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Monday, 31 January 2011

First Fishing trip of the season

At last I have put some dates together for my accompanied fly fishing trips.

The first of which will be on Wed 6th April and the species we'll be targeting is Brown Trout.

Early season river fishing can be a challenge dependant upon the water and weather. If you are lucky then there will be some Grannoms and  Large Dark Olives about but on most days you might only see very small Chironomids. The good news is that I will have patterns for all of these and more available

More dates to follow, some midweek and some at weekends and we will do some Trout, Grayling, Salmon and some Saltwater for Bass and Mullet.

Watch this space....!

Just send me an email for more details or to book a place.

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Today's lessons

Couple of great lessons today.

First off I was with Paul from Prestwich, concentrating on the basic casting techniques for over head and roll casting and how these effect all the other casts we do. If the basics aren't right we cannot expect to be able to cast further or with the correct level of control. We looked at how to get started fly casting on rivers, how to control the line to minimise the drag on the fly.

The second lesson was with Karl and his son Henry from Bury, both very keen to get started but wanted to know all the basics stuff first to form a good foundation of knowledge and skill. I left them both fishing for an hour or so to put all the things thay had picked into practise.

More lessons booked everyday next week - hope the weather is kind!

Friday, 14 January 2011

Fish Discards

If you have seen Hugh Fernley Whitingstall's programme on channel-4 for the last three nights, you'll know all about this ridiculous situation. Please follow the link below and add your name to the list protesting at the insanity of 'Discarding' imposed on fishermen by the EU. Send it to all your contacts as well and maybe we can make a difference.

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Magazine article

Hope this works

Click here to read the article

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Total Fly Fisher

Well, I guess I am now a magazine contributor!
I did one article some time ago but now I have done two I think the above title is correct??

It's about the "Hang Method" and it's in January's Total Fly Fisher

I'll try to work out a way of uploading it??

Anyway if you get a copy I hope you enjoy reading it

Saturday, 8 January 2011

Hardy's get it right (again!)

Lots has already been written about the new range of Hardy Sintrix rods and to add my own opinion it will take some beating. I have already "test" driven a couple of the Zenith's and they are very special.
Just to add to your appetites even more - have a read of this report from some rod testing in the States, where they have always have a big bias for rods made in the god damn US of A
To read the full report look here

What suprises me in this report, in particular, is the very low score of the Sage TCX, a rod that I like a lot. However this is where one man's meat is another man's poison -- I only ever used the TCX and the Hardy Angel TE for that matter for pure distance so the results should be differant.

Zenith's should be available end of this month, hopefully. As soon as they are rest assured, I'll have one and if you ask me nicely you can have a play with it!

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

refresher group casting lesson

Hi all
Just got a couple of late vacancies for Saturday's course if anyone is interested??
10.00am till 12.00pm

Just send me an email

Monday, 3 January 2011

Back in the swing of things

Well, back to "normal" now. Even the weather is manageble, or have I just spoken too soon!!

Been out a few times to blow the cobwebs away.

I have given myself 2 main objectives this year. Certainly more double handed stuff and of course the single handed distance.

Been surfing around the "t'interweb" as you do and found this stuff.
Maybe something to have a go at in the future?

Tenkara fly fishing
Explanation of Tenkara fishing

I like the idea of this style of fishing, I guess it can be related to dabbling or even duo-ing for that matter.

So what do you think? Serious alternative or gimmick??