Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Slovenia Recce

It had taken a long time and a lot of emails to arrange, but on 17th May I flew out of Stansted bound for Ljubljana, in Slovenia, to check out the fishing on the Idrijca River and tributaries. I was joined by my friend and Hardy Greys Academy manager Andy Smith, and we were eager to discover what the region offered.

Friday, 4 May 2012

A Tale Of Two Rivers

A wild trout from the River Eden
A wild trout from the River Eden
In the space of three days I have fished two different rivers. And when I say different, I mean completely different; opposite ends of the scale. Last Wednesday I fished the pristine River Eden in Cumbria. A delightful river with clear, clean water, and fantastic views of the Pennines and North Country rural farmland. Today, Friday, I fished Colne Water, on the outskirts of Colne in Lancashire. A small river, once polluted by cotton mills and engineering works, but now restored and clean because of EC legislation. Colne Water is a different world to the Eden; distant views are replaced by sewage works and mills; the motorway stands high above the banks with cars and lorries hurtling by; and the bank-side trees and bushes are decorated with all manner of bags and household waste. These rivers may be completely different in character, but they do have one thing in common that many other rivers and their fishing clubs should take note of…

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

A Realistic Hawthorn & Heather Fly

First day of May and the time of year in the north of the country when we can expect to see Hawthorn Flies on the banks of our rivers and lakes. It is known as St Marks Fly, because its emergence normally coincides with St Marks Day on 25th April. However, in northern areas it usually makes a later appearance and in my experience I would say it is more likely to be the first 2 weeks of May (though I did observe a swarm in Scotland on 20th April this year).

The Hawthorn is a big black fly with long, trailing, back legs, which are probably its most striking feature. They form swarms on the banks of rivers and lakes, often near hawthorn trees, hence the common name. With anything of a breeze these flies are easily blown onto the water and trout take them readily (they love em!).