Beating the Chill

Ice breaking fishing winter UK

I’ve said it before that die-hard anglers thrive on adversity, but this January I mean it more than ever. Conditions have been yo-yoing dramatically, with hard frosts one week, gales and temperatures into the mid-teens the next. This can make it much harder to catch, but let’s face it, if we were to sit tight… Read more

Floody Good Fishing & New Angling Books

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After a soaking wet end to summer, it’s been more of the same for autumn with rivers bursting their banks and several cancelled trips. Not that we should be too surprised, because this seems to be the pattern every year now. As an angler, you have to pick your battles with care! Having canal fishing… Read more

A red letter finish to the river fly fishing season!

River Frome specimen grayling fishing

Angling might be a good way to slow down time- but the seasons seem to fly past ever faster for me  these days. At least for 2023 I don’t have any lingering feeling of what could or should have been, because the finale to the river fly fishing season (which runs to 30th Sept for… Read more

From easy fishing to mission impossible!

Rodney Wevill John Deprieelle fishing Turrall Devon

There are not many pastimes as varied as fishing. It’s not just the locations and the species, but the difficulty setting that is infinitely varied. If football was like this, one week would be 0-0 and the next 17-6. That’s probably a good thing. It means that the same sport can offer quite rapid success… Read more

Summer catches and “End Peg” book review

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At this stage of a decidedly cool, wet British summer I must be one of a small minority thanking the weather gods. “British summer? What is that?” was the summary of the bloke who cut my hair yesterday. But boy did we need some rain after a freakishly dry spring. The other happy fact for… Read more

Fresh Waters and Fly Fishing for Carp

carp on fly Dom garnett angling times

This month brings exciting news with the opening of not one but TWO completely new fisheries in Devon. It has been a real pleasure to play a small part in each of them, too, with some excellent day ticket fishing for carp, trout and grayling within easy reach of most Devon locals and visitors. Both… Read more

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