From Agony to Ecstasy

wild trout Devon UK

After yet more manic days, I can only hope spring brings a little more semblance of peace and order back to life. Because while I’m used to ups and downs, I would love a few days where not a lot happens. Where exactly do I begin? Well, this morning’s visit to the dentist seems logical… Read more

Tough Fishing and Lady Luck

Broken fishing reel

I should start this blog with a slight apology for not writing sooner. Only the world I live in has gone a bit crazy. Everyone wants words. Bits of news, write ups, blogs. Website text for all manner of hotels. Yes, it’s nice to be busy rather than redundant I guess but in a word,… Read more

A Gathering of Flies: BFFI 2017

What has 20,000 wings, countless legs and a whole lot of creativity crammed into three large halls? It could only be the BFFI (British Fly Fair International), an annual event that has become a regular pilgrimage for so many fly anglers. Whether you want to stock up on rare or hard to find materials, tools… Read more

Bream, Dummies and Debates

Fishing for Dummies!

Greetings, fellow fish botherers. What a funny few weeks I’ve endured lately. Such have been my other commitments, and a bout of sickness, that I’ve only just managed to put this blog together. So I hope I can fill you in on a few scores, even if a lot of it has been less than… Read more

Slim Pickings & Winter Coarse Fishing in Devon & Somerset

Free fishing river Tone

Is it still worth going fishing when the weather is bitterly cold or totally unsettled? It’s a tough question at times. Experience will often give you a hunch, for better or worse, whether there is much chance of action, not to mention  which fisheries fare best when it’s brass monkeys. But it’s never an exact… Read more

The Late Show

Exeter canal pike

How often do we actually go fishing when our chances of catching are at their highest? It’s a question I’ve been forced to ponder lately, with some tricky sessions on the bank. Experience alone will often give us a hunch as to when will be a productive time to fish, but life tends to make… Read more

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