Another fly fisherman in the making

I took my neighbour (Romain) for a lesson today. Sometimes from the off, you get a feeling about a person and then you have to wait to see what happens next?

Romain was a complete novice to any type angling. Then after the 3 hour lesson, he turned it all around to someone (I feel) able to take himself off fly fishing with a basic understanding of the tackle, the over head and roll cast, knot tying and what ever I could throw at him in this short space of time.

Mastering the cast.


Dry fly action

Cracking Sunday morning, surface action on dry Daddies. Nothing happened at for the first 2 hours and was running out of clues to which fly to try next. I assumed as fish were not rising they must be deep and fished away with sunk flies. Sitting having a coffee and a think about leaving, a fish rose, then another. The water suddenly came alive although no visible hatch was going on. Looking through my box of dry flies I chose a big bushy Daddy. First cast. Wallop! A nice rainbow. Then 2 more and finished with a cracking brownie.  Lesson learnt. Don’t keep flogging the water just sit, wait and watch.

The take


The prize


Kind Client feedback from a fly fishing improver

I met Howie on the Adur for the first time today. I am somewhat of a novice and Howie’s instruction and demonstration was first rate, very patient and lots of encouragement. Amazing what you can pack into three hours, time flew by and finished with time on the Adur Bass hunting. I definitely walked away a more competent caster than I arrived and look forward to putting everything in to practice. I would have no hesitation in recommending Howie to anyone who needs instruction.
Wow!  Thanks allot Adrian.
Tight Lines   Howie

Changing seasons, flies and tactics

Took a few hours out from work this morning and headed off to my lakes before the rains arrive. Started fishing at 8am and after tying on a black tadpole pattern. Second cast I was into a good rainbow. The fish had been feasting on small, black,pond snails as on inspection the stomach was full. Within 2 hours I’d caught 4 rainbows. The biggest (pictured) was 5lbs. It pays to try different flies as the seasons and conditions change. Like the fish, we have to adapt to keep feeding and catching. I know the Tadpole fly is nothing like a snail except for the colour black but that can make all the difference. Who knows, maybe nextime green or bright pink ????

Tight Lines Howie

A savage take


What a result


We had a good morning at chalk springs,Anita caught our first trout,2lb5!Later on I caught one at 2lb4,not long before packing up another at2lb.Thanks for your tuition and getting us started,we are both very much enjoying ourselves!Attached,photos’ of our morning.


Great news. Well done to you and Anita and thanks for the photos.

Double tight lines  Howie