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.

Mahseer fly fishing trip 2010-2011


 Last February 2010 I was invited to fish a stretch the River Cauvery in southern India. This is not one of the well known commercial beats that are (in my opinion) so heavily bait fished and thus makes fly fishing very difficult. The owner has asked me not to give the exact location except  this place is not far from Mysore and the fishing is responsibly controlled and therefore not over fished or spoiled by heavy ground baiting. Although I went with the intention of pursuing the mighty Mahseer with a fly rod. I did try bait fishing and got a nice 10-12lb fish which gave a hell a scrap and gave me some idea how these lovely fish can fight. Lure fishing is allowed and can be very productive as the host proved when he latched onto a good 30 plus pounder from the cortical. This was particularly hard week on the Cauvery and the bigger fish were a bit shy. However I did persist with the fly rod and tied up some nymphs and bait fish patterns at the camp which caught me fish daily. No monsters but fish up to 3lb including some lovely Rohu. A similar looking fish which can grow upwards of 20lbs. The fishing camp is situated right on the the bank so very easy access to the river. There is some cracking fly water along this river so waders, flats boots or even none-slip water sandals are a must to go exploring. The camp accommodation is basic but adequate and has great food. It only sleeps up to 4 anglers:myself of course plus 3 guests. The camp owner is a great host and also a very keen angler and guide with excellent boat and coracle skills. The best of the fly fishing is throughout February. Anyone seriously interested in a trip for 2011 the cost of the fishing, accommodation and meals will be around £130 per day depending on the exchange rates of the day. Please use my website contact form for enquiries.

Tight lines Howie     

ps check out   for a bit of action from my last trip 

tight lines Howie  

Bass fly fishing on th River Adur Estuary

  The very cold winter has kept the water temperatures down and so the fish have stayed well off shaw in the deeper warmer layers. Even the boat fishermen have been struggling.  It was the last evening of the last day in May till I caught my first  Bass on the fly. What a cracking fish to kick off the season.  It weighed in at 3.7lbs and what a scrap.  It was my 15th last cast of the evening and I had almost given up. Then the line tightened. I instinctively strip-striked and felt it was a decent fish and raised the rod and he was on.  The fish took an "Howie’s eel" one of my home tied sand eel patterns.