Archive for the 'Writing' Category

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

S&TC Gamefisher 2018: Wild Ennerdale

For the second year running I’ve been greatly privileged to contribute a feature to S&TC’s Gamefisher magazine – this time on the hot topic of rewilding, and how it’s actively taking place in Ennerdale on the western edge of Cumbria: Because water flows downhill, rivers are the sum total of everything that’s happening on the […]

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Char, Fly-fishing, Gamefisher, River restoration, Trout, Uncategorized, Writing May 28 2018

The Guardian: 5 of the best fly-fishing spots in the UK

Thanks to a very kind referral from Simon Cooper at Fishing Breaks, the Guardian got in touch to ask me to list 5 favourite wild fly-fishing places in the UK (urban wilderness not included this time!) for a special Wild Britain supplement. So, naturally, I did. Check ’em out here… (Image: the Guardian)

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Fly-fishing, Guardian, Writing Apr 28 2018

Fishtec: Invasive plants, early season stillwaters and supporting the Wild Trout Trust

Interspersed with lots of other freelance copywriting work, I’ve recently contributed a few more features to the Fishtec blog. Once again, if you haven’t read them yet, please click the links and enjoy! The green menace: fighting back against invasive non-native plants in 2018 Countdown to stillwater opening day: Fishtec’s review of the UK’s top […]

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Fishtec, Fly-fishing, Freelance copywriting, Invasive non-native species, Wild Trout Trust, Writing Mar 22 2018

The Flyfishers’ Journal: Winter 2017

Cover: Setting Sail, by Bruno Vincent. Inside: Appreciations for Orri Vigfusson, by Neil Patterson and Adrian Latimer. Salmon flies for Iceland, Norway, Scotland, Wales and the English chalkstreams, by Alex Jardine. Grayling Research Trust work, by Robin Mulholland. Psychedelic craziness on the Varzuga, by Henry Giles. Re-tying 19th century flies from a forgotten creel, by Andrew Herd. […]

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Editing, Fly-fishing, Flyfishers' Journal, Writing Jan 15 2018

Trout & Salmon: Trout on the Tube

This month I’ve been absolutely thrilled to see my long-awaited article about the Wandle appearing in the January 2018 issue of Trout & Salmon, which started dropping on doormats and news-stands last week. It’s not a valedictory – the big move from south London to Somerset has happened for family reasons, and I’m still intending […]

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Fly-fishing, London, River restoration, Trout, Trout & Salmon, Urban rivers, Wandle, Writing Dec 18 2017

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