I'm lucky enough to publish some work each year in that fine UK angling magazine Trout and Salmon, and have been associated with T&S for what are becoming rather many years. I was also proud to publish occasional articles in Waterlog. Those two journals were - and in the case of Trout and Salmon still are - an important part of my angling life, though like all its readers I grieve the passing of Waterlog.
While I've fished for trout and grayling for over fifty years - good Lord, over fifty - I enjoy trying to catch many different species of fish and always enjoy using a variety of angling methods. When I lived in Holland I spent a great deal of time fishing for pike - with streamers, jerkbaits, softbaits, spoons and spinners - and came to have a great respect for them. These days, having relocated to England, I'm enjoying winter long-trotting for grayling, roach, dace and chub. Fly-fishing and fly-dressing are still important to me, of course, and in coming years I'm looking forward to returning to some English stillwaters to try conclusions with brown and rainbow trout. I love fishing some of the chalkstreams for brown trout and grayling and I also try to get back as often as possible to Yorkshire (to fish for wild brown trout and grayling together with coarse fish in the winter). Very recently, too, I've become interested in the sea angling to be found on and around my local coasts. If you'd like to find out more about these fishing activities please visit the Fishing diary and details of current Fishing projects.