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Too good for lessons?

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 … Continue reading Too good for lessons?

Salmon = Insanity. How hardcore are you?

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!"  … Continue reading Salmon = Insanity. How hardcore are you?

Truly Inspirational – Architectural Excellence

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 … Continue reading Truly Inspirational – Architectural Excellence

To buy or not to buy?

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 … Continue reading To buy or not to buy?

Wedding Planning – Don’t ask me, just ask the Mrs

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 … Continue reading Wedding Planning – Don’t ask me, just ask the Mrs

Spring Salmon Fishing – Why? Are we Insane..?

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 … Continue reading Spring Salmon Fishing – Why? Are we Insane..?

Sea Trout by Steffan Jones – Buy it, read it, learn it

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 … Continue reading Sea Trout by Steffan Jones – Buy it, read it, learn it

2018 Salmon Debut – Kit Inspection & Preparation

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 … Continue reading 2018 Salmon Debut – Kit Inspection & Preparation

Sasta Clothing – Ventile Technology, High Performance 100% Cotton – Check it out!

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 … Continue reading Sasta Clothing – Ventile Technology, High Performance 100% Cotton – Check it out!

Quitting – I cannot stop eating…Help!!

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" … Continue reading Quitting – I cannot stop eating…Help!!