20 July - Ilfracombe, Devon. Chucking gripper leads into the surf.
I had a single morning of the second part of the family holiday visting friends in which I decided I would try and catch a bass or a thornback. The nearby beach was good for both apparently, and I had caught bass and doggies here before on the rising tide. This was a two centre holiday visiting friends and I decided to have a go at 'bay slinging' as it would probably be my one and only chance this year. Dug out the Shake
13th July - Fly Fishing for Bass. Pembrokeshire.
The Family holiday. An early morning attempt at catching bass on the fly. Despite a rising tide, and loads of sandeels around, I managed to catch nowt. I spotted a pollack and what looked like a sea trout leaping from the waves around 50 yards out - well out of range. A beautiful spot though, good for wildlife spotting.
Tried again the following day on a different beach. Very fishy looking but still no joy.
27th June. River Kennet, Thatcham.
5am ‘til 11 am.
Barbel (2lb ish), 6 or 7 Trout (I lost count, but I think I caught at least one twice) biggest 3lb 2oz, Chub (2lb ish) several dace and gudgeon.
An early morning session at the river, timed so that I can get back for brunch with the missus and 8 month old boy.
Dawned warm and hazy at 5am, but looking like it was going to get increasingly bright and sultry later. I decided to fish the second stretch available to me, downstr
21st June. River Kennet, Reading.
An overcast early morning session, less than a mile from the town centre. 5am ‘til 10.
8-10 chub to 2lb (lost count) 10-20 dace and roach (lost count).
Trotted maggot caught a chub almost every trot through for the first 30 minutes up to 2lb. The followed by dace and roach to 8oz or so then the swim went dead. In the last two hours I only managed two dace. When the boats started I went home. I pondered whether the chub are put off if you don
17th June. River Kennet, Thatcham.
7 chub, biggest 3lb. 5 brown trout to around 1.5lb, 30-40 dace (to 10oz), roach (all small), perch (not much bigger) and loads of gudgeon. In addition, 4 crayfish managed to hang on the hook long enough to go into my bag. Crayfish sandwiches for lunch tomorrow.
First day of the coarse season for me and a day off work! A fairly sleepless night dreaming of large barbel and chub was followed by a relatively overcast morning. Arising at 4am, I was o
A long planned trip to the Kennet at Barton Court with a fellow professional. We had been watching the weather forecasts eagerly as it was approaching peak mayfly time and a dull day would keep them down. I had scant time enough to commit to my fishing these days, Patrick - my trout hunting colleague - was a consultant and had even less. I only ever see Patrick at Conferences and this was to be our first day out fly fishing. We both wanted a good day out. True to form for many of my early s
17th May. Fly Fishing, Bushyleaze, Lechlade.
Weather was breezy and wet. In fact, to quote Black Adder it was 'wetter than a haddocks cod piece'. I had the opportunity to go out fishing but due to the weather forecast I had nothing planned. What to do with my time? Watched the weather and then decided at midday to have ago for some trout with my new Greys rod. I decided to go to a commercial fishery - not normally my thing, but I fancied getting my line pulled, and having been to thi
River Lambourn, Shaw. 2nd May.
Weather promising. Had been clearing out tackle and reloaded another line on my Scierra reel leaving dragonfly ready for selling on e-bay. Everything was ready for another early onslaught on the Lambourn trout followed by an early afternoon trip out with the family.
Arrived at the river at 4.30am, tackled up by the car and went to the bank. First cast snagged and had to pull for a break. Damn it - last size 16 GRHE. Never mind, a new tippet and off
River Lambourn, Shaw. 25th April.
The weather forecast the night previous was promising so I planned an early assault on the trout of the Lambourn. I had to go out with the family at 11am so this was to be an early and short session. Checked the fly box and made up some leaders with new tippets so that I would be able to fish the dry and the nymph. The fish are spooky in the clear water, and this is a public stretch so there waryness in clear shallow water means that a careful approach
Kennet Mixed Fishery, Speen, Newbury.
The weather had been good for a couple of days now, the cloud was breaking again and another good day was forecast. I decided to have another go for the trout at a mixed fishery I had access to. I had not been to this stretch before so it would be an opportunity to fish for the trout while also checking out the potential for the coming coarse fishing season.
I got to the water at 7am, it was brightening up and all sign pointed towards a hatch.
Trout Fishing - Fly - River Kennet mixed fishery, Newbury
Spells of rain or showers but much of the rain was light with some drier interludes. The air temperature had dropped markedly over the lasttwo nights and went milder during the day. A stiff breeze had transferred the warmer air into the water -I hoped. The weather might hold into Sunday, although rain was on its way in, sweeping across from the west. I decided to take a chance.
I decided that I would go to the Kennet. A new s