Stealth & Presentation

Our excellent chalk streams guide Colin Alexander reports:

Recently I guided a valued repeat client, Gordon, on the River Itchen below Winchester. The river was fresh from a weed-cut and had the wonderful clarity expected of a chalk stream. The fish were evident in a few key runs but with very little hatching early in the day they were not giving their position away lightly. Click here to read more

Busman’s holiday in Scotland

Big Pike

I love my fishing trips to Scotland.  Often I fish for Brown Trout and sometimes for Salmon, Sea Trout or Grayling.  This trip was mainly about Pike.  In recent years I’ve come to really enjoy the excitement of fly fishing for Pike and have found that in milder conditions it is often the very best way to catch them.  Click here to read more

River Test & River Itchen update


The River Test and River Itchen are currently flowing very strong and healthily….how they should flow (before over-abstraction for water supply).  Although it was February when the winter floods peaked in Romsey (River Test) and Winchester (River Itchen) it is taking months for the flow rates to subside fully back to normal. Click here to read more

Superb dry fly sport in Yorkshire

Yesterday (13th May) I had a superb afternoon’s dry fly sport.  After spates in recent days I knew the Yorkshire rivers could be about perfect so I thought I must take advantage of the conditions and go fishing.  I had the whole stretch to myself and  moved slowly, looking for rising fish and mostly only cast when I’d spotted one.  Click here to read more

Prospects on the Chalkstreams

Shadow Mayfly

Half the fun of fly fishing is holding onto memories of the previous season and expectation of the season to come. Not all seasons replicate each other and I guess if they did it would remove the uncertainty from our ‘fishing world ‘. One might think that this season is likely to be strongly influenced by the winter flooding and no doubt it will, but maybe nature has a way of balancing itself. Click here to read more

Rutland Water over Easter

Although I’m mainly a river fly fisher I do like to try for stillwater Trout from time to time.  A family holiday over Easter took me to Rutland and I couldn’t let the opportunity pass without fishing Rutland Water.  I was so impressed with it on my first session (on Easter Saturday) that I decided to go again yesterday (Tuesday). Click here to read more

Early Insects, Early Spring.

Wild "Wharfer" 2lb 2oz

The early spring fishing in 2014 in the Yorkshire Dales has been a complete contrast to last year, last year ultra low temperatures until mid May and this year following an exceptionally mild winter and a warm/early spring this year, many of the insects both aquatic and terrestrial have been hatching/emerging early. Click here to read more

Windy Wharfe!


Last Wednesday on the River Wharfe at Burnsall wasn’t the easiest day for repeat guided client Dave Farrer due to a very strong and cool downstream wind which until early afternoon was probably close on gale force. Click here to read more

Planning your Mayfly days


To some fly fishers the annual Mayfly (Ephemera Danica / Green  Drake) hatch is the pinnacle of their year’s Trout fishing.  It is very exciting with big splashy rises all over the river.  I have been lucky to fish and to guide hundreds of Mayfly days on the famous chalk stream rivers of Hampshire, Berkshire and Wiltshire, especially the Test, Itchen, Kennet and Wylye and the limestone River Coln in the Cotswolds.  In this short blog I just want to give you a few tips and pointers to help you to plan your Mayfly days and to have the greatest enjoyment and success. Click here to read more

Flies and Foam


A useful tip to identify what is hatching or has indeed been hatching is to look in the foam which is usually caught up by the bank at the edge of the river. Click here to read more

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