A Dying Art?

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Now I am not sure if Fly Fishing is an Art or a Craft or a Pastime, a Hobby or a Sport. However I am fairly sure that the participants are a group of people that are progressively getting older. There are less and less youngsters getting into fishing in general and possibly fly fishing […]

Better to be Lucky than Good?

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I often say to Clients and other Anglers “There is no such thing as Luck in Fly Fishing.” Well that is not in the strictest sense true. You can of course get a bit lucky by hooking a good fish and then having the skills to land it. Most of us will have had the […]

Masterclass

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I have recently returned from a visit to the Czech Republic. Myself and Ian Whyte stayed in the Hotel Annin which is owned by keen fly fisherman Patrick Jedlicka. The reason for us travelling there was to attend a Masterclass organised by Lubos Roza. If you have not heard of Lubos perhaps you should. He […]

A Tale of Two Days.

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Well I am now firmly back from Colorado where I had a fantastic time with some old and some new friends. The Canadian Youths who I was coaching at the World Championships were a fantastic bunch of young men. Respectful, Polite, Keen and Dedicated. They were also all very good Fly Fishermen who would really […]

Times Change.

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A little while ago an angler up at the Loch noted in the returns book that he had had a hard day. He only had five fish! Now I am old enough to remember when two in a day was just about considered greedy. My recent visits to Coldingham have resulted in 7 fish last […]

A Full On Week.

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Professor Ken MacAulay was my client this week. Ken is from Nova Scotia in Canada and later this year he is travelling to Australia to take part in the Oceania  Championships. This is for countries around the Pacific Rim and includes New Zealand, USA and Japan amongst others. The competition is to Full Fips Mouche […]

Good Angling Bad Angling

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My mate Bob Cockburn keeps a Fishing Diary He is an excellent Angler and catches over 600 fish a year and averages over 10 fish a day on Coldingham. I probably fish as much as him and I like to think I can keep up. Now last week I was on the Loch for my […]

Best of Both Worlds

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The Loch is one of those rare places. Well of course some of that is obvious. It is a natural beauty spot and the water is gin clear. It is also quiet and relaxed with a great selection of wildlife but that is not what I mean. I am thinking of its size. At 22 […]

The Instant Age

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We don’t really have to wait for anything these days. 24 hour News and Weather Forecasts. Salads in the Winter and internet shopping around the clock. Cash machines dispense money 24 hours a day. Many rivers are open throughout the year as if it is not the Trout it is Grayling and of course the […]

Billy

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Often controversial is Billy.    Billy the Bung that is. An indicator to some and a float to others. Discussions on forums are numerous and occasionally heated. There is no doubt that many people like it and just as many do not and possibly the majority are ambivalent whether they or anyone else uses one or […]