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Archive for the tag 'Tackle'

Early season: Rolling the dice

We all know early season fishing can be a gamble. And we all know gambling’s not for everyone. That early April morning, you could bet your shirt on what most people were thinking about their chances of decent fishing that day. Strong winds and heavy rain across the whole chalk country? No dice. They’d all be […]

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Chalkstreams, Fly-fishing, Tackle, Trout Apr 20 2016

Useful and beautiful: Urbantrout goes Kryptek

I’ve got a thing for a really good fabric print. It certainly started when I was working at the big old Liberty department store in the mid-1990s, first on the shop floor, merchandising a 15-yard wall of silk ties, and later in the buying offices, where I’d spend hours rifling through fabric swatches, picking out […]

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Tackle, Urbantrout Feb 29 2016

Eat, Sleep, Fish: Reviewing Vision’s Kalu reel

Regular readers of this blog will know how much I enjoy contributing occasional articles to Eat, Sleep, Fish, the monthly not-for-profit ezine published by my good pal Pete Tyjas from his base at the Devon School of Flyfishing. For most of the 2015 season I’ve been fishing a Vision Kalu reel, as part of a range […]

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Eat, Sleep, Fish, Grayling, London, Salmon, Tackle, Trout, Ultralight fly-fishing, Wandle, Writing Dec 11 2015

Stealth, Sunray fly-lines and sneaking up on fish

The last two years have been one hell of a fly-fishing experiment. A major highlight of life as a freelance copywriter is getting to hear about new products and services – and, better still, writing about them – long before they reach the general market. In the last few months, for instance, I’ve written copy […]

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Fly-fishing, Freelance copywriting, Grayling, Salmon, Tackle, Trout, Ultralight fly-fishing Nov 04 2015

Balsam Bashing at the Game Fair

According to the great John Gierach, publishers may well have invented book signings to keep writers humble… and that’s certainly how it felt for the first five spookily-quiet minutes of Coch-y-Bonddu’s  ‘meet the author’ session during this year’s CLA Game Fair at Blenheim. Maybe we’re putting them off, suggested Peter Hayes, all sitting here looking like […]

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Invasive non-native species, Pocket Guide to Balsam Bashing, Shows, Tackle, Ultralight fly-fishing Jul 22 2014

Launching Urbantrout fly gear

If you want to stroll the banks of a manicured chalkstream, or cast a fly across a well-appointed salmon river, there’s plenty of old-school tweed and waxed cotton to help you look the part.  Alternatively, if you’re planning a week’s survival camp in Norway or Kamchatka, with nothing to keep you alive except bear-spray and […]

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Fly-fishing, Tackle, Urbantrout Jun 24 2013

Eat, Sleep, Fish: Ultralight fly-fishing

Anyone who’s fished with me will know that I like to take a light line approach whenever possible – fishing with ultralight rigs matched with 3-weight lines or lighter – for their uncanny ability to deliver delicate presentations, cushion vicious strikes on fine tippets, and still land hefty fish of all species with speed and […]

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Chub, Coarse fish on the fly, Eat, Sleep, Fish, Fly-fishing, Tackle, Trout, Ultralight fly-fishing, Writing May 04 2013

Fishtechy

Even if you only believe some of the stuff you read in the fly-fishing niche-within-a-niche of the internet, you’ll probably have picked up hints that Airflo fly-lines have suffered from a pretty mixed reputation. Sinkers like the Di7 are still legendary for their efficiency in plumbing the depths of the great Midlands reservoirs, but the […]

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Fly-fishing, Tackle, Trout Nov 28 2012