April 17, 2021

According to Chiara, it is now ‘customary’ that we go fishing on her birthday. You might note from recent posts that it’s been a slow start to the season and I wasn’t relishing the whingefest that would ensue if the river was as stingy as it was the last time she fished.   Fortunately, we…

April 15, 2021

The Trout streams are slowly coming to life but I’ve still to witness a decent hatch of any of the good sized flies that usually kick the Trout season off good and proper. I’ve not yet seen a Brook Dun, a March Brown or a Grannom and the Large Dark Olive hatches I’ve witnessed have…

April 7, 2021

Jon had fished the Derbyshire Wye once before and even though he’d caught some quality Brown Trout, the fabled wild rainbows had eluded him. Armed with my findings from the previous day, we spent the earliest and (in theory) the coldest part of the day exploring the river as he was planning to make it…

April 7, 2021

It’s Easter Monday and I’m still troutless. The air temperature has dropped even further and there’s snow on the hills. I have several lockdown purchases to field-test and a few bookings from stir crazy clients chomping at the bit to get out. “Better get the back out there” I thought to myself.   The Derbyshire…

April 2, 2021

Today I decided to step up from the tributary I visited on Tuesday to its parent river in my search for the seasons first wild brownie. The thinking was that even though it’s still very early in the season, the water might be a little warmer which might bring some insects and in turn, some…

March 30, 2021

Even though the guiding diary is filling up, I am currently ill prepared for the coming season. During lockdown, I’d purposely not tortured myself by ignoring the jobs that usually get me all fired up for the start of the Trout season. Tying flies, cleaning reels and lines, refilling fly boxes etc. were all too…

November 27, 2020

Buoyed by Wednesdays success, I headed to the river again today. This time, it was the river Wye in Derbyshire. The temperature finally dropped today so I wasn’t expecting any surface activity and during my 2 hour session, I didn’t see a single fish rise.   The beat had its full quota of rods so…

November 26, 2020

Today I had an eventful trip to a small, busy Cheshire river. This club water is heavily fished by coarse anglers who throw in pints of maggots in an attempt to draw the fish to them. The fish density is fairly low here and there is always somebody else fishing. I see the eyebrows raise…

November 10, 2020

We’re nearing the end of a very strange year but maybe there’s change in the air? On the same day that a defeated Trump buries his head in the sand of one of the bunkers at his exclusive golf club, there is news of a potential Covid vaccine. World changing news aside, the big question…

October 16, 2020

Back in September, I got a call from Don Stazicker, ace flyfisher, film maker and co-author of the groundbreaking ebook ‘Trout and Flies – Getting Closer’. He wanted to know if I’d be interested in guiding him on the river Dee for a possible Trout & Salmon Magazine feature he was planning.   I’ve known…