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French chalk at Remembrance

Published on November 19th, 2014 by

The chalk streams here have been idyllic this autumn. Fishing closed since early October, though I have visited several sections of numerous rivers, looking for fresh fishing potential for next season, which opens at the beginning of March. Most of my fishing will be here next year, and consequently most of the organised trips. In the


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Eden October

Published on October 12th, 2014 by

Because I have been away, I have hardly fished the Eden since the spring, but have done so this past week, the first after the close of the trout season, as grayling come to their best.  Delighted that the prospects seem so good. In the mild weather, last week’s hatches (mostly of pale wateries, and some BWO)


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Published on October 9th, 2014 by

  The fly fishing treasures of Europe never cease to amaze. I have just returned from a trip with friends (Wojtek, Tom, Paul, Sue, Gavin, Neil, Alain and Lawrence) which, while ending on the awesome San river in Poland, took in a few magical days in the Slovakian Tatra mountains fishing the Váh system. The


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Summer on the French chalk

Published on September 15th, 2014 by

How strange it feels being temporarily back in over-crowded England after what has been the most gorgeous summer I can recall, with fabulous fishing on the Artois chalk streams.  This is the Aa at Ouve Wirquin. It has been so lovely, too, to share the experience with numerous fishing companions.  Gradually, as the journey of


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Artois August

Published on August 19th, 2014 by

  I hardly know where to start.  I am again like the little boy who used to fish the streams of Kent and Sussex before the ravages of agriculture and over-population changed these counties forever.  I have been fishing the chalk streams of the Artois region of northern France and I keep having these jolts of


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Artois July

Published on July 13th, 2014 by

Last Friday, after heavy rain on Thursday night, Lawrence and I again visited l’Aa at Ouve Wirquin, which in my view is perfection in a chalk stream. The river was running through fast, but clear enough.  Typical of a healthy chalk stream, the Aa maintains a more or less constant flow rate, and colours only a


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Published on June 30th, 2014 by

I enjoyed my best session of the year so far last week on l’Aa; the perfect chalk stream in the centre of l’Artois region of northern France. It was not dry fly conditions, because neither I nor Jean-François saw a single fish rise; so nymph, in the deeper, darker cuts of flow was called for –


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Beautiful desolation

Published on June 17th, 2014 by

This last six weeks have seemed long, as the countryside of northern England has slipped stealthily from spring to summer.  I have ranged about a bit, with fly rod, though I have probably spent the most time on the Eden.  I have willed this once magnificent river to again reveal its magic, but, really, it


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Eden time

Published on May 27th, 2014 by

My longest period on the Eden this trout season, between trips to France and elsewhere in Europe, and we seem to be experiencing all the seasons within a few days.  Generally mild, though not really seasonally so, with plenty of rain and wind – usually downstream!  But it can also be glorious; calm with sunshine


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Artois Chalk Streams

Published on May 12th, 2014 by

I have just returned from a week in France, with Lawrence and Neil, fishing the chalk streams of l’Artois region, mainly l’Aa itself, which has overwhelmed me. L’Aa is a classic chalk stream in every way, running clear even after very prolonged heavy rain (which we experienced); a sign of a vast, undamaged chalk plateau.


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