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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…

October 4, 2020

I was already on my way to a lesson when the radio confirmed that the counties of Wrexham and Denbigh would be locked down from 6pm today. The Dee has been fishing well but that too was set to change so I was excited that my good friend Ron was able to join me for…

October 3, 2020

The lockdown is fast approaching and I could hear the ‘Countdown’ theme playing in my head as I lay in bed this morning. I often whinge about the conditions ‘not being right’ but I have to say that they looked and felt PERFECT today. So much so that I knew I just HAD to go…

October 3, 2020

The medium range forecast suggests that the current ‘perfect’ height of the river Dee is set to increase due to heavy rain. This is ‘THE’ time of the year to target Grayling on the dry fly so after helping one of our newer members on the CADAC club waters, I spent a couple of hours…

October 3, 2020

A break in the weather offered the opportunity for some late season Trout fishing on the Derbyshire Wye. Their local bylaws allow Trout fishing until 7th October so we took advantage of the ‘extension’ and the glorious autumnal conditions.   The fish become even more vividly coloured as the mating season approaches so for this…

October 3, 2020

The Goyt Trout season ends on 1st October. That means that with a relatively full diary, today would be my last chance to catch a decent one legally. The journey to the river was littered with roadworks and traffic lights that added almost an hour to my usual travel time. On arrival, the heavy winds…

September 26, 2020

The Trout season is drawing to a close and there is the nagging feeling that we’re heading for another total lockdown. Those two factors have made for another very busy week on the rivers as many of us squeeze in those ‘additional’ last minute outings.   The conditions have been challenging too as high winds…