September 25, 2021

Fly fishing clubs are a great way to meet fellow minded people and improve your own skills as most clubs have some very knowledgeable members. I’ve been a member of Corwen and District Angling Club now for several years and I’ve benefited enormously from the people I’ve met there. CADAC as a club is awash…

September 19, 2021

The leaves are falling. The autumn sun is now allowed to penetrate what was the summers dense canopy. The dappled light illuminates haloes of a small industrial river and its feisty inhabitants sport their finest colours in celebration. Does it get any better?

August 28, 2021

The last week was split equally between the Derbyshire Wye and the Welsh Dee. With the conditions gradually improving, both rivers are starting to produce the fish for which they are most famous. The Wye gave us some vividly coloured Brown Trout and some beautifully marked wild Rainbows. The Dee delivered too with several good…

August 21, 2021

The last couple of weeks have been dominated by school holidays. Good weather, bored kids and desperate parents invariably results in the masses making a beeline for the nearest body of water. Paddling, swimming, rafting, stone skimming and Pooh sticks have all negatively affected my catch rate recently but it is good to see people…

August 1, 2021

After making a remarkable recovery from a big operation, Amelia wanted to ‘cash in’ the “Day on the River” voucher that she’d been promised. It goes without saying that the rest of the family were invited too and as Dad Andrew was having a big birthday the following day, it was a great chance for…

July 28, 2021

At this time of the year, we all know that fly fishing can be tough. If you’ve read any of my previous entries, you’ll be well aware of the ‘excuses’ that are available to us during the summer months. That said, fish still have to eat and as they also need to stay safe AND…

July 23, 2021

I’ve always been someone who tries to stay positive and I often say that “If god gives you lemons, make lemonade”. In other words, always try to make the best of a bad situation. The weeks first ‘Lemon’ was the guy who booked a day on the river and just didn’t turn up! Cancellations are…

July 10, 2021

When we first start Flyfishing we initially see big improvements in skills as the learning curve is steep. However, as we gain more and more experience, improvements are not so noticeable and we sometimes feel that we’ve hit a plateau. I recently had the pleasure of guiding two very experienced Flyfishermen. Both wanted to improve…

June 26, 2021

It’s been a very busy couple of weeks that have produced a number of milestones, firsts and personal bests for clients. Amongst them were several returning clients and I’m delighted to say that they were all treated to better conditions than those they experienced on their previous visits. They’ve all in the past battled the…

June 9, 2021

It has been another glorious week of guiding and fishing on English rivers. One of the highlights was finally managing to drag my younger brother Steve out of his recording studio and onto the Derbyshire Wye. &nbap; He has in recent months, been managing to tempt a few course fish to take a fly on…