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Wet and Windy brings fish on!!

Twice every year myself, along with four or five mates fish Whinney Loch together. I book us in once for a winter session and once near the longest day in the summer. We all look forward to these excursions with great anticipation. Last week we had the 29th and 30th booked,with Paul travelling down from Glasgow. I woke up on the 28th to a voice message from Paul which said that he was on his way but the traffic was bad and that he would be a little late. I immediately thought I had got the dates wrong so checked

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River Changes!

With all the water from the recent heavy rains, it is not only the river courses and river beds that have changed. I have just returned from a meeting of the Northumbrian Anglers Federation Trustees where many items were discussed. Following the decision last year not to stock the river in the Rothbury area with Brown Trout the trustees have decided not to stock any Brown Trout for the foreseeable future. This follows advice from the Wild Trout Trust who have done a great deal of work on many rivers. The scientific evidence shows that rivers who stopped stocking, but

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Fly Tying and Fishing Too.

Friday saw my good friend Paul Griffin from Glasgow driving down to Northumberland. He was staying with me over the weekend while he did a fly tying demonstration to youngsters at Thrunton Long Crag fishery on Saturday morning. Friday evening was spent catching up as we played with new patterns and materials around my vice. Paul brought me a bag which contained all sorts of materials I have never used. Usually I tie basic patterns that I know catch fish for me on rivers and still waters. Paul ties a huge variety of patterns for salmon, sea trout, brown trout,

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First Snow!

I travelled up to Chatton last week as it was the Ladies Club AGM and I wanted to see Paul Little about a reel. As I came over the top of the hill after leaving the A1 there is a super view across to the Cheviots. The top of The Cheviot and Hedgehope were covered with the white stuff, the first snow of the winter that I had seen! Quite surprising really as lots of days recently have been so mild. After talking to Paul and entering the lodge the AGM meeting had just concluded and they were tackling up

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Weather Change!

This past week we have experienced a wide variety of weather, from the fog and still conditions to the mild but windy days. As I write this the wind is steadily increasing which usually reduces the number of anglers on the water. Last week I coached Mr. Duff, who travelled across from Dumfries for his lesson. He wanted to improve his casting because he thought he was putting so much effort into the cast and the presentation of the fly line on the water was far from ideal. I watched him fish for several casts and noticed several things that

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Try That!

Last week was different to what I expected, I spent two horrible days in bed with a very heavy cold. No energy and feeling very sorry for myself I drank lots of hot drinks and soup. I am grateful to friends who helped and covered my coaching sessions. However earlier in the week I had a day to myself so I arranged to meet Jimmy for a leisurely outing, close to his home, at Chatton fishery. It was a lovely sunny day with a little bit of heat on our backs as we left the lodge. Choosing what fly to

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What a mixture!

What a mixture this last week has been! At Thrunton Long Crag, on the Coquet, fished Chatton and coached guys, women, British and German people. Add to that several meals out on an evening, and the week just flew by. I took two guys from the Welsh boarder area to Thrunton for a day. It was very difficult on that particular day as the high pressure system was still dominating the weather. However we were able to iron out some casting problems and enjoyed fishing both lakes. Fishing dry flies the guys had several fish swirling at their flies, a

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September Summer.

This last week has been like the height of summer with temperatures reaching twenty. Not only was it hot and very sunny there was little or no wind. I coached and fished four days at Chatton, Thrunton and Whinney Loch. The other day was spent on the Coquet at Felton with a guy from Cambridgeshire. The morning on the Coquet concentrated on casting and different fishing techniques. It was a lovely morning and the first time I had been on the river since the end of the trout season. The gentleman was very keen and wants to return and spend

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What a mixture this last week has been!

What a mixture this last week has been! At Thrunton Long Crag, on the Coquet, fished Chatton and coached guys, women, British and German people. Add to that several meals out on an evening, and the week just flew by. I took two guys from the Welsh boarder area to Thrunton for a day. It was very difficult on that particular day as the high pressure system was still dominating the weather. However we were able to iron out some casting problems and enjoyed fishing both lakes. Fishing dry flies the guys had several fish swirling at their flies, a

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Autumn Arrives!

Yesterday week saw the end of the river trout fishing for the 2015 season. Salmon fishing continues until the end of October in England and until the end of November for the Tweed and its tributaries. From all reports the local rivers have had a less than average season up until now. With the prospect of anti cyclonic conditions predicted until the weekend the chances of improved catches are remote. I was on the Coquet trout fishing this week and the river bed stones are covered and wading is difficult. Anglers are praying for a prolonged period of heavy rain

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