The Trout That Died in Action.
on holiday in Northern Ireland a couple travelling through the
beautiful Irish countryside came across a delightful village with a
river flowing under a humpback bridge, a quaint pub, a village green
sloping down to the river bank.
Parking the car, the woman sat on the seating outside the pub while the man entered to order refreshments.
Standing at the bar waiting for his order to be processed, the man noticed a glass case on the wall containing a large trout.
On closer examination of this 6ib 4oz brown trout he noticed a hole in its side behind the gills.
landlord asked” are you interested in the trout in the case on the
wall, “ you must be a trout fisherman, ”yes” replied the customer,
“what’s the story behind the trout with the large hole in its side
“ enquired the customer.
Back in the early 1800’s when the
British Military occupied Northern Ireland my grandfather who was a
trout fisherman loved to fish that river you see across the green, that
trout lived in a deep pool beneath the bridge, my grandfather hooked
and had been broken off by this large brown once or twice before over a
On a warm summer evening he hooked the trout again and
managed to land it after a long fight steering it out of the deep water
past numerous snags into the shallows onto the bank, picking up the
trout he made his way across the green towards the pub when a small
battalion of British Redcoats marched across the bridge ordering my
grandfather to stop, he had no intention of stopping holding the lively
fish close to his chest,” stop or we fire” my grandfather turned to
look at the soldiers who fired, the musket ball passed through the
trout lodging in my Grandfathers’ chest, he survived to fish another
The Trout Died in Action.