Fishing Rods

Dave Lane Lands the 55lb Burghfield Common!

Well here it is – The Amazing capture of the 55lb Common Carp by our TF Gear consultant Dave Lane!

Many of you would have already seen the capture on Facebook and our various social networks, but such a fish is worth seeing more than once, don’t you think?

Dave mentioned to us that this magnificent fish was caught using the new TF Gear N-Tec Carp rod. On this particular range of carp rods we’ve been working closely with Dave to produce a responsive and accurate – A true casting tool. The N-Tec rods are high-modulous carbon and feature high quality components all round. Paired with the N-tec, Dave use the TF Gear PitBull Big Pit Free spool reel - An outstanding ‘big carp’ tackle combination.

 Here’s a few pictures of the 55lb Burghfiled Common.

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Film review: Kiss the water

A “strange little film”, a “gemlike documentary”, and “hypnotic” – just some of the words used by reviewers of “Kiss the water”, the extraordinary film from American director Eric Steel.

Released last year, the documentary charts the extraordinary life and times of the legendary fly tier, Megan Boyd who died in 2001 at the age of 86.

Reflective interviews from the people who knew her, footage of the stunning Sutherland scenery, and impressionistic animation mingle to create a lyrical masterpiece that flows as cool and mysterious as the river Brora itself.

Enigma

Megan Boyd Film review: Kiss the water

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Megan Boyd tying flies with her dog, Patch.

Loner, eccentric and master of the art of the fly, Megan Boyd was an enigmatic character who lived a life of almost monastic frugality and simplicity. Born in England in 1918, she was just a child when her father took a job as a gamekeeper on a private estate, and brought her to the wild hills and rivers of Sutherland in the Scottish highlands.

Another gamekeeper, Bob Trussler taught Megan to tie flies by getting her to disassemble and reassemble his own creations on smaller and smaller hooks, until she had mastered the patterns. She never looked back.

At the age of 20, Megan moved to a tiny cottage perched on a hillside above the village of Kintradwell. In a tiny tin roofed studio, she spent the next 50 years tying flies for fly fishermen on both sides of the Atlantic. In time her creations became recognised as some of the best flies ever tied, famed for their uncanny knack for catching salmon.

Royal connections

Prince Charles Fishing Film review: Kiss the water

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Prince Charles was a big fan of Megan’s craftsmanship.

Among her customers was Prince Charles who became a lifelong friend – though when aides turned up at her cottage asking her to whip a couple of masterpieces together for their master, Megan refused, saying she was just off to a local dance. When awarded the British Empire Medal, she informed the Queen that she couldn’t attend to receive the honour because she had nobody to look after her dog that day.

Just like the salmon caught by fly fishermen using her flies, Megan is hard to fathom. And just as the life of the king of the rivers is shrouded in mystery, Megan Boyd remains a complex and esoteric figure.

She could have been famous but she shunned the limelight, she tied flies that were legendary, but she herself never fished. In fact, Megan Boyd claimed she could never have brought herself to use her flies and fly fishing rod to actually catch a salmon. And though her life story is woven through the film, Megan herself appears only fleetingly, towards the end.

A woman of unusual dress and curious ways, reading between the lines you begin to glimpse a strange life that defies definition, instead pouring like water through the fingers of those who attempt to tell her story. Mysterious, enchanting and luminous, Kiss the water is like one of Megan Boyd’s flies: beautiful yet mysterious.

Get hooked

Watch this video to find out more about ‘Kiss the water’.

Alan Yates Sea Fishing Rods Diary

Lots of anglers around the country are experiencing the changing season – One minute the fish are around and then they are not and it does seem that mass migration of species is far more acute nowadays than it used to be. Could be its global warming that is sending the fish further north and that they are bypassing southern venues on their travels? Whatever, something like this is happening and I suppose to an extent it always did in the past. In the south it’s the summer doldrums when the sea seems devoid of fish, even the mackerel have passed by! For the shore angler another reason is the amount of sunlight each day – with clear water the fish just will not come inshore in gin and wait until darkness to venture into the shallows. That’s the time to fish for conger, bass, hounds and others and the deeper water venues you find are better.

