Filthy weather and fine fishing at Blakewell Trout Fishery, North Devon

It has to be one of the timeless ironies of fishing. While fine weather sees hordes of is descend on the bank for skimpy returns, horrid of weather so often brings more rewarding better fishing. Granted, so it’s no fun feeling like a human teabag. Nor are your casts going to look very elegant in… Read more

Match Fishing from Cup Final to Christmas Classic

Tiverton canal fishing catch

Of all the fishing I’ve done this year, the genuine surprise of all has been my return to the match scene. From thinking “I should do this a bit more” in January, I have fished over a dozen matches and become hooked on regular competition. Stranger still, I’ve not done too badly. What regular readers… Read more

Four Go Pike Fly Fishing…

fly casting for pike

While fishing can be a solitary pursuit, there are certainly methods where you cover more water and have more fun in good company. So, after a sedentary and completely biteless previous session on Exeter Shit Ship Canal I was raring to stretch my legs and enjoy some more active fishing this week. And with some… Read more

Great Angling Reads & Book Reviews for Autumn/Winter 2018

Best fishing books fly coarse carp2018

As the nights draw in, there’s nothing quite like a great fishing book or magazine to keep the fire burning. Contrary to the fears of book fans, real print is still fighting to keeps its place in the digital world we live in, too. In fact, you might even say there is a mini revival… Read more

From Rugeley with love: Fishing the Canal Pairs Match Series

Canal pairs match fishing series

There are few things I love more than a session on a classic canal, with light tackle and a whole gallery of species that might turn up. These venues take me back to youth and first ever attempts at match fishing. You know, back in the 1990s, when the scene wasn’t all about smashing out… Read more

Fishing the River Severn with Daniel Kawczynski MP

Do fishing and politics mix? Most of us hit the riverbank for calm rather than debate. Nevertheless, the calm of any waterside can make a perfect backdrop for friendly discussion, especially on those days when the weather is mild and fish aren’t biting hard.  Many is the time I’ve “put the world to rights”, so… Read more

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