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The perfect session

Published on February 28th, 2014 by

An incredible couple of hours on the Eden up at Sandford today.  The river has fallen away a lot: carrying a bit of colour, but less than I had expected.  Fished double nymph on the tenkara, with either a PTN or a Eurojig on point (with 3.5mm tungsten), and the pink-thoraxed Eurojig on dropper. Leader was

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Signs of Spring

Published on February 25th, 2014 by

After the devastatingly wet winter we fly fishers are yearning for the spring and now there are very real signs that it is fast approaching.  It is already mild, but then it has been thus throughout the winter; but the day length is noticeably increasing and when the sun does shine it is glorious.  We

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The agricultural abyss

Published on February 12th, 2014 by

One finds very quickly in this age of a Britain dominated by agriculture that to fight the corner of conservation is all well and good, unless what is said and done amounts to any sort of negative comment or action towards farming. There are those of us who know the countryside, whose lives have been dominated

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Water Crowfoot coming back

Published on February 11th, 2014 by

We walked by the Hoff Beck today. It is dropping away now after, not surprisingly, being in flood; though with more heavy rain expected tomorrow…  It was really spring-like out there; cool air, but the sun felt wonderful on our faces.  No silt up here, with the blast of water this winter carrying it all

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Grayling worries on Eden

Published on February 4th, 2014 by

Many anglers have been concerned by the apparent crash in the grayling population of the Eden, which is disturbingly mirroring what we have noticed on other northern rivers such as the Ure and Wharfe in Yorkshire.  Talking with my friend Stuart Minnikin (Yorkshire Dales Flyfishing) recently, he suggested that it is now a waste of

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