Spring fishing & trials of a guide

Taunton to Bridgwater canal fishing

With both glorious sunshine and bitter winds, spring has felt like as Jeckyll-and-Hyde as ever this year. I guess one of the universal rules of fishing is that you have to adapt to the conditions; or save your efforts for another day. Those first really hot days of the year can be a golden chance… Read more

Teething problems & late season pike fishing

Pike fly fishing Devon Somerset UK

Getting back into the swing of things is never easy after a holiday, I find. It’s a bit like having a hangover. Especially when there’s still the back end of winter to get through… and you have raging tooth ache! After several days of the sort of head-splitting pain you wouldn’t wish on your worst… Read more

Fishing in Costa Rica: 13 lessons for tackling tropical seas

Roosterfish costa rica

Where do I even begin with recalling a week long stay in Costa Rica? It has been an epic way to celebrate my 40th Birthday in great company, sharing inshore and offshore boat fishing days with Keith Armishaw (who runs the Angling Heritage project with wife Sandra, and was kind enough to invite me along… Read more

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

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