Monthly Archives: February 2014

  • Friday 28th February 2014

    The day after my last entry, Luke and I headed off to the United States and the big Fly Fishing Show in New Jersey. We didn't sell as many books as I would have liked, but met lots of old and new friends, and had a lovely time with Ken and Diane in New Hampshire before and after the show.
    For the first time in many years, we have an empty kennel. Jess hadn't been too well after three days' shooting immediately before our trip. She had a couple of days at the vet's while we were away, then fell ill again a week or so later, this time very seriously - she only lived for a few hours after the diagnosis of lung cancer was made.
    She was only six-and-a-half, and as she came to me as a fully trained 3-year-old, we only had three seasons together. I've had some good labs, but she was probably the best. I'm glad we saw the season out without any inkling of what was to come.
    On our return we were almost straight off to the BFFI. Now it has moved to a February date there are fewer complaints, and the atmosphere this year was very good. Then we had a mad rush to unload the flyfishing stock and replace it with guns and shooting for the Shooting Show at Stoneleigh.
    My immediate problem is what to do about my wooden greenhouse. The gales ripped one side out of it, and I guess the best thing to do will be to pull it down and start again. I'd better get moving - it's time to start sowing seeds! Luckily there is plenty of room in the aluminium house at this time of year, so I can start some stuff in there.
    February has been without sport, and there is little prospect in March. I seldom fish for rainbow trout, but can sometimes be tempted out if I hear that Clywedog is fishing well - we'll see.


  • Westcountry Game Fair, 22nd & 23rd of March


    Support for the countryside!

    The Royal Bath & West Showground, Somerset will once again welcome the ever-popular Westcountry Game Fair on Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd March 2014. This important countryside event, supported by the British Association for Shooting & Conservation (BASC), will celebrate eighteen years of entertaining the public and creating a platform for countryside traditions and issues to be promoted and supported.

    The event has a wonderful mix of have-a-go activities including archery, air rifles, Terrier and Lurcher shows, family dog show, clay shooting; fascinating demonstrations both indoor and outdoor – top names in the areas of falconry, wildfowling, ferreting, gun dog training, fly casting and more; educational insight into a variety of countryside issues and sports and a fabulous shopping village all under cover in four halls! There will be a variety of companies selling a range of products from country clothing, guns, fishing, deer stalking equipment to gundog equipment, local food and drink and crafts.

    The Somerset Smallholders will also host a selection of activities, demonstrations, advice and stalls.

    BASC (British Association of Shooting and Conservation) play a prominent role at the event providing shooting coaching, gundog scurries and sharing their knowledge and expertise on their trade stand in the shopping village, with features including a wildfowlers row, artists row, Game tasting, shooting clinic and much more.

    In addition, the cookery theatre will host a variety of chefs all with simple, easy to follow delicious game recipes.

    You can keep up to date with everything happening at the show by visiting our website or joining our Facebook group and following us on Twitter. For exhibitor enquiries, please call 01392 421500.


    To book your tickets in advance and save money visit or call the ticket office 01749 813899

    Westcountry Game Fair 2014

  • BFFI 2014

    Salmon Flies: Past and Present
    by Henk Van Bork

    This weekend Paul, Luke and Marion are off to the BFFI in Stafford. The main event will be the launch of our new salmon fly book Salmon Flies: Past and Present by Henk van Bork. Henk will be with us all weekend so come along to get your copy signed and discuss the art of the salmon fly.

    Peter Hayes, author of Fly Fishing Outside the Box, was due to be with us too but after some recent surgery  his doctor has advised him not to travel so he will unfortunately not be able to attend. We will however have plenty of copies of his book and they will all be signed.

    Yet more signed books! Tony Hayter, author of the superb new biography of G.E.M. Skues, is also unfortunately unable to attend however we have got hold of a few signed copies of his book and will be bringing them along to the show. The author has signed very few of these so make sure to come along and secure your copy!

    Along with the signed books above we'll be bringing along a wide selection of all the latest flyfishing and fly-tying books plus plenty of out-of-print titles, a few of our fine de luxe editions and a huge number of reduced-price books. We hope to see you there!

  • Fly Fishing Outside the Box - new website

    Fly Fishing Outside the Box by Peter Hayes Fly Fishing Outside the Box by Peter Hayes

    Peter Hayes, author of the bestselling book Fly Fishing Outside the Box, has recently put together a website to let you take a look inside. The site shows 27 of the book's pages in full along with a selection of reviews, photographs and lots of other good stuff.

    Take a look yourself at


    Hardback in dust-wrapper. Price £25.00
    Flyfisher's Classic Library edition limited to 100 signed and numbered copies. Price £95.00

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