• Field to Fork – Should you eat what you shoot? (11/6/2018) - Hunter gatherer style is for me but is it for everyone who loves the sport? One day into my 2018 shooting season and the question of keeping what you shoot or over-shooting has come up on numerous occasions. Coming from a farm shoot where you might shoot a bag of forty mixed game is interesting…
  • Nature needs a future – it’s up to us (9/24/2018) - A lost generation is seemingly what we have in our teenagers. More focused on tablets, iPhones, TVs and computer games. I, for one, want to make sure this doesn’t happen to my children and would rather they had a childhood of mud and the great outdoors. At least give them the opportunities to explore the…
  • Imagine the moon with epic beaches (7/2/2018) - If I had a pound for ever person that said “Scotland’s always cold and wet”, I’d be a millionaire.  It’s marmite. Some people love it, some people hate it. Why hate it?  The list invariably starts with midges then goes on to – cold, wet, windy, lonely, dull, barren and the fact that it takes…
  • Eerie Misty Morning – Chills on the river (6/15/2018) - The greatest time of day when most are asleep and the countryside is calm. A cool mist covers the tree tops blocking a view of Gods own county. Let your imagination run wild.
  • Father & Son Bonding – Is there anything better…? (6/9/2018) - There’s not a lot to say on the subject in question. Simply put, there is nothing better than spending time with you family. A weekend’s fishing with my boy was amazing. I just hope that he learns to love the Countryside like I do.
  • A Countryside Childhood – Life on the water’s edge (5/30/2018) - It’s easy to imagine having children and saying “they will be feral and love the great outdoors!” It won’t naturally happen. You have to at least give them a fighting chance to love the great outdoors and become the feral mud splattered children you hope for. The ones that choose tackle box over x-box. We…
  • Photography Widower – She said “Just one more photo”… (5/17/2018) - She said “just one more photo”… In an attempt to show support for my wife’s passion in photography, I graciously agreed to a three day stint at Badminton Horse Trials. This was payback for all the fishing and shooting that I do and she, in this moment, holds that against me! Being honest, this is…
  • Fishing, Friends & Family – A Yorkshire Sunday (5/13/2018) - Never pay attention to the weather forecast. Inevitably we did, and with trust in the forecast came a wasted morning. Gym sessions and baby soft play are definitely suited to rainy days not glorious Sunday mornings. With great haste we packed up and headed north. A short fifty miles, a swift left turn and entry…
  • Alladale Wilderness Reserve – Escape to the Highlands (5/1/2018) - The anticipation was killing me. Knowing what lay ahead was filling me with pure elation. The only thing standing in my way was a four hundred and thirty nine mile drive. An arduous journey of endless cats eyes, concrete, potholes and empty packets of Haribo. Travel sweets are usually shared but on this occasion my…
  • Unseen Italy – Behind the Scenes (4/20/2018) - As travel blogging is new to me, my initial thought was to write down everything that happened on a daily basis. What did we do, where did we go, what we ate etc. It became apparent that when reading through what I wrote, it was boring. I’m sure that millions of bloggers and writers have…
  • Too good for lessons? (4/8/2018) - Fishing is, as far as I am aware, one of the only sports where as a general rule, people do not get lessons. Why? Why is it that so many fly fisherman will not get lessons? “Everyday is a school day!” This comment was put on a short film showing one of the best casters…
  • Salmon = Insanity. How hardcore are you? (3/29/2018) - Get yourself kitted for out for the worst of weather @ Loop Tackle The early season spring salmon fisher is undoubtedly crazy. 2018’s spring has been a bit different. As John Snow would have said “winters coming.”  If I’d had the chance to sit down with John and sink an ale or two, I would have said “bang on John!” …
  • Truly Inspirational – Architectural Excellence (3/25/2018) - Over the following months Countrydad will be following the amazing work of Alex and the team at Guy Holloway Architects In everyone’s career, I’m sure there’s point when we all analyse and question what we do. Has there been a time when you’ve thought ” I wish I was a doctor, vet or a lawyer”? There must…
