I took a day’s holiday to head down to Taunton to visit Toby Merigan at Funky Fly Tying. It’s a bit of an epic trek but the sun was shining and the traffic was light.
It was with great pleasure that I accepted Ian Pinders invitation to join him on the river Avon, my first visit to the river this season.
The Spring AMFC is always a great event and you get to catch up with other anglers on the circuit after a long winter. Although it is a competitive fixture it’s a very friendly affair and the craik is usually spot on.
The AW is the premier six man team event for Loch Style comp anglers and as competition fly fishing begins to get smaller it’s more important than ever to support this event.
Slovenia is a small country nestled between Adriatic sea, Julian Alps and very close to historical and beautiful cities like Venice. Slovenia and Spanish Pyrenees have become the main European destinations for the practice of fly fishing.
Where to start? Rutland can be the best water in the country and then again it is also the biggest leveller.
A trip to Rutland to shake out the loch style kit and blow away the cobwebs, just what the doctor ordered. My pal Alan could not make it due to car problems and Tim couldn’t get anyone to watch the dog.
I was sent a set of these cutters by Upavon Fly Fishing to try out. My usual port of call when it comes to booby eyes is the pre-cut tubes available from nearly every shop that sells fly tying materials.
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.