My pike fly fishing obsession – the beginning

Fly-caught pike from Chew Valley Lake, Mike Green

“It’s a f……..g great crocodile!” he replied, and one look at his ashen face told me he believed it! “Whatever it is, I do NOT want it in this boat with me!”

The End of an Era


It was quite upsetting to witness her condition, but a reminder that nothing lasts forever, and a very small consolation was that this morning a jack of about five pounds was there with his nose an inch from my bait-can.

Vintage Advertising from Western Filament

vintage advertising banner

Classic vintage advertising from US monofilament maker, Western Filament, extolling the invisibility of their latest line. We love the last paragraph…

Not bad for a first salmon…

Andy Blyth first salmon

The slack in the line very gradually came tight and the line began to swing very slowly across the current, then it stopped. I figured it must be caught on the bottom, with all the slack line and slow current, so I lifted the rod to try to free it. The bottom began to move.

Carp fishing girls

Carp fishing girl

I thought I’d share these contrasting pictures of two ‘other halves’ holding fish for the camera. One looks pretty comfortable – the other not so much!

‘Iron Mike’?!

Chronicle and Echo, May 2013

As my last post reports, I have recently returned from a trip to Cuba where, as well as fishing for tarpon and bonefish, I got back into the water, 50 years after my last SCUBA dive. It was some thrill. Now, for my sins and mainly due to my friendship with Bob Church, who has […]