Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Tenkara: Fun or Fad?

Pick up any flyfishing magazine or surf a few flyfishing websites at the moment and "Tenkara" will no doubt get a mention. It seems to be latest in thing in flyfishing; we've had many before and we'll have more in future, some catch-on and stay the course, others quickly fall by the wayside and are forgotten. I'd read various articles in magazines, journals and on the internet, and I was curious. Tenkara rods weren't too expensive and you didn't need much else to get started, so why not I thought and took the plunge. So is it here to stay or is it another fad? Here's my early thoughts...

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Invite Accepted

One of the (few) perks of working as a fishing guide is getting the occasional invite to fish as a guest. Last year I was invited to fish Cod Beck, a tributary of the River Swale, by a client from a few years previous. Cod Beck might be a tributary of the River Swale, but its character is completely different, more of a lowland, fertile stream. A good day was had and I was indebted to be given the opportunity to fish a river that I've long wanted to add to my growing list of grayling rivers. Earlier this season I was invited by another client to fish a near neighbour of Cod Beck - the River Rye, in the North York Moors National Park, and I was happy to accept.