Spring carp action at last!

Ken Heath with 27.4 Mirror Carp

I have been getting pretty desperate lately to visit my best friend’s fishery near Stafford, for several reasons. Firstly to see him – we don’t get together nearly as often as we used to in the “good old days” as, despite being almost as old as me, he finds himself with second wife and two […]

Catching redfish in Louisiana

Catching Redfish in Louisiana

I just had to share this video. This pretty much sums up the excitement of catching fish off the surface – that sense of anticipation when the fish starts to follow the fly. It’s a great video and the fishing looks amazing (I know it’s hard to tell how many they catch in a day […]

A question of mistaken identity

Conditions

This comical but true little tale occurred many years ago now, but still makes me chuckle when I recall it. At the time I shared a 19-foot fishing boat with Rod Barley – a quiet, well-mannered and even tempered lad, same age as me, and who was (and still is) a lifelong great friend. The […]

New Zealand record brown trout – is it me?

Catching Trout in Crystal Waters of New Zealand

I’m lucky enough to have fished in New Zealand while living over there flying hang gliders in 2004. In my opinion, the scenery is better than anything you’ll find anywhere – clearly one reason why Peter Jackson chose it as the location for The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Hobbit – and I […]

A great ‘laid back’ day

A good friend of mine, Bob McDonald, has occasional access to some very private water in North Northamptonshire on a lovely estate and, when I am lucky enough, I am sometimes invited to join him for a roach fishing session. Such was the case last week on a day when the bitter winter weather had […]

An unlikely capture

Amazing duo

Some three or four years ago Bob (Church) announced that he had arranged for us to catch Pike in the Nene, fly-fishing for the camera of Peter Gathercole and a couple of members of Trout Fisherman magazine staff, including the editor. Our reward was to receive a couple of copies of the relevant edition each […]