October 11, 2019

Following last years nymphing masterclass with Jan Šiman, Chiara and I wanted to explore more of the wonderful and varied Otava river. This time we enlisted the services of one of Jan’s excellent local guides Karel, for our first day to re acquaint ourselves with the techniques and the area. His knowledge and ability were…

September 26, 2019

The end of September signals several things. One of them is of course, is the beginning of October but perhaps more importantly, we’re now fast approaching the end of the Trout season. This is always a busy month as we try to take advantage of the great fishing conditions whilst the Trout closed season glides…

September 18, 2019

Llangollen Maelor Angling club member Tim is renewing his love affair with fly fishing as he slowly eases his way into retirement. CADAC and Llangollen Maelor have an exchange ticket agreement whereby members can visit their neighbouring club (by prior arrangement) up to 3 times per season. However today, I’d invited Tim to come and…

September 14, 2019

As summer usually means hot, sunny days and low, clear rivers, it doesn’t always mean great fishing. However, all that changes as we ease into Autumn. Conditions during the day become more temperate and some of the larger insects start to make an appearance, triggering the fish to start feeding hard in preparation for the…

August 30, 2019

I’m conscious that my readers (both of them) will only tolerate so much drivel. For that reason I try to only post the aspects of my fishing related exploits that might be of interest so sometimes there’s a lot to post and other times, nothing. I’ve delivered a lot of casting lessons recently and whilst…

August 29, 2019

Family friend Stewart was instrumental in igniting the flyfishing flame when he graciously took Chiara and myself to Marton Heath Trout Pools over a decade ago. We had a fantastic evening catching Rainbow Trout on Daddy Long legs. Along with fishing buddies Paul and Charles, Stewart came in search of a few of the Dee’s…

August 28, 2019

The bank holiday weekend has historically been devoted to the fishing needs of the other half and as such usually involves a hideous car journey to and from the river. On arrival, one is then greeted by hundreds of flabby flip-floppers, lighting barbecues and inflating dinghies bought from the Summer Section of the local supermarket….

August 26, 2019

With the situation on Toddbrook reservoir back under control, the club has allowed fishing to resume on the river Goyt. Although the river was still high, I was no longer periodically gazing back over my shoulder for the predicted tidal wave which made for a much more relaxed afternoon. Truth be told, the river had…

August 11, 2019

You may recall that I was subject to a run of bad luck recently during which I lost a treasured nymph box and broke my nymphing rod. Not only did this double disaster have a severe effect on my mood, but it forced me to re-evaluate certain behaviour and procedures, most obviously, “look where you’re…

August 6, 2019

The summer always presents a challenge to fly fishermen and guides alike. Currently, several of the rivers I frequent are unfishable due to either drought or flood conditions. The most spectacular of these is the Goyt which has been in the news recently as it is could possibly receive the contents of Toddbrook reservoir should…