Friday, 9 August 2013

Trout Fishing In Shetland Part Two – Enter The Dragon!

A Puffin at Sumburgh Head
A Puffin at
Sumburgh Head
I screeched into the airport and there she was - Mrs Minnikin standing patiently with her bags on the pavement at Sumburgh Airport. I made my excuses for being late (some actually true and beyond my control!) and we drove to the nearby Sumburgh Head. As well as trout fishing Shetland is known for many other things, with wildlife somewhere near the top of the list. Sumburgh Head, as the name suggests, is a headland on the very southern tip of Shetland. The cliffs here are impressive, some of the highest in Shetland, and a great place to take in the view; admire the Puffins, Fulmars, Artic Skuas, Great Skuas (known as Bonxies), Terns, Guillemots; and try spotting whales (including Killer Whales), dolphins and basking sharks, which are regular visitors to the waters around Shetland and frequently seen from Sumburgh Head. The scenery was fantastic and the closeness to the bird-life quite remarkable, but the cetaceans eluded us...

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Afternoon Delight

Afternoon Delight
There is a lowland stream in the Dales I’ve been meaning to fish for a while. It has no reputation, unlike many other Yorkshire Dales rivers, and I bet few have even heard of it. It intrigued me though; I like fishing the unknown and vowed to fish it this year. So this afternoon, following a morning teaching a beginner the basics, I visited this stream to see what it was like. I had nothing to lose.

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Trout Fishing In Shetland Part One – A Two Day Introduction

Welcome to ShetlandI've long wanted to fish in Shetland, Britain's most northern outpost. I was drawn by its remoteness, beauty and the almost endless wilderness loch fishing available. A series of articles in Fly Fishing & Fly Tying magazine last year was the deciding factor and plans were made for a trip there in June...