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A fly on the Rye

A generous invitation arrived for a day’s fishing on one of North Yorkshire’s premier rivers, the Rye. For one reason or another I haven’t done a lot of fly fishing this season, so this was a most welcome diversion. My host’s club has extensive waters on the river, which flows down through the Howardian Hills […]

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A slightly shameful endeavour

I’m not proud of this and on the scale of angling challenges it rates somewhere near the bottom. But curiosity got the better of me. We were visiting my sister, who owns a glorious 70 acre estate on the Suffolk/Essex border, a mix of pasture and woodland and with two lakes. One of the lakes […]

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Buon giorno signora Trota!*

[*Good morning Mr Trout! At least that’s what it’s supposed to say. If not, blame Google Translate] To the Tuscany-Umbria border for a week of sunshine (er, and thunderstorms) where we were to meet our great friends Geoff and Liz from Oz. I’ve not been to this part of the Italian countryside before and it […]

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A bird-themed digression

I hope you will forgive a spot of self-indulgence, but I’m so chuffed with my new bird hide I felt compelled to share it. Here’s the background. We moved to this house thirty years ago this year. It’s in a small rural village a few miles south of York; we’re surrounded by farmland. Four or […]

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