Thursday, June 1, 2017


Tuesday evening, Durnford. I wanted to wade so was glad to secure the disc for beat 2. I had feared that this year I would (again) miss the peak of the Mayfly but hoped that this evening would see me hitting the sweetspot. I was loaded for bear and as I strolled down to the start of the beat it was gratifying to see a lot of duns on the wing. The weather was pretty much perfect and the water was in fine fettle. In short I was anticipating a great evening of fishing. 

Getting into the water I managed to resist the temptation to start fishing straight away and spent a few minutes just observing. Any rises that I observed were sporadic and did not appear to be to any of the Mayfly. I started fishing with a pretty standard Mayfly dun pattern but other than a few swirls this fly did not receive any interest. I must admit that I really am no kind of an entomologist but what the trout were taking was small. Scaling down my approach I replaced the dun with a sparsely tied CDC emerger and was soon in business. 

From this point the fishing could be described as technical. However I am not, yet, a complete tosser so I will refrain from that. However it would be accurate to describe the fish as being locked into a certain size and attitude of the fly, unwilling to move from station and intolerant of drag. Ultimately I ended up with three fish, all of a similar stamp, and got absolutely smashed by a fish feeding in the crease of a ripple, all of three inches deep. Screamed off upstream at a rate of knots and then shed the hook. 

So I didn’t make hay at the height of the Mayfly, but in reflection, I think I probably had a more challenging, and ultimately satisfying evening than I thought I was going to have.

Thursday, May 11, 2017


I have managed to resist the temptation of cane for a long time. Frankly it is all a bit too JR Hartley for me and I guess, in my heart of hearts, that I would never be entirely happy with a pre-fab rod. Building up a cane blank does not really appeal to me, I have had enough dramas coating only wraps, the thought of varnishing an entire blank fills me with dread.
However I do appreciate that for the bashing about on small streams that I enjoy cane is a first rate material; the blank will load under its own weight with the result that it is possible to fish with very little, if any, flyline outside of the tip ring and in use should be more relaxed and forgiving to fish than carbon.
That’s that for cane then. But then I started to hear whispers about fiberglass and checked out was intrigued. Many of the benefits of bamboo without having to assume the mantel of a tweed wearing duffer. Then one of the guys over at decided to arrange a bulk purchase of Steffen blanks from the USA. Before too long I was the owner of a 7’6” 3 / 4 weight blank. She has now been fitted out and fished…

And here was the brown trout that I was able to christen the rod with, my first fish of 2017...

Which came from here...

Was the rod slower than I was used to – yes. I fished the rod with a 3 weight line and really had to relax myself into the rhythm of casting. No bad thing really. Was it more forgiving – certainly with a fish on, it really was possible to feel the rod absorbing the lunges and runs of the fish. On the strike I am not so sure, I got the impression that I am going to have to be really positive in setting the hook. Did I enjoy it – absolutely!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

This is Epic

If you fancy the idea of building your own but find yourself a little daunted head on over to these guys...

And register to download the fly rod build book...

Epic stuff

Monday, May 9, 2016

First of the year

It is a little bit chastening coming in here. Months since my last post and five weeks into the trout season and I have not even strung up a rod. What is going on? 

Well of course the answer is apparently simple but actually really quite complex. Life happens. Fishing is a passion of mine, it is not an obsession. I draw a huge amount of pleasure and satisfaction from the time that I spend fishing but that applies to other activities that I do. And these are the nice things that have to be fitted around all of the other more important facets of my life – work, domestic and family commitments. I appreciate that all of us have these various commitments, I just wish I had more time. 

But I am hoping to be able to fish a little more this year. I have just finished wrapping this rod and tied up a couple of flies. Mayfly is just around the corner. Let’s get going…..