The heat is on so time for carp on the fly.

When the summer heat really hits and the trout don’t want to play then there is always carp on the fly to fall back on. They are fantastically powerful. And to see a fish take your fly off the surface and if you get the timing right with the strike you are in for a fight to remember. Went to Newdigate farm lakes this (very hot) morning with an old buddy Paul Slawson. A new venue for us but we managed to get a few fish in spite of the heat. My best fish below. 🙂

Fly Fishing Sussex .Com open for business again

From Wednesday 13th May the government are allowing most angling to resume and to get back out there and enjoy our sport. Most fisheries are reopening this week but we must adhere to their rules and distancing measures. As you will know, If safe, one can also return to work so I am pleased to announce that Fly Fishing Sussex.Com will resume business from 1st June. With that, I am ready and taking bookings for fly fishing tuition. Also guiding at some fisheries that are allowing guests. For those who have already paid for a session or purchased a voucher for someone please get in touch to make a reservation, But obviously with safe distancing and please supply your own mask if you wish? I will be supplying cleaned equipment as usual but please feel free to bring your own. Email for booking or inquiries

“Tight Lines” Howie

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Nice fishing after the rains

A welcome break in the weather today so I managed to get back to my lakes after being away for some time. With lots of rain of late it as been virtually unfishable anyway.  The wash of the off the Downs had clouded the water somewhat so decided to give the trout something highly visible.  I tied on a bright blob to get attention followed by a flashy wooly bugger. The hi-viz team worked almost straight away and landed a nice brown.  Within a couple of hours, 2 more larger browns and a really hard fighting blue trout came to the net.



Nice Blue Trout

Turned up at the lakes this afternoon and began to tackle up only to discover I had brought along 3 spools of fly line but no reel. So, began to pack the bag and go home when a fellow member (Kev) suddenly showed and happened to have spare reel and line and saved the day. He said he’d already had several fish and what flies were working. After losing a couple lightly hooked fish the line tightened up proper and I was into this lovely blue trout which weighed in at 5.5lbs.  Then fished on and landed a couple more nice rainbows. So from a disastrous start it turned into an amazing couple of hours fishing.


Rain Rain Rain

I hope the bass fishing is not over yet. Vast amounts of land water run off still running down stream today like dark chocolate.  Alas, settled weather is forecast this week and we could see fish taking shelter and feeding over the mussel beds up stream in the Shoreham town stretch. This week should see the Adur clearing and hopefully see a late run of  fish and enjoy some  great Autumn fishing

Tight Lines Howie

Fly fishing Bavaria trip 2019

20190910_101338Soooo happy 20190912_151739to be invited and say yes to this trip. I’ve been lucky to fish some amazing locations in my life. Some by luck, some researched and this one by invitation. A hosted 7 days fishing trip with two guys from different walks of life. Being anglers we instantly got on but you never know how it’s gonna go? As my host Julian said “good things happen when you say yes” Thanks guys 20190912_17512920190911_11572220190910_17473220190909_18180420190910_14280520190910_175617