With the relentless heat and weather conditions my salmon fishing and guiding has been effected horrendously, to the point of only fishing a couple of days and guests cancelling due to un-fishable  conditions.  Now when I mention un-fishable condition I refer to water temperatures of up to 23 degrees and really low dissolved oxygen levels in the water and air temperatures of nearly 30 degrees.  Selecting specific times of the day like first light and last light have given anglers a best chance of getting any interest from fish!

It’s not all been fishing doom and gloom though as myself, ripon and mr Hywel Morgan have been filming our current Untamed Anglers – Iconic Fish series!  To give you guys the low do on our project it’s consists of us 3 travelling the length and breadth of Britain in search of some of The most incredible species in inhabit our rivers, lakes and seas.  The great thing about our series is that it doesn’t just concentrate on the fish, we also meet some very familiar faces that have spent a lifetime chasing these fish.  Our special guest each week gives us a crash course on how to understand and hopefully catch these incredible species, but it doesn’t just end there, myself and ripon go head to head against each other matched with either Hywel or our guest in a big competition to battle it out for supremacy.  

Our first episode saw us head to Winchester in February and to the world renowned chalk streams of the test and Itchen in search of the lady of the stream.  We Would not be alone tho and our Chief helper was the one and only Charles Jardine who’s knowledge of these rivers would help us bag our prize, the spectacular grayling!  Tactics over the 2 days fishing would be something new to me and a style of fly fishing that I’d really only read about through social media and books – French nymphing!  The style of casting consists of more of a raise and flick rather than your standard airborn false casts, along with the casting using heavy weighted fly’s on a jig head style hook with both the eye and bend of the hook being upright so that when fished it minimises snags due to how low in the water the fly’s are fished.  The final piece of the puzzle consists of is a multi coloured French leader that is used as in indicator and positioned in the surface layer of the water, I can happily say it’s a really productive, addictive and exciting way of targeting Grayling and won’t be the last time I use it.

Episode 2 had to wait for warmer weather and the months of May when our next target species would be on the well on the feed and hopefully gorging on a specific and famous species of fly.  Yes you guessed it Trout and with the chance of some mayfly action.  Even tho Hywel is probably one of the best trout anglers I’m lucky enough to know and fish with we still needed another legend, this time it would be the incredible Peter Cockwil and again we would be Hampshire bound but this time to the chalk streams of the river Kennet and the lambourn and the added bonus of a trip to one of the original “big fish” fisheries – Dever Springs.  During our 2 days fishing we got to fish and see some of the most pristine water I’ve ever seen that held some incredible brown trout, which is credit to the river keepers that work tirelessly to keep them in check.  Dever Springs was at the other end of the fish scale as we used our stalking skills gained from the previous day to stalk monster rainbows, browns and tigers at this historic fishery.

Episode 3 was something i literally couldn’t wait to try, being totally different to my usual target species and something that had been on my bucket list forever.  So this time the whole squad headed north to the only lake in Scotland in search of one of the fiercest fish in Britons water – The notorious pike.  As always we would need help to catch and understand our prize, this time we were fortunate enough to have predator pro and fish fanatic Dan Esox, as you’ve probably guessed by dans surname this week was the incredible pike.  Over the 2 days fishing we would be targeting these top predators from boats using a mixture of both lures and fly’s with the hope of getting some surface action and tail walking croc’s for camera, obviously due to not wanting to spoil the programme im not going to say anything apart from it being absolute carnage at times.

Unfortunately for now you will have to wait to see how our iconic adventure has panned out but I can guarantee its full of what fishing is all about – Being outdoors experiencing something you love, making new memories and friends with a few incredible fish thrown in.

For now Tight lines……!

Looking back over last year i cant help but smile, even tho my personal life away from the fishing hasn’t been the easiest, all the fish caught by guests, successful events and shows, how much i’ve learned, sponsorships, ambassadorships and most of all the people i got to meet and become good friends with made it a year to remember.

2018 literally couldn’t of started any better with the official announcement of my partnership with Sportfish, to have been asked to be an ambassador for this incredible company was an honour and something i was never going to pass up.  What i love about the Sportfish is not only the brands and equipment i already use and have for years but that it isn’t just a bunch of random people put together at a company, the staff all bring something different to the table regarding fishing knowledge and character and is more like a close family.  It also brings back great memories to where i had my last and final audition for the Big Fish before i got selected for the show which changed my life and put me on the path to where i am today. @sportfishuk

The official handshake with Robin from Sportfish

As you may know last year myself and Ripon joined forces to become the Untamed Anglers to carry on from where we left off on our world wide big fish adventure, this time to concentrate on incredible and diversity of species on our doorstep in this country .  This month we start filming our series with Jonny from Shooting photography, our good friend Hywel Morgan and a host of other very familiar fishing faces as we go in search of Britain’s Iconic Fish.  Its still hard to belive that an idea we had all nearly a year ago has materialised into us actually going into production, it hasn’t been easy but a lot of hard work and time has eventually paid off and we cant wait to show you guys the finished product.

The untamed Anglers are go!

A new year also means new events and shows to look forward to, i absolutely love being part of these, mainly to meet all the other anglers and people with the same interest and passion as myself and its always a great excuse to have a catch up with old buddies.  Hopefully you guys will be able to make some of the Shows and events listed below =

Scottish fly fair 10/11 March

London Fly Fishing Fair 23/24 March

Sportfish Reading show 12/13 May

The Game Fair 27/28/29 July

The Game Fair team Alaska including myself, Wayne and Marina

With a really successful years guiding last year i cant wait to get started again, it may sound stupid to some but i really feel like i’ve finally found what i was meant to do.  After selling cars since leaving school it was like a breath of fresh air being able to turn my passion into a job, don’t get me wrong it can be mentally draining at times when those pesky fish wont play game but the satisfaction of using your knowledge and craft to successfully get a guest a fish is an incredible feeling and is close as you can get to catching one yourself.  Due to really high demand this year not only do i have access to the phenomenal warden beats I’ve fished all my life near Hexham, i will also be guiding  guests on the stunning lambely beat on the south tyne, which in August, September and October is absolutely rammed with fish due to its location high up on the south Tyne.  Anyone looking to for guided fishing full details of locations and pricing can be found on my Tyne salmon guiding link on my home page and please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Robson getting amongst the fish with Phil at Lambley

Along with the guiding i will also be hosting a joint trip of a lifetime to Alaska with the amazing Marina Gibson in September!  Alaska has to be the ultimate bucket list location for any fly fishing addicts around the world. Here is a great opportunity to join both Marina Gibson and James Stokoe as they host a trip in September for an incredible price to the phenomenal Alaska Trophy Adventures Lodge, Alagnak River, Bristol Bay, Alaska, set on the remote banks of the wild and scenic Alagnak River.  This river Hosts a world-famous run of all five species of pacific salmon, the Alagnak is also home to a host of resident fish, such as leopard rainbow trout, arctic char and grayling. The only access to the Lodge is via bush plane, landing on a private airstrip located on the property.  The location has stunning wooden cabins that are equipped with running water, heating and power, that will guarantee you a comfortable stay.

With limited space due to this great price package, please use my contact link on my home page for full details, availability and pricing.

A stunning char from the Alagnak

1 of the five Pacific salmon species to be caught

Id just like to wish you all tightlines for 2018 and i really hope to see you soon!