But it’s not all doom and gloom because once we are past the longest day then the light evenings start to close back and change is underway, least of all those fish that passed us by on their way north are due to travel back south into Autumn and some great sea fishing is to come. The trick is not to miss it and of course the timing varies around the different regions. In the North it’s a case of making hay whilst the sun shines and fishing hard before the shoals depart south. In the South it’s a case of getting out as soon as the fish show; the codling start to show as early as August some years and September can be the best month with a mix of cod and bass. In all regions it is a case of ignoring those old traditions of the “Cod Season” and being ready when the fish are around.

TF Gear has a new range of beach casters and they based on models from the Continent. Both fixed spools they feature the slim line feel and lightness of the long casting sea fishing rods from France, Spain, Italy, etc. Both include low rider rings which can be used with both multiplier and fixed spool reels plus braid, mono or fluorocarbon lines. Standard with these rings is that the butt ring is reversed which gives the rod a unique appearance and more than one novice has proclaimed the ring is on upside down! But this is not the case and 100% of continental rods using low riders feature this reversed ring build.  It’s done simply so that the rings legs prevent a loop of line going over the ring during the cast – especially braid and especially using a fixed spool reel.

The new models include the Force 8 Continental which is extremely light and designed for fishing small baits for small species using light lines and leads. With braid line its balance and feel are incredible and fishing for mackerel, pollack, scad, mullet, school bass etc is a new experience for the user. A word of warning though –it’s not designed for casting a whole Calamari squid and it’s also not designed so that the tip can pull free of snags what it is designed for is a new feel the fish sea angling experience – Enjoy!

The second model is in the Delta range and is the Slik Tip and is aimed at the in between UK fishing and the Continent – It’s a step lighter than standard UK beach casting gear and at a price that won’t annoy the wallet!

One of the big plusses with these rods fitted with low rider rings is that the guides do not affect the movement and balance of the rod as much as the larger standard UK style beach caster rings. Therefore the rod slices the air better when casting and resists the wind in the rod rest better – great for bite spotting.
Other continental rods with reversed low rider guides include Yuki Colmic etc. Alan Yates Sea Fishing Rods Diary

Dogfish is considered a sea angling swear word and few anglers have a good word to say about a species that seems to have taken over the world in many parts of the UK. OK for match anglers they are obliging bites when nothing else stirs, but so often they take a bait aimed at other species and are just a pain. It’s got so bad in some regions that even the match anglers are not supporting the doggie dominated events.

So what can we do to reduce dogfish numbers or make them more enjoyable to catch?  Well having recently been laid up and not fishing my freezer was empty of fish so I took four home for dinner – Had I forgot how tasty this fish could be because of the fiddly skinning and preparation? Rock salmon is now returned to the Yates menu and I shall spread the word that this wonderful species is great on a plate.

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I have got my hands on the new TF Gear Force 8 Beach Shelter - and I seriously recommend you take a look! At last a shelter that has pouches for beach stones in the base which makes for a much easier erection, the Viagra shelter goes up in seconds and stays there is a strong wind.

If you have ever tried to erect a shelter on your own in anything above a force five, you will know how difficult it is. The new Force 8 Shelter solves that problem because you can pile stones in the pouches before you pull it up. What’s more the F8 is collapsible and folds down to half its length for carriage – great for being strapped on top of the fishing tackle box!

I am arranging an LRF Championships (Light rock fishing) at Samphire Hoe, near Dover on the 10th August.  It’s an experimental competition. You can fish with any form of LRF gear. Basically a short spinning style rod, singe look bait/lure. It’s all catch and release with fish photographed on the smart phone on the days fish measure.  Fishing in 10am until 4pm, (Book in car park from 8.30am) all are welcome and it’s a complete rover anywhere around the Hoe. Prizes for species pts, biggest and best average fish.  Contact me Alan Yates on 01303 250017 E Mail: alankyates@aol.com

Tight lines, Alan Yates

 

5 Fish that fought back

We all like a fish to put up a good fight, and sometimes the fish wins. But there’s winning and there’s winning.

Here we’ve scoured the archives to come up with some of the cheekiest, meanest and most bad ass fish ever to take the bait – the fish that fought back.

1. Cheeky carp thief

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Swallows and Amazons author, Arthur Ransome, had his tackle stolen!

Catching carp used to be a rarity. Writing in his lovely book, Fishing’s Strangest Days, Tom Quinn explains that prior to the evolution of modern carp fishing rods and tackle, carp were often considered almost uncatchable. He quotes Swallows and Amazons author, Arthur Ransome’s 1910 account of an encounter with one of the mythical beasts…

Hooked late in the day, a carp took his bait and took off at a blistering pace, snapping the writer’s line about two feet above the float. Ransome stood in astonishment as he watched his lost float start to skim through the water. When it was beneath where he stood the carp flashed a flank and was gone. He later wrote that the carp returned his tackle as if to say, “Not a bad first attempt, do try again.”

2. Bye bye boat

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Was it the marlin or dodgy driving?

Was it driver error that sank a sports boat off the coast of Panama in February last year, or the huge black marlin one of the anglers on board was trying to capture? It seems the truth will forever remain a mystery.

The boat manufacturer puts the blame on the driver, alleging that while the boat was going astern, he slipped at the controls and pulled the throttle lever, burying the boat’s stern under a wave.

But perhaps the fish also played a role. It certainly was a big one. Either way, the boat sank and the crew had to be rescued. Another example of the fish getting its own back, it was later sighted doing a victory leap.

3. Right in the ribs

Jose Salvador Benitez 5 Fish that fought back

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Benitez, pictured at the rear, has learnt to “never grab an angry merlin” the hard way.

An experienced sports fisherman, Salvador Benitez was the 24-year-old mate on board a leisure fishing boat out of Cabo San Lucas on the Pacific coast of Mexico. One day he was helping take a party out to fish the rich coastal waters. After hooking several dorado, he spotted the tail of a Marlin, and cast a lure in its direction. The fish took the bait on the first cast, and Salvador duly handed the rod to one of the anglers.

As Marlin fights go, it was uneventful, until, that is, the fish was brought alongside. Sensing danger, it leapt out of the water and skewered Benitez in the side. The marlin managed to ram its bill between two of the hapless Mexican’s ribs, piercing his pleura and puncturing his lung. The moral of the story, Salvador said on return from the hospital, was, ‘never grab an angry marlin.’ You said it!

4. Painful nose job

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This pike had a penchant for noses!

Imagine one pike angler’s surprise when he lifted a 28 inch specimen from the water and, striking a pose for the camera, went to kiss it. The pike latched onto his nose! The Russian fisherman’s friends lept to his aid, but despite beheading the unfortunate fish, its jaws remained firmly locked in place. In fact, it took the doctors at the local hospital to prise it loose.

According to a report in the Californian newspaper, the Lodi News Sentinel, the Russians had been ice fishing about 60 miles northwest of Moscow when the incident occurred. The moral of the story? Don’t stick your nose where its not wanted!

5. Goldfish vs. Cat

If you’re a goldfish, there can be few things worse than being the victim of repeated fishing expeditions by the household cat. But in a David and Goliath style encounter, one fish fought back. Check out the video to see what happened next!

5 Unmissable fishing spots in Europe

Friday is Schuman Day, that ever popular celebration named after the former French foreign minister, Robert Schuman.

In Paris in 1950, he declared that he wanted Europeans to cooperate on coal and steel – and Europe as we now know it was born. Yes – it’s Europe Day.

Events to commemorate the founding of the European Union include meeting the EU’s auditors, visiting the European parliament in Brussels, or a chat with the European Union Ombudsman.

Sound exciting? You could just grab your fly fishing rods and go fishing…

Here to help you celebrate Europe Day, we’ve put our heads together to come up with our top five European fly fishing destinations.

1. Slovenia

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Soca River, Slovenia.

Thanks to EU enlargement, access to what is fast becoming one of Europe’s top fishing destinations has never been so easy. Slovenia joined the EU in 2004 and is home to some of the best fly fishing you’ll find this side of the Urals.

If it’s crystal clear waters and an abundance of brown trout, rainbow trout and grayling you’re after, the so called, “green pearl of the Alps” is the place for you. There’s also a subspecies of marbled trout that can top the scales at 10 lbs.

The River Soca and its tributaries are the main fishing area. From fast flowing Alpine gorges to tranquil lower sections, the Soca is stunning not least because of the beautiful emerald green of its waters. And the good news for fishing widows is that the delights of Venice are just an hour and a half drive away.

2. Ireland

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Shimna River, Ireland.

From the Emerald River to the Emerald Isle, Ireland would top any fly fishing bucket list. The place is jam packed with world class fishing. From the Salmon runs of the wild west, to incredible wild brown trout and moonlit sea trout fishing, Ireland has it all.

There’s fishing to suit every budget too. While some of the great salmon fishing estates charge mega bucks for the treat of wetting your fly fishing line, fishing in the Republic or the North can cost you little more than the price of a room above a pub or a local B&B – especially if it’s trout you’re after. Check the licensing regulations here.

A trip to Ireland is about more than just fishing. From babbling mountain springs, to broad stretches of river running through lush green fields and lakes with more islands than you can shake a stick at – Ireland is simply magical. And we hear the Guinness isn’t bad either!

3. Sweden

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Jämtland, Sweden.

Extending north of the arctic circle, Sweden offers fishing on a grand scale in what many think of as the last true wilderness in Europe. Head north to mountain streams and lakes that burst into life each summer with an abundance of tricky char, and grayling. Moving to the South, brown trout offer great sport just about everywhere.

In the lowlands of the South, there are pike and perch to be had and peaking in July, salmon, and sea trout runs make every river a fly fisherman’s dream.

Sweden is a fly fishing adventure that requires some planning. Fishing rights are often locally owned and run so it makes sense to do your research before you before you go, or pay for local knowledge by using the services of a guide or tour operator.

4. Scotland

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River Dee, Soctland.

No list of European top spots would be complete without mention of the lochs and glens north of the border. The Dee, the Spey, the Tay, the Tweed; the names of Scottish salmon rivers are iconic, and with some of the most stunning scenery in the world, Scotland really does represent fly fishing at its best.

Some say the Dee is in fact the best salmon river in the world. Rising in the Cairngorms, it flows through 80 miles of stunning highland country. South in the borders, the River Tweed is the most productive river in Britain for Atlantic Salmon, while the Spey gives its name to a casting technique. The Tay still holds the record for the largest ever rod caught salmon in Scotland – at 64 lbs – caught in 1922

Scotland’s rivers and lochs have long drawn people from all over the world to try their luck fishing the peaty waters. The country is well set up for anglers of all abilities and budgets. And it’s close too; no matter where you live in the British Isles, a long weekend hunting the Atlantic Salmon is never too far away.

5. Estonia

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Kunda River, Estonia.

Another of the 2004 intake of countries into the European Union, Estonia not only boasts the most successful Eurovision song contest record of any Baltic country, it’s also home to some of the best fly fishing on the continent.

Estonia’s unforgettable winning song of 2001, “Everybody”, may have faded from public consciousness in about as long as it takes to say, “nul points”, but we guarantee fishing for wild brown trout in Estonia is an experience you’ll never forget.

Like many former Eastern Bloc countries, Estonia offers unspoiled countryside and the kind of rural economy that’s long since disappeared from more industrialised European countries. Half the country is covered with forest and there are some 7000 rivers and streams to choose from. And all accessible in less than an hour’s drive from the capital, Tallinn. It’s a trout angler’s paradise.  

Famous females gone fishing

Fishing and female celebrities are not two words you expect to see in the same sentence.

However, a bevy of beautiful superstars are taking to the water with fly fishing rod in hand, rather than hitting night clubs with cocktails in hand.

From Margot Robbie sea fishing in Nicaragua to Jane Fonda fly fishing in Santa Fe, these ladies love to go fishing. And I think you’ll agree, they do it in style!

3. Margot Robbie Famous females gone fishing

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An impressive catch Margot!

1. Paris Hilton Famous females gone fishing

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Party girl Paris Hilton say she’s really a tomboy.

10. Zooey Deschanel Famous females gone fishing

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Zooey Deschanel puts a glamorous spin on fishing.

9. Beyonce Famous females gone fishing

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Queen of pop Beyonce looks a natural!

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We can appreciate Rihanna’s laid back fishing style!

7. Jessica Wright Famous females gone fishing

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TOWIE star Jessica Wright lands a catfish in Florida.

6. Martha Stewart Famous females gone fishing

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Martha Stewart swaps fish pie for fly fishing.

5. Jane Fonda Famous females gone fishing

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Jane Fonda loves to fish at her ranch.

4. Cerys matthews Famous females gone fishing

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Singer turned radio presenter Cerys Matthews fishing in Wales.

2. Miranda Kerr Famous females gone fishing

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Australian model Miranda Kerr tries her hand at fishing.

Can you think of any more famous females who have gone fishing? Let us know in the comments below!

Airflo Super Stik Fly Rod Review

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Trout and Salmon magazine review – 9′ 6″ #7/8 Airflo Super Stik fly rod!

It is very hard to find anything wrong this three-piece fly rod. It offers a significant step up in ability over the less-expensive rods. It has a middle-to-tip action – perhaps a bit more tip than middle, and the looks are just superb – featuring a bright white, modern logo.

Excellent with the 7wt Rio Perception fly line, the Airflo Super Stik was very capable with the Di 5 sinking fly line, hauling nicely – perhaps the Sonik and Aleka have a little more spine for pulling fast-sinking lines but this is forgiving on timing, offering lots of feel in the hand. It picks up line easily and casts effortlessly. You can push it and cast a long way. A friendly, genuine reservoir all-rounder for both bank and boat fishing!

Trout and Salmon – Conclusion

With 20 rods in this fly rod review, it was easy to identify the many differences in action and performance. Some performed well in certain disciplines, while others showed true all-round potential with both floating and sinking fly lines.

Our favourites were the Daiwa Lexa at £235, the Hardy Jet at £379 and the Airflo Super Stik at £129.99. All available from www.fishtec.co.uk.

The Daiwa Lexa is an exceptional rod for the money and performed better than any other. It was instantly easy to cast, forgiving and just a dream to use with all lines. It was difficult to choose between the Hardy Jet and the Lexa – they were closely matched in terms of performance and action. The Jet delivered all lines with precision, felt balanced in the hand and was extremely trusting. It’s a superb all-rounderfor fishing from the bank or boat, given it’s pedegree will no doubt prove very popular among ordinary fishers and those who fish competitions.

The Airflo Super Stik is a great rod at a mere £129.99 – which is why it makes our top three placings, it’s also a whole £249 cheaper than the Jet. It is a genuine all-rounder that has such feel that is a pleasure to cast. It is great for distance casting even though it’s rated a 7/8 it was perfectly suited to the lighter floater and dry-fly fishing, or pulling teams of flies on a heavy sinker. Excellent value for money.

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Famous fish on film

Think you know a ‘fin’ or two about the movies? Hooked on fishing?

We thought we’d combine the two to bring you some ‘reels’ from down the decades. The world’s most famous fish, ‘netted’ on the silver screen.

Jaws

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Duh duh…duh duh…duh duh duh duh duh duh!

Easily the most famous fish movie franchise of all time, Jaws is the 1975 masterpiece directed by Steven Spielberg, featuring the scariest rubber fish in history. Even now, the theme music chills the spine.

Set in the fictional American seaside town of Amity Island, Jaws first makes a midnight feast of skinny dipping teen, Chrissie Watkins. Other snacks include a child and a fisherman, but still mayor Larry Vaughn won’t close the beach.

Sheriff brody is the hero of the hour, doing his duty in the face of wilful ignorance. Quint is the shark man, brave (and mad) enough to tackle the monster. The special effects are feeble by today’s standards and the vilification of sharks hasn’t helped the conservationists battling to save them. But it’s still a great movie.

Finding nemo

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Nemo with his pal Dory

It’s is all about anthropomorphising fish, every time your kids have fish fingers for tea, they’ll feel like they’re committing murder. It’s a great coming of age story about dodging fishing rods, hungry, bigger fish and pesky humans!

When clownfish, Nemo is captured by scuba divers, his father, Marlin goes looking for him. His quest takes him to Sydney, where Nemo is held in captivity in a fish tank in an office overlooking the harbour.

This animation is funny and schmaltzy and of course it has a happy ending. It made Pixar a lot of money and deservedly so.

Flipper the dolphin

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So good, there was a TV series and a film remake!

A watery version of “Lassie”, Flipper is a dolphin who likes to help out. In his first incarnation in the 1963 film, Flipper was harpooned by fisherman, Porter Ricks but rescued by his son, Sandy and taught to do tricks. There’s trouble when Flipper eats a load of Porter’s fish, but the dolphin redeems himself by leading the fisherman to a large shoal of fish and more importantly, protecting young Sandy from a marauding shark.

A TV series followed and then in 1996, a remake of the film starring Paul Hogan as Porter Ricks and a fifteen year old Elijah Wood as his son, Sandy. Suffice to say there was no harpooning in either the TV series, where Porter is recast as a marine reserve warden, or the film where he reprises the role of fisherman – albeit a good one.

Free Willy

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Willy was freed both in the film and real life

While deviating from fish to mammals, it seems only fitting to mention Free Willy. The film is the the heartwarming tale of a young boy who befriends a captive whale, then helps to free it. The film was a surprise hit that spawned two sequels, each less successful than the last.  

The real star of the show was Keiko, the whale. The success of the film franchise prompted kids everywhere to write to Warner Bros to insist that ‘Willy’ be released in real life too.

At vast expense, the whale was moved first to a state of the art treatment tank in Oregon where he was nursed back to health, and then to a sea pen off the coast of Iceland. Keiko did manage a partial return to nature, hunting and socialising with other whales. In 2002 he embarked on an epic 1000 mile journey through the North Atlantic to the coast of Norway where a year later he died.

Rufus the Pacu

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The 40-year-old, 30 lb film star pacu fish called Rufus

Remember the pacu who starred alongside Johnny Depp in the 1997 film, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas? Called Rufus, he’s a 40 year old, 30 lb largely vegetarian relative of the piranha, who likes nothing better than a stick of carrot to crunch on.

The fish was big news recently because the restaurant in which he’d resided since he was tiddler, tanked. Donors pledged money to move the famous fish, but in the end he stayed put. The new restaurant owners plan instead to build Rufus a brand new 2000 gallon tank worthy of his star status.

Close Encounters Whilst Fishing!

Have you ever come across something whilst out fishing that was too close for comfort? 

Even though documentaries are very informative, they can sometimes put the heebeegeebees into anglers! TV programs such as David Attenborough’s Life of Mammals and River Monsters can give us anglers a great insight into whats really out there or beneath the surface but here are a few ‘fishermens tails’ which you couldn’t tame with your fishing rod!

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Panthers or Pumas

We’ve all heard some sort of big cat story, the beast of Bodmin Moore is one that particularly sticks in my mind, but the black panther is an elusive and feared creature and is occasionally spotted whilst anglers wander the river banks.

James Anderson said “A large cat, size of German shepherd, black, long thin tail, it just stood and watched me as I walked past it just 10 yards away towards my favourite pool. It was safe to say I didn’t hang around long!”

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Fallen Tree : Picture here

Fallen trees are always a hazard – Motorists, public and fisherman can severely effected by fallen trees. Here are two fallen tree/angling related accidents, one with a lucky escape, the other, unfortunately not so lucky.

Stephen Gale said “About 4 weeks ago me and my friend Tim were fishing the river for grayling and he wanted to try some fast shallow water. I didn’t fancy that bit of water for some reason. Good job we went to a deeper stretch as a big tree up rooted in the water 50 yards behind us. The tree went with a right bang and we were so glad we went further up stream. I am still a bit nervous of windy days on the river

Anthony Evans said “At 2am one morning I made out the shape of another angler on the bank, we said “Hello” and he asked me what the wading was like where I was out in the river. I told him it was level gravel. He shared with me that he no longer waded… not since his brother had been taken by a fallen tree and drowned! I left the river shortly after

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Otters

As friendly and adorable as they look, we all know the problems they cause on fish stocks. But when one jumps from the bank in the middle of the night, right behind where you’re peacefully swinging your flies for sea trout, they can certainly scare the living daylights out of you!

Alex Jones said “I was fishing the river wear at dusk in September and heard an almighty splash. After a little confusion and nothing in site I put it down to the eroding bank falling in or possibly a salmon leaping from the water. So I waded back in and heard breathing in front of me but couldn’t see as the light had almost gone then saw a huge otter snarling in front of me I ran out of the water and back to the car, scary buggers

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Wooden Landing Net

Probably the scariest of them all, a wooden, bow front landing net.

Peter hendrix said “Walking back to the car last summer when it was nearly dark I absolutely **** myself when I heard something creeping up behind me. It was my landing net which had come off the magnetic clip and was dragging across the floor!

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Axe Murderer

The worst thing is when you are out in the dark and the creeps suddenly get into your head – no matter what you do they wont go away. What you should try and tell yourself is that most animals are more afraid of you, than you are of them and that you are probably safer in the middle of a river than most city centers at kicking out time.

I mean, there’s not too many axe murderers stalking the rivers at night looking for victims – Right?

 

Top 10 fishing books

Did you get some book tokens for Christmas, or are you looking for a gift for a fishing obsessed loved one? Or perhaps you want a good read for the long dark evenings? You’ve come to the right place.

Here are some of our favourite fishing reads – some you are still in print, others you’ll need to buy second hand, but they’re all great reads.

1. The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway

The old man and the sea Top 10 fishing books

About an old man, a young boy & a big fish
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The classic fable by Ernest Hemingway is the story of an old man, a young boy and a big fish. It was the story for which the author won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Man against nature – the beauty and sadness of the hunt – the inevitability and honour of defeat. Big themes explored in Hemingway’s sparse style, Santiago, the old man of the sea battles the Marlin. Read it.

2. A river runs through it – Norman Maclean

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You might have seen the film, but have you read the book?
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Well known as a movie starring Brad Pitt, Craig Sheffer and fly fishing rods, the book is published both as a novella and as a collection of three semi autobiographical tales. Beautifully written, the story is set in the backwoods of Montana and tells of the divergent fortunes of fly fishing brothers, Norman and Paul. Told from the point of view of Norman, the tale mainly recounts the events of the summer of 1937 as the brothers embark on one last fishing trip together.

3. The River Why – David James Duncan

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A sensitive, witty journey of self discovery
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When 20 year old Gus Orviston rebels against his fishing obsessed parents, he strikes out alone into the wilderness to do nothing but eat, fish and sleep. But before long, Gus becomes uncomfortably aware of the environmental degradation of the river brought about by man. So begins a journey of self discovery that’s both funny and sensitive. Unforgettable characters and a beautiful fishergirl; a book that lingers in the imagination.

4. The Compleat Angler – Izaac Walton

the compleat angler Top 10 fishing books

Feeling pensive? Read this.
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Originally published in 1653, this work by Izaac Walton is an hommage to angling that will appeal to fishing fanatics and lay people alike. A mixture of verse and prose, the book is a timeless evocation of the beauty of nature and man’s enjoyment of it through the noble art of fishing. For those in contemplative mood, the Compleat Angler is a must.

5. Fish, fishing and the meaning of life – Jeremy Paxman

fish fishing and the meaning of life Top 10 fishing books

Renowned journalist Paxman introduces his favourite writings
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Described by Keith Elliot of the Independent on Sunday as, “probably the definitive anthology of angling writing”, this book is a great choice. When Paxman isn’t grilling slippery politicians, he’s never happier than when he’s out fishing. And his love of the riverbank comes through in the razor sharp wit and humour with which he introduces his favourite writings. Some you’ll recognise, others you won’t. A journalist well worth his salt, Paxman presents some gems here.

6. A summer on the Test – John Waller Hills

A summer on the Test Top 10 fishing books

Transport yourself back to 1921 chalk stream fishing
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Quite possibly the greatest book about chalk stream fishing ever written, John Walter Hill’s 1921 work evokes the timeless beauty of the English countryside. A perfect fireside read for long winter nights, let the author transport you to a bygone era – days of cane and willow – that will have you dreaming of summers past and of course the coming spring.

7. Trout Bum – John Gierach

trout bum Top 10 fishing books

For this author, fishing is a way of life.
Source: Good Reads

For some, fishing is a weekend escape, to others it’s a way of life. Here, renowned American angling writer, John Gierach shares tales of his trout fishing wanderings. His laid-back style and the simplicity of his narrative produces prose that seeps into you like water on parched ground. Definitely worth a read.

8. Fishing’s Strangest Days – Tom Quinn

fishings strangest days Top 10 fishing books

Tales that encompass the scary to the downright silly
Source: Angle Books

From the macabre to the ridiculous, Tom Quinn’s selection of bizarre fishing tales contains some of the strangest true angling stories ever told. There’s bait made from the flesh of hanged criminals, and two Americans who persuaded the police to help them resolve a dispute over whether or not it was possible to cast a fly from the roof of the Savoy hotel into the Thames. An entertaining book into which to dip.

9. 101 Golden Rules of Fishing  - Rob Beattie

101 golden rules of fishing Top 10 fishing books

Pick up some pro tips
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These Golden Rules are rather more like suggestions but in case there’s any doubt, the author in his introduction says, “I understand that people want to catch fish, but for me that’s only one reason for going fishing – and not necessarily the most important.” An angler with decades of experience, Rob Beattie offers a delightful mix of practical tips and riverbank philosophy.

10. Fly fishing by JR Hartley – Michael Russell

Fly fishing by JR Hartley Top 10 fishing books

Childhood recollections from a boy in love with fly fishing
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Anyone old enough to remember the TV advert for the Yellow Pages will know JR Hartley was a fictional character looking for a copy of his own book, Fly Fishing by JR Hartley. But Michael Russell’s work is more than a gimmick designed to cash in on a name made famous by television. A collection of warm hearted recollections from the author’s boyhood spent in Yorkshire during the 1930s, the anecdotes are about the boy growing up and a growing love of fly fishing.

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