Bright Day at Farmoor

When the weather forecast in early May  is “warm with sunny spells in the morning, clouding over in the afternoon” I always think of buzzer fishing. These conditions are ideal for good hatches of the larger buzzers and often produce some of the best straight line buzzer fishing conditions. So, with that in mind, Richard Ellis and I set off for Farmoor reservoir, near Oxford. Farmoor is a concrete bowl reservoir, filled by pumping from the nearby River Thames. Despite this it is a pretty place with lots of nicely cared for bank areas and a popular place for...

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Its Bibio time

A round of golf at beautiful Banstead downs golf club is not normally the place one would associate with fly tying. However, my skills with a golf club are at best erratic and I frequently find myself if not in the trees, certainly very close to the edges of the course. Yesterday with a bright sunshining from a cloudless sky my regular visits to the undergrowth resulted in clouds of Hawthorn flies dropping from the foliage. It is one of the heaviest hatch years I’ve seen for some time and, for a terrestrial insect these little flies form an...

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A busy week

Well I’ve fished three times this past week, in very different conditions. Tuesday at Henfold lakes in a sea of mud, the lake had been up over the banks for a few days following torrential rain.  The inlet stream was colouring the water to a rich milky coffee colour. I drew at the deep end of the lake and struggled for a couple of crucian carp and one lone skimmer and a load of tine roach  for about 8lbs. While others did worse, I was nowhere near framing.  Wednesday wasn’t much better, Willow park, small lake. Another flooded lake but this time with a bitter wind in my face. No carp showed on our bank they were all on the lee shore and I was able to watch two anglers knocking out large carp all day. My bag, 15lbs of skimmers, put me third in section but again nowhere near the leaders. Friday was a much better day, a combination of teaching and fishing with the lads from Weybridge Cricket Club. Cheriton Lakes were also a mud bath but the fishing was OK. We all caught a lot of small carp, rudd and some huge gudgeon. The anglers were divided into two teams and in the end the event was won by a 6oz margin.  Finally i’m catching up with my contributions to other websites, here’s a link ot...

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Bling Spiders

I often get asked to tie flies that have appeared in magazines but seldon so soon after the magazine has been published.  This order for 6 each of the 4 featured patterns from the article was not a challenge and not really a custom tie but I loved the look of these flies. I will be tying and using them this season for sure both for reservoir loch style fishing and on any river where there is a chance of a sea trout or...

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London Fly Fair 2018

Last year I was in Australia for the first day of the inaugural London Fly Fair. I was told it was “OK” but the numbers were but as good as hoped for. So when asked to tie on the exhibition fly tiers row this year, I was expecting a fairly quiet day. Nothing could have been further from the truth! I was flat out busy! A constant stream of fly tiers and curious anglers kept me answering questions, demonstrating techniques and demonstrating flies. The standard of questions showed that the audience were indeed dedicated anglers and fly tiers, rather...

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About Me

I am an all round angler and have fished for many different species all over the world . I regularly compete in coarse and fly fishing matches . I have over 50 years of fishing experience.

I’ve been tying flies and flyfishing for over 35 years and I’m hugely passionate and enthusiastic about both.

I am a Level 2 coach for Coarse angling

I hold the Level 2 coaching qualification for Game angling

I’m qualified as a GAIA Fly Tying instructor

I have also successfully completed a fly fishing guiding course at an Orvis endorsed lodge in the United States

Professional bodies
I am  a member of the Professional Anglers Association (PAA).

I am a member of the Angling Trust coach licence scheme

I am insured with the Angling Trust, under the Coach licence scheme.

I am also insured with the Professional Anglers Association

I hold a current First Aid certificate

I am DBS checked and have completed a Safeguarding course.