Imagine the moon with epic beaches

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 … Continue reading Imagine the moon with epic beaches

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?

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

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