September firsts all round

The month of September has always been a pretty solid reliable time for salmon fishing, there’s a good collective of fish in the whole system that have been running since the spring, the weather and water temperatures are dropping, and the fish are becoming more aggressive as it gets closer to spawning time. This September …

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A Mixed August

After an unusually wet July, we were waiting for the scorching weather to return and hit us hard, as in previous seasons we had a consistently damp August, but even in the lower and warm conditions in between the rain, we triumphed with some epic catches, as always you just need to fish for them …

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June and July Sea trout bonanza

After losing all of April and May due to covid, it was incredible to be back on the water, although, back to incredibly low conditions due to a scorching spring, but our fishing lockdown was eventually over. Due to losing 2 solid months of fishing/guiding, I decided to ram as much in as possible to …

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A big October

After a very consistent September with good numbers of fish caught throughout the month, we were down to our last 31 days of the season, but as always a very good chance of connecting with silver or bronze. Again the numbers of fish running the fish counter down at riding mill were way down, although …

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September silver

After a huge crash in numbers of running fish in August, a scary 7000 less than previous years, we were fearful of the impact that the 2015 floods had on hour rivers, this didn’t, however, affect the number of fish being caught in august as my guests managed a staggering 19 fish in 20 days …

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Huge Tyne sea trout

A record June

After a really tough April and May with no salmon to show but lost fish at the net, I couldn’t wait for June to kick off with guiding and some actual rain due. My self and Good friend nick warren did manage some stunning small sea trout up to about 3lb from a little road …

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A magical but wet March

After the way February finished I was determined to hit March hard and carry on my silver success. The only problem we have to deal with mid-system on the Tyne, is that being situated where we are is the volume of fish we have to target, for example, this Feb, a total of 26 fish …

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Alagnak Alaskan Adventure

When my fishing addiction started as a young lad the thought of traveling to foreign shores in search of all manners of incredible species used to send me into a constant daydream, 20 years later it still does.  The problem is social media literally puts a new destination or fish in front of your face …

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October ends on a high

Well September was always going to be a hard one to follow, mainly due to the fact of water temperatures dropping, unsettled weather patterns and the fish having tendencies to switch off later in the month due to spawning time getting closer, but as always changing your tactics to suit the water will always give …

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A sensational September

If I could sum up September in a few words it would be “life changing”! There are a few reasons why September will go down as the most incredible month of my life, firstly because i had the opportunity to go on the greatest fishing trip in history to Alaska with the company to match, …

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August carnage

Well the water eventually arrived in August along with a colossal run of both sea trout and salmon, this was only going to mean one thing – Absolute carnage! Duncan fished to the death and gets his prize! Early August I had the pleasure of guiding my good friend Duncan that came back for revenge …

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July and the drought continues

Well June’s heat wave unfortunately continued bringing high water temperatures and record low water levels, especially on the south Tyne that highly relies on rain fall.  However the rain did eventually come and so did the fish in good numbers. Michael works his magic! With record low water levels and relentless sun and heat the …

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Untamed Adventure has began

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 …

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2018 – The year of Untamed Anglers, Filming, Events and of course FISHING!

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 …

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A season of guiding high’s

One of the hardest things in life to find is a job you actually enjoy, something that makes you spring out of bed in the morning and puts a smile on your face, luckily for me i found it last year in the form of being a salmon fishing guide.  Guiding had always been something …

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A MONSTER October

After an incredible August and September we had high hopes for October but we had no clue of what lay in sore for us.  The 1st of October couldn’t of started any better with both myself and phil getting into fish within the first 30 minutes, Phil managed a nice 8lb hen fish and i …

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A silver July and a record run

After a fantastic start to July things just kept getting better and better including a record run of migratory fish for the month, a staggering 10,995 fish.  This would obviously go on to have a knock on effect of catches as every man and their dog would be on the river, unfortunately for me a …

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Thailand’s hidden monsters

When you mention Thailand most people think of lady boys, Muay Thai, and city’s that never sleep, however there are some incredible fish to be found in its waters and fisheries. Due to a lot of over fishing, bad water management and no economy in certain areas a lot of the natural species have suffered …

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Salmon fishing – Back to basics

As with any type of fishing the most important factor is understanding your quarry, and due to the salmon’s life cycle being very complex there is a lot to learn about these magnificent fish. In the last issue I gave a brief description of what these fish actually go through, and this time I’ll explain …

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Costa Rican craziness

After my amazing experience on BBC’s The Big Fish last year it was inevitable that I’d catch the travelling bug, especially having never fished abroad previously. The decision was made and a new adventure was on the cards, and after no deliberation at all the destination could only be one place – Costa Rica and …

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A sensational season on the Tyne

After an incredible 2015 being part of and winning The Big Fish this year had a lot to live up to, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Over the years the Tyne has changed as a lot of rivers do, most noticeably after the record floods last year which left devastation all along the Tyne river …

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Fishing Against Cancer

Cancer is something that will affect us all in some way in our lifetime so having the opportunity to be part of 2 separate events in the same week at both ends of the country was something I wasn’t going to miss out on! The first week in October started with one of the highlights …

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The Fantastic Four

With a load of rain forecast before the weekend I had a telepathic feeling that my partner in crime & fishing buddy Phil would be on the phone soon to organise a few days fishing on the Tyne, and low an behold when my phone rang later that day it was him. I don’t get …

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No luck on the Lochy

It’s always hard to justify fishing another river when you have in my eyes the best and most prolific river literally on your door step (well 300 yards away to be precise), but when there’s the chance of a Big Fish reunion with the smiling assassin Emma, the coarse king Ripon and a weeks salmon …

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The Stokoe Shrimp

Sometimes in fishing we come across a fly or a lure which totally changes our season and the way we fish, or even think.  It may be by mistake or even by our own hard work, but either way when it happens it’s life changing. Personally I’m the type of angler who tries to make things happen …

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A Fair Game

After taking part and winning BBC’S ‘Earth’s Wildest Waters – The Big Fish’ last year it’s been a really hectic few months being involved in a lot of events, shows and competitions but one I was both nervous and excited by was The Game Fair at Ragley Hall.  I was very kindly asked to be …

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A Weekend Chasing Tyne Silver

There’s that telephone call we all love getting, you know the one from your fishing buddy to organise a trip – in my case it’s my partner in crime and salmon fishing fanatic Phil Plant, who I was fortunate to meet on my Big Fish adventure last year and become very close friends with. He …

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The lure of a weekend in Wales

Wales is somewhere I’d always wanted to visit and fish, with its spectacular scenery and rivers that meander through its landscape full of silver sewin. It’s rugged coast line and seas full of so many species of fish that make your imagination run wild. So when I got the call and was asked to host …

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