Monday, 24 January 2011

Hi all, well I just thought I would share with you the trials and tribulations of my trip to Belfast for the show at the Kings Hall last weekend.
Firstly, on the left is a picture of my good friend Stevie Munn trying my indoor casting rod. (But I must tell you mate that on Saturday I met your mum and two sisters, sorry Munny you are second division compared to them.)
So lets tell you about my trip, it was challenging from the start. In Manchester airport I tried to get on the wrong plane!!! ( Not my fault!!!! 2 different airlines both going to the same destination from the same place at the same time) confused well I was!!!!!!!. They politely told me that my gate was the otherside of the airport so it was a mad dash and thank god I made it to the other gate( Oxygen!!!!)
Well made it and on arrival met up with Rick from Wickford Angling and what a night !!!!
The show proved to be a bit slow on Friday but the weekend improved with a very good crowd. We all went to one of the oldest bars in Belfast the Crown Bar and what a great place to have a relaxing beer but its also
across the road from the most bombed hotel in Europe.
It was great to see all the stalwarts of the Irish Fly tying scene giving demonstrations and tuition to all interested anglers.
A great weekend and having met loads of old and new friends I look forward to getting back there next year. I have to go now and tie 10 cats whiskers and 10 Damsel nymphs for a customer.
Tightlines and see you all in Dublin in a few weeks

Monday, 10 January 2011

New Year

Well its now 2011 stating the obvious!!!
Things to do in this year - well my first wish for this year is for Yasmin to get better and if that happens well I'll be a happy bunny.
On the fishing front firstly I am going to try and catch a 20lb plus pike and its either off to Esthwait or Pitsford as I did get a big lady follow me on both of them!!
Next is to get my teeth into some good Saltwater fishing down in Pembrokeshire both from the shore and from a Kayak check out our website
I also have a few new courses set up for the coming year :
Small stillwater courses at Avon Springs - covering casting-fishing and small water tactics
River fishing on the Dee in North Wales- Winter Grayling fishing- Summer Trout Course
As well as the above I will be available for guiding on the Wye, Severn, Dee as well as reservoirs.

I will also be filming 2 new DVD's through the year covering both river and stillwaters which will be available at the end of the year.
I cant wait for the large reservoirs to open and I will be off to Rutland as soon as it opens- I have a few guided trips organized already.
On the competition front I will be fishing with the Ospreys who have secured a new Club sponsor ! Great New kit!!!!! Cant tell who it is just yet!!
On the show front bookings are coming in thick and fast I have a few new shows. The first of the year is in Belfast 21st-23rd January and if you are there come and say Hi. The second is in Dublin 12-13th February. I am also off to Finland for the first time in March it will be a bit cold with no fishing but hey it should be fun!

Can I take this opportunity to thank everybody for their support in 2010 and wish everybody all the best for the coming year.
Tight Lines