So Ray e-mails from work to say that he's going to the river the next day. Aiming for a 6.00am start and then fishing 'till midday. I hum and hah and then decide that I'll see how I feel in the morning and take my own car. I've got some work to catch up on and I'm feeling slightly below par.
About 12.00 the phone goes. It's Ray.
"How did you get on?" he asks.
"I didn't go, Ray. But if you're asking me that..."
There's a pause.
"I didn't go either," he says.
"Didn't fancy it," says I.
"Neither did I," says he.
By which time we're both laughing.
Rob Beattie is the author of several popular fishing books. He's also a regular contributor to Waterlog magazine.