Thursday, 22 April 2010

Stockport, Fly Fishing Shop Open Weekend 24th and 25th April.

Myself, Jim Fearn and Gary Coxon will be there, offering free casting tuition and advice on all the latest product's from Sage and Guide fly fishing.

There will also be all the latest fly line's from Rio that you can try on one of the latest rod's from Guide and Sage, or try the line''s on your own rod to get the match that suit's you.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Best Regards,

Tony Riley.

Monday, 19 April 2010

A hard day on the Eden.



Sunday,18th April.

I set out to the river this morning enthused as weather conditions seemed perfect. Only to find on dropping down into the Eden valley a big hole in the clouds beaming sunshine onto the river.

With enthusiasm dropping fast I met up with my companion for the day, Paul Maxwell, and we headed for the riverside.

First glances didn't help as the river was running low and very clear, the pools having only a trickle in, hardly any flow in the body and a trickle out (not easy as fish tend not to hold station and wander searching for food and can also be very alert).

Waiting for the rise is often good advice as, when you cant see them, a badly timed cast here can line the fish and you're left wondering why its suddenly stopped rising, or a bow wave is seen as it bolts for cover.

At about 1.30 a few olives started to show and a rise was spotted in very slow water. Paul's patience paid off and the fish rose to his fly which was either unexpected or he was daydreaming (sorry Paul) as he struck lets just say "a little late". Then, further up the pool, a big fish showed and about 10 minutes later we were in position waiting for it to show again.

It was just one of those days as looking up onto the bank was some guy with his dog stood right next to where the fish had risen and to make it worse his partner turned up with her dog and decided to watch for a while.

Needless to say we grumbled a bit and quietly waded out.
Joking aside an enjoyable day in good company.

Paul working on nymphing in a nice plunge pool.

Saturday, 17 April 2010



Hi Everyone!


This is my first blog entry so thanks very much for checking in.


With the weather today being very bright and breezy I decided to go and check out some new water I'd joined this season on the river Lune.


A long walk was on the cards and I took along only the bare essentials, including a rod (just in case a rising fish was spotted along the way). I wasn't holding out much hope though with the conditions as they were today. - You know the old saying "bright and breezy never easy"!


I'd been walking for about 40 minutes, looking at some promising pools, when a large, dark 'olive' fluttered by so I decided to watch for a while. A few minutes later a fish rose. Not wanting to spook the fish, I tackled up with a long leader and an olive parradun. Just as I got into position another fish rose to the side of me, only a small fish, but still good target practice.
A moment later a nice half pounder came to hand. Still having one eye on the bigger fish, which had risen a few times by now, I made a cast up and the fly was fortunately taken first drift by a nice 'brownie' of about 1lb.

Having walked a good few miles today and seen some promising water I'm left thinking there are good days to come!

Monday, 5 April 2010

New Website & Blog ~ Lake District Fly Fishing



Welcome to my new Blog

I will soon have a website launched as well in early April.

I hope you'll check back and view my blog contributions.

Contributions which will include fishing (of course!), fly Casting & fly tying... all of which I have a passion for and most of which are done in Cumbria where I live...