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Busy Festive Season

Happy New Year and welcome to the year 2017. The Festive Season has been a busy one on the still waters. The day after Boxing Day I was coaching Alex at Chatton. Alex is a professional photographer who has his own business in London. He had always wanted to have a go at fly fishing, so as he was visiting his parents over Christmas, his dad organised a session with me. Everyone at the fishery was in a very jolly mood on the first fishing day after Christmas. Anglers wearing Santa hats and even a chicken hat as they walked

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Seasonal presents for Youngsters

I received a telephone call early this week from a gentleman who wanted to give me his fly tying equipment because I teach youngsters. I said I did, but only the basic techniques so they could get started. After that, I explained that I passed them on to Thrunton fishery where they invite my friend Paul to demonstrate and take them on to a much higher level. The gentleman said he was very happy with that and he would bring all his equipment to my house within half an hour. True to his word, twenty minutes later a car pulled

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First White Stuff

I was coaching Martin at Chatton last Saturday and the tops of the Cheviots were white when the cloud lifted! At the fishery we were peppered regularly with very heavy sharp showers and stinging hailstones. Martin had just retuned from Tanzania the previous day, so he was finding the temperature change interesting!! Martin had fished before, but never fly fished. He was very keen and asked numerous questions as I covered types of tackle, balancing rods, reels and lines, different groups of flies and the development of the fishery! We went up to Dunnydeer Lake and covered Roll and Overhead

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A Real Challenge!

With the summer holidays almost upon us as I write this, the weather has pushed the temperature up to 26 degrees today. These last few days have not been quite as hot, but it has been very bright. Fishing and coaching on the still waters has proved far more difficult and anglers have had to try various tactics and techniques to get the trout to be interested in their flies. Sometimes it has been a bit easier when there has been some cloud cover and the trout have been feeding on or near the surface. Anglers using little floats, called

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Quieter Week.

I have coached my fair share of people from different countries, but this week was a first. I had Nick fishing on the Coquet, he was born and lives in Bermuda. Nick has fished in many areas of the world and caught some very big fish. However he wanted to fly fish in a river in Northumberland. I took him to a lovely stretch where there was different types of water, some fast flowing, some slow and other areas where there were some deeper pools. I say deeper but in reality the river was running so low even the deeper

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Chatton Hosts Final.

Saturday saw Chatton Trout Fishery host the final of the Fritz n Fly competition which has been running throughout the winter months. To qualify to fish in the final all the competitors had to come in the top four places at any one of the heats. The competition is organised by Jimmy Tuck and his wife Tracey, and many thanks must go to them for the hundreds of miles they travel and the hours they put into the competition. The many heats are held at most of the local still waters in the north east. Heats are also fished as

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Parents baffled!!

I received an email this last week from a very nice lady. Her son ,Thomas, who is ten years old has suddenly developed an interest in fly fishing. Thomas is watching all the T.V. Programmes as well as looking everything up on his iPad! Mam and dad have no idea where Thomas has found this interest from. Nobody in the family has ever fly fished before, or even fished before. Normally, it is dad or grandad who sparks the interest off, and takes the youngster fly fishing. Not so with Thomas, which makes me think what was initial spark that

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Early First Coquet Salmon

As I reported last week, the first day of the salmon season on the Coquet produced no fish although a fresh salmon was seen. However, the next day, local rod Gordon Black caught a beautiful bar of silver fish at the white post just above Warkworth village. The salmon was a hen fish which weighed nine pounds. The tide had been and gone. The salmon was caught on a rapala just before eleven o’ clock. The Coquet was in near perfect condition with about a foot of fresh water and running slightly coloured I understand. Gordon will get presented with

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Storms dominate fishing

This week fishing has been determined by storm force conditions on several days. Travelling to Wooler, north along the A697 the road was awash with rain water especially on the north carriageway. The river at Powburn was powering down, and the Till came up eight feet in as many hours on the same day. Obviously these conditions had a detrimental effect on the number of rods fishing the still waters. However, when the weather improved, catching rainbow trout was challenging to say the least. Last Monday saw the start of the 2016 salmon season and around a dozen rods were

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Definitely Colder Fishing!

This last week saw a drop in temperatures and a bit of the white stuff landing in the region. I suppose it had to be expected after the prolonged stretch of mild weather we have experienced recently. The 2016 salmon season starts in less than two weeks and once again the race will be on to catch the first spring salmon from the Coquet from Federation waters. Fishing is all about anticipation and a new season always gets the heart beating a little stronger especially after such a poor season last year. Even the mighty Tweed was thousands of rod

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