Out and About Exploring 

Since my last blog post I’ve been out a couple of times up and down the river including a trip up to the River Tees. 

Last weekend I fished the River Tees with Anne Woodcock and Lisa Isles, we were fishing a strech of the river only available to guests who are staying at Woodencroft Cottages. Throughout the morning there wasn’t much fly life hatching off however for a short spell of around 5 minutes there was a brilliant hatch of Large Dark Olives which Sent the fish bonkers! By this time Lisa had switched to the duo method which brought some well earned fish to the net. I soon switched to fishing the duo and landed my first Tees fish, albeit an out at season Grayling which was safely returned. All in all we had a great day and I’m looking forward to re-visiting the tees later on in the year.

Back to fishing the river calder, I went out one day last week after work.  Arriving to a low, crystal clear river. There were some flies hatching off but not enough to get the trout feeding off the surface. I set up with the duo, with the bouyant dry fly all ginked up and below a small size 18 jig nymph. 

I’ve been catching some resonably sized trout over the past couple of weeks, after watching my dry fly dunk under the surface I struck into what I thought was just another average Calder fish. However when it woke up I knew I just had to land this fish, it was running riot in the tail end of the pool I was fishing! I didn’t know weather it was a big grayling or a trout. It was hard on the bottom. As I gained control of the fish and slid it over the top of my net I was looking at it with disbelief. 

I’m sure some of you have had much, much bigger fish from rivers but my experience of playing the bigger fish in a river is little to none! So All the tips I had been given were all floating around in my head. This fish is definitely one I won’t be forgetting for a while. 


After a couple of quick pictures the fish was returned to fight another day!


After some cracking days and evenings early on this trout season. Now my attention is turned to preparation for this years Ladies international at Grafham… Bring it on! 

Tight lines!   

Fishing on The River Calder 

I’ve been out a few times this past couple of weeks and had some great sport on the river.

A couple of weeks ago I did my first fly tying demo at Fly Only  in Huddersfield were I was tying some olive jigs which were successfull for me last season. Alex Jardine suggested I add an orange tag on the end, they looked even more appetising (if you’re a trout that is) 



 On Monday evening after work I made the short trip down the road to my favourite “spot” Im still getting use to using a differnt rod on the river, a Greys 10ft 4wt XF2 streamflex, but after a few times out I love it! 

I set up with two of the above flies on a long french leader. Casting up stream and tracking the flies back down the river watching the indicator for any sudden stop. When the indicator stops its either the bottom or a fish! 

  This bonny little trout was a fool for the olive jig!


I had a decent couple of hours before the rain settled in, next weekend I’m fishing the River Tees with Anne Woodcock be sure to pop back and see how we got on! 



Olive Jig Fly 

Hook – Partridge  Jig size 18

Bead – 3.0 slotted tungsten 

Tail – Coq De Leon 

Tag – Glo Brite no.4 

Body – funky fly tying trans Brite in olive 

Thorax – hares ear (make sure you get the spiky bits!) 

Tight lines!