When I returned from a flyfishing trip to the Florida Keys with my usual fishing buddies back in April this year, I was full of renewed enthusiasm for this branch of our beloved sport.
The Grayling Festival needs no introduction if you fish for Grayling you will most certainly have heard of this competition.
I ran a small lot on Ebay (a guided day on the river Test at Broadlands) to raise money for the Royal British Legion, there are many worthy causes out there but this one is very close to my heart.
Del and I got home to mine where we found Jayne with her newly acquired crutches from A&E after going over on her ankle and getting a nasty sprain. So, it was a chippy tea and a few more drams before bed.
The Grayling Classic is still in its infancy, this being the third year it has run. A good format is employed for this competition which sees you fish with your buddy you hopefully catch and measure your first fish.
The Grayling (thymallus thymallus) , the lady of the stream once thrown up the bank and considered a pest by the keepers of the Chalk Streams and Trout anglers alike.
We are a bit more fortunate than most as on the Avon the Trout season does not finish until the 15 Oct. Seems a waste not to take advantage, as well as this there were a few Perch I fancied a chuck at.
It was my birthday last week the kids got a dog and I got the runs, let me elaborate. New dog on the eve of my birthday its first night down stairs on its own.
Interservice is an annual competition held by the Army, RN/RM and the RAF usually held on Rutland Water! This year though the needs of the few outweighed that of the many and we were all going to Grafham!
We decided to visit a different river on the Friday the Van Grofta.
The title is a bit misleading as we had Andrew Croucher in our party, Andy has lived and worked in Norway for some years and is fluent in the language both verbal and written.
Purgatory, if for some reason and I can’t think why ( nobody ever went to hell for being grumpy surely) I don’t reach the pearly gates
I had arranged an afternoon session on the river Avon with Adam Sinclair so after work I hot footed it down to the Avon. That should read I crawled along the M3 mostly in 2ndgear probably the same as every other poor sod......
Alan and I started making this film early last month, you can check out the blog entry for that here. What a difference a month makes, the first thing that strikes you is the complete lack of anglers!
It’s safe to say the Soldier Palmers were on a sticky wicket in regard to our standing in division one of the AMFC. A lack of availability and some less than decent results saw us firmly planted at the bottom of the league.
It was my good wife’s birthday yesterday so after taking my family for the most expensive cuppa ever they were off into London to go and see Hamilton. I would rather poke myself in the eye with a fork!
I don’t know where to start with this one so much material! I was supposed to fish the Pro-Am at Grafham, but a nagging pain in my shoulder saw that off.
Reports of the fishing at Grafham were good lots of fish and of a fantastic quality.
Well, in the absence of Steven Spielberg, Guy Richie or John Woo I got Alan Ward to come along for a day on the Avon to make a short film about the Mayfly.
I visited Funky Flytying last month to work on a project with Toby Merigan. While working through the different flies we were going to showcase on the Funky Facebook page he mentioned using this Solarez stuff.
Its Mayfly time, Duffers fortnight they call it! I try to avoid going to the river at this time of year to be honest.
After what has to be the best May bank holiday weather ever my first day back at work was at Rutland water for a practice day for the AMFC.
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.