Bushfires and Rivers

Bushfires and Rivers

Glenda | Tuesday, 7 July 2015

As I sit here in hospital, I wonder if I will ever really feel safe again fishing a river that is surrounded by bush. At the moment the thought frightens me greatly especially if it is during the summer months but more than anything it saddens me that being caught in a bushfire in 2009 and almost losing my life would have such a profound affect on my fishing.

i am suffering from post traumatic stress disorder brought on by the fires.  I have had a lot of treatment and still the smell of smoke sends me into a lather of perspiration and I start panicking about its vicinity.  The sight of bushland in summer and at other times also causes the same reaction....who knows whether/where a fire will start after, say, a lightning strike - a very likely occurrence, particularly in Australia during summer months in Queensland and Victoria, or whether a strong wind will knock a power line down?  But I also know it is irrational thinking on my part that such a freak and devastating act of nature of such magnitude will occur again in my lifetime.
 
That's how bad I am - my imagination knows no limits at the moment when it comes to likely scenarios for a fire.  It even affects me at home!  I can't go into detail about the fear I felt and the grisly sights I saw during that horrible day, but I do believe there is a God and he saved me that day, particularly given we were on a dead end road with national park all around.
 
Treatment is working to some degree but the real test will be fishing a river somewhere (good title for a fishing series.....ha!) and monitoring my reaction.  At the moment I can't see it but you never know.   I am determined to try next summer.  I just thank goodness I have saltwater to concentrate on.
 
Otherwise, not much in the way of fishing from me this or next week, apologies.
 
There is a video that you may like to watch that encapsulates the terror and the numerous deaths but will leave it up to you to watch if you wish.  I can't place the link here as I am writing this on my iPad and cannot figure out how to paste the link.  The name of it however is Victoria ABCTV 2009.
 
I've taken the liberty of putting up a photo of my two dogs I had to give up because I couldn't look after them anymore after the fires (thank you for pandering to my sloppy side here and apologies for this rather boring front page) - I'm still coming to terms with losing them.....but time will heal, as with all else. 
 
Happy fishing you lucky people.