When I read the story, it reminded me of an interview I once saw where Clapton told Ed Bradley something about how much he liked fishing. Thanks to the search engine on YouTube I found what I was looking for. (Take that Bono.)
Turns out that my memory was only semi-correct in that the interview did involve Eric talking about fishing but with a little different twist as to how much he enjoyed doing so. Here is the interview for you and if like me you got that ADD-thing going for you and don't want to wait for the fish story, just fast forward to the 1:45 mark:
So it took Clapton falling out of his fishing boat drunk and breaking his fishing rod for him to finally realize that he had a drinking problem. Adds new meaning to finally hitting bottom I guess. All I can say is that it must have been some rod! Wonder if Clapton has ever written any songs about a fish?
As for Patti Boyd, here is an interview with her discussing her relationships with George and Eric. That she served as the inspiration for several of their songs about her, e.g. Something, Wonderful Tonite, Layla and others (click here,) tells me that Pattie indeed must have had "something" about her.