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Frozen Rod Rings & One Weighty Lady

Today was a tough one. With temperatures plummeting yesterday we knew the grayling may not have acclimatised just yet and, as such, today would be a little tricky. Add to that the fact that they’re still pretty shoaled up and, well…we were right. Shoals apart, and with temperatures failing to rise above 0°C all day, […]

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Monnow Social 2010 – The Aftermath

For anyone yet to hear of an event I’ve attended for a fourth year, and known simply as ‘The Monnow Social’, it’s somewhat of a mystical, starry-eyed affair spanning two full days and including a ton of fishing and (usually) two nights of extreme drinking socialising with other like minded fishing-obsessed weirdos gentlemen. As is […]

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Grayling Social 2009

The weekend’s fishing trip was hampered slightly by high winds, heavy rain, and snow, and as a consequence, not many fish were caught, but that did nothing to spoil the high spirits and fun enjoyed by all attendees. A fantastic craic, with all the usual pi$$taking and drinking that comes as standard during these events, […]

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What's the Time? It's 'Fishing Social' Time!

When half of the country is underwater ten idiots dedicated anglers decide to go fishing. The idea was for three full days of grayling fishing above mid-Wales, however the weather we’ve had over the last month has been horrific, to say the least. Mother Nature, she’s been a moany old bitch nightmare for the last […]

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The River 'River'

Chalk streams; the very words conjure images of beauty. Bowling green-like mown riverbanks, reeds and grasses ever so gently leaning into the water, gently flowing Ranunculus, and a legion of invertebrates either climbing up onto the overhanging flora or breaking the waters surface and filling the air with their newly emerged adulthoods. Civility, manners, and […]

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Ever Fancied Fishing in Ireland?

Not usually one for blatant plugging, I suppose this one both deserves and allows a mention…being as he’s family and all Run by fellow Welshman and family member, the Fit4All Holiday Lodge in County Wexford, Ireland offers a peaceful and tranquil retreat right on the banks of the river Slaney. A great place for a […]

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Monnow Social: 2009

Amazing, awesome, funny, honoured, privileged, humbled, drunk, wild trout…these are just a few words to explain the weekend and it’s participants; my eternal thanks to you all. For now (and after four consecutive days spent fishing and camping) I am absolutely shattered and in desperate need of sleep, so I’m off to bed. In the […]

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All Work and No Play…

It seems I’ve been neglecting all you FFISW-ites of late. The blame for this lies within a mixture of work, work, and more work. To make amends for my lack of writing lately, I’ve taken it upon myself to force myself away for four full days of fishing (yes I really care about you all […]

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I'm Outta Here!!!

Three days of fishing, no IT related problems within any distance, and three evenings holed up with a sh$t load of booze. Heaven? Maybe not. But Damned close! See you next week, and good fishing to you all! P.S. – Oh, and by the way, this is an automated entry, I’m not being a geek […]

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Winter Grayling Social Countdown…

For almost six months, I have been looking forward to the above event with glee, and finally seems to be only a couple of days until it is set to take place! The event (hosted by Bill ‘The Nymphing Master’) will span the whole of this coming weekend, will include three full days of fishing […]

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