Well this has to be the longest time lapse between posts since I started the blog! So my apologies!
The end of the trout season has come and gone and thoughts start to turn to the prospect of some grayling. Certainly there are a few dates on the callender already (one in just a few days...).
It's been a great season, although I have made it out far less than I had planned (will that ever change?). The most memorable trip for me this past year was a visit to the Derbyshire Wye.
A cracking wild rainbow, and my 'fish of the season':
Dave Smith lands a magnificent grayling:
I've also had some great fun targetting fish with the 10' #4 rod and small nymphs and dries this year:
The British Fly Fair International just seems to have crept up this year and I sit here typing with less than a week to go before it begins. I truly think it the best of all the shows and well worth a visit - as indicated by the good number of international tyers, and indeed visitors, that make the effort for the 2-day event.
I'm looking forward to catching up with many friends and being amazed by the wealth of skill and talent on show. If you are visiting, please come over and say 'Hi'. Not only is the show an exhibition of great tying, there is also the opportunity check out some fantastic tackle. This year, for the first time, Mark Leggett will be present at the the show with the Alternative Tackle Company. With quite a specialist range of rods and reels, it'll be sweet shop time.
Check out the site and make sure, if you're at the show, you check the stand out.