Tench bubbles and trout flies

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What a difference a month or so makes to fishing and life in general. With restrictions easing and a spell of cheerful weather, there has been a sense of sheer relief and optimism. Whether it’s watching trout on a stream or getting back to match fishing, freedom never felt so precious or welcome as it… Read more

Fly Fishing on Wimbleball Lake

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For obvious reasons, the first stillwater fly fishing trip of spring 2o21 has been as hotly anticipated as any in recent memory! It feels like a small age since I tackled up on any large reservoir, let alone a venue as special as Wimbleball Lake. With friends giving the place rave reviews, I couldn’t wait… Read more

Last orders & fresh hope

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I won’t lie to you, late winter has felt endless this year. There is indeed light at the end of the tunnel (and we’re assured it isn’t a train coming to smash us to bits), but life still feels like it’s in slow motion. For some reason, the whole situation reminds me of one of… Read more

Fear, lockdown and keeping it local!

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What a strange, ominous start to the year it has been. In spite of the vaccine arriving, there have been few other reasons to celebrate. If you have been feeling anxious or suffering from extreme cabin fever, you are truly not alone. In my case it has been really tricky to balance the pressure of… Read more

The Rule of Two

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If another lockdown feels slightly ominous and depressing, there’s at least the saving grace that we can still fish! It could be tricky for anyone without a car, and nor can match fishing go ahead. But let’s be grateful for now. Actually, with the chaos of a US election and some quite unpleasant stuff to… Read more

From Chew Valley perch to chub on the fly

As excellent as so much of it was, another summer feels like it has been and gone all too quickly. Everything is damper and cooler as I sit here in the last evening light and reflect on recent events. I feel weirdly both fulfilled, but also as if I could and should have taken a… Read more

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