Category: Blog

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…

June 2, 2021

As human beings we like to think that we’re in control of everything, but of course recent events have proved that we’re actually in control of very little. We can only ever react to what the gods and nature decide. Using Covid 19 as an example, we continually and arrogantly set dates that we expect…

May 28, 2021

With the river Dee still a little out of sorts, most of the last week was spent on the Derbyshire Wye. Whilst conditions weren’t perfect, it was fishable and it improved steadily as the week went on.   We should be approaching Mayfly time but it is likely to be a little late this year….

May 17, 2021

How many of us were waiting for a little bit of water to freshen up our rivers and streams a few weeks back? After near the near drought conditions at the beginning of the Trout season, we are now experiencing some really unsettled weather with heavy showers, hail storms and some spectacular thunder storms. It…

May 17, 2021

It’s been another exciting week, meeting new clients and exploring some new venues. We went from one extreme to another tackling a mountain lake full of small wild brownies one day and a muddy little river seemingly devoid of all life the next.   The ascent to the lake was not for the faint hearted…

May 7, 2021

What a difference a few days make. The rain finally came and as a result, all of this weeks guiding on the Dee had to be postponed. It was a complete contrast to last week when I was out virtually every day. So much so that by Thursday, I was suffering withdrawal symptoms. Light rain…

May 4, 2021

A check on the mid range weather forecast confirmed that some much needed rain was on its way. Whilst it would be very welcome, it would most definitely disrupt an already stop/start season just as the fish were becoming a little more active. The rain was predicted to start mid afternoon and I wanted to…

May 1, 2021

Another fantastic week of Flyfishing on the Welsh Dee and the Derbyshire Wye. It’s been great to be out and about again and what could be better than catching up with old friends and making a few new ones in the stunning Welsh and Derbyshire countryside?   The pickings are still a little slim but…

April 25, 2021

The river Dee and its inhabitants are slowly coming to life. Good hatches of Grannom are starting to get the attention of the Trout and the large dark olives are being slurped off the surface when they make an appearance. The river is definitely in need of a little water which according to the forecast,…

April 17, 2021

This week ended with a couple of days guiding on the Dee. With the gauge on the Corwen stretch down at 0.45, the river is as low as I’ve seen it for some time. The water is still a little cool and the trout are yet to show but it’s not all bad news. The…