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Robbing Peter to pay Paul

I know when you look at the price of the a day on a prime chalkstream it might be fair to assume that someone, somewhere must be coining it, raising a glass to us fly fishing fanatics from the sun-drenched … Continue reading

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My World Cup bet on England

Every four years an unstoppable juggernaut comes down the road that cuts a swathe through the hospitality industry. For some it is a boon but for most it is a ‘what can you do?’ moment as wedding receptions empty, horse … Continue reading

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New arrivals for 2018

New arrivals for 2018 It is always exciting to have new beats as you never quite know how they will turn out; over the years I have had unexpected hits and head scratching duds. Rivers can sometimes be as confounding … Continue reading

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Women in waders

I am a huge enthusiast of women fly fishing. I met my wife fly fishing and some of the happiest days we spend each summer are when the three of us (my daughter has likewise been inculcated) head for the … Continue reading

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Anglers the salvation for rare duck?

Anglers the salvation for rare duck?    The headlines in The Scotsman and the BBC splashed much the same message: Survival of rare duck in Scotland ‘depends on trout fishing’. I must admit it rather caught my eye, with the article … Continue reading

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Licence to fish

There has been much discussion around the National Fishing Licence now that the administration and enforcement has passed from the Environment Agency to the Angling Trust. It seemed the perfect opportunity for changes, so I for one am delighted that … Continue reading

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Which is you favourite fish?

Which is your favourite fish?    Which is your favourite fish? I have to admit I had never given it much thought until the other day when an email from underwater photographer Jack Perks urged me to vote in the … Continue reading

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Spear & loathing?

Spear & loathing?    Greetings!     After my last Twitter storm I hesitate to write anything about pike, but Bill Heavey’s article Spear and Trembling: The Ancient Art of Stabbing Pike Through the Ice in the latest edition of … Continue reading

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The rat must die

Greetings!     I have been having a problem with a rat which has grown fat on, of all things, trout pellets. He  seems to have a peculiar liking for the pellets which my fish farming friends tell me contain, … Continue reading

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2015 in Photos

By my reckoning we only have, give or take the whims of Mother Nature, 137 days before the Mayfly hatch starts. I think it is too much to describe that as the defining moment in any particular season, but it … Continue reading

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