Tag: fly fishing

2019 Fly For Coarse Roundup: Winners Announced!

Fly fishing news coarse fish

After another twelve months of remarkable captures, not to mention a lot of head scratching among the judges, it was Ian Gould’s perfect crucian capture, closely followed by Stuart Watson’s magnificent fly caught catfish which topped the 2019 Fly For Coarse contest. In an exciting seventh year for the pioneering competition run by yours truly… Read more

Autumn fishing and troubled waters

I would love to start this post with some uplifting lines about autumn being some kind of fishing nirvana, blah blah blah, but I would be mostly lying. With dicey conditions and even worse timing on my part, it has been a right slog. Some highlights, yes, but some very testing days as well. I… Read more

From Cradleside to Lakeside

Fishing dad

“Life changing” is probably the polite way to describe the past five weeks or so of upheaval. Correct, as most regular readers will have spotted, I am now a dad. It’s a wonderful thing. It’s especially wonderful when you finally get home after an early scare and nearly a fortnight in hospital; I’ll spare you… Read more

Free fishing on Dartmoor’s Avon Dam

wild brown trout fishing Dartmoor Avon Dam

With a baby due in just over a month now (so, God help me), I’ve been trying to snatch every chance going to make the most of the calm before the storm. As usual, my tastes have been pretty mixed, too, with both local match fishing (more on this in my next post) and some… Read more

Wild west fishing, from Bantham to Exmoor

River Exe Hadeo Fly Fishing Devon Somerset

Did you ever get the feeling you’d hit a great fishing location but got your timing off? I’ve been exploring beyond my regular haunts this month and found some fine locations, albeit not during any kind of fishing rush hour. Even so, I’ve managed to extract some lovely wild fish while enjoying that excitement that… Read more

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

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