Monday, 25 February 2013

I took a walk along the wee stream this afternoon.
She is in fine fettle for the start of the season on Friday

While I was out, late afternoon there were three trout taking #18 stoneflies
from the surface - it's back to the bench for me :)

Tuesday, 19 February 2013


Soon it will be time to fish again.
They might fancy a Sulfur for lunch;
this one drifts along in the film trying to break through

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Here you can download the catalog for the Wild Trout Trust Annual auction

                                          This is lot #35

Monday, 27 August 2012


Yes, folks,
just fins

these wild browns are so beautiful.

This little guy took my dry Sulfur #18 first cast through a long ninety second drift.
Now, that is one long slow drift alright.
It was the first time this year that I had fished my Hardy Fibalite glass 7ft #3/4
Crisp as the day she was built and spot on accuracy this is a classic 1960's glass,
plays fish softly and positively, almost as good as bamboo
The thing is those little trouty teeth can wreck a fly.
First cast, one fly, one fish, fly gnarled beyond recognition
I can see the satisfaction in his eye for the perfect wreckage of a good dry fly

Sunday, 19 August 2012

The river was high  so I took a trip toward the headwaters.
I found a pool where some small browns were taking emerging baetis in a slick,
 a dozen or so fish rising freely and gently.
My offering of a #18 reversed parachute Greenwells yielded five in ten minutes.
I then changed to a #20 revpara Rusty emerger with a tiny slip of bronze mallard
 for a hint of wing, tied by my neighbour and friend at Small Fly Funk, Andy Baird,

another pretty brown.
I had a dozen for the evening and returned to my open fire.

Friday, 10 August 2012

The local streams are low and clear
I have moved home from London to Armoy,
Northern Ireland
The streams have beautiful, sometimes fussy brown trout
taking BWO, caddis olives and Tups Indispensibles
I'm home