River flies

A farewell to Frog’s Fanny

A few posts ago Luke asked if I could provide instructions for tying the foam-headed emerger that I use a lot so today that’s what I’m doing. I should say that I am not the world’s greatest fly-tier and purists would find a lot to criticise, justifiably, about my efforts. Nonetheless, over the past ten […]

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Lower Derwent fishing

Nothing wrong with a dead maggot

I’m off down south for a few days and I knew I still had some maggots in the fridge that were getting on a bit so decided a quick session down at the river would be in order. I’d walked the dogs earlier and noted that the level was well down after the recent rain […]

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Fly fishing history

A cast from the past

Some months ago I was given an old fishing catalogue from a company called Foster Bros, of Ashbourne in Derbyshire (‘Makers of the World’s Finest Fishing Tackle’): It’s an intriguing little publication and throws an interesting light on the past. There’s no explicit date, but I’ve estimated that it was published in around 1964. The […]

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Sea fishing

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside!

To Aldeburgh on the Suffolk coast for a family holiday. I managed to persuade my wife that of course we could get my sea fishing kit into the car, together with luggage, dogs etc. The tripod is so long that it had to rest horizontally across the top of the seats, with the pointed ends […]

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