Sunday 21 December 2014

Fishing is cool

Here is a little video of my friend Steve Cullen catching a good sized grayling from the lower Dove.
Steve did not know I was recording and thought I was snapping a few pictures away.. The lad is a joy to fish with because he loves it and it shows from the very first second!! 

Monday 8 December 2014

Grayling Hunting with Steve Cullen

its looks cold and it was... a brew sorted us out 
For the past two sundays Steve Cullen and myself have been out in search of big grayling on my own Dove water..
last week saw a 2.15 hit the net so anything to beat that was unlikely..
For a change we decided to fish parts of the river i have never bothered with as sometimes its too easy for myself to go and find fish in pools i know too well.
This was a god send i and it felt like as new river to me as we started to hit Grayling in new found pools..
It was again hard work but our persistance paid off with 5 fish all well over the 2lb mark that fell to a tiny red tag size 18 fished with a heavish point fly..

Time for a brew it was freeeezing
Cullen with a huge fish taken in flat water

Saturday 6 December 2014

kelly Kettle moment good for the soul,

Today i was being filmed by Howard Sooley a film maker from London, he has done a few sessions with me to try and capture the magic of fishing, not a instructive video but one for non anglers and anglers to see what feeds us...hopefully it will come across well.

my section of the Dove does not hold many Grayling but what it does however is hold massive grayling so the thrills from getting even one take beats catching hundreds of small grayling in a session..

I was flogging the Dove to death early doors with not a single take for my efforts, Howard was in the background filming  away and i knew what was needed to revive me....a good kelly kettle coffee!!

A Tesco cheese sandwich and a fire up of the kelly and i sat on my famous log with Howard as we admired this little bit of heaven..
Surprising what a break can do for your mind and i went back out with a new approach with a unweighted soft touch shrimp and a 2mm tung bead point fly just to take it under the water and drift a natural 'wafted' sts in a graylings path..
It all went to plan and my indicator stopped and i saw the big silver flank of the grayling turn on its side..
2lb 3oz of Dove Grayling in the catch and release net

Soul revived


Tuesday 2 December 2014

Big Grayling hunting can be hard but worth it ...

Steve Cullen Dove 2lb 15oz

Dove 3lb 3oz

Dove 2lb 15 oz

River Test 2lber