Alladale Wilderness Reserve – Escape to the Highlands

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 … Continue reading Alladale Wilderness Reserve – Escape to the Highlands

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

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

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!

With love from Mrs. Management

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 … Continue reading With love from Mrs. Management

No such thing as bad weather…only bad clothes @ The Yorkshire Sculpture Park

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 … Continue reading No such thing as bad weather…only bad clothes @ The Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Snow day – Work, Baby, Dogs…No Child Care = Interesting

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 … Continue reading Snow day – Work, Baby, Dogs…No Child Care = Interesting