Regular readers know that I have been fishing a lot with what I term 'leader-to-hand' in recent years. Indeed, other than on small rivers, I very seldom use fly line at all any more.
The Mahseer is rightly famous as a superb gamefish and they can also be caught by fly fishers too as this report on a new world record catch proves.
During a recent event hosted at Rutland Water, Hardy & Greys, sponsor of Team England for the second year running introduced the current years teams to the press and presented them with their team kits.
We recently came into possession of some copies of the Scottish publication for game fishers called Rod and Line from the 1960's. Browsing through them this letter from a Mr J.L. Hardy caught my eye...
No plans for the summer? Always wanted to try some sea trout fishing but guided through the hands of the professionals? Then take note of the following opportunities, all handled through Steffan Jones, who needs little introduction when it comes to the sea trout world.
Several of the fish stairs in Norway are now in poor working order. Why does the Directorate for Nature Management (DN) need to restore or rebuild more than 80 steps around the country?
We anglers are some of the nicest, most helpful and cheeriest people you could ever wish to meet by the waterside. Well most of us anyway! Once in a while one person stands head and shoulders above us all. Sadly, a few years ago we lost that character.
The Fieldsports Channel visits the Arundell Arms in Devon and has a go at catching what they dub the "Clotted Cream MacNab" of a salmon, sea trout, brown trout and a bass on the fly.
Damsel flies usually appear between May to August when the nymphs can often provoke a rise as they swim towards any bank side vegetation to emerge as an adult. During the early part of the season the immature nymphs will be deeper in the water amongst the weed, well camouflaged from their predators. This is where the addition of a gold bead helps to get the fly a bit deeper and the glint of the gold head can act as an attractor.
Mark Richens just bought legendary rodmaker Thomas & Thomas, rescuing it from what has been a fairly public decline. But with a background in successfully managing start-ups, an appreciation for the importance of keeping the racks full, and a hearty sense of the company's history, the future is obviously bright.