Rick Varley

Rick Varley fishing

Throughout his fishing career, Rick has caught all manner of species and has some memorable catches under his belt. From trout, salmon and a magnificent haul of pike from Chew Valley Reservoir (including 7 fish over 20lbs with his regular fishing buddy, Dan), to peacock bass in Brazil's Amazon, Rick has been there and done it. But he's not done yet - he still has plenty more fish on his list and we hope to keep up with his efforts here on Drowning Worms.
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Monster trout on fry patterns at Rutland Water

Dan trout fishing at Rutland Water

In April this year I had the most phenomenal day’s trout fishing of my life. By the time we made the harbour we had ten huge trout weighing up to 8lb 8oz.

Red letter day – pike fishing at Chew Valley Reservoir

Chew Valley, Rick Varley seven 20lb pike in one session

In the order they were caught, the fish weighed 21, 25, 20, 27, 30, 25 and 21lbs. We also lost four fish, two of which we saw and estimated at 20lb-plus. What an amazing morning!