Archive for the tag 'Fly-fishing'

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 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

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

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