Fishing against the elements

When it comes to the best or worst weather to go fishing, that can depend on the method and species. Since the turn of the year we’ve had most permutations, to be fair, from torrential rain to subzero temperatures. It was a brutal -10C on a recent return journey from from Hull, having given a… Read more

Fly For Coarse 2018 Winners Announced!

Fly for coarse competition 2018

At the turn of each year, it’s both an honour and a thorny challenge to try to rank twelve months of “Fly For Coarse” catches alongside two of my angling heroes, Matt Hayes and  John Bailey. Each year there are a whole lot of fish that impress; along with three or four more that leave… Read more

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

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