Carp On the fly Jenny’s Lake

Another day out with the Fly Dressers Guild (Sussex Branch) This time at Jenny’s lake, Newdigate. It was a fine day and most anglers seemed to kick off the day with a fish almost straight away. Then the carp seemed to wise up to our biscuit flies and things went quiet until after lunch when they came on the feed again. I had to leave at 4.30 but managed 5 fish for the day and glad to say the 2 biggest a 9 and a 10 pounder fell to my own tied black beetle flies. Again, the afternoon into the evening seemed to be the most productive.

Salt water converts (A day on the Adur)

Hi Howie

Gordon and I just wanted to thank you for a great day Saturday

You really helped us with great advice and information

We are both now converts and will be buying some saltwater fly gear over the next week or two . I will mention your name .

Best regards


Fly fishing Portugal

Luckily I’m off to Portugal with my partner for 9 days and will be revisiting the beautiful area around Coimbra to the north central. I hope to grab a few days to fly fish the lovely river Ceira again. The stretches which run through the old town of Gois are particularly nice with two weir pools,some long,slower deep parts to explore with plenty of trout to be had under the shade of trees. The second weir pool on the edge of the town runs off into a faster streamy run which takes you down to the end of the beat. There are rainbows and browns to be had and all for only 5 euros a day, catch and release. One must however obtain a rod licence for the area. There are some monster barbel cruising around too but I’ve yet tempt one to the fly. Here’s a photo from last years trip. The last stretch at Gois.Image

And yet another Bass! Nov 24.2011

  And yet another! This Bass weighed about 4lb. I was getting  tired of double hauling day after day so I took out my 12’double hander for a change and this Bass put it to the test with a fine scrap. The 12 footer  with a floating line and sink tip is a great outfit for a river the size of the Adur. You can really control and mend the line. Also if you have a good fish on that it makes a sudden run or fights well there is a lot more spring in the rod to cushion your tippet.

Anyway they still out there guys. Tight lines Howie

Nothing fishy to report.

Well, nothing to report as far as fly-caught fish from the Adur. That’s not to say they are not there. There have been a few Bass taken on spinner and repalas. Shoals off schoolies have also been seen feeding in the river.Of cause the Grey Mullet are back so it’s all looking good for the summer. I have been fly fishing on the river but maybe only managing to get down once a week as other projects have kept me occupied. I am happy to say my introduction to casting and fly fishing courses has taken off this season and I’ve working my way through the new learners keen to get into fly fishing which is great news for the sport .I am however still happily taking bookings for summer sessions. Should anyone wish to learn to fly fish or brush up on there skills please use my contact form on the main web page or call me 07754567242. I will be away on a fly fishing trip from June 6th till the 21st. I’ll be exploring the rivers and lakes of central Portugal for wild Carp, Trout, Barble and Black Bass.This a bit of a recce too for possible hosted trips for the future. I’ll let you know how I get on later. Ok folks on with the day job (carpenter) although today I need to crack on and get a coat of paint on my houseboat before the tides come up again. Ps. I’m always interested to hear of local fishing reports so please mail.

Tight lines

Mahseer Fishing South India

Please check out this post contributed by the people at the River Cauvery fishing camp. For further information please just use the contact form on my web page or email me

Rising from the Western Ghats range of Karnataka, Cauvery (also known as the Kaveri) is one of the sacred rivers in India. It is of particular importance to South India, where the river flows before merging into the Bay of Bengal. The river covers a distance of about 765 km and flows through the state of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. On its journey to the Bay of Bengal, the river is joined by its tributaries, which include Harangi, Shimsa, Hemavathi, Honnuhole, Arkavathi, Kapila, Lakshmana Theertha, Kabini, Lokapavani, Bhavani, Noyil and Amaravathy.
Talacauvery (also Talakaveri) located about 5000 ft above sea level is the source of the Cauvery. Talacauvery is considered a famous pilgrimage site in Karnataka.  At the source of the Cauvery there is a temple where every year on Tula sankramana thousands of pilgrims gather to pay their respects to the Cauvery.
The river then flows through Mysore district where two islands Srirangapatnam and Shivanasamudram are formed.  At Sivasamudram the river drops 98 meters forming famous falls known as Gagan Chukki and Bara Chukki. After meandering through Karnataka the river then enters Tamil Nadu and forms the boundary between the Erode and Salem districts. The Cauvery is joined by the Bhavani River at Bhavani. Hogenakkal is a major landmark on the course of the Cauvery in Tamil Nadu. Trichy and Thanjavur are other important towns on the banks of the Cauvery.
The river after covering a distance of 765 km merges into the Bay of Bengal through two principal mouths.
The Cauvery is born as a mountain spring at Talacauvery and grows wider as it travels down the hills. The Mahseer Rapids camp is situated at the point where the river comes down the hills and meets the plains. Opposite the camp is lush green forest which is part of a wildlife sanctuary.
The river in front of the camp is fast flowing with numerous rock formations in the water, behind which, large mahseer lie in wait for smaller baitfish and other food to pass by with the current. The wild mango and flowering trees that line the bank are a good source of both insects, fruit and flowers on which the mahseer feed in the early hours of the morning and late in the evening. Fly patterns which imitate these insects and flowers work well on mahseer.  
Sunken trees and branches provide excellent cover for mahseer and other predators like the snakehead which lie in ambush for unsuspecting baitfish.
Both Deccan mahseer (Tor Khudree) and Humpbacked mahseer (Tor Musullah) inhabit this stretch of the river. Being wild fish they prefer to hunt for minnows (Cheela argentea) and usually herd the baitfish into a corner before feeding. It is very exciting to see the chilwa leaping out of the water in an attempt to evade the mahseer whose presence is confirmed by the large dorsal fin sticking out of the water in close pursuit of the unfortunate baitfish. A well placed cast with a lure or fly will most likely trigger a strike from the mahseer to be followed by the adrenalin rush that kicks in as the powerful fish tows angler and boat upstream or downstream. This is something that has to be experienced to be fully appreciated.

Baitfish – Cheela argentea
Lures like the Rapala floating magnum and mepps trophy spinners with the hooks swapped for thicker and stronger trebles are ideal for lure fishing.  For larger mahseer we recommend large silver spoons with super strong split rings and hooks. Plugs that imitate the local baitfish increase your chances of a hook up.
By using sonar equipment in the most productive stretches of the river, we have figured out the most likely spots for big mahseer and the visiting angler will be advised by the accompanying guide about these spots.
We strongly advise that visiting anglers bring their own equipment. However if the angler wishes to rent quality fishing tackle suitable for mahseer fishing, this can be organised at camp. Please write to us for more details on what equipment you will need to carry.