Category: fly fishing

Sorry about the lack of post recently but what with the weather and various bits of reel life getting in the way we’ve not been able to get out and about as much as we’d like. The main reason recently though is that we’re both giving up smoking – I’ve smoked for over 20 years now and I’ve finally had enough, smoked my last 11 days ago and honestly… haven’t missed it as much as i thought I would. The big test was last weekend though, we’ve been avoiding ‘trigger’…

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It was a very cold and frosty morning as we set off to Fylde Trout Fishery last Sunday. With more layers on than a polar explorer and flasks of hot coffee and soup we arrived about an hour after dawn to thankfully find the lake had not frozen solid although as soon as we got out of the car our fingers did good impersonations of icicles. After reading the reports from the previous few days we both elected to start at the far end of the lake with Cats Whisker…

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We went fly fishing over the weekend to our local Mere Beck, didn’t catch anything but we had a few follows and nips on the cat whisker lures Wendy made the previous week – yes – we’re finally making our own… I did get to try out some new boots that the nice people at fishing tackle suppliers, Fishtec sent me to test though and I must say first impressions are very good. The TF Gear Thermo-Tex Boots are constructed of very light weight (although thick) rubber which seems more flexible…

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With not getting out recently I was looking forward to a spot of fly fishing at our local fishery, Mere Beck and woke to a slightly overcast morning with a hint of drizzle in the air, not great weather for most but fantastic for trying to temp a trout or two. I arrived around the same time as Gordon, the owner, and after the obligatory chat got down to the fishing. First fly to try was a cats whisker, a white lure type fly with a white tail, green /…

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The weather these past two weeks has been worthy of biblical descriptions. Wet? I think that’s slight understatement, we’ve not wanted to go outside let alone go fishing and on the days where it’s been almost tolerable the wind has been all over the place. We did manage to get out a couple of weeks ago for another attempt at getting a Smooth Hound at Cleveleys.  The weather was perfect – flat calm and a warm muggy evening but all we managed was a small Bass and a Lesser Weever,…

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As the nice people at Fishtec sent us some of the new 2011 Airflo Forty Plus line to test we took a trip down to our local fly fishery, Mere Beck, last Sunday to see if we could tempt any trout to come and play. The weather was bizarre to say the least, red hot one minute, hammering it down the next, then hot enough to dry everything off again 10 minutes later. After reading the reports from the previous few days we both fished a buzzer, washing line style, with…

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Last weekend the wind and rain finally died enough for us to get out fishing, we’d no bait for any of the summer sea fishing species so we went up to Mere Beck for a few hours on Monday evening for a touch of fly fishing. With the sun still fairly high when we arrived at 6pm we started at the rear lake with nymphs, fished deeply on a slow retrieve. I had one take which I missed but after an hour and a half of fishing this method, using…

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With the fantastic weather last weekend after all the usual garden centre faffing about we visited our local fly fishery, Mere Beck, to see if we could finally break our duck. It’s amazing how much better you feel when the weather is nice and it was T-shirt time as we donned our new vests, laden with flies and line and meandered our way to the back of the fishery – the plan being to gradually move back towards the lodge as the day wore on. We knew the fishing would…

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As we’ve obviously got the fly fishing bug we went to Ted Carter Fishing Tackle in Preston last weekend to have a look, and ultimately purchase, a couple of fly fishing vests. These have more pockets than you could ever need and are made so that when you’re roaming around looking for a spot to place a fly you don’t have to carry a bag. There are pockets for fly boxes, line, spare reels, even drinks. We’ve not used them yet but we have made sure we can get all…

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As the sea fishing has been so grim over the past few weeks and giving Dave a ring at Fylde Trout Fishery to make sure the lake was free of ice we spent a very pleasant, if cold, Sunday morning doing our best to tempt Rainbow Trout out of the depths of the very cold water. Our initial plan was me to fish an intermediate line with lures to search the depths while Wendy fished a floating line, also with lures, higher up in the water – hopefully covering all…

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