Friday, 22 June 2012

From South to North

Jim Williams had travelled up North from Wiltshire to fish with me for three days before we head to the BFFI this weekend.

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This is the quality of fish we were looking for on a local river.

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As you know the weather can change at a moments notice…

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…but even in adverse conditions Jim managed to winkle out this beauty

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I'm looking outside and its pouring with rain, lets hope it eases for the BFFI this weekend, come and say hello if your there. ~ Tony.

Monday, 11 June 2012

Sunday on the Eden.

I set out today with Alan Plevey to fish the Eden. With the rain lately the the river was just over a foot up and although carrying some colour it was clear enough to fish. The first few hours were spent on the main river where I had some really good fishing, but with no sign of any big fish out feeding I was keen to get up steam to one of the Eden's tributary's which at this height usually runs reasonably clear. As expected it fished well but unfortunately two big fish hooked and dropped left me feeling a little deflated....you can't win em all.

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Fly Fishing Workshops with Paul Procter and Tony Riley..

Paul Procter and Myself are running two fly fishing Workshops in august this year.
If this is something you would like to do please get in touch ASAP as places are limited and only a few remain.
All information is posted below including contact details.


River Wharfe Workshop

With

Paul Procter Tony Riley

At

BoltonAbbey
on
Saturday 25th august2012

Join A.A.P.G.A.I. Master Instructors Paul Procter and Tony Riley for a day on the River Wharfe, covering all aspects of river trout fishing. The morning session will be spent discussing watercraft, basic entomology, tackleselection, leader set up, knots and casting techniques. Following lunch, participants will disperse for fishing with one-to-one tuition from Paul and Tony concentrating on tactics of your choice.

Itinerary:
Assemble at Devonshire Arms Hotel for 9am

Practical discussions including watercraft and hands on entomology

Coffee break:

Demonstrations on nymph and dry fly presentation, including casting and tackle set-up

Lunch:

Fishing-putting theory into practice with Tony and Paul circulating amongst the group (includes afternoon tea break)

Regroup at 4.45pm before dispersing at5pm. Please Note: those who wish to continue fishing are free to do so.
Cost: £135.00 per person (includes: lunch, refreshments and fishing permit)
Tackle hire is available on request

Places are limited so please contact Paul or Tony ASAP to reserve a booking
Paul Procter: 0786 665 4091 email: paulprocter@btinternet.com
Tony Riley: 0750 2347995 email: tony@flyfishinginstruction.co.uk



Bigland Hall Stillwater Trout Workshop
With
Paul Procter & Tony Riley
On
Sunday 26th August2012

Join A.A.P.G.A.I. Master Instructors Paul Procter and Tony Riley at Bigland Hall Trout Fishery for a day covering stillwater trout tactics with an emphasis on imitative fishing. The morning session will be spent discussing ;basic entomology, tackle selection, leader set up, knots, casting techniques and the trout’s habitat. Following lunch, participants will disperse for fishing with one-to-one tuition from Paul and Tony concentrating on tactics of your choice.

Itinerary:

Assemble at Bigland Hall Trout Fishery for8.30-9am

Practical discussions, including trout location and hands on entomology

Coffee break:

Demonstrations on various styles of fishing,including casting and tackle set-up

Lunch:

Fishing-putting theory into practice with Tony and Paul circulating amongst the group (includes afternoon tea break)

Regroup at 4.45pm before dispersing at 5pm. Please Note: those who wish to continue fishing are free to do so.

Cost: £110.00 per person (includes:lunch, refreshments and fishing permit). Tackle hire available on request.

Places are limited so please contact Paul or Tony ASAP to reserve a booking
Paul Procter: 0786 665 4091 email: paulprocter@btinternet.com
Tony Riley: 0750 234 7995 email: tony@flyfishinginstruction.co.uk



Bank holiday on the river.



I had three days fishing (for myself) this bank holiday, the most productive day for me being Monday.
I arrived at the river mid morning and had chosen a shaded stretch as forecasts of cloud and light winds were wrong once again. Fortunately there was a reasonable number of Olive uprights hatching and more importantly a few fish eating them, one really good fish feeding at the head of the pool, which unfortunately i hooked and lost as my size 14 Partridge TDH opened out, this has happened before with this hook i should have learned my lesson then. So gutted as i was i wandered up to the next pool, a slow glassy pool where rings from a rise travel a long way and equally so does any movement from an angler, about 30 yards up i saw a tiny disturbance under a dense canopy of tree branches, was this a small trout or had something fallen from the tree?.
Do i spend all that time inching my way up the almost still pool? as barbed wire fences stopped any other approach.
I decided to give it a go if not just for the challenge, and what seemed like an age later i was in position. On route I'd seen it rise a few more times at various places close to the high bank and i waited for it to rise again, a short time later it did and i sent up a cast which some how missed all the branches and my fly landed a few feet above the last rise, another gentle sip and my fly disappeared. I set the hook and was surprised to find what i thought was a smaller fish feel fairly heavy.
After an amusing fight in such dense surroundings the trout dropped the scales to 2lbs 6oz, proving you can't always tell the size of the fish from the rise itself. Two more fish over two pounds topped off a great day on the river.


Sunday, 3 June 2012

Season so far.

My season this year started with a trip down to Hampshire to fish for grayling on the river Test with my old fishing buddy Albert Pettigrew. Albert is currently working through his bucket list and the Test was on that list. Fellow instructors Jim Williams and Ian May had organised the fishing for us, both who have become great friends over the years and under there guidance two great days fishing was had by us both. On march 14th Jim Williams travelled up from Wiltshire to give a presentation on furled leaders for our branch of the flydressers guild. This was well received from the members some of which have started making there own. The day after was opening day of the trout season and I returned the favour to Jim by taking him fishing on one of my favourite rivers the Eden, a day he must have enjoyed as he's returning soon. Since then I've fished as much as possible and even managed a small stint in the Caribbean. The last few weeks have been spent fishing local rivers, and patience was rewarded this week with a beautifull wild brown trout of 3lbs 2oz. I sit here now looking out of the window of my fly tying room watching the east wind bend the trees over,hoping that the forcast of better conditions is right
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