A day on the Hampshire Test

Stockbridge in Hampshire is one of those towns which really comes alive during the flyfishing season, with mayfly hatches bringing fishing tourism to its peak during May. The town is well located with the famous River Test running through it and various gastro-pubs and hotels servicing the generally well-to-do clientele chasing the Test browns. In the heart of […]

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Christmas in August

Kiritimati (Christmas Island) is a wondrous place with its bleak, impossibly flat and dry landscape, juxtaposed with it’s amazing blue and gold-hued seascape. It’s lagoon and perimeter reef provide impressive vistas and consistent top-notch fishing. Eight of us headed off to Christmas Island just 12 days ago. One came back early and despite our travel sagas […]

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In the Footsteps of Frank Sawyer

Below me, the ghostly grey shape hovered over the gravel in the rain-stained chalk stream, occasionally darting left or right, intercepting invisible nymphs. I glanced at Keith and he gave me the nod. I tapped my rod and the non-descript nymph dropped off the penultimate rod ring. I breathed slowly, trying to calm my nerves. […]

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A day on the River Test

When I first learned I was invited to a business conference in Germany in June this year, my initial thought was, ‘Great, I’ll extend my trip by a couple of days and shoot over to the UK and see my family (who live in Hampshire).’ My next thought was, ‘Hampshire? I could fish the River Test!’ The idea […]

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WA Herring

Andrew and I did our fisheries degrees together in Plymouth (in the eighties) and both ended up as fisheries bureacrats in Australia. Me in NSW and Victoria; Andrew in the NT, NSW and WA. We both cut our teeth on small trout streams in the UK, and each year I fish with Andrew in the […]

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What the…………. right on Chew

Whilst everyone at home is queuing up to fish their favourite ‘big brown’ pool on the Eucumbene and Thredbo rivers, I’m doing it tough in the Old Dart waking up in a cold sweat thinking about the top of the lake writhing with golden browns. For this trip to the UK we’ve had some magnificent […]

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