Scourie diary 2017: wild trouting in wild country

Day zero Sunday morning 8 am and it’s off on a ten hour drive up to the remote highlands of Sutherland in the far north-west of Scotland. The destination is the Scourie Hotel, one of the most famous fishing hotels in these islands. I’ve been going up there for 15 years and the excitement never […]

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Pickering Beck

Upper beat of Pickering Beck promises much…

To the top beat of Pickering Beck on a warm but dullish day, with the temperature touching 17 degrees and a light breeze. This is a challenging stretch at the best of times, with many obstacles above and below the water – exacerbated by the recent flooding. But the water looked grand, low again after […]

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Fishing gear

Spending the kids’ inheritance

I think I’m having a mid-life crisis. Again. ¬†Rather than get myself a Harley, tattoos and a ponytail (ha, fat chance) I’ve gone a bought some kit. First off I thought I’d treat myself to a new tackle bag. I first started fly fishing probably in something like 1992 with a lesson from the genial […]

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