Before we completely consign 2016 to the
dustbin of history there are two more duties to close out the year: voting
in the the inaugural Fish & Fly Annual Awards and a quick gallop though
a fishing year in photos.
Fish & Fly is one of the great on-line resources for us
fly fishers and the ever inventive editor Paul Sharman has given us all the
opportunity to give our verdict on the best bit of kit, retailer, fishing
guide, personality of the year and much more in the first ever Fish & Fly 2016 Awards Survey.
I am delighted to say that Fishing Breaks has been nominated in the Fishing
Travel section. Do vote!
This is the most popular photo I have ever
posted on social media. Only in Stockbridge would you be greeted at dawn by
a man in waders, crossing a zebra crossing with a scythe over his shoulder
on the way to work. Long may it continue.
When all about you is bleak one gorgeous
fish can brighten a drab winter day.
Cow parsley heads in a frosted water meadow.
They may have come last in the One Fly but
they seem mighty happy about it!
By my estimation only a 137 days to go
Duncan Weston, who was there with me in the
trenches from the early days of Fishing Breaks right up until he retired
due to ill health a couple of years ago, died on June 8th, his 76th
Our first ever Kids Fish Camp that ran for
five days in July.
Dusk on the River Nadder in Wiltshire with
nothing but a few sheep, a last fluttering of sedges and glooping trout for
Yes, such is the parlous state of our native
water vole that we rear them in captivity for re-populating otherwise
barren rivers. This is one of a 110 released on the River Meon. PS The Pringle can is a cunning
device to scoop them from the carrying cage - voles bite hard and don't let
This was the moment the Mop Fly arrived in
the UK ...........
Dawn and -7C at The Bends
on the River Test just upstream of Stockbridge this morning. It felt like
Our fly fishing capital town Stockbridge is
looking very festive this year thanks to a big effort by all those who live
and trade on the High Street, including lighting up the river.
fins to test your knowledge; they are all freshwater. Answers at the bottom
of the page. It's just for fun!
thanks to Chris Cooper (no relation ) for the February grayling photo
and Minnie Cooper (relation) for the May mayfly photo. And in case you have
scrolled all the way down, please don't forget to vote in the Fish & Fly Awards poll.