Category Archive: Other Fly Fishing Reports

Paying homage to a Yorkshire legend

Amazing stonework, including Grayling, on the base of the gravestone of Francis Walbran.

Today I went to West Tanfield, next to the River Ure in Yorkshire, to pay my respects to Francis Walbran.  It was moving for me as I stood in front of his tombstone.   As you can see from my pictures it was a stonemason’s work of art and interesting to me that even in 1909 he was so highly respected that the tombstone was funded by ‘voluntary subscription’, presumably by his friends and readers of his books and articles.  Click here to read more

The ‘In-between’ Time


When the winter river Grayling season ends on the 14th March it is easy to think that us fishing guides retreat to await the rivers opening in April. The truth of the matter is that most guides have a mixture of work throughout the year. Sure they are concentrated on the rivers at key times but also they teach beginners throughout the year on stillwaters that have no seasonal restrictions. Click here to read more

Club feature – Ilkley Angling Association


The River Wharfe at Ilkley provides excellent fly fishing for Brown Trout and Grayling.  Ilkley Angling Association control a long stretch of the river at Ilkley and Ben Rhydding and day, week and season permits are available.  The club has not stocked the river for many years so all the fish are wild.  There is a very large population of wild Brown Trout – most are in the 4oz to 12oz size range but each season fish in the 3lb to 4lb size bracket are caught.  Click here to read more

Prospects and tactics for the new Chalkstream Trout season

A big Chalkstream Brown Trout

The Trout season legally opens on the chalkstreams of Hampshire, Wiltshire and Berkshire in early-April but some beats choose not to open until mid-April or 1st May.  Fly hatches can be sparse in the early two or three weeks but some surprisingly good hatches take place if you are in the right place at the right time.  In early-April last year there were swarms of Grannom over parts of the lower River Test near to Romsey and some good dry fly sport was had.  Click here to read more

March 2013 – Chalkstream river conditions


What a difference a year makes.  This time last year the chalkstream rivers of Hampshire were at their lowest flow levels in living memory following two years of drought.  The rain started in mid-April and now, after a year of record rainfall, they are at their highest flow levels in over forty years.  Drought conditions are bad news for the health of the river and its Trout and Grayling but high flow levels are very good news.  Click here to read more

End of season Chalkstreams Grayling report

Test 2lb

The River Test really is a superb Grayling river for fly fishers.  It has to be the best Grayling river in the UK for winter fly fishing. There is a consistently large population of Grayling with many in the 1lb to 2lb size range; it never floods; in the upper reaches it almost never gets coloured; and small nymphs and even dry flies can be used all winter long…no matter how cold the weather gets. Click here to read more

Biosecurity for Anglers

Signal crayfish 1

Stuart Crofts sent me the following article regarding biosecurity for anglers, we should all take this issue very seriously.
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Fishing with Friends


Being out guiding and teaching pretty much every day from end March until end October gives me little time for fishing for myself these days and even less time to fish with friends. It’s a good few years now since I had the chance to fish with my old pal Oliver Edwards so I was delighted that we were able to make the time to fish one of our old haunts at the end of September together with another mutual pal Martin Bamforth. Click here to read more

Busman’s holiday to Montana/Yellowstone

Lamar River Cut

I’ve just returned from a superb holiday fly fishing in Montana and Yellowstone National Park and for those of you thinking that you might go there one day the following snippets might be of some use to you.  I’d be very happy to give you detailed advice and information if you drop me an email or give me a call. Click here to read more

Thunder in the Yorkshire Dales


At the end of June I was guiding on 2 different Yorkshire Dales rivers when the trout reacted in a totally different manner to outbreaks of thunder and lightening. Click here to read more

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