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Fishing Improving.

With the recent rain both the still waters and the Coquet have been refreshed. Salmon and sea trout are coming to anglers nets on the Coquet as far up as Rothbury on the Federation waters. Fish are also being caught on the private beats lower down the river. It is good to hear that salmon and sea trout are being caught on the fly too. Some more rain predicted so with a little more luck anglers will continue to be more optimistic than in recent weeks! The still waters too seem to have produced more fish recently and more big

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Fishing, not always Catching.

It has been a funny old week on the still waters, with varying weather conditions. Heavy rain, strong winds, overcast, and bright hot sunshine. I have seen anglers catching trout off the surface with dry flies, bringing fish to their net using buzzers, while at other times trout have been taken very deep on heavy sinking lines with massive lures on the end. That is what fly fishing is all about if you want to catch fish, choose the correct fly, fish it at the right depth and retrieve it at the speed the fish want it. When coaching, one

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Fishing makes me smile!

When I coach on the still waters and rivers in Northumberland and the Borders I often get a giggle. Twice recently I have had to smile quietly at events. The first was when a client telephoned me because of the weather situation. ‘It was raining and two hours before our arranged coaching session and I was asked,’ Do the trout still bite when it rains? We went fishing and caught trout, question answered!! The second amusing event happened when a client arranged a coaching session on a river to learn how to fly fish with a double handed rod that

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All night session great success!

Chatton fishery remained open all night last Saturday so anglers could fish all night to welcome the longest day. I wanted to try and stay all night but knew it would prove difficult as I was coaching there from ten in the morning. Chris and his dad arrived on time and it was their first time fly fishing. I went through the basics, how to put a rod together and how not to snap a rod when putting the fly line through the rings. It was amazing, when I worked at Hardys, how many anglers came into the shop after

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What a Week!

Still enjoying coaching and help people seven days a week. This last seven days have had me coaching on the rivers Till and Eden as well as visiting Hallington Reservoir, Chatton and Thrunton Long Crag. On a very bright hot sunny day saw me meeting Tom from Cambridge on the Tip Toe beat of the River Till. The river was very low and running gin clear. Tom had only been fly fishing for about a year and only on still waters. Tom had a little bit to learn about casting a line with trees and vegetation around him. So the

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Should have been here Yesterday!

The number of times I have heard anglers, fishery owners and river bailiffs say, you should have been here yesterday, to fishermen I can not remember. However I fished the same fishery two days running this week and I found myself saying those very words, “you should have been here yesterday” to other people. The first day was overcast, mild with a gentle breeze coming from the south west. I met Brent who was in the same sixth form as me back in the days of Ashington Grammar School. Brent is a good angler and we caught a few on

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Second Lake opens at Thrunton!

I spent Saturday and Sunday this last week at Thrunton Long Crag fishery. One day I was coaching Mark and the other day I met up with my good friend Ian. Ian comes from Teesside but now works and lives in Germany. He migrates back here a couple of times each year to holiday and fish with his school chum Grant. I first met Ian when I worked in the shop at Hardys as he always bought the best of tackle. Ian also fishes for trout regularly in France and Slovenia! It was super to meet up with the pair

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Fly fishing attracting new anglers!

It continues to amaze me the number of people who are being attracted to our sport. This last week alone I have coached three adults who were casting a fly line for the very first time. Two gentlemen and a lady. One guy was giving up golf to try fly fishing. The other two were retiring and wanted a sport that got them out in the fresh air, that was fun yet a challenge, and was not so physically demanding. Casting a fly line is not a strength thing, it’s all about timing and technique. Gordon really enjoyed his session

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Opposite ends of the Spectrum.

What a strange week, a few days of lovely warm sunshine, during which time I saw my first House Martins, to strong winds, low temperatures and snow flurries. Anglers have got to be prepared, as the scout movement says, for anything weather wise at this time of the year. Seeing my first migrants flying over the lakes this week reminded me that summer is not that far away. Great weather for the school holidays and the junior sessions at Chatton and Thrunton were very well attended and the participants had lots of fun! The evening rises at all the still

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What a week weather wise!

What a week weather wise! Sixty mile an hour gales and cold compared to very bright sunshine and nineteen degrees in bright sunshine. Everyday is different and varying techniques are required to catch the trout. This week has seen trout feeding on the surface some days, then on other days the same fish have been really deep. One day I saw guys catching steadily with dry flies, then the next day it was Di7, heavy sinking lines, for others. On the really hot sunny days some anglers were using floating lines with twenty foot leaders and fishing static buzzers deep

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