Start of a new season

As has been said by many fly fishing bloggers over the last week or two, the opening day couldn’t come round soon enough – and it seems like an age since breaking the rod down at the end of last season. I’d hoped to get out yesterday, the official start to the season up here, but with a list of … Continued

New flies for the new season

As we get closer and closer to the new season starting here on the 22nd, I’ve finally pulled my finger out and starting stocking up on flies. I’m fully aware that after months of no casting practice what so ever the vast majority will be offered up to the tree gods, left dangling off riverside tree branches like the earrings … Continued

Quick fly tying tip to keep you tidy

Hopefully this fly tying tip isn’t me telling you something you already know, if this is old news please leave a comment below. To me this is a great time saver, and keeps me on the right side of Mrs NEFF. I tie my flies on the kitchen table, so unlike you lucky so and so’s who’ve got your own … Continued

Dark Sky review – THE weather app for Fishermen

Dark Sky Review There are loads of reviews out on the internet for Dark Sky, some lengthy ones, some short ones and several in between. What they don’t do, is look at Dark Sky and the features it offers the fly fisherman – so I wanted to show you why I think this is the best app out there for … Continued

Knitsley Mill Fishing Lakes

Knitsley Mill Fishing Lakes is made up of three lakes, totalling around 7 acres. The middle and bottom lakes are well stocked with Rainbow, Blue and Brown Trout. The bottom lake is fly only, with the other two being any method. Fish are stocked up to 12lb in weight, and with the excellent natural food sources around the lake they’re … Continued

South Linden Fishery

South Linden Fishery has been running since 2002, and the fishing is going from strength to strength. Comprising of two lakes, with the larger being a fly only water, the a bait lake but both stocked with Blue and Rainbow Trout. The fly lake has fish up to 20lbs – so be careful what strength leader you use! Find more … Continued

NEFF Weekly Fly Fishing bargains – 16th February

There isn’t a week goes by where at some point, and usually more than once I trawl through the listings on eBay looking for a fly fishing bargain. And if it’s not eBay, then it’ll be Orvis, GAC, Sportfish, Fishtec or any one of a dozen more online goodie stores. As I spend a lot of idle time staring at stuff I want, but possibly … Continued

W/C 16th February – Five Free Fly Friday

After many, many weeks of looking at my tying gear but doing nothing, I’ve finally gotten round to making some files. I think it was to option of either watching ‘Splash’ on ITV or sitting at the vice – and as far as choices go that’s not a difficult one! Along with stocking up my own fly box, I’ve knocked … Continued

NEFF Weekly Fly Fishing bargains – 9th February

There isn’t a week goes by where at some point, and usually more than once I trawl through the listings on eBay looking for a fly fishing bargain. And if it’s not eBay, then it’ll be Orvis, GAC, Sportfish, Fishtec or any one of a dozen more online goodie stores. As I spend a lot of idle time staring at … Continued

Putting Day One Fishing Journal snippet into iPad TextExpander (works for iPhone too)

Since writing my blog post about using Day One and TextExpander for my fishing journal, I’ve had quite a few questions from folk wanting to do the same. One question that’s been asked a few times now, and lastly by Dennis in the comments to that post only last week, is how to get the TextExpander snippets into the iPad … Continued

This years most important piece of fishing gear

I’ve been looking through all the gear I lug around, and all the gear I’d like to buy, so I can lug it around, and decided that by far the most important piece of fishing gear I’ll use this year is in the photo below. No, it’s not a toilet roll – though that has many uses (try using a … Continued

Real manufacturing – Hardy Reels History, an interview with the reel design team

After taking a tour around the manufacturing side of Hardy & Greys at Alnwick towards the end of last year, I was struck by the range of machinery used and the attention to detail that went into creating each reel produced at their Willowburn factory. I sent a mail to Hardy the company asking if it’d be possible to visit … Continued

Minke Multi-Tool – first impressions

Way back in August last year, I came across a Twitter message about a funky new tool for tying hooks to line. The product in question was looking for financial backing through Kickstarter, a website where anyone with an idea for a product, game, piece of music, film or artwork can showcase their project in an attempt to raise funding … Continued