Flyfishing New Zealand on a shoestring

New Zealand Brown Trout

When I say flyfishing New Zealand on a shoestring I mean it. The average guide in NZ charges $500 to 600 a day. I charge US$150, including accommodation. But there’s method to the madness…!

How to fly fish nymphs in New Zealand

Wild New Zealand Rainbow Trout

In the faster-flowing rivers of New Zealand I learnt a variation on the traditional British nymphing technique, which most anglers rarely, if ever, practice

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 […]

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 […]

Return to Earith Lakes

Earith Lakes Owners House

A few years ago my great friend and fishing pal, Bob Church, introduced me to this beautiful fishery in the fenlands of Cambridgeshire, and I liked it at first sight. Bob had previously caught some enormous rainbow trout there, including one over 20 pounds, as well as specimen rudd, bream, tench and carp. He was […]

Sod’s Law

Nice rainbow trout

Yesterday afternoon I had a lovely little spell of “bonus” fly fishing. Bob Church and I were at one of our favourite venues in Bedfordshire, comprising three private gravel pits: two large ones of about 30 acres each, containing mostly carp and pike, and a smaller one of about 4 acres in between them. This […]