Holmes Farm Fishery, Leicestershire

Holmes Farm Fishery, Leicestershire

Yesterday I spent the morning walking Max, then acquiring hanging baskets and flowers for the garden. After hanging up the former and planting the latter, I had four free hours before a planned evening barbeque: just time, I thought, to pay another visit to that nice little day-ticket fishery near Lubenham, Holmes Farm. With not […]

How To Attach Fly Line To Backing

Join backing and line1

What I am about to describe seems so obvious it could be a waste of effort but it took my good friend, Jamie Groom, and I some time and experimenting before we arrived at this result. For my pike fly fishing I invariably use an 11-weight Airflo shooting-head, coupled to Airflo 50lb level ‘Ridge’ running-line […]

Where to shore fish for cod and whiting in the UK

East coast cod fishing, UK

The best shore fishing is invariably after dark when fish tend to venture closer in to shore. Sea fish do not tend to be tackle-shy, especially in the coloured water of the North Sea, and complicated end rigs are not necessary.

Where to coarse fish in Leicestershire?

Holme’s Farm Fishery, Lubenham

Although I have fished virtually all my life, until recently I had never fancied visiting a commercial fishery, by which I mean a smallish public lake liberally stocked with coarse fish – mostly small carp. Sitting in amongst a load of other guys, pulling in fish after fish, which are probably caught on a regular […]

Carp fishing in the Midlands

20lb common carp

As you may have gathered by now carp are not really fish that get my pulse racing, but the leisurely way you can conduct a carp fishing expedition has a certain appeal, and my pal Ken’s fishery in Staffordshire is so breathtakingly beautiful that it`s always a sheer delight just to be there! Read the rest…

Fly fishing for salmon in the North of England

Jim Green with a salmon

In 2011 I made a trip up to the North of England and Southern Scotland to fish with a friend of mine, Andy Blyth. I thought I was a keen fisherman before I met Andy, but he is a fanatic – especially when it comes to catching salmon. He’s a great man to fish with […]