Catch and Respect – Fly-fishing for bass – & Leave no trace There is a skill too, in the proper release of fish! Please limit your kill rather than killing your limit. Catching a wild fish like a bass is a skillful process, releasing one successfully back to the sea alive and healthy also requires skill and good techniques. I try and apply the following to my own fishing as best I… Read More

Storms, snow, permit fishing and the longest silence.

In the street and in society I am almost invariably cheap and dissipated, my life is unspeakably mean. No amount of gold or respectability would in the least redeem it — dining with the Governor or a member of Congress!! But alone in distant woods or fields, in unpretending sprout lands or pastures tracked by rabbits, even on a black and, to most, cheerless day, like this, when a villager would be… Read More

Always take the initiative. There is nothing wrong with spending a night in jail if it means getting the shot you need. Send out all your dogs and one might return with prey. Never wallow in your troubles; despair must be kept private and brief. Learn to live with your mistakes. Expand your knowledge and understanding of music and literature, old and modern. That roll of unexposed celluloid you have in your… Read More

Start to mentally couple the weather and the tide in your mind and before you go fishing you will almost certainly get that ‘primeval’ feeling of what to expect from your best angling marks. Subconsciously you will begin to make decisions about when and where to fish and even when not to fish. Then slowly begin to establish natural patterns and rhythms that represent success and when you notice them falling into… Read More

Truth is ever to be found in the simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things. Isaac Newton Considering the options on the best line for bass fishing? With the current almost endless availability of options weights and technical designs it can become a difficult decision. I was recently working with a friend who is beginning to saltwater fly fish and inevitably the question came around to choosing the best line. … Read More

Blue white deceiver – St Helens Wexford. During a run of fish both day and night (Fish ran all day with moving water) the blue and white deceiver was simply unbelievable for many weeks through to September. I learned so much over a three week period, in hindsight its difficult to remember a run of fly caught fish like it since. Yes there have been days, and odd weeks no doubt but… Read More