February... already?!

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February... already?!

I’ve been really quiet on here lately, lots of work on and other commitments to adhere to. But I’ve finally got a few things to report on, and a spare five minutes to share them!

First up, my 2nd edition in a series of posts for Pete Tyjas and his online magazine Eat Sleep Fish. Pete challenged me with producing a regular column, discussing the latest news in fly fishing. I’ll admit it’s been hard to keep the content interesting, but I’m enjoying the challenge. Have a read of The Eddy Current, and the rest of Eat Sleep Fish 62 here.

This week I’ve been up in Stockbridge for the Orvis UK annual fishing conference. Its not always easy turning a hobby into a career, but I have to say, working in an industry I’m so passionate about is a genuine privilege. Working for Orvis has been an incredibly positive experience, and I’m really excited to work a full season for them in 2017. Apart from the business side of the conference, we also got to throw a line on the Kimbridge beat of the River Test. This was my first time on a chalk stream, and I was so pleased to snag myself a fish, even if it was an out of season Bow!

My first chalk stream fish!

Getting out of the workplace and getting to fish with colleagues was an absolute pleasure. Photo by Richard Banbury of Orvis UK.

2017 will be an exciting season with so many new products!

Its worth mentioning whilst we are here, that I'll be attending the South West Fly Fair for Orvis. It will be an exciting day of demos, talks and new products. Hope to see you there! 

Also, can you believe we are almost halfway through February? The season is just around the corner!

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Eat Sleep Fish - Issue 60

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Eat Sleep Fish - Issue 60

Stoked to get another article into Eat Sleep Fish! Pete has worked really hard on this project, and he's not only celebrating 60 issues, its also the 5th anniversary for the free, non-profit online magazine. 

Its great to write for other outlets other than my own blog. I really feel like things are progressing here at University Angler, so thanks for all the support shown so far. Heres to the future! 

Click the image to read issue 60 of ESF!

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On the Rivers in 2016, A Photo Essay

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On the Rivers in 2016, A Photo Essay

As the rivers come to a close and we start to focus on other species such as Pike, Rainbow Trout and Grayling, its nice to sit down on a rainy autumn day such as this one and reflect on what has been a fantastic Brown Trout season. As the regular readers will know, I’m heavily into my photography so most of my fishing sessions are well documented in pixels. Lets have a look and see some of my favorite photos.

 

Right at the beginning of the season I opened with a session on the Fowey. Travelling up from deep Cornwall, having emerged from a 2 month library session working on my dissertation I was pleased to get on some water. With conditions very damp and cold, I managed a couple of browns and snapped this unique net shot of a beautifully marked individual.

Coming home after exams I had a nice photo session on the river Tone in Somerset with Pathfinder Media. We found Grayling sipping small dries, making for technical but rewarding fishing. Happy days.

Then came Norway, not strictly a fishing trip but the Norwegian wilderness threw up plenty of opportunities to fish! I caught some cracking Trout in stunning locations. 

Halfway through the season my family moved house. Relocating to Dartmoor has put me onto some amazing water, but I’m yet to fully explore the place. However, I have found myself a little river which is so far un-documented, un-fished, and full of wild fish. Maybe I’ll tell you where it is sometime…

 

Finally, coming to the end of the season, I got a chance to do some gear testing for Guide Fly fishing, and where better to test gear than my own backyard, Dartmoor.

Hope you’ve had a great time on the rivers this year and remember, just because the Brown Trout are off the cards doesn’t mean you cant fish. Try a different species over winter!

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