Muddy water pike on fly

Muddy water pike

At last the weather (dare I say it?) appears to have taken a turn for the better, and we have now enjoyed three or four days of calm, cold and sunny conditions. Despite this however the meadows are all either still flooded or at best sodden, and coloured water is running into the Nene from […]

16lb Atlantic salmon from the Tyne

Fishing Bait

After a very hard week fishing together for salmon on the River Lyon in Perthshire, my pal Andy Blyth and I decided to have a few casts on a stretch of the River Tyne on our way back south. It was great to see a few fish running in a river that was once so polluted, and even better to catch a lovely one like this!

Fly fishing nymphs on Pitsford Reservoir

Nice rainbow trout

    Seeing as the weather is so awful, here’s a story I’ve had saved for a while… It was late spring in 2012 and Bob (Church) had fished in a friendly match at Pitsford earlier that week, boating seven large rainbows. Graham Pearson, Bob’s boat partner and semi-professional trout match fisherman, had caught even […]

Snow use worrying!

Snow luck

After yesterday’s nice double it was inevitable that I should have another look at the river today. First glance however told me that unfortunately there was a bit of increased colour evident – not good news! I have agreed to take several people fly-piking who have paid in auction to a cancer charity, and am […]

Success in the snow

Snowy 16-pound pike

Everything was covered in two inches of snow when I looked out yesterday morning. It had been forecast however and at least it’s liable to have a less adverse effect on the river than heavy rain (I hope!). In any event Max looks at me in disbelief if we are not out for a walk […]

An oasis in the desert

Welcome South Lake Pike

I am sure many of us have been tearing what’s left of our hair out during these recent weeks of incessant rain and floods, wondering where the Hell to fish in water that is not racing by at 12 mph and/or chocolate brown! Bob and I have basically two venues that have escaped the floods […]