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Fly Culture: Limestone Chemistry

Out now, in the Spring 2020 issue of Pete Tyjas’s excellent Fly Culture magazine, is an article I’ve written called Limestone Chemistry. As the title suggests, it’s a geological, post-industrial and piscatorial study of my years-long love for a little limestone stream, not too far from where I’m living now. A previous, shorter version of […]

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Chub, Coarse fish on the fly, Fly Culture, Fly-fishing, Trout, Writing Mar 14 2020

The Flyfishers’ Journal: Winter 2019

Thanks especially to the Norwegian contingent of the Flyfishers’ Club, the latest issue of the Flyfishers’ Journal has a strong Viking vibe. And that’s as it should be, to celebrate the International Year of the Salmon 2019, by drawing attention to the mortal perils that threaten the ‘king of fish’ in local, regional and global […]

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Editing, Flyfishers' Journal Jan 15 2020

Trout in Dirty Places… in Maryland!

“Hi Theo, any way we can coax you across the Pond to speak to an audience of Maryland Trout Unlimited and our river project partners around Baltimore?” said the email from Tom Gamper in . “We’ve read Trout in Dirty Places, and appreciated how it laid out the team effort to turn urban streams back […]

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River restoration, Trout, Trout Unlimited, Urban rivers Dec 04 2019

Power to the people: The Wild Trout Trust’s new Urban River Toolkit

The end of last month saw the culmination of much of my Trout in the Town work so far: holding the Wild Trout Trust’s latest Urban Conclave, and launching our new Urban River Toolkit. When Merlin Unwin published Trout in Dirty Places, my guide to urban river fishing and restoration, in 2012, it was everything […]

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Rewilding, River restoration, Trout, Urban River Toolkit, Wild Trout Trust, Writing Oct 06 2019

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