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Unicorns and other streamer rods: Reviewing the Orvis Helios 3

The kind of fish-imitating flies known as streamers have fascinated me for what feels like forever – maybe ever since I was sitting in my high chair at my parents’ kitchen table looking at the pictures in 1970s LL Bean mail order catalogues, which I now suspect were full of classic Maine-style streamer patterns like […]

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Fly-fishing, Streamers, Tackle Aug 09 2019

The Flyfishers’ Journal: Summer 2019

Members of the Flyfishers’ Club (and other readers of the Flyfishers’ Journal) will know that we often like to give each issue a certain thematic look and feel. This time, the 70th birthday of the Club’s Patron, HRH The Prince of Wales, has given us all the excuse we’ve needed to go with a decidedly […]

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Editing, Flyfishers' Journal Jul 28 2019

Rocking it out in Bruton

When he’s presenting the judges’ verdicts at the Wild Trout Trust Conservation Awards every year, my colleague Paul Gaskell likes to emphasise the odds that are stacked against even the simplest river restoration projects – making it nearly impossible to believe that the spectacular and complicated ones have actually made it through this vicious (and […]

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River restoration, Urban rivers, Wild Trout Trust Jun 12 2019

The Sportfish Show 2019

Over the past few years, I’ve found that the Sportfish Show at Theale has quietly become one of the fixed points of my fishing season. If anything, I spend less time at shows than I used to – if you’re not careful, you can end up investing more of your precious free time chin-wagging in […]

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Fly-fishing, Shows, Tackle May 23 2019

The Wild Trout Trust auction 2019: Helping to plan whole seasons of fishing adventures

This month, working with the Wild Trout Trust has meant happily converging several different strands of my professional interests (again) and helping to promote the brilliant annual Wild Trout Trust charity auction. As I’ve said once or twice on my Urbantrout site, it’s clear that more and more fly-fishers are using the WTT auction as […]

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Freelance copywriting, Wild Trout Trust, Writing Mar 24 2019

The Flyfishers’ Journal: Winter 2018

It’s dropping onto Flyfishers’ doorsteps now… the Winter 2018 issue of the Flyfishers’ Journal, with a kinda Christmas-coloured front cover photo of the 24-carat Goldfish chandelier that’s now hanging outside the entrance of the Flyfisher’s Club at 69 Brook Street. This chandelier was presented to the Savile Club to mark their 150th anniversary, after being […]

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Editing, Flyfishers' Journal Dec 07 2018

Fishtec: Dries and streamers for autumn trout fishing

Autumn can be one of the best times of the fishing year. But it’s all too precious and fleeting, so how can we really make the most of it? Friends who’ve fished with me in recent years will know that when I’m on the water in the shoulder seasons, I’m increasingly likely to reach for […]

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Fishtec, Fly-fishing, Streamers, Trout Oct 24 2018

Fly Culture: Trout on the Train

Over on my Urbantrout site, I’ve just published an announcement of the first edition of Pete Tyjas’s new print magazine, Fly Culture, which launched at Farlows on Thursday 13 September. Talking to editors on the UK magazine scene over the last ten years or so, I’ve had the distinct impression that the traditional monthly publication […]

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Fly Culture, Trout, Wild Trout Trust Sep 23 2018

My Pocket Guide to Balsam Bashing: Ebook now available

Way back in 2013 when I started discussing my Pocket Guide to Balsam Bashing with Merlin Unwin Books, we decided very quickly that we wanted it to make it as easy as possible to carry and use – which is why we released the first edition in a handy little ring-bound format, just like Peter […]

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Invasive non-native species, Pocket Guide to Balsam Bashing, Writing Aug 12 2018

The Flyfishers’ Journal: Summer 2018

The process of putting together each issue of the Flyfishers’ Journal usually starts soon after the previous number has been signed off to press, but sometimes it goes back much further than that, and the latest issue is surely a case in point… I think it must have been sometime in late 2016 when I […]

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Editing, Fly-fishing, Flyfishers' Journal, Writing Jun 22 2018