Another very happy angler with his first "wild" river brown trout,
Build your own Smoker.
Materials req. 2 of 6' x 2' sheets 1/4" ply 8 of 2" x 2" x 7' 2 packs of five- 4" tongue & groove 2 large-ish hinges 2 smaller hinges 2 catches 2 handles 4/5 cake stands - for fillets to lay on Meths burner - as used on fondue sets Old baking tray - for sawdust/smoking material Screws various Wood glue Piece of glass/plastic sheet for window ( optional ) The width and depth are governed by the size of your cake stands, (allow a little extra for ease of fitting and removal of trays) height should be as tall as possible to stop "cooking" fish, (this is mean't to be a "cold" smoker,) burner/heat source should be removed/extinguished!! once sawdust is smoldering. There are various books on home smoking available, some books even show alternative ideas for smokers ie old upright fridges! however, I still think i'd prefer to see a neat wooden smoker, rather than a rusted fridge standing outside!
A set of butterflies, tied using various feathers collected over the years from Parrots mostly. However, the two brown ones are tied with french partridge. Demonstration purposes only!
Forde Abbey Fair.
Some of the many stands & displays.
Forde Abbey Fair.
Casting instruction on the "Middle" lake.
R. Yarty fishing.
Fishing a private stretch of the R. Yarty, and not far from where a lovely 30cm fish was caught. This stretch hadn't been fished for several years and was in a poor unkempt condition, 3 or 4 days work with 6/7 members at the end of the season 2 years ago has produced a beautiful stretch of river now.
1st "wild" brown trout
One very happy angler with his first "wild" brown trout.
Waiting for the take
An angler waiting for the take, whil'st fishing the dry fly.
1st Double Figure Salmon.
My first double figure salmon, caught on the R. Isla. 10lb of fresh spring salmon.
Fishing the fast runs.
Trying to get to grips with fishing the faster runs. A newcomer to river fishing.
A 20lb Undulate ray, caught out of Weymouth. Caught by myself, and my largest ray to date.
Sea trout fighting it's way up the weir, unfortunately it failed, and went back down the weir.