  • To buy or not to buy? (3/21/2018) - I love puppies. Everyone loves puppies. If you don’t love puppies, you should. Life is so unfair. The wife won’t let me have one. Every week she’ll tell me about puppies for sale but the moment I show interest, “nope, you can’t have one!” I could say man up and do what I want but sadly, for me, I…
  • Wedding Planning – Don’t ask me, just ask the Mrs (3/18/2018) - If you’ve been there, you’ll know. Wedding planning = hell. The engagement part, I loved! Serious amounts of thought went into the proposal, none of which were actually used given the shear emotion of the occasion. Of course my proposal was on a river. I had a few minor obstacles to contend with… midges, slippery…
  • Spring Salmon Fishing – Why? Are we Insane..? (3/16/2018) - Why do we do it? What does it achieve? Are we mad..? To those if you that don’t fish these are the simple answers No idea Absolutely nothing Yes To understand the absolute madness of fly fishing for spring salmon you have to have done it in the worst possible conditions. If you are a…
  • Sea Trout by Steffan Jones – Buy it, read it, learn it (3/10/2018) - I’ve been fly fishing from day one and have since enjoyed 34 years of fly fishing all over the world. Perhaps not in as many destinations as many, however I am hugely lucky to have fished where I have. Today, Stef’s book arrived and I couldn’t wait to get into it. The Sea Trout has…
  • 2018 Salmon Debut – Kit Inspection & Preparation (3/9/2018) - 6 days and counting down… Excitement levels are high and preparation has begun for my first days salmon fishing in 2018. River Tay at Newtyle is my first port of call. What preparation do you do before the beginning of the season? In the past I have fallen foul to being unprepared – Stiff Reel…
  • Sasta Clothing – Ventile Technology, High Performance 100% Cotton – Check it out! (3/8/2018) - It’s always exciting to come across new technologies in an industry that has seen some great performance tech. By new, I mean new to me. When I’m looking at jackets, which I do a lot given my seemingly addictive jacket purchase problem, I always look for Goretex. It’s great to come across something that I…
  • Quitting – I cannot stop eating…Help!! (3/7/2018) - Why is it that when it comes to quitting certain things, there are some we can quit and some that we just can’t get round. Willpower has a lot to do with it and naturally not everyone has enough willpower to sustain a blanket quit on all things bad. For many of us “normal people”…
  • Surviving Life – Year One (3/5/2018) - It’s hard to comprehend the important things in life when everyone’s days are manic and full of madness. Today is not only a wonderful day but also a sad day. The wife and I awoke celebrating our first year being parents with Archie turning one and then I received sad news that one of my…
  • With love from Mrs. Management (3/4/2018) - Dear Country Dad, In response to your blog The Fisherman’s Wife – Mrs Management dated 13th February, I feel it’s only right to respond on behalf of all the fishing widows out there. Yes, I married a fisherman. Not John West or Captain Birdseye but a salmon fisherman and that is a very different matter… Early in…
  • No such thing as bad weather…only bad clothes @ The Yorkshire Sculpture Park (3/3/2018) - Thank god the snow’s finally starting to clear in my part of Yorkshire. It’s been four days since leaving the house and I’m finally FREE!!! The blisteringly cold winds can claim responsibility for the endless snow drifts and me not being able to leave the house. If you’ve read through my previous post you may…
  • Snow day – Work, Baby, Dogs…No Child Care = Interesting (3/1/2018) - Everyone loves a snow day… I like a snow day. Repeat, day! This week has been one of those multi snow day weeks. “Yay, it’s snowing!” I have been stuck at home now for three days and I am completely losing my mind. The country’s shut down and once again we can’t cope with weather…
  • Extraordinary Africa – See Africa your way. Proud to be Associated & Support (2/28/2018) - EXTRAORDINARY AFRICA Our service and experience, your extraordinary adventure Extraordinary Africa creates unique African adventures, hand crafted for each traveller by our friendly experienced team.  If you need to know the perfect spot for your sundowner, where to go if you just have to spot a leopard on your safari, and which beaches you can…
  • Field to Fork – The Purity of Shooting (2/27/2018) - My shooting career started with a very strict safety lesson given by my father. By the time I was able to carry a shotgun it became clear that I wasn’t going to be allowed close to one until I had learnt “A Father’s Advice.” A Father’s Advice If a sportsman true you’d be Listen carefully…
  • Sasta Clothing – Proud to be Associated. Gear for Savage Weather (2/26/2018) -   Some of you may know Sasta and some of you may not. If you don’t know it, it’s time to get to know it – Sasta Clothing This brand, in my view and experience, produces some of the finest technical outer wear in Europe. Using modern and natural technology this clothing is simply outstanding. I…
  • Wellies – How many is too many & when to wear what?? (2/25/2018) - Having worked in the footwear industry for quite some time now, I’ve obviously collected a fair amount of wellies. Perhaps not the preferred choice of many as I am sure a set of trainers or Timberlands would probably float more boats, however, I live in wellies so good enough for me. Don’t get me wrong,…
  • Winter’s Coming – Loop Technical Outer Wear, Get the Right Kit! (2/24/2018) - Whether it’s Kamchatka, BC or Scotland, cold is cold. Make sure you have the right kit so you don’t freeze to death while up to your arm pits in ice cold water and blistering cold winds. Being a kit hoarder I have jackets and under layers coming out of every draw in my house. The…
  • River Ure Salmon Trust – Support The Revival of Yorkshire Salmon (2/23/2018) - It is with great pleasure that I can announce Country Dad’s support for the River Ure Salmon Trust.  Please show your support by joining the River Ure Salmon Trust and bringing this stunning river back to life – RUST Membership For more information on tackle and fishing the Ure please contact me via E-mail Me The Ure…
  • Child Birth – Man’s Eye View (2/22/2018) - This is a tense time, no doubt! Girls, it must be insane and God only knows how you do it… fair play to you. Any bloke with kids that doesn’t think his wife (at the moment of child birth) is unreal needs a good slap. We can’t ever begin to appreciate what it feels like…
  • New – Loop SDS Shooting Head Kit (2/21/2018) - Looptackle.com/sds THE ALL NEW SYNCHRO DYNAMIC SYSTEM (SDS) Multi-Tip lines are the accumulation of over three decades of experience in pioneering fly line design and development. The line system is an interchangeable shooting head solution for modern two handed fly fishing techniques with switch and double-handed fly rods. With seamless integration of each component part, SDS offers a comprehensive…
  • 3 Acres, Yorkshire – There are pubs and then the 3 Acres (2/21/2018) - Living in Yorkshire we are lucky enough to have some great pubs on our doorstep. To be fair we have a lot of good pubs but there is always one that you can’t stop going to because it’s just that good. The 3 Acres is one of those – 3acres.com The pub is located just down…
  • Man’s Best Friend – What’s life without them (2/19/2018) - Man’s Best Friend It’s hard to imagine what life would be like without our four legged friends causing absolute havoc. For me, it’s no life at all! My family was, and is, a haven for spaniels with the odd Cairn Terrier thrown in for good measure. It was the stereotypical country home with spaniels everywhere.…
  • Uniquely Scotland – Proud to be Associated. See Scotland the right way! (2/16/2018) - There are travel companies and then there is Uniquely Scotland. This is truly a unique way to see one of the most beautiful countries in the world and what makes this company unique is owner and director, Archie Stirling-Aird.          I have known Archie since we were twelve years old and can safely say…
  • Workingline Images – Proud to be Associated (2/15/2018) - ​My family are lucky enough to live in Yorkshire, not far from Caro and Andrew. It’s been a great pleasure getting to know them and they have both been incredibly kind and generous to us over the past few years. Be careful though, as Caro is so kind and such a good photographer that you…
  • Loop Tackle – Incredibly Proud to be Associated (2/14/2018) - As a boy basically born on the river bank or any fish-filled watering hole, this is a dream and an unbelievable privilege. Hasn’t tackle changed over the years, and how fortunate are we that great fishers around the world are producing kit that makes fishing so much easier and most of all, make kit that…
  • The Fisherman’s Wife – Mrs Management (2/13/2018) - The fisherman’s wife is often driven to enraged outcries of anger when it comes to the husband’s unhealthy obsession with fishing. We’ve all been there and of course we have all taken a verbal beating from the Mrs when mentioning or even suggesting a fishing trip. Unless your other half is as obsessed as you…
  • Alan Ward @ Countryfield Media – Proud To Be Associated (2/11/2018) - It is with great pleasure that I can announce my partnership with Alan Ward of Countryfield Media & Countryfield Images. Alan is one of the most amazing Country Sporting Photographers and Videographers in the Country. He has a passion for the countryside and the sports within it which shows in his work. Alan is not…
  • Wellies for Farmers – Facts on the Best for the Job (2/10/2018) - There have been many articles written about who makes the best wellingtons and which brands are the best etc etc etc. None of these articles tell the end user what to buy and what each product actually does and are really just brand sales pitches saying that they are comfortable, waterproof etc. As someone that…
  • CRR Flies – Proud to be Associated (2/10/2018) -  It is with great pleasure that I can announce a new partnership with a great guy and great company. Nacho is a real streamer junkie and pro fly tyer. Loop Ambassador, member of the International Deer Creek ProTeam, and within the pro fly tyers program of Flymen CO and Partridge of Redditch. CRR Flies made by Nacho are…
  • Muck Boots – Proud to be Associated (2/9/2018) - It’s with great pleasure that I am able to announce a partnership with the Original Muck Boot Company. Muck Boot Company The Original Muck Boot company is fast becoming one of the most popular wellington boot and outdoor lifestyle brands in the world. Owned by Honeywell in the United States this brand continues to offer…
  • Valley of the Kings – Torres Del Paine National Park – Patagonia (2/9/2018) - An amazing feature from some of the Loop Team fishing for King Salmon in Torres Del Paine National Park – Patagonia. Truly an amazing film and bucket list destination!
  • Loop Cross SX Series (2/7/2018) -
  • Bike, Car, Tree – 2 Minutes on Ile De Re (2/7/2018) - It might be a tad embarrassing to admit, however, I’ve only been to France once. A brief road trip with work through France in my book doesn’t count and considering I travel around three to four thousand miles a month I should really have been a lot more! With a wedding invite came an opportunity…
  • Reflection – Past Season (2/4/2018) - An amazing few days with great company surrounded by beautiful light, scenery and most importantly, some cracking fish caught.
  • English Beauty (2/4/2018) - Winter on the Test – English Beauty
  • Lost – A Fisherman’s dream (2/4/2018) - Unlike the gin clear waters of Southern chalk streams where trout can be visible and access is easy, Scotland’s wilderness offers endless mystery that remains untouched. The highlands and islands hold hundreds of lochs and rivers that few of us have ever fished. A plethora of fish obsessive films and articles encourage anglers to far…
  • Parking cost me £70 in wine (2/3/2018) - Hey Rose time came a wee bit early given it’s only February and Rose time is generally a summer tipple. Sadly this story isn’t one of those in which I had a really good looking parking attendant and we went for a glass or twelve of wine. Not quite that exciting. I came across this…
  • While Mums at work #daddydaycare (2/3/2018) - I guess every mum and dad that works 5 days a week waits for the weekend for a bit of R&R or time to take a minute and breathe…….Mums are heroes and especially my wife who works long hours 4 days a week as a Veterinary Director and has to take the wee man to…
  • Welcome & thanks from the tarmac farmer (2/1/2018) - Well here we go… Thank you for taking the time to have a look at my blog. I think the reason for me starting this is mostly due to me spending countless hours in hotel rooms away from my family. If you are anything like me I hate being away from home however I also…