A dalliance with the dark side

Since friday evening my Mother-in-Law has been stopping with us. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining, she’s a lovely woman, especially when she’s a three and a half hour car ride away. Not so lovely when she’s close enough to bounce a half eaten Werthers Original off. Yesterday I had the perfect excuse to escape for a few … Continued

New flies, fish and filthy buggers

As it’s fathers day tomorrow, and I have a day of surprises planned by my wife and kids, I thought I’d play it safe and get a couple of hours on the river tonight, tomorrow sounds too full of bike rides, picnics and football for squeezing any fishing in! I headed off to Lintzford 4:30pm, tackled up and on the … Continued

What a difference a day a makes (24 little hours)

Yesterday I spent a very enjoyable day on the River Coquet with my good friend Phil. It was my first time fishing this particular river, and from the places Phil showed me, hopefully won’t be my last. Coquet – different and good It’s certainly very different from what I’m used to on the Derwent, but in a good way. My … Continued

Dark thoughts and coffee

Yesterday, for a change, I managed to leave work at a decent time. I popped home for a quick bite to eat (left over pizza from the night before is an excellent, quick post-fishing meal) and headed off for a few ours on the river. I arrived at the Linzford stretch at 6:30pm, more or less the same time the … Continued

River Derwent, Lintzford (Garden Centre section)

The garden centre section of the Derwent is one of my favourite spots on the river. Not just because it’s picturesque, has a variety of water conditions to deal with and clear open stretches with wooded sections between, it’s also the nearest part of the Derwent to me. I can be on the river, tackled up and casting my first … Continued

‘Poaching’ on the Derwent

Poaching – conjures up images of wily old men, clever as a foxes and twice as cunning. Bedecked in a long but well worn Barbour, inside pockets nicely flushed out with a brace (or two) of Pheasants/Rabbits/Hares, only taking what they need to put a square meal on the family table back at the little cottage in the forest. Hold that … Continued