How to tie a loop knot

Simple fly fishing knot 1

There are many different knots you can use for fly fishing but there aren’t many that are guaranteed to keep your fly straight. This simple little knot is one I have used for many years for trout, sea trout and salmon fishing. It’s easy to tie and keeps the line from ‘hingeing’ on the eye […]

Persistence pays on Chew (Part II)

Russell Cowell 39lb pike

You may remember that last year at about this time four of us had a two-day stint at Chew Valley Lake, trying our luck fly fishing for pike. The result was just two fish between us, but remarkably the one I caught – at 5.45pm on the second day – was an immaculate 30-pounder, fully […]

‘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 […]

Fishing the flats in Cuba

La Tortuga, Cuba fishing

I have just about recovered from jet-lag following a really exciting and enjoyable trip to Cuba along with great mate, Rod Barley. “If the Lord is willing and the creek don’t rise”, I hope to be repeating it!

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 […]