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My sport, my country; how it was, and how it can be again.

Published on November 22nd, 2016 by

All we had become, all that we had aspired to, and achieved. Then won and lost; all gone, drifted into memory. Just like the Great in Britain, lost in that moment in the referendum where we put ourselves before the beautiful greatness of helping the Europe that needed us, again, the others who needed us –

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Thinking in Dry Fly (for just a little longer)

Published on November 3rd, 2016 by

Another trout season has drifted away and autumn hesitates before winter and the shortest days. More memories, more flies cast, though for me most of them have been plume tips. Now, in November, I shall have to think about nymph again for these magnificent Eden grayling, though, it seems, not yet. Not just yet. Amidst the

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The little green wheels; oh no, not again…

Published on October 12th, 2016 by

Because it is the San, again, in the spectral chaos of autumn, the change of season, and the blue winged olive hatch. Wojtek is here, of course, and other friends. It has been almost a year for me, longer for Neil and Lawrence, and even more so for Nick and Paul. For Kevin, our young Ireland international friend, it

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Collapse of season, change of season, change of mood, and Anna Calvi

Published on September 25th, 2016 by

I want it to last forever. This summer, this glorious summer. Slightly uncomfortable, September, isn’t it? On the one hand still warm and humid, with hints of autumn, and on the other, knowing we are nudging at the closing of the trout season on these beautiful chalk streams of northern France. I have Eden, yes, Cumbrian

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Come out, come out into the water with me

Published on August 11th, 2016 by

Simplicity, refinement, elegance; all synonymous in fly-fishing, I think. Given also a delightful French chalk stream, which has been messed up neither by abstraction nor agriculture, nor even by commercial ‘fishery’ management, and we have everything that fly fishing was ever meant to be. Here in the north of France I am surrounded by such beautiful

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French summer

Published on July 13th, 2016 by

It has been almost as wet in France as southern England this spring and early summer. The difference, though, is that the chalk aquifer here is comparatively undamaged and while the streams are running full and a little coloured, they have been entirely fishable throughout. We have explored a little more than usual, and I find myself

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Spring on Eden

Published on June 4th, 2016 by

Rachel, it’s not ‘Silent Spring’… Close, but not yet. How has this season on a restructured river Eden been possible? We have watched the hatches develop and the immense numbers of trout kissing away the bounty; throughout the age-ranges, with giants among them. Large and medium dark olives, coinciding with phenomenal shows of March browns (the

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Angels Dance Upwards

Published on April 29th, 2016 by

It has been a generally cool, even cold, spring so far, as we come to the end of April, though interrupted by lovely days when it has been a pleasure to be out, by the water. The French chalk streams and Eden have been wonderful, after the fears (on Eden) we had back in the

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Spring on Eden

Published on March 28th, 2016 by

This valley in a forgotten corner of England: After catching the cusp of grayling and trout seasons in France, I came back to a restructured river, large dark olives, March browns, and trout. Magnificent trout; typical Eden stunners. Actually, I experienced the best hatch of MBs I have ever witnessed, anywhere, and I was astonished by

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Journey through the cusp of seasons

Published on March 27th, 2016 by

In northern France, the end of the grayling season and the beginning of a trout season. Magical journey continues. This is la Ternoise: a surviving, and improving, chalk stream, at Tilly Capelle. We started the new trout season here. Wojtek with streamer, me with nymph. This is Wojtek’s first trout; so typically Ternoise, so like a

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