Friday, 3 February 2017

River Wye guided barbel dates for 2017

River Wye Barbel guided days 2017

Due to popular demand (and due to the lack of barbel on the Loddon and Kennet) I will once again be offering the chance to fish the beautiful river Wye for barbel and chub during the summer and autumn of 2017. Dates for these feeder/float guided sessions are limited and cost just £135 per person, per day. Spaces limited to just two anglers per day so you are guaranteed I will spend plenty of time with you.

 Below is what a day with myself consists off -
  • Session last up to 10hrs.
  • Tickets to venue.
  • All bait & terminal tackle (rigs etc) – most anglers want to use their own rods and reels but mine can be used if needed. If using your own l will advise on the rods, mainline strength etc prior to our day out.
  • Rig explanation.
  • General watercraft.
  • Your questions answered all day.
  • Photographs of your catches plus general shots throughout day, all supplied on disc.
  • Specimen fish entered into competitions and sent to weekly magazines.
  • Blog entry of days event on personal website -
Dates available are July 25th and 26th, August 24th and 25th, September 21st, 22nd, 27th and 28th along with October 26th and 27th. Dates bookable by a £50 deposit p/p. 
If these dates aren’t suitable then please let me know as I can offer alternative dates for one or two anglers based on travelling up and back on the same day or staying over, prices on request. Dates in bold have unfortunately already been taken!

Book now and take advantage of receiving a £60 Nash goodie bag for just £15 extra. These goodie bags are designed so that you can return and put what you have learnt into practice. Goodie bag offer available only on booking and payable with deposit.

If you are interested then dates can be booked by either calling me on 07928 617006 or by email –
Other additional information – Recommended B&B close by are Sink Green Farm (Sue and David) 01432 870223, The Falcon 01989 740223.
Woody’s Angling Centre Hereford 01432 344644.

Hereford and District Angling Association –

Monthly Report January 2017

Monthly Report January 2017
January can always be a difficult month which is a shame as it’s also a great month for catching big fish, that’s if it’s possible to get to the water’s edge and cast a line which hasn’t been very easy of late. The lakes have for a while been frozen and as soon as they thawed the rain and wind came making the sort of angling I was trying to do, almost impossible.
Looking at my diary inputs it’s not been
from a lack of trying as I have still managed to brave the weather on a dozen or more occasions but although I’ve tried actually putting fish on the bank has been somewhat disappointing. I have always said ‘wherever there’s a famine there will be a feast’, well I’m well and truly ready for some well deserved rod bending action now. It’s been difficult and unproductive for a number of reasons, firstly due to the lakes freezing has meant that quite a few features and guided trips have had to be cancelled or rescheduled, however on a positive note the fishing shed is sorted, the mice that were causing all sorts of problems have now gone and a few things around the house have also been done. I’ve also spent time writing articles but the only thing they are lacking is any decent catch images, something that I have to get out and shoot/catch if I’m not to use old dated images to many times, something I try my hardest not to do, yet with February upon us, who knows what’s in stall.
 All in all January has been very difficult and I can see why many anglers dust the rods of and don’t bother during this and next month, but if I go more than three days without casting a line I’m crawling up the walls to get out. Yes I could have made different venue choices and caught more but I still like a challenge, yet when things aren’t quite going to plan, or the fish aren’t responding it’s hard to keep focused but I’m still young enough to be slightly mad as well as keen. Hopefully February will be slightly kinder, allow me to fish where and how I want to and the results will come. We will see.

Day to Day event.
02/01/17 – It might be a bank holiday but I spent the day in the office completing the Lure Attack feature with Serhill photographed just before Christmas.
04/01/17 – Headed to Frensham for a couple of hours pike fishing but really raw and never had a touch.
05/01/17 – I was hoping to get out for a few hours but being so cold and with the atmospheric pressure really high decided it was time to start the major job of cleaning the tackle shed due to having a new roof laid a few weeks back and the place being covered in dust. It’s also a good time to start chucking out/giving away loads of old stuff that I was saving to give to some youngsters which unfortunately have shown no interest in fishing.
06/01/17 – Met a friend outside Yateley Angling and headed to a stretch of the Loddon for a day’s roving with deadbaits. Knew it wouldn’t be easy due to the air pressure, hard overnight frost and a temperature that wasn’t going to rise above 4 degrees. Very little happened until we dropped in a swim on the way back to the car when Mark managed a pike. Sadly it wasn’t the specimen we were hoping for but any pike on such a trip has to be regarded as a result.
07/01/17 – Spent a few hours organising the rods for a few different sessions coming up during the following week. A couple of area’s that I have decided are a must for the coming year is to stop using any reel that I don’t have complete confidence in using as well as loading the ones that I am using with new line. This will mean having to buy a small match fixed
spool, one with a very good clutch and a closed face reel to replace the old lumpy Daiwa 125 that has served me so well for so long but it’s now far from perfect for trotting or playing a fish.  
08/01/17 – Met my mate Chris at Frensham Great Pond for a few hours pike fishing as well as starting to think about our holiday to France in April for carp. The weather feels perfect, overcast, with little wind, far better atmospherics and mild at 10 degrees but for some reason just one small jack fell during our stay.
09/01/17 – TRD (all will be revealed).
10/01/17 – Arrived at The Lower Itchen Fishery at 8am, headed upstream to find the fishery nice and quiet. The weather was being kind, mild, overcast and with very little wind which helped my two customers presenting a float down the river. Neither John M nor John G had ever caught a grayling yet straight away that all changed with both catching there target of a pound plus grayling within minutes of starting. Every swim that was fished produced fish after fish which kept them well happy before we headed downstream to the deeper, slower stretch to see if a bigger grayling or specimen roach could be located. Sadly neither showed, yet a few modest grayling still kept their interest before dusk fell and we had to retreat of the river.

11/01/17 – Before Christmas I pike fished a local lake with Paul Garner. Between us we managed three modest pike after finally finding them smashing the small roach up along a bank where they don’t usually show. Unfortunately due to one thing or another this was the first chance to return and I was hoping to create a short video of the events, however the pike had done a disappearing act and the five hours fished saw nothing happen. Finally I headