Great Lure Fishing Blogs

Lure Fishing Blogs Fishtec

Almost anything that swims the UK shoreline has been targeted with a lure, recently, Lure Fishing for Bass, Pollock, Wrasse has almost become a full time occupation for some anglers and as anglers ourselves we love to read what others are using, where they’re catching and of course, how big it was…

We’re lucky enough to know others who are just as passionate about fishing as we are and those who specifically fish lures, so we’ve compiled a list of the best Lure Fishing Blogs we read – The ideal place to get your fishing fix when you can’t make it to the shore yourself!


Neil Burnell, keen lure angler and designer from the South West.

Neil Burnell Fishing BlogDespite fishing from a young age, Neil has only recently (2010) become addicted to lure fishing and what it has to bring. Counting for some of his most enjoyable days fishing, whether the Wrasse, Bass or Pollock are pulling back.

Also mad keen about his photography especially fishing shots, there are some amazing pictures of lures and fishing tackle to be found within his blog…

Henry Gilbey

TV presenter, Photographer and Fishing Fetish!

Henry Gilbey Fishing Blog

If you watch the Discovery Channel then you might well have heard of self confessed fishing addict Henry Gilbey.

He has presented, Fishing with Henry, Fishing on the Edge, Wild Fishing and Wild Fishing 2 for the channel and blogs about his world wide travels in search of fish and adventure, you’ll definatly have a case of the green eyed monster after reading!


Dean Pilgrim Fishing

A dedicated Lure Angler with a passion for Photography!

Dean Pilgrim Fishing Blog

Dean’s one of these people who picked up the art of lure fishing surprisingly late in life, at 18, Dean decided to part with his carp fishing rods and pick up a spinning rod to fish the beautiful Cornish coast line.

A self confessed fishing addict who’s happy to catch anything that swims, but his preferred fishing revolves around Wrasse with soft plastics.



A Bass and Wrasse angler who loves to fish plastic jigs!
LureFishing Ireland Blog

Dave enjoys throwing lures around the Irish coast for Bass and a variety of other species including the beautiful Ballan Wrasse.

His blog is home to a mixture of Bass fishing tails right through to luring wild brown trout with a spinner on ultra light fishing tackle. Fishing comfortably among friends is his way of fishing,  what other way would you want to spend your sessions?

Lure Fishing With Danny

A mad keen angler based in the gorgeous South West.

Lure Fishing With Danny

Danny has fished literally all of his life, his faintest memory is of his 3 year old self picking up a lure rod and becoming hooked from the off!

Not really bothered whether it’s a Pike, Chub, Wrasse or Bass, lure fishing is Danny’s life! An out and out lure basher and owner of Evil Wrasse Cult, lure fishing apparel!


Cornwall Lure Fishing

A personal account of lure fishing techniques and experience.

Luke Fox Fishing BlogBased in Cornwall, Luke Fox is lure fisherman through and through. Writing this blog to provide an up to date account of all his lure fishing experiences and techniques employed to catch as many species as possible.

Preferring to tackle Wrasse and Bass as his main hobby, Luke enjoys the challenge of targeting these fish specifically with lures, but as most anglers, anything that takes the lures are most welcomed!


If there’s a blog that you think we’ve missed – please send me an email 

More great fishing blogs

his follows on from the other two post titled ‘Fly Fishing blogs to be reckoned with‘.

When we recently ran a series of reviews of fly, coarse and sea fishing blogs, we guessed that some of the best would slip throught the net.  Over the past few weeks, several more blogs have been brought to our attention  – and we’ve stumbled across some others.  So here they are – more great fishing blogs!

Ronsfishing Blog

Kieron Jenkins, avid fly fisherman, photographer and fly tier.

RonsFishing Fly Fishing Blog

Kieron has represented Wales at Youth, International, Commonwealth and World level, and his success at world level (4th individual) proves his wealth of knowledge on tactics, flies and techniques is worth reading about!

Blogging has become a big part of his life, posting about fishing days on both rivers and lakes which include talk on new fly patterns and techniques.

Rajeff Sports

Rajeff Sports fishing blog, North America’s Airflo Dealer.

Rajeff Fly Fishing Blog

Rajeff Sports is a small, personal, company of fly-fisher folk residing in Vancouver, Washington. The culmination of Tim Rajeff’s huge personality and an outlet of both creativity and service to the industry.

World distributor of Echo Fly Rods and Airflo Fly Lines to North America. Their blog consists of their Pro Staff featuring test products expanding on amazing fishing trips and general talk about fly fishing tackle.

Taff Diaries

Terry Bromwell, International River angler and Fly Tier.

Taff Diaries Fly Fishing Blog

FishStalker , As he’s know to the internet world – is the perfect person to getting touch with when wanting to fish the trout bursting streams of South Wales. Wandering the banks of the River Taff, Rhondda and Clydach, Terry has produced some great fish for the camera.

Regularly netting fish over two pounds in weight and a few bigger than 4! IS there a more envied fly fisherman?!

Reeltime Fishing and Leisure – Tyne Valley, Northumberland

Organised salmon, sea trout and trout fishing trips, for you! 

Reel Time Fishing Website

We specialise in organising fishing for salmon, sea trout and trout, for individuals and for small groups (both beginners and discerning anglers), on exclusive stretches of the River Tyne and private lakes, a beautiful scenic days fishing with brilliant company.

Our services include: a full Ghillie Service, Corporate Fishing Days, Fishing Lessons and Casting Tuition.

Wild Brown Trout

Wild Brown Trout Fishing at it’s best on untold water ways.

Brown Trout Fly Fishing Blog

Fly fishing for wild brownies is a form of Zen Buddhism, its been a lifelong passion which has never seemed to leave me. As I get older, when considering the three score years and ten of a mans allotted span, I’m driven more and more to give up on the fiscal necessities of life in order to do more fishing.

What more do you want from a guy who runs a fishing blog like this?

Phish Fingerz

A fish-A-Holoic photographer with an eye for capturing everything.

Phish Fingerz Fly Fishing Blog

Callum Conner is a fishaholic, living, breathing and eating fishing and casting tuition for the last few years. Also, a dab hand with the camera…

Addicted to every style of fishing be it Fly, Coarse, Carp or Sea Fishing, his fishing blog and angling images section are worth a look and are updated almost religiously.

One of the best fishing blogs we’ve seen in a while!

Fly Fish Guide

Editor of Total Fly Fisher and absolute fly fishing NUT!

Fly Fish Guide Fly Fishing Blog

Keep up to date with Steve Cullen and all his fly fishing and fly tying exploits. He’s editor of Total FlyFisher, the sport’s newest and freshest fly fishing magazine. His position and passion for fly fishing means he’s at the forefront when it comes to new techniques, flies and venues.

His job means he gets to go out fishing a lot more than is healthy, and often in a whole host of locations all over the UK and abroad.

Paul Procter Fly Fishing

Dry fly purist with an edge on the terrestrials… 

Paul Procter Fly Fishing Blog

Paul Says “I’m fishing almost on a daily basis up and down the country, I’ll endeavour to update this journal weekly where possible”

Paul is a full time guide who blogs about his free time which is spent on fishing. Endorsed by Orvis, Paul uses all their new fishing gear and produces some great tackle reviews both online and in various fishing magazines. Why not view his blog to find out more?

Durham Fly Fishing Company

Ex-international rivers manager and all round top angler.

Durham Fly Fishing Blog

A fanatical fly fisherman who has been lucky to have fished with some great fishermen in many great places around the world. The North of England and Scottish Borders are very special places and have some beautiful and fantastic waters to fly fish.

Stuart Says “I’m still learning the craft after more than 30years and I hope the flyfishing journey will never end”.

Fly Fishing Wales

A fly fishing guide based in Mid Wales blogging about his experiences.

AC Fly Fishing Wales Fishing Blog

The Fly fishing Wales blog is the perfect place to learn about fishing tackle, flies and methods which are used throughout Wales and on many of the challenging rivers of the UK.

Focusing his efforts of guiding and pleasure on the River Severn, Dee and Wye, Andrew has gained a wealth of knowledge from meeting other anglers and also putting his own techniques to practice.

Grayling On Fly

A well respected fly tier and angler from Czech Republic.

Jindra Lacko Fly Fishing Blog

Jindric Lacko runs one of the most visited blogs and its not hard to see why. Exploiting fly patterns, fishing techniques and talks from some of the best anglers around Europe the information he produces draws anglers from far and wide.

Jindric is also an expert fly tier and angler and his wealth of knowledge cannot be looked over. The perfect blog for enthusiastic fly tiers and river anglers.

The Spey Ghillie

A well known fishing Ghillie with years of experience on the Salmon. 

Spey Ghillies Fly Fishing Blog

Jock is the Ghillie on the Kinermony beat of the River Spey situated just above the town of Aberlour in the heart of Speyside.

Kinermony Fishings is privately owned, with around 1.5 miles of right bank fishing with 6 named pools fished by 3 rods.

Below Kinermony lies the Aberlour Angling Association and the beat directly above is the majestic Delagyle, some of the most reknown water in Scotland.

Catch Magazine Website

The absolute BEST fly fishing magazine, online!

Catch Magazine Fishing Website

Catch Magazine are searching the world for the best fly fishing photography, film and video. We hope the layout, content and navigation to meet and exceed your expectations. While they may not have long articles on fly tying or casting, they will show, via dynamic and creative photography, the beautiful and exciting sport of fly fishing and expose the places, the people, the culture and the soul of this world wide activity.

Todd Moen Creative

Todd Moen is the Video Editor and Producer of the above, Catch Magazine

Todd Moen Fly Fishing Video Website

Todd’s known as The Official Journal of Fly Fishing Photography and Film. Moen began his career combining fly fishing and film at and early age. He then sharpened his skills by traveling the globe to film for ESPN, CBS and OLN. Now he focuses his talents on Catch, in its third successful season.

Moen’s signature video style is his pursuit for the unique natural shots on the water, crafted with an original twist he’s learned via his passion for art and music.

Hywel Morgan Blogs From The Bank

TV presenter, World Champion Fly Caster and Coach.

Hywel Morgan Fly Fishing Blog

Flyfishing is one of the most enjoyable ways to appreciate the countryside and escape the stresses and strains of everyday life. It can also be the most frustrating of pastimes with many people taking a long time to master the techniques needed to catch the elusive trout.

Hywel’s blog is highly enjoyable with regular updates of where he’s been teaching, who he’s been teaching and what fish he’s been catching.

The Fly Commission

Described as a semi-fish bum with a full time job!

Fly Commission Fly Fishing Blog

Scott describes himself as “Basically a semi fish bum, I say semi as I unfortunately still have to do other things than fish but I do manage to squeeze in a hell of a lot of fishing!” For me it’s a fly game, up till now trout has been my quarry but I am broadening horizons looking for Pike and other predatory species.

Stay tuned for a lot more species on the fly!

Chuck and Duck

Top competitor at World, International and Commonwealth level.

Chuck N Duck Fly Fishing Blog

Seans blog offers the fly fishing community impressive fly fishing techniques and fly patterns. Fishing around the UK and Europe with some of the best river and lake fishermen Sean has gathered a wealth of knowledge in both disciplines.

Sean Says – ‘After seeing all these blogs pop up, I took it upon myself to join the crowd. My blog allows me to reflect upon my fishing day, offer first hand advice and technique.’

The Enigmatic Angler

Why ‘The Enigmatic Angler?’ 

Alun Rees Fly Fishing Blog

Well it’s always puzzled me that despite all the hobbies and pastimes I’ve had, engaged in them full of enthusiasm, the majority have fallen by the wayside. My passion for fishing however, as time’s gone on, has just gotten stronger and stronger! Weird or what?

Alun hopes that his blog gives you an insight into his personality and his passion for fly fishing. Take a read, you won’t be disappointed with the content!

Tightlines with Sion

International fly angler who loves all aspects of fly fishing.

Tight Lines with Sion Fly Fishing Blog

It has only been the last year or so Sion Lewis has started river angling, but boy, there’s no stopping him! Blogging from the South Wales area fish are not safe in any river, stream or lake!

Being an accomplished pike angler, netting fish to over 30 pounds, Sion lets out the secret for pike and grayling in Wales. Also a neat fly tier he’s trying his hand at some salmon and sea trout flies.

Small Stream Addicts

A trout blog from somewhere on the hillside…

Small Stream Addicts Fly Fishing Blog

A Small Stream Addict! Can you think of a better way to spend the evening? Clambering over rocks, throwing your dry fly into likely looking spots only to be engulfed by a wild stream trout?! Heaven. Dan is the only angler I know who can get away with being in the stream every night when the weathers fine. Sharing effective fly patterns, Dan shows us how to catch many weary trouts.

Adventures of an Eclectic Angler

An Eclectic Angler looking for a fishy fix.

Eclectic Angler Fly Fishing BlogFishing all over the UK, Dan blogs about his weekly fishing outings – venturing from the freestone rivers of South Wales to the winding chalkstreams of Hampshire, he most enjoys slipping the net under hopefully large grayling and trout. Don’t we all?

Blogging has taught him a lot, fishing with fellow bloggers learning new techniques and swapping flies. I couldn’t think of a better way to learn.

Derbyshire on the Fly

Blogging from the Derbyshire countryside.

Derbyshire On The Fly Fishing Blog

Mick Martin is an accomplished angler, offering guiding services alongside his wealth of readily available fishing knowledge found on his fly fishing blog.

Fishing in some of the most beautiful countryside, Mick is lucky enough to have the Derbyshire Wye on his doorstep and is fortunate enough to know how to fish it! If you’re after a guide, or just a good read, check out his blog, especially his recent fishing blog ‘Wrestlemania! Colin vs Trugg’

Brooks and Becks

Fly Fishing north Yorkshire…

Brook and Becks Fly Fishing Blog

A blog about Fly fishing the Rivers and Becks In that wonderful flat vale trapped between the sea in the east, the North Yorkshire moors to the North, The Yorkshire wolds to the south and the rolling Howardian hills to the west…

The rivers Rye and Dove and the becks that run into them and the river Ure just to the west.. There will also be a bit of coarse fishing and general grumbling thrown in…

Hillend Dabbler

A fanatical fly tier and fly angler

Hill End Dabbler Fly Fishing Blog

Allan created this blog as a means to share his ever growing love of the outdoors in particular, his passion for angling. living just a stone throw away from the banks of the North Calder Water it was silly for him not to become a member of Airdrie & District Angling Club.

Fishing Hillend Loch at least three times a week during the course of the season, many great fish are caught and blogged about. One of the best fly pattern blogs!

Stan Headly Guiding to Trout Heaven

Scottish fly angler and guide.

Stan Headly Fly Fishing Blog

Being a game angler all my life and a professional angler and guide since 1980 (31 years). I have guided anglers throughout the UK and Ireland, but primarily for wild trout in the Scottish mainland and islands, catching some fine specimens if I say so myself.

Stans blog gives a great review of his fishing/guiding outings in the highlands of Scotland, take a look, you may even be tempted to book a day or two with Stan.

Flies and Stuff

A creative fly tier and enthusiastic angler.

Flies And Stuff Fly Fishing Blog

Keith Wallingtion is one of the most creative tiers i’ve come across. Incorporating his ideas into fish catching flies, Keith has created a range of flies which spook anglers but entice fish and fish.

He says “Over the past 4 years I have moved from tying and fishing super realistic patterns to the challenge of developing highly realistic fishing flies that can be tied in less than 10 minutes.”

River Fly Fishing Diary

A river fishing blog from a normal, everyday angler.

River Fly Fishing Blog

River Fly Fishing Diary is run by enthusiastic angler Alan Ward.  At home fishing rivers or streams for trout and grayling, Alan puts his favourite fly patterns and newly aquired techniques to the test.

Picking grayling of between the pockets of weed on the french leader, or targeting them with dry fly, Alan fishes and reports from some of the most beautiful rivers in the UK.


Top youth angler and Captain of the Welsh fishing team.

Stockie Bashers Fly Fishing Blog

Lewis is one of the up and coming fly anglers in Wales. He has represented Wales at the highest level possible at International and World level.  Fishing the rivers and lakes of south Wales he leaves his mark on many fish through the valleys and is feared by many who step into a boat with him.

His competition spirit is high and he’s become a well respected angler. At the age of just 13.. I think we’ll be seeing a lot more of him in the future.

Small Stream Brown Trout Fishing

Fishing journal, diary and reports.

Small Stream Brown Trout Fishing Blog

The Small Stream Brown Trout fishing blog is an accumulation of fishing reports, tackle reviews and fishy tails from the banks of the river.

Run by angler, Richard Barrett, who describes the picturesque rivers and streams he’s lucky enough to fish which are full of wild brown trout, a fish which is hugely respected and hunted (released) all around the UK.

Chasing Salmon

Chasing Salmon with a fly rod…

Paul Bullimore Fly Fishing Blog

A passionate countryman with a love for all things fishy and a real passion for the environment. Paul primarily loves to fish for Salmon and Sea Trout but also likes to do a bit of Sea fishing. But his love of salmon cannot be changed.

All of adventures are shared with beautiful Black Lab Poppy. Follow Pauls blog to get the latest in salmon fishing flies, fishing techniques and tackle talk.

I Fly Fish

Competition fly angler and river purist.

I Fly Fish Fishing Blog

Lindsey has built the IFlyFish site so that he can share with fellow anglers and fly tiers some of his most productive tips and experiences that he’s learnt, borrowed and stole from others whilst he’s been out on the water.

Lindsey fishes for the extremely successful ‘soldier palmers’  and has a wealth of experience on the midland reservoirs as well as rivers.

A spoonful of Fly Fishing

Twice England Rivers Eliminator Champion.

A Spoon Full Of Fly Fishing Blog

Terry has already proved himself on the competition circuit, winning his first England eliminator and securing his place in the England Rivers fly fishing team. But more recently, he’s won it again!

Also a frequent writer for Total Flyfisher magazine, his river angling and knowledge for both trout and grayling is of the highest calibre.. Take a look at Terries blog for his favourite fly patterns and methods.

Theo Pike

A personal blog other from the site.

Theo Pike Fishing Blog is Theo’s personal blog which has been running longer than his urabntrout. net site.

It’s not so urban-fishing related, but there’ll still be plenty of gritty urban stuff which to any fly fisher who’s remotely interested in river restoration becomes an interesting past time. Theo loves the area he fishes and wishes more anglers take care of where they fish.

Urban Trout

Catching trout in dirty places.

Trout In Dirty Places Fishing Blog

Theo’s Urban trout blog is a continuity blog for his recently- published book ‘Trout in Dirty Places’ – Inevitably this was a snapshot of the development of the urban river restoration and fly- fishing movement up to  the end of 2011 when the book went off to press, so he’s planning to track many of the continuing stories on this blog…

This blog is a firm favourite among our Fishtec Staff.

Finally Fishing 

Ramblings from the Wye and other Mid-Wales Rivers.

Finally Fishing Blog

Here you’ll find the ramblings of a man addicted to fly fishing. A happy man once ‘Finally Fishing’. Craig will tell you about his fishing experiences, mainly on the River Wye and River Irfon but throughout Wales when the opportunity presents itself.

Now a keen fly dresser, im sure we’ll see more of Craigs tout and grayling creations once he’s put them to the test and the verdicts out from the Trout.

The Eden Angler

A keen Wild Brown Trout and Grayling Angler 

The Eden Angler Fly Fishing Blog

A fisherman for about forty five years and a fly fisher for nearly forty years.

Wild Brown Trout and Grayling are my quarry and keen angler of the rivers of the Eden Valley in Cumbria (Northern England) and the northern lakes (mainly Ullswater and Haweswater) at every opportunity.

Also Geoff loves to take anglers afloat and help them get into their first few fish. Check out his blog…

Down By The River

Lee Evan’s fishing obsession, written Down By the River.

Down By The River Fly Fishing Blog

I decided to write a blog to document my fly fishing experiences, share useful information and (hopefully) make some people smile.

As an addict, I compulsively pursue brown trout, salmon, sewin, grayling and occasionally saltwater species (mainly in Wales). I intend to diarise these fishing trips, but will also include some successful fly patterns..

Lucky Greens

A fortunate, well mannered angler who does catch the big ones!

Mike Green Fishing Blog

Mike Green is a very fortunate guy, you know. More or less a full time fisherman, retired from the optician business Mike spends most of his time on the water chasing pike with the fly or fishing somewhere warm.

Fishing for almost anything that swims, Lucky Greens blog covers most aspects of fishing and is a heaven for the multi-disciplined angler.

Salmon Fishing Ireland

A Salmon fishing blog from Ireland.

Slamon Fishing Blog

Keep up to date with any salmon fishing updates on Salmon Fishing Irelands blog.

Featuring everything from videos tutorials, water heights and fishing clothing, Paul Hanleys fishing blog will keep your salmon fishing needs entertained when you can’t make it to the bank.

Salmon are funny creatures, Paul seems to have them cracked to a tee and his blog is well worth following!

TB Fly Fishing UK

An up and coming youth fly angler.

Tom Bainbridge Fly Fishing Blog

Tom Bainbridges’ fly fishing blog, TB Fly Fishing, a recent start up blog, has already attracted a lot of interest.

Tom’s recent success on qualifying for the Airflo Bank Masters Final means that he has the chance of competing for one of the UK’s most prestigious fishing titles. Im sure we’ll see alot more of this angler in the near future.

Follow Toms fly fishing career here!

Fish Pal

Book your fishing anywhere in the world, from one place.

Fish pal Fishing Blog

Fish Pal offer five unique services for anglers to find and book fishing all over the world, check the latest catches on their regularly updated ‘catches section’ and see water levels with the added bonus of impartial advice for any angler looking to find the perfect fishing spot.

The Fish Pal blog offers the angler the chance to catch up on whats happening at the FishPal HQ and offers you the opportunity to get a peek at new services to come.

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More Coarse fishing blogs

Here is a list of Carp and Coarse fishing blogs we recommend, from the biggest of carp to the smallest of rudd, these are sure to whet your appetite. If we have missed your blog, or any others you follow, please let us know and we’ll do our best to keep it up to date. Email – kieron@bvg
At the beginning of this year I decided to upgrade some of my fishing gear. First on the list was some kind of new shelter. For the last 6 years I’ve been using a JRC Stealth Brolly for most of my fishing. It has been a brilliant shelter and I’ve certainly no complaints with my brolly, when the time comes I fully intend to buy another but for now I’ve relegated my Stealth Brolly to day only sessions where I might need to move quickly. I wanted a replacement that gave me a bit more cover than a brolly but still maintained the option of moving quickly. I didn’t want to spend a stupid amount of money on a top of the range bivvy either, I found what I was looking for in the shape of the Trakker A-Lite Bivvy….
Take a look at the Angling Lines blog to find many interesting and useful hints and tips videos to see you through a tough days carp fishing. These videos show everything from how to choose the correct bait too which rig will help you catch more carp. The blog has a regular post count with mostly videos ‘how to guide’ showing great tutorials.
Heres a great 33lb common carp caught by customer Gavin Mcmillan while on a trip to Bluebells notoriously difficult Kingfisher lake. The fish was landed using the ever popular Chod rig. There are plenty more fishy related stories throughout the blog, also some good reviews of new products. Keep up to date with this blog!
This weekends session on Thorney Weir whilst a blank was interesting as it did prove a point in that you can fish bread in Arma Mesh and get it to last over night. Gone are the days that you would have to re cast every 30 mins if you had bread on the hook. Gone also is the notion that you can’t fish bread at distance. I put a 3oz lead well in excess of 100 yards and the meshed bread was perfectly fine.
My latest booking saw Northern lad, Mark Carrick, turn up for ten day’s fishing at Sierra Brava. I enjoy taking single bookings, and as it turned out, Mark had booked a single person trip for very personal reasons that he told me once we arrived back at my base. Read on to see how the spectacular trip turned out!
I, like many anglers, think a virgin landing net is unlucky (we’re a superstitious bunch). The first thing I did as soon as I reached the river was to dunk the net, and the next fish caught was going to be landed in it – even if it was a baby gudgeon! Pike Fly Fishing Association is a club which is solely dedicated to fly fishing for pike. The cover a wide range of fisheries, searching for the biggest of pike to be targeted with fly. One of the most interesting features I’ve personally read is the features they do each year on LOM The Lake of Mentieth. Need some ideas from patterns to tie for pike? Take a look at the ever growing fly database PFFA have going.
He’s from a thawing cave in Scotland – and we sincerely hope that this fishing and fly tying fanatic is back on the bank.  Reading his blog it looks like the ice has been driving him crazy.  But, looking on the bright side, he says: “Not being able to fish means I’ve got a chance to go though some of my flies and retire some of the catcher flies that are now a little past it.”  Good use of time during a big freeze.  Summer’s on its way!
Bamboo rods…old time , old skool relics to some. For me it’s just another level of enjoyment to take esox on. I’ll be out this week trying to put ole Esox Niger on the wood. I will be tossin a 6-7wt 3 piece south bend rod. Top that with a old click and pawl and some feathered flies gramp’s would have tossed it’s on. Here is a pic from last years vintage venture…..Enjoy and tight Lines!!!
In came the rig and I shaved the boilie down to its core. Back in position I waited, tense and expectant. There it was again, that little tester. I relayed the event to Neil who opined that it was suspicious because mine was the only bait object that was neither a whole boilie or a flake of crumb. I simply pulled a foot or two of line off the reel to give it some slack to play with. It worked.
I got it in my head that I would like to fish 2 small Midlands rivers in one day.  It seemed like an excellent idea at the time and was definitely more economical but the reality of such an exercise is pretty exhausting. Of course some would say the more economical thing to do would be to just fish local rivers but I do love the challenge of a venue that I am unfamiliar with.  The 2  rivers in question are 2.5 hrs away from home but only a few miles apart;  I wanted to catch first light at river A and then fish until late afternoon if necessary then catch the evening into darkness at river B.
And now to offer a little encouragement to someone who has not posted for a little while but who should because we like reading his work.  The Preston based blogger loves a fry up, as he puts it, “Just for a change on our way fishing we stopped off at a cafe and had a full English breakfast. What a good idea that was, as it was absolutely fabulous. Now that’s the way to start a days fishing if there ever was one.”  We quite agree – and the 16lb 4 oz Pike wasn’t bad either!

 Fishing Pro Tips
Fishing Pro Tips is set up to be a great resource for anglers starting or struggling to get to grips with things. This site give useful help, hints and tips to the anglers far and wide. Jamie G Allan says ‘Fishing Pro Tips is a blog offering advice about all aspects of course fishing in the UK. There will be advice on general course fishing, match fishing and specimen fishing. I also hope to create a detailed venue guide where you can contribute to share tips and advice’ Keep an eye out for the new posts and interesting tips!

The River Angler
The River Angler is run and updated by Nathan Walter, a keen coarse angler who loves to venture onto rivers to tease and lure some of it’s inhabitants. ‘The three musketeers arrived at the Kennet Tuesday afternoon full of anticipation.  We have found it tough going so far this season.  In 8 sessions I have only managed 5 barbel and lost 4.  Geoff and Kevin have taken 5 between them.  So not the best of starts.’  (posted Aug 11 2011) A pretty hard start to the season there Nathan, check his blog out to see if things got any better

My Quest for Barbel
Richard says ‘I will be updating my blog when I have something to report like where I fished today and a report that will follow it. Review something I have brought recently, or a new rig I have used to good effect. I will be keeping you updated with my testing of new rigs (although I want to do some fishing first) I am working on to help you and I catch more Barbel, this will include all pics and diagrams for such things. This will give you the opportunity to test yourself and give negative or positive feedback it’s all welcome’ Considering the blog is fairly new, it’s had some good reviews and hits! Must be a good blog in the making, let us know what you think!
This week the blog’s email address went into overdrive with numerous readers contacting me with regards all things to do with fishing and I would just like to take the opportunity to again thank all these people for taking the time and effort to email me, it really is great to hear from readers of the blog on their thoughts of the blog and any questions they have on the fishing I do.  These nice emails about the blog and helping people with their questions are something I really enjoy and look forward too come a Sunday afternoon and thank you all again and as I said on all my emails let me know how you are getting on its always great to hear about other peoples fishing adventures!!
I’ve always been an angler and after moving to West Yorkshire from South Wales I wanted to discover what the county had to offer in the way of rivers, lakes and ponds. When fishing in South Wales I often fished in club and winter league matches, however moving up north has presented me with new challenges, venues and angling clubs that I need to acquaint myself with.
I started fishing aged 10 and soon got involved in fishing junior matches mostly on Ilminster Canal and the River Isle. Barney Crockett and Adrian Green took me under their wing and I started fishing further afield to places like the KSD and the Huntspill. I’ve fished every Sunday ever since and occasionally in the week too! I mainly fish club matches with the odd open. My preference is natural venues but I don’t mind having the odd bash on carp puddles either. Biggest UK fish – 28lb 4oz common carp caught at Chard Resi. Biggest fish – 260lb Arapaima caught at Gillhams Resort in Thailand. Biggest match weight – 121lb 4oz of carp and skimmers at Coking Farm.


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Fly fishing blogs to be reckoned with

As we all know, it’s freezing outside.  But while most mortals do the sensible thing, wrap up warm and stay indoors, it is perhaps reassuring to know that there are a few intrepid fly fishermen out there ready to brave the elements.  For the rest of us, here is a selection of some of the best fly fishing blogs we’ve found – so turn up the heating, sit back, and read on…

Fly fishing in South Wales |

“If the going gets tough, the Grayling go deep” says blog author Gareth Lewis.  Normally a small fly tying addict, Gareth favours Czech Nymphing during a cold snap.  He points out that people are often surprised by the size of some of these flies.  In point of fact those photographed on the blog post are tied on a size 8 Skalka Grub hook but then as Gareth says some of the Caddis larva in the water are over an inch long.

Dave Wiltshire |

For winter Grayling fishing, fly tying expert and fly fishing instructor Dave is in the pink this season.  He recommends tungsten shrimp back as ballast to add a dash of colour to patterns.  Fished upside down in coloured or very cold clear water, Dave has found these to be a winner on winter days.  With details of how to tie some of his favorite patterns and razor sharp close up photography to show the fine detail, this is a top quality blog.

North Country Angler |

“I’ve been at this for quite a while now and I don’t seem to be getting any better…..” Don’t let this Lancashire based fly fisherman fool you with his modesty.  Matthew Eastman is quite obviously an accomplished waterman.  And his prose is pretty good too;  lyrical descriptions of Autumn mists combine well with photographs and discussion of his latest flies.

Mick’s Fly Fishing Diary |

“For me ‘tyers row’ is what makes the show special.”  Which show?  The British Fly fair international of course.  With expert fly tyers like Dave Wiltshire, Oliver Edwards and Andy Baird in attendance, it was a great chance to pick up a few tips from the masters.  If you’ve ever thought about going but never got around to it then check out Mick’s post for a comprehensive account of what you’ve missed.  After all – there’s always next year…

The Urban Fly Fisher |

“It was bound to happen – was it confidence? perseverance? sheer dogged determination? Nope – the fact that I had left my camera in the house meant I was bound to catch a fish”.  The adventure of fishing in the urban heartland of Glasgow is related in a witty and engaging style by blogger, Alistair Stewart.  Centering on the Kelvin, Glasgow’s second river, the blog began before Alistair could drive but now he’s got his wheels, his horizons have widened to include many marks within about an hour’s drive of the city.

Yorkshire Fly Fishing Blog |

A fly that caught, no less than five fish in seven casts, “Bob’s Olive” was invented by blog author     Bob Walker over ten years ago.  It won awards at the time and is still going strong – so well worth checking out. For fly tiers out there, you’ll find a very interesting post with photos of live buzzers wriggling about in a makeshift aquarium.  A great reference for creating the perfect fly! With loads of content detailing fishing adventures large and small, this blog is lively and entertaining – a good read.

Chris McCully |

“When selecting a fly, I think of water clarity and colour and the quality of light in the sky. Accordingly I’ll select patterns which I think will show up particularly well underwater (or on top of it) in the conditions pertaining at the time: hot oranges and yellows in clear water; blacks and clarets in peat-stain; white and tinsel-based patterns in the estuary…”  writes Chris McCully, a poet, writer and academic, originally from Yorkshire, now based in the Netherlands.  His style is reflective and rich with detail, the photography is stunning and there’s a poem or two to light the imagination.

Grayling Hunter |

She’s the Scarlet O’Hara or Laura Croft of the river.  So say these three friends who’ve come together to create a one stop shop for all those whose passion is winter Grayling fishing.  Truly a wealth of information can be found on these pages – and there’s even a forum you can join so that you can share tips and experiences with other like minded fly fishermen.

Tamanawis |

It’s only December and already it’s been snowing heavily – those mellow summer evenings on the riverbank seem a long time ago now.  Well not to worry because if you want to warm yourself up a bit, Mike’s blog has a wonderful description of evening fly fishing in the Scottish summer: “There’s a wonderful calm in fishing the dusk session at this time of year. The night descends, the air cools sharply, the water tugs ever so slightly heavier at your ankles”.  Lovely stuff.

Glen Pointon fly fishing blog |

“My heart skipped a beat when I saw the typical Grayling rise that I know only too well.”  Glen has been honing his dry fly technique for the Grayling season and you can find out how he got on as he and his friend Wesser battle for Grayling glory in the rivers Dovedale, Wye and Severn.  A lively account, full of incident – well worth a read.

Tony Mair |

My mission…’to catch a trout from a river in every county’ – I learned to fly fish as a teen on the Usk, when as a pupil at Christ College in Brecon, I shared one of six tickets the school enjoyed on the town water. I remember that Jonathan Gout, already a fly fisher, was my encouragement, and my Father kitted me out with tackle purchased from a store adjacent to the town bridge. It is now a licensed café!

David Wood |

Great Sinlge Malt Whiskey and angling in the Staffordshire Moorelands, Derbyshire, Islay and the highlands and Islands. I’ve been fishing since I was 7 years old when my Grandad used to take me fishing with a quill float for sticklebacks and small perch on the river Churnet in the heart of the Staffordshire Moorlands.

Stephen Blood |

Stephen’s blog represents what we all want out of fly fishing. Fun and enjoyment out of catching pristine wild river trout and grayling.  ‘I Started fishing from the butterfly bridge with a size 14 red tag on the point and a coch-y-bonddu on the dropper, no luck through the first run, second streamier deeper looking run and had a thumping hit and a decent fight from what turned out to be a decent Brownie of about 8-9″ a very nice wild fish.’

Nick Hart Fly Fishing |

With all the tweeting, facebooking, blogging and skyping about fly fishing that goes on – it’s a wonder that there’s time left to actually go fishing!  Nick Hart is a fly fishing guide making the most of modern technology – like many, he checks the river web cams to make sure he’s fishing at the most opportune moment.  “There is a whole [online] discussing fish, tactics and tackle..”, muses Nick.  Well he’s right but somehow the fish do still manage to get away…

Phil’s Fishing Diary |

“Ice cold in Powys”, the title of Phil’s latest blog post. He was out fly fishing in Mid wales at the weekend and reports that the temperature was 15 degrees below on arrival and never rose above minus nine all day.  Phil says he’s a fly fishing nut and frankly, we’re inclined to agree!  All the same he had a successful day and the photos of wintry Wales are stunning.  Hats off to you Phil.

Derbyshire on the Fly |

If you’re new to tying flies for the Grayling season then look no further.  Step four is to take your finished fly and throw it in the bin – step five, to start again using more lead. It is well worth looking up the blog post for the rest of the steps to your first effective Graying fly.  And with a wide variety of fly fishing subject matter you’ll enjoy a good read too.

Nadder-Diary |

“I should stop anthropomorphising plant life, it’s a slippery slope. I’ll be drawing hedgehogs with pinnies and toads driving motor cars soon unless I snap out of it.” writes the lyrical Malcolm in his blog.  But we thought his description of autumn on the river bank was about spot on – and the photography is absolutely stunning.  Well worth a look.

Dry Fly Expert |

“Whence come you?” “The Lakes and Reservoirs!” “Whither directing your course?” “The rivers and streams!” “What do you hope to find?” “The true secrets of dry fly fishing!” A light hearted start to the latest post on dry Fly Expert.  And it’s a timely one too for anyone considering making the move from still water to river fly fishing.  A series of posts is planned to help make the transition easier and questions are invited.  what are you waiting for?

The Lion Tamers |

“I suppose we should have invested in lessons but our self taught ‘lion tamer’ casting style has caught us a few stockies over the past 12 months.” The ‘Lion tamer’, took up fishing after a chance conversation with a bloke in the pub.  The author’s enthusiasm is infectious and judging by the images of some of his paintings, he’s quite the artist too.

Trout in the Town

A little London chalk stream near Sidcup has received some help recently courtesy of Thames21, a charity dedicated to restoring London’s 400 miles of waterways.  Paul’s blog post provides a fascinating account of the work being done to make the stream viable for a self sustaining trout population.  Thames21 is just one of many great organisations that Trout in the Town and the Wild Trout Trust are supporting (there are currently eight projects spread from Glasgow, through northern England, the midlands and Greater London).

A Derby Angler’s Journal |

“The winter is well and truly with us now and to avoid freezing my nads off wading the stream I decided to get out the trotting rod and run a few maggots down on the centrepin.”  We can’t say that we blame blog author  Dave Cross – anyone who can motivate themselves to get out fishing in the cold weather deserves applause.  And for the rest of us – Dave has been kind enough to recount his adventures.

Justin |

‘I grew up in the mountainous western region of Swaziland, home to 12 little known and little fished stillwaters in the extensive pine plantations that blanket the region. The ‘dams’ are small and wild, pretty much left to nature in between infrequent stockings of rainbow trout. Looking back, I couldn’t have wished for a better place to have cut my fly fishing teeth’. Now, Justin calls West Midlands of England home – but within driving distance of some great trout a and grayling fishing. This blog always whets my fly fishing appetite each time I look at some of the surrounding beauty which we fish in.

Kenny Halley |

‘A guy from Dads work came over one evening with a fly fishing rod and reel and showed me how to tie a blood knot, how to loop a leader over an over hand knot on the end of the line (we had finesse in those days you know- delicate presentation? pah!) and how to tie a fly on a 8 foot length of 6lb nylon mono. 20 minutes on the car parking area behind the house and I was casting like- well probably Indiana Jones with a bull whip judging by the cracking noises, but hey this was fun! And we haven’t even seen water or a fish yet!’ Now, this is how most people should get into fly fishing, you know fishing is going to be a big part of your life after spending just 20 minutes with a fishing rod!.

Graham Rawson |

I’m basically a fishing addict, and have been since an early age. Although I enjoy all fishing disciplines from time to time, i’m happiest with a fly rod in my hand. Whether it’s creeping through dense undergrowth to get to a tiny stream full of wild brown trout, throwing a 5/0 popper out for Pike, twitching a shrimp imitation infront of Mullet or stood on a rocky headland in the middle of knowhere belting out a fast sinker for Pollack.

The Limp Cobra

Marc Fauvet –

 ‘The Limp Cobra’ is a presentation cast i assembled some years ago as one of several means to present the fly with a good amount of slack in the line and leader to hopefully counter the effects of the seemingly endless micro-currents and counter-currents so prevalent in small stream fishing. It is a pile cast that is performed with both a low back-cast and low front-cast, has two distinct loops, one horizontal and one vertical and it kinda looks like a cobra that rears its head, strikes, then collapses in a lazy heap… thus the name !

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