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…

July 24, 2019

Ed & John chose one of the hottest days of the year to take on one of the U.K.’s toughest rivers, the Derbyshire Wye. The water was low and carrying a slightly mysterious tinge as there didn’t appear to have been any rain before our arrival. The bright sun and lack of flies kept all…

July 24, 2019

Hoylake Flyfishers Steve and his dad Keith spent a long awaited day with me on the river Dee on Sunday. They were there courtesy of Steve’s Stillwater prowess which won him first prize in the club competition held annually at Chirk fishery.   As we were setting up, Keith complained that he was usually the…

July 18, 2019

As Monday and Tuesday mornings were assigned to lessons, I had 2 more ‘free’ afternoons. Monday pm was spent on a very low river Goyt. The bicycle gauge was very high out of the water this time out. This made it tough to move around undetected and approach the fishiest spots without spooking everything. 0.16…

July 13, 2019

Today was to be a full day with both a morning fishing lesson and an afternoon casting lesson. But what should I do in the evening? First up was with Father and Son Richard and Dickie. Having already had a couple of casting lessons with me, they were keen to put their new found skills…

July 13, 2019

I’ve had an unusual amount of half day river lessons recently. I don’t suggest them for beginners but for those with some casting and fishing experience, they are a great way to iron out any wrinkles and focus on the stuff that will hopefully put more fish in the net. If I can book two…

July 10, 2019

After a luxurious weekend in the Peak District, I completed my ‘recovery’ with a short, ‘back to reality’ evening session on my local industrial river. Having resigned myself to the loss of my fly box, I felt it would be both mature and cathartic to return to the same spot with the sole intention of…