First post, new site layout and format, and a new river - for me anyway. The fly-tying season has been going great guns, the fishing not so much.
After spending the last year gallivanting round Asia and Australia Graham Lumsdon had finally returned to good old Blighty.
Get-Slotted are relatively new to the market and primarily sell tungsten beads.
One of the best matches of the year was upon us. The Grayling Festival has been going for several years now and this was to be my third foray with the Veterans.
Usually before reviewing a product, I like to play with it for a wee while to get a feel for the quality and its adaptability. When I opened my purchase from Troutstalker, I was pleased to see some interesting new blends of dubbing.
Firstly I would like to thank Ben Bangham, who donated the glasses for this review. The website is not yet live but is expected to be up by Christmas, you can check it out here www.coast2coast.com.
Lucian Vasies from Troutlinekindly sent me a bunch of bobbin holders to try out.
After an emotional couple of weeks on a bookkeeping course I was really looking forward to going to Grafham. The reports had been extraordinary, big fish and plenty of them!
Del Spry arrived after an emotional drive from Carlisle, little did we know that folks would be travelling a lot further than that to fish the Grayling Classic.
I have been using these waders for two months – the busiest part of the season for me - and I am pleased to say they have had an awful lot of wear.
Another trip to the Services Dry Fly Water courtesy of Ian Pinder, Ian has been a bit of a charm for me this year.
I spotted these on one of the marketing emails that regularly hit my inbox. I like the weight that this shape of tungsten gives a fly but am not keen working with them as the profile never quite works for me.
I kind of ended up at this final by accident, no I didn’t fall over in the shower and woke up at Draycote.
The loser trophy that’s how it was introduced as we were welcomed by Jon Marshall.
This was to be the start of a big fishing week for me and I have to say after looking at the weather forecast I was not looking forward to it.
It had been ages since I had a catch up with Adam Stafford, a busy job and a busy dad has kept him tied up so it was great that he could make time to come down to the Avon for the day.
I have been doing a fair bit of fishing on the river but the sessions have been short usually a couple of hours after a works meeting.
I could not practice for this so considered myself unavailable, we had entered three teams and one of the anglers dropped out.
This will have been our third trip out this season, the other two sessions were nothing short of outstanding!
Last year I reviewed the Rio Euro Nymph fly line and my conclusion was although I liked the line I did not think it would replace my current system of a French leader.
Jayne had taken the kids to Brighton for the day and the prospect of going home to an empty house did not appeal.
have been called many thing over the years, but a dedicated follower of fashion is not one of those things! The folks at Yorkshire Game Angling sent me one of the Greys Strata Hoodies to try out.
Fish fest, Fishing bonanza, trout soup and carnage are just a few of the desciptive words that you will not find in this blog update.
Had a couple of hours to kill before dropping of some stuff in Andover, where better to spend it than the beautiful River Avon.
Rutland has arguably been having one of the best seasons I have known in recent years and I was looking forward to the three days with bated breath.