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River Test & LRA - 05-06/02/2011

Posted by Nicholas S , 25 February 2011 · 6,885 views

After receiving the all clear from my girlfriend I set about organising a fishing weekend that I was really looking forward to. Saturday was to be spent on the Little River Avon (LRA) in search of Grayling and the icing on the cake was Sunday where I had been invited down to fish the hallowed waters of the Test. I would be trotting the main river (the las...


Itchen - 29/12/2010

Posted by Nicholas S , 08 February 2011 · 5,934 views

A sortie to the Itchen for a dayís trotting for the Grayling with three friends; Alan, Mark and Ted. The last time I was here the river was quite swollen and coloured so I was  relieved to see the river still quite clear despite the recent snow melt. It was lovely to be back - it is always a special days fishing here no matter what the conditions. The fis...


River Wylye - 16/01/2011

Posted by Nicholas S , 07 February 2011 · 5,918 views

With the deluge of rain that persistently fell throughout the week my fishing options for the weekend were pretty limited. In the end I decided to pop down to the Wylye for a day Grayling fishing. Wading isnít allowed after Christmas so I took my trotting rod as well as my fly rod with the intention to fish for a while initially on the fly before trotting...


River Test - 26/12/2010

Posted by Nicholas S , 03 February 2011 · 5,936 views

Going fishing on Boxing Day when the thermometer is registering -10C really makes you question your sanity. That was exactly the case when Alan and I ventured off in the half light early on Boxing Day. Despite the Siberian conditions we were both very excited. A day Grayling fishing on the Test is always special and although the weather was doing its best...


Hampshire Avon - 05/12/2010

Posted by Nicholas S , 24 January 2011 · 5,924 views

Another freezing Sunday this time spent on the Hampshire (well strictly speaking the Wiltshire) Avon again in search of the Grayling. Similar to last Sunday the day was a tale of two halves...the morning was spent on the lower end of the fishery and with exceptionally low water we struggled to see let alone catch a single fish. Vince my fishing partner di...


River Kennet - 28/11/2010

Posted by Nicholas S , 17 January 2011 · 2,834 views

A very cold day on the middle Kennet trying for the Grayling on the fly. Very cold conditions combined with low and clear river made the fishing tricky and by lunch I had only had 4 small Grayling and one of season BT. After a hearty lunch I decided to adopt a more mobile approach to the morning and walk along the river/carriers until I either spotted fis...


River Irfon - 09-10/10/2010

Posted by Nicholas S , 14 January 2011 · 2,936 views

After another wash-off on the Wye I decided to go through with my planned fishing weekend in Wales and instead fish one of the Wyeís main tributaries, the Irfon, well noted for the quality of its Grayling. With that in mind I set off slightly later than intended on Saturday morning. It took a while to get to the river and by the time I had gone through th...


River Thames - 02-03/10/2010

Posted by Nicholas S , 10 January 2011 · 2,888 views

A great weekend spent fishing the Thames with Alan and his dad Trevor. Saturday was spent at Trevorís secret location, a beautiful spot that gave us an appetiser for the sort of fish it can turn up on my last visit (see 29-30/08/2010) but sadly that time we were left empty handed. This time we had decided to adopt a more relaxed approach and feeder fish t...


River Alness - 23-25/09/2010

Posted by Nicholas S , 04 January 2011 · 3,073 views

Three days Salmon fishing with family on the River Alness in the Scottish Highlands. Salmon have proved to be a bit of an enigma for me. Unfortunately I donít get the opportunity to fish for them very often but when I do it seems like I have been beset by bad lack with only tales of lost fish to take away with me. Usually the fishing is very hard due to l...


Monnow & Honddu - 18-19/09/2010

Posted by Nicholas S , 27 December 2010 · 2,886 views

After getting a taster for fishing in Wales the previous weekend (See September 12) I decided to make a weekend of it and invite my friend Alan over to join me on a trip that I had been excitedly looking forward to all week. Early Saturday morning I picked up Alan from the train station and before long we were making our way to the river. I decided that w...

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