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Mr. Tidy

Sunday, 29 March 2020 at 17:49

Hooks for fly-tying I've stripped, greased and reassembled fly reels; cleaned and proofed fly-lines; and have done what I've left undone for several delinquent years - sorted out the fly-tying hooks. I had no idea I'd collected so many different models of hook. I suppose I've needed not only a range of sizes (from beck trout to bass and pike) but also fresh- and saltwater irons. There were some surprises in the sorting: alongside familiar standards (Kamasan B100 for buzzers, Kamasan B175 for stillwater wet-flies, Partridge Spider hooks, spiders, Tiemco 103BL for dry flies) I unearthed some Partridge D3ST streamer hooks (a grand sea-trout hook); some Mustad Viking sea hooks (probably fine for pike streamers); some salmon prawning pins (no idea what I'll use them for...); and some Partridge Saltwater Shrimp hooks which I bought for coastal sea-trout but which will be OK for bonefish. The problem now is that the hook drawers are so tidy that I can't find anything.

Stay at home and stay safe

Wednesday, 25 March 2020 at 19:07

Angling Trust image Downloaded today from the resource pages of Angling Trust and Fish Legal. Check out


Stay at home

Tuesday, 24 March 2020 at 15:31

Stay at home Statement from Jamie Cook, Angling Trust CEO (23 March 2020): “In light of the Government’s announcement on 23rd March, the Angling Trust and Fish Legal are asking that all anglers follow the current guidance and stop fishing. [Angling] is not currently classified as one of the safe exercises in which to engage... [W]e hope to work with Government, the Environment Agency and Sport ensure that access to fishing and the benefits it brings are part of the nation's plan for ensuring our community’s health and wellbeing. For now though, we as a community, must take responsible action.... This is about saving lives and supporting the NHS."

Angling, travel and solitary safety

Monday, 23 March 2020 at 11:19

Egret I'm rethinking angling plans in the light of urgent government and NHS advice (see 24th March). Angling is probably one of the safer outdoor pursuits, particularly if done solitarily or with appropriate social distancing, yet I have postponed some of my own plans and am keeping everything under review. Government advice might change (it has: see 24th March) and I'd urge all UK anglers to listen to news updates, revise plans accordingly and act with extra thoughtfulness and consideration. If I speak for myself then if/when isolation measures become more stringent and I am confined to home I shall (a) tie some flies for exotic and imaginary trips (and probably, equally imaginary fish); (b) teach myself to Wallis cast with accuracy and consistency; (c) sort out the fly-tying desk. There's always angling-related stuff that can be done.

Rutland ospreys

Sunday, 22 March 2020 at 18:09

Rutland ospreys You can spectate the Rutland Water ospreys and their nest at

Wild Trout Trust spring auction 2020

Friday, 20 March 2020 at 16:08

WTT logo WTT spring auction, 20-29 March 2020. Going ahead as planned. Lots of....lots. Have a browse - and bid. That could be the antidote to worrying through these unsettling days.

Ready? Er...

Friday, 20 March 2020 at 14:14

Fly reels Strange times. Still, there's a kind of solace in the rituals of annual chores - checking backing, splices, fly-lines. This year's been no exception. I clean lines; check the wear and play of reels; apply grease where needed and put a drop or two of sewing-machine oil on reel spindles and handles. It's pleasing to begin each trout season with all the gear in good order. That said, my own season hasn't quite yet begun... NB. 24th March: no angling is currently possible until further notice given government and NHS requirements for us to stay at home. See also the statement from Angling Trust's CEO for entry 24th March (above).

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