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San River, 2013

Published on November 7th, 2013 by

We were a little anxious leaving Czech and making our way to the San (I’ll be writing more about Czech, particularly the crowning glory of the Tepla Vltava, later).  The rivers of the Sumava national park had been overwhelming and I, for one, was cautious about expecting too much from the San. Might we even


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Czech/Poland 2013 Part 2: On the Otava

Published on October 25th, 2013 by

While on the Otava I had plenty of scope  for observing my companions in their own fishing approach and also for experimenting by myself.  I wrote about one of these fascinating episodes in Part 51 of my Frontier series in Fish & Fly.  While on the same river, I had another hugely illustrative experience.  It


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Czech/Poland 2013: Part One

Published on October 14th, 2013 by

I have recently returned from an incredible two week trip to Czech and the San River, in Poland.  I have started to write about these in my Fishing on the Frontier series in Fish & Fly, and will fill in here with some further detail, because, frankly, there is so much to say!  My great


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Welsh Dee and Cumbrian Eden

Published on September 16th, 2013 by

Just back from a visit to the Welsh Dee, where I was hosted by the Corwen and District Angling Club, CADAC.  What a terrific annual event this is, where Pavel Adamovski, Dan Svrcek (of the Czech Republic) and I demonstrate the techniques of European nymphing and dry fly on the leader on the upper reaches


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September Eden

Published on September 6th, 2013 by

The river has been spectacular for the last few weeks!  Although the late summer/autumn hatches have not yet been as they can be (is this a result of the increasing siltation?), black gnats, or one of the various species to which we ascribe this name, have been a daily occurrence, and sometimes drifting down stream


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August Eden

Published on August 24th, 2013 by

With water height perfect yesterday I visited the river and tried to ignore all the farm rubbish dumped there.  I’m glad I did because I immediately found fish rising to nondescript food-forms, which I think were midges, although I saw, increasingly through the afternoon, some caddis and even a few pale wateries.  As I set


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France 2013

Published on August 22nd, 2013 by

We have just returned from a trip to the Seven Valleys area of northern France, and frankly wishing we were back there.  This incredibly beautiful area being essentially an immense chalk plateau (actually, the largest chalk deposit in the world) is laced with trout streams among tranquil, wooded river valleys.  They are mostly small streams


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Slovenia 2013

Published on July 17th, 2013 by

We have just returned from the best trip ever to Slovenia! Staying with Clive and Myrna at Reka Hisa on the banks of the Sava Bohinka we travelled each day to various rivers within an hour’s drive, discovering such Alpine gems as the Kokra and upper Radovna within the Tiglav National Park. Signs of the


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This is how it is on English rivers

Published on June 25th, 2013 by

I was astonished to hear of ‘flood defence measures’ taken illegally by a farmer within the National Park on the River Lowther. My friend Lawrence Greasley told me about this, so I went to investigate.  I was appalled to find some formerly precious hatch water completely wrecked by a tractor/digger that had been in the


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June 2013

Published on June 12th, 2013 by

Living with contrasts…  Just as we had settled to the norm of icy easterlies and high flows, now we have the opposite, although at least the weather is now more seasonally appropriate.  On the Eden, the hatches have diversified and remain strong though several anglers have noticed more midge species prevalent than ever before. Danica


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