Author Archive

Fishtec: Craneflies, pink salmon and preventing pollution

These past couple of months, I’ve been contributing articles to the (increasingly authoritative) Fishtec blog… … on a whole range of subjects, from secret-weapon end-of-season trout flies to much more serious issues like invasive non-native species, and what we can all do to identify and prevent pollution in our rivers: Who’s the daddy? Fishing crane-flies […]

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Fishtec, Fly-fishing, Invasive non-native species, Pollution, River restoration, Writing Oct 27 2017

The Flyfishers’ Journal: Summer 2017

To the best of this editor’s knowledge, there’s never been a big dirty streamer on the front of the Flyfishers’ Journal. Dedicated followers of Halford might want to look away now, but the moment I saw this photo from Neil Patterson (hard evidence of a recent catfishing trip to Florence) I knew what I had […]

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Editing, Fly-fishing, Flyfishers' Journal, Writing Aug 03 2017

Times Weekend: The top 20 places to fish in the UK

It’s been quite the buzz to see my first feature in The Times – a full double page spread in a Times Weekend fishing special, alongside an interview with Orvis ambassador Marina Gibson. Like most listicles of this kind, my Top 20 Places to Fish in the UK is a calculated mixture of wide geographical spread […]

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Fly-fishing, Times Weekend, Writing Jul 04 2017

S&TC’s Gamefisher 2017: Limestone chemistry

It’s a huge honour to have been asked to contribute an article to Salmon & Trout Conservation UK’s annual Gamefisher magazine, but nothing really prepared me for the shock of opening the envelope and finding my name on the cover alongside Ted Hughes and Jeremy Paxman… With a brief from editor Tom Fort to write […]

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Fly-fishing, Gamefisher, Trout, Writing Jun 12 2017

Fallon’s Angler, issue 9: Delayed gratification

Here in south London, trout season opens later than elsewhere, and it’s just another quirk of fishing in the 21st century that social media isn’t letting me forget it.  Starting in early March, my Instagram and Twitter feeds have steadily been filling up with photos from big trout hunters in Scotland, Eden, Derbyshire, Wales and the […]

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Fallon's Angler, Fly-fishing, London, Trout, Urban rivers, Wandle, Writing May 01 2017

Invasive non-native species in the pages of Trout & Salmon

Especially if you’re an angler, invasive non-native species can really spoil your day. From giant hogweed on the banks (with phyto-phototoxic sap which inflicts third-degree burns that’ll keep coming back for years) to signal crayfish and killer shrimp in the water (which destroy the food web from the bottom up by chewing through all the […]

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Invasive non-native species, Pocket Guide to Balsam Bashing, Trout & Salmon, Writing Apr 19 2017

The Fly Fisher: The Essence and Essentials of Fly Fishing

Just before Christmas last year, I got a call from a German design and publishing house which was working on a big new fly-fishing book project and needed another writer to join Andrew Herd to pick up some interviews at short notice. Would I like to come on board? Took me about 3 seconds to […]

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Fly-fishing, Freelance copywriting, The Fly Fisher, Urban rivers, Writing Mar 23 2017

The Flyfishers’ Journal: Winter 2016

When I started planning the latest issue of the Flyfishers’ Journal, I was pretty sure there’d be a Balkan river theme running through it. Doug Flynn had sent us a gripping account of exploring some very secret Slovene streams, and David James’s study of the magnificent cased marble trout on the wall of the Flyfishers’ […]

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Editing, Fly-fishing, Flyfishers' Journal, Writing Feb 09 2017

Now in my Urbantrout store: New Kryptek Highlander eco-brand fishing caps for 2017

Over on my Urbantrout website (the continuity site for my first book, Trout in Dirty Places) I’ve just launched a new edition of my eco-branded Urbantrout Kryptek Highlander fishing caps. These are the same amazing, cutting-edge-camo patterned trucker-style caps that I brought to the UK for the first time last year – and now they’re […]

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River restoration, Urbantrout Jan 25 2017

Copywriting for the win: DMA Gold Healthcare with Diabetes UK and Arthur London

OK, so maybe sitting down to write a massive grid of emails for a charity healthcare marketing campaign doesn’t sound like the most excitingly creative way to spend your day. Unless, of course, you’re an integrated marketing copywriter geek like me. In that case, you’ll know that this is authentic, painstaking, too-much-caffeine-and-chewed-down-fingernails wordsmithing. The actual heart of […]

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Awards, Freelance copywriting, Writing Jan 05 2017