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  1. OK, if you are lucky enough to go fishing in this warm and changeable summer weather, be prepared for frustration!

    I was out fishing at my Club water today and whilst the weather was conducive to trout fishing, the fish were not obliging as they should have been. OK, we are chasing a quarry that offers us exciting sport, but to the fish, this is really a matter of life and death, especially if all fish must be retained. But in a Sporting fishery (Catch and Release) are fish aware that they may be released to feed and fight again?

    Probably not and until we can converse direct with fish, we will never know.

    I spent approximately three hours this morning without so much as a touch, despite fish rising in the near vicinity. Later in the afternoon, my luck did change slightly, when I hooked a very lively RT under the oak tree, but it appeared to be lightly hooked and left by itself. Well, I now know what it was likely to be feeding on, even if no actual samples were available from its stomach.

    Later I was fishing from a vantage point over the reeds and casting almost direct to fish that I could see in the water. Several fish were just milling about in the cooler water near an inflow, but did not appear to be actively feeding. Suddenly two or three fish appeared in the area and one moved forward towards my fly and hooked itself (briefly!). It was a fast motion repeat of the earlier incident, a few splashes and nearly buried itself in the weed, but the escape was the same.

    Ah well, summer rolls on and I have more ammunition for future trips and flies to try next time (hopefully next week!) Gardening this weekend....

  2. I was up in Satfford recently at the British Fly Fair International. It is the first time that I have attended the Fair at Stafforshire County Showground and it really is a perfect venue for an ever growing event. It is easy to find and plenty of space for parking. I expect it is also quite a picturesque place, but the weather was not conducive to distant views (snow had threatened earlier).

    I met old friends and made some new ones. It is good to see that well-established suppliers are still trading, as well as newer ones coming onto the market.

    I had a shopping list and managed to get most of what I wanted, but mail order will have to suffice for those items not found. The benefit of a live event, is being able to check the product before purchase, something not easily done via mail order.

    Looking forward to i-fish in the Autumn, closer to home!

  3. It's all over! The cake (well not quite!), the pudding, the wrapping and opening and all the other related bits to Christmas.

    Now it is time to start planning for the next season, which is not that long away.

    I am fortunate to be able to fish running water in the summer and winter and stillwater through the normal trout season. Consequently, I am tying flies all year round.

    However, due to a slight problem last Spring, my river fishing was almost completely written off but trout fishing (stillwater) compensated adequately.

    As I am currently suffering my second cold of the winter, I am not planning any visits to the river (for Pike and Perch) any time soon. But I will be busy at the tying bench as I am producing a traditional pattern with a modern twist for an existing Customer and it is the Competition season, which is currently occupying my mind. I also have a few new patterns, or materials that I want to play around with, so that will keep me occupied over the next few months until I can finalise my fishing for this season.

    Good luck to anyone else doing the same.....!

  4. The production of the popular Salmon Fly brooches, is now ongoing. However, due to other non-fishing factors, most brooches may not be available until later this month, or early November - still plenty of time for Christmas delivery!

    I tie most of my brooches on gold coloured 1/0 size (Veniard) pins. Unlike conventional flies, Salmon fly patterns usually have three applications of varnish on the tying thread at the eye (head). Each application will take up to 24 hours to dry.  So, it will take approximately 72 hours from first application until the brooch is ready for sale. Hence the delay in availability.

    I will have the usual range of patterns available and also plan to increase the range with trout fly and sea-trout fly patterns. There may be some other variations of patterns that have been previously successful.

    If you have a particular favourite pattern in mind, please contact me in the first instance. If I have suitable materials, and a description of the pattern, I will do my best to accommodate your request, but please bear in mind that when I am in full production mode, diverting off to tie a 'special' may attract a higher price or delay in production.