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Friday, 22 April 2011

Radio Lancashire

My interview with Martin James on his programme "At the Water's Edge" was broadcast last night on Radio Lancashire.
I am sure many of you had better things to do than tune in then but if you are interested then you can still catch the programme on the BBCi Player - here and it will be available for a few days.

I really enjoyed this interview, maybe I am a little more relaxed in the studio now having experienced it a few times but have a listen and let me know what you thought about it.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Fishing trips

Hi All

Just an update on the fishing trips planned so far this year.

The next trip to the river for Brown trout on May 10th is full but there are vacancies on the trip planned for 19th May - this is likely to be on the river Eden at Kirkby Stephens. For those of you who haven't fished here before it is one of the prettiest rivers in the North West with some very good sized absolutely wild Browns.

My salmon trip to the River Nith(Dumfries) w/c September 12th has just 2 vacancies

Email me for more details

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Lessons in Fly Fishing

I have had some really enjoyable lessons recently - good mix - river, stillwater, beginners and advanced, double handed and single handed.

Yesterday's lesson was a typical example - Paul from Great Harwood, Lancs, had originally been bought a 2 hour lesson voucher by his wife, Julie but then upgraded it to a full day.
I could tell immediately he was keen and enthusiastic and eager to learn and the lesson went very well.

Julie later that day sent me this email
"Dear Mike, Just a quick thank you for Paul's lesson today, he had a great time and has definitely caught the fishing bug- so to speak. In fact I,ve heard nothing else for the past hour!"

I do hope that Julie is still happy when all Paul wants to do is go fly fishing!!!!


Monday, 11 April 2011

Open days

After a very busy open day with Linsley Bros at Bolton Abbey yesterday I will be doing another open day this time with Fawcetts of Lancaster on the 15th May. This will be held somewhere on the River Lune - more details to follow.

I am on Martin James' programme "At the Water's Edge" on Thurs 14th April at 7.30pm but you can also tune it from the BBCi player for a few days after.

Thursday, 7 April 2011

First river trip of the season

The first river trip of the season looked like being an uneventful day. The Eden had come up quite a bit with the previous day's rainfall but fortunately the colour was still reasonably good, so we went ahead regardless.

We started off with general nymph patterns, fishing the margins with no luck. So I showed the party how to use heavier weighted flies - czech nymphing and this started to pay dividends.
A few takes were missed but then Tom from Warrington, who was a little upstream, phoned to tell me rather excitedly that he had just latched onto a good wild Brownie.
It was indeed a very good fish!
My next river trip is on 10th May - a few places left.

Sunday, 3 April 2011

Bolton Fly Tying Club

I will be at Bolton Fly Tying Club on Tuesday night having an informal chat about all things fly fishing!
Sorry but this is for members only but if you contact John Vautier from the Bolton Fly Tyers blogsite here - I am sure he'll sort out a members ticket for you!

Rest of the week teaching - real mixed bag this week - complete beginners, advanced casting techniques, some double handed spey casting - Will be at Curley's fly fishery and on the river Ribble and Eden! It's a hard life!!

I have my first trip of the season on Wednesday. A group of my clients and I will be trying our hand on the River Eden. I hope the conditions will be good!

Have you had a look at my Facebook page? - see opp - just click the "like button"

Saturday, 2 April 2011

Fly casting all day!

Had a great day today at the GAIA regional open day held at the Royal Oak Golf Club at Withnell nr Chorley. Must have been over 25 guys there with members and guests - all of them enthusiastic about casting with a desire to get better.
Plenty of demos and workshops going on as well as little informal group discussions. Good to meet up again with some old friends as well as make new ones.

Full diary of lessons next week starting with a session on the river with the trainees. Looking forward to to as always.