Flyfishing

Saltwater Fly fishing for Bass in Cornwall and beyond


Fly fishing in deep water is not easy . It requires patience and heaps of practice but the rewards are out there if you can master this discipline . I have a few techniques and observations I can share within this blog . I hope it all makes sense and gets you motivated to get down on it !  Fly fishing in 50 to 60 foot of water with 1.5 knots of tide , wind over tide is an art form and something that I have been trying to perfect for...

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5 Nautilus years on Zen2

5 Nautilus years on Zen2


Posted By on Jul 10, 2017

Over the years I have had plenty of clients ask me about how well my fly reels have performed and it seems that over the last few trips everyone has been asking me . So I decided it certainly deserves a mention on my blog . Over the last 12 years I have used and abused so many reels in the saltwater . Vosslers are dead and drags seized , greys rotted out , Abels are solid workhorses but rather heavy and too expensive  . The original...

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Help !! This crazy lady with a crazy idea just wont leave me alone !! Let me explain.   September is prime season for Fly fishing for Bass in the UK and as result I am on the water day after day. The ansaphone machine bleeps and flashes at me in an attempt to get my attention   , the emails start to pile up . I should take a day off but I don’t. I have a terrible fishing addiction and equally terrible bank balance  so I...

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Macro River Macro Trout Macro lens

Macro River Macro Trout Macro lens


Posted By on Apr 4, 2015

Photography wise today was a disaster , but if your brave enough to take an old battered  400 D and a Canon 50 mm fixed  F2.8 down the river then high wastage is forgivable  But non the less a canon F 2.8 will always throw out something a bit special if you just keep clicking away. Talking of rivers my 10 year old  son fell in the river this evening, fully clothed , fell off a rope swing face down in front of all his buddies. He...

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First Decade

First Decade


Posted By on Feb 18, 2015

It has only this week suddenly dawned on me that I have managed to pull this off for 10 years ! I have just had a quick scroll back through some images from various chapters within the last decade , some of which seem like 20 years ago. I guess that means I have been keeping busy . Ten years ago I launched uksaltwaterflies.com from the spare bedroom at our old house overlooking Porthleven harbour . I had run out of options in Cornwall...

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July speed blog

July speed blog


Posted By on Jul 30, 2014

Speed blogging time of the year for me , lets see if I can ”bang one out ” in 10 mins , theres so much happening and so many stories to tell and yet I have just no spare time whatsoever .  .  Not that the world is hanging on my every word and desperately awaiting the next exciting installment but I have met so many people recently that do read my blog i guess i should try to do something. Ok Im wasting time ! No mackerel ?...

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Someone flicked the switch  !

Someone flicked the switch !


Posted By on Jul 8, 2014

June can be a sketchy month down here . The large Spring Bass have been and gone , where do they go ? I just don’t know  . Once we go into Summer mode I would regard any bass over 7 Lb as exceptional . I also believe the Bass will become far more ” house trained” and will stick to their favourite spots provided the larder stays stocked and they don’t get harassed by seals or humans . These resident fish form...

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Wild Trout fishing West  Cornwall

Wild Trout fishing West Cornwall


Posted By on Apr 5, 2014

Once you hit 5 degrees West on the map the finger of land between North and South coast starts to narrow and with it the streams . This is the end of the road for Trout Fishing in the UK. Its amazing once you start to research and try to unlock the secrets of river fly fishing in West Cornwall from the comfort of your I pad just how little information there is out there , its bloody amazing in this day and age. . No grace and favour...

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2013 In a nutshell

2013 In a nutshell


Posted By on Dec 9, 2013

2013 Has been an amazing year and in a way I don’t want this year to end.  I cant complain about the bookings on Zen2 or the weather . It was a massive learning curve and the number of new waypoints on my GPS has exploded around the county. We started the season on the Eddystone launching from Plymouth . We fished Falmouth Bay and Lizard, Roseland ,  Porthleven and Mounts Bay, St Ives 7 Stones, Padstow and Newquay . One area of...

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Zen2 2013 ” The movie ”

Zen2 2013 ” The movie ”


Posted By on Nov 13, 2013

What a great year it has been , so many great days  aboard Zen2 . So many great fish !  Long days they are. I would say the average day works out at around 13 hours start to finish.  Most days the alarm goes off around 4 am . I have to take every booking that comes my way . The winter is a quiet time for bookings. Were loaded with Bass but Joe public just won’t make his way down the A 30. So Winter is the time to look back and...

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