Tench fishing techniques

Although a few tench are found in flowing rivers, they are basically a fish of lakes and ponds. The tench is a beautiful olive-green fish with large powerful fins and tiny red eyes. Tench are a summer fish although a few are caught each winter. Tench are the one species where it is easy to … Read more

Trout Fishing Techniques

There are two common trout species. The brown trout and the rainbow trout. The brown trout is native to Britain and Europe whilst the rainbow trout was introduced from America towards the end of the nineteenth century. Rainbow trout do not breed naturally in British rivers and lakes so stocks rely almost entirely on hatchery … Read more

Baits and tackle for catching eels

Eels are extemely powerful fish and strong tackle is needed to land the larger specimens. They cannot be tired out by ‘playing the fish’ as can other species and they have to be ‘pumped’ unceremoniously toward the bank. To ‘pump’ a fish you lower the tip of the rod towards the water and then, without … Read more


The grayling is a member of the salmon family but because it spawns at the same time of year as coarse fish it is usually regarded as such. Grayling cannot tolerate pollution and because of this their distribution is restricted to clean, fast-flowing rivers. In rivers where they exist, grayling are generally found in great … Read more

Locating grayling

During the summer, when the water is warm and rivers are frequently very low, the grayling venture into the very fast shallow water where there is the most oxygen. In autumn grayling come into peak condition and can provide the trout fly angler with excellent sport after the trout season has closed. Grayling are basicallv … Read more

Baits and tackle for catching grayling

One of the most enjoyable methods of catching grayling is with light, dry fly-fishing tackle. When fishing in clear rivers it is often possible to watch a grayling rise up from the river bed to take your fly. Grayling are seldom choosy about the pattern of fly you use providing it is presented correctly. If … Read more


Perch were once the species of fish most familiar to Britain’s young anglers. Disease wiped out perch in some waters and in many others they have been very slow to regain their former numbers. The slow recovery from disease is surprising because perch are extremely prolific breeders. Like the roach, perch will tolerate and adapt … Read more

Pike Fishing

Pike have long been the subject of folklore and myths, and are subject to more misconceptions than any other species. The stories told about pike which slaughter ducks or that attack dogs and bathers are endless. Most of these tales are simply superstitious nonsense. I well remember netting a lake which the locals claimed was … Read more

Fishing in Lowland rivers

The levels of lowland rivers do not fluctuate nearly so much as spate rivers. In times of heavy rain they will rise and run coloured and in freak conditions they will occasionally flood. Normally the levels of these rivers are more predictable and consequently the angler is not so dependent on the prevailing weather conditions … Read more

Fishing Drains

These fall into two categories. Some drains are simply small rivers which have been straightened, widened and dredged, whilst others are completely man-made. They are created to drain water away from flat agricultural land and often have little or no flow. The water levels in the drain are controlled by sluice gates which are opened … Read more

Fishing Canals

Originally constructed to transport cargo by barges, many canals have now fallen into disrepair. Those canals which run through large industrial areas are often used by thoughtless people as tipping grounds for domestic waste. Whilst some canals only support small fish, there are a few which offer good sport for the angler. The main species … Read more

Fishing Chalk streams

Chalk streams are the richest of all the types of river and can provide superb fishing. These rivers are fed by rainwater slowly draining through chalk rock and then rising to the surface again through springs. Most chalk rivers are carefully protected trout fisheries and offer some of the finest dry fly-fishing in the world. … Read more

Locating fish

Locating fish is not very difficult in small lakes. Shoals ofrudd and roach often congregate close to the surface where you can see them splashing about. Tench and carp will grub about on the lake bed, frequently discolouring the water and sending masses of bubbles and bits ofdebris to the surface. Carp will feed amongst … Read more

Fishing Gravel pits

These are the water-filled lagoons which remain after the land has been quarried for gravel and sand. They vary in size but some of them are very large. Some gravel companies landscape the area when gravel extraction has ceased but other lagoons are left until vegetation appears naturally. The gravel pits are usually stocked with … Read more

Fishing Reservoirs

These have been created to provide water for our towns and cities, and are formed by building a massive clam across a steep sided valley so that the land behind the dam is flooded. Because the water is used for supplying domestic needs most water authorities restrict fishing to the use of artificial lures. This … Read more

Fish handling skills

Keepnets The introduction of knotless kecpnets and landing nets has helped a great deal in preventing unnecessary dam-Use a rod rest to keep a big net fully extended in shallow water rent, and tails continually brushing against a keepnet will quickly be worn away. Choose the site for the keepnet before you begin fishing and … Read more

Litter and angling

Perhaps the most serious problem to be found on heavily fished stretches of water is litter left behind by thoughtless anglers. It looks unsightly and can kill riverside wildlife. So serious has this problem become in recent years that the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds has carried out a survey which reveals that … Read more

Fishing for predators

A slightly more unorthodox style of fishing has to be used to catch predators. All fish are predatory to a certain extent, especially just after spawning. Some fish, such as pike. Zander and perch, are confirmed predators. Other species such as chub, trout and eels are far more predatory than many anglers appreciate. All these … Read more


Fly-fishing was once regarded (and still is by some people) as a superior method of catching fish. The skills of fly-fishing were greatly exaggerated, causing many anglers to be dissuaded from even attempting this method of fishing. Another reason which deterred anglers from attempting flyfishing is that it is mainly used to catch trout and … Read more