I could do anything. Ade was fairing a little better he'd managed a couple of chub out. A switch to bread produced instant bites and another trout, then the chub switched on. Bites and fish came more regular but I still managed to loose a few in the roots. With fish going in the net time flew by Ade asked if I'd mind him trying for his trout with a spinner for 10 min before we packed in. He walked a few yards further down & after 3 or 4 casts bingo but it wasn't his trout it was a chub. This was his first decent fish on spinner and it turned out to be a pb for him at 5lb 2oz. In all we had about 14 chub between us and they were all over 4lb (we weighed them as we caught them), to 4 1/4 lb with his best of 5lb 2 and mine 5 dead. I also had 4 brownies between 1-1lb 8oz. The day that started badly for me certainly redeemed itself. Walking back to the car we were the only ones parked, Where did everyone else go on opening day? Ade with his first chub of the day.