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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

Fallon’s Angler, issue 8: The unsolicited salmon

Writing an article isn’t just writing an article. It’s also writing the right article, and then finding the right place to get it published. Sometimes this can feel a lot like the painstaking process of fishing itself… Three casts later, as I tracked the nymph round and felt it lifting through the currents, just as […]

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Environmental policy, Fallon's Angler, Fly-fishing, River restoration, Salmon, Writing Dec 15 2016

Caring for our coarse fish

Just in case you missed all the social media chatter a few weeks ago, I thought it’d be worth mentioning again that my review of Mark Everard’s important new book River Habitats for Coarse Fish has now been published on the Fallon’s Angler website. As I said in my introduction… In these days when all […]

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Barbel, Bream, Chub, Dace, Environmental policy, Fallon's Angler, River restoration, Roach, Trout, Writing Nov 17 2016

Filming on the Wandle

A couple of weekends back – before, during and after the Wandle Trust‘s usual monthly community river cleanup – film maker Jeremiah Quinn came down to the Wandle with his camera to capture some new angles on this little urban chalkstream’s story, and the qualities that have kept lots of us fishing and pulling out […]

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Chalkstreams, Coarse fish on the fly, Films, Fly-fishing, London, River restoration, Trout, Urban rivers, Wandle Sep 28 2016

Fallon’s Angler, issue 7: It’s chalk, Jacques, but not as we know it…

After taking a break for a few issues, I’m delighted to say that I’ve just had another article published in Fallon’s Angler… … this time revisiting (from a very different angle) a few days I spent exploring the chalkstreams of northern France last summer with Jeremy Lucas and a couple of pals from the South […]

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Chalkstreams, Fallon's Angler, Fly-fishing, France, Grayling, Trout, Writing Aug 24 2016

Brexit: A new hope for the UK’s environment?

As some of the dust starts to settle (or not…) on the results of last week’s referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU, I’m clearly not the only environmental writer who’s been thinking day and night about the implications. Readers of my chapter in Chalk Stream Fly Fishing (2012) may recall that I’m very […]

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Environmental policy, Rewilding, River restoration Jun 27 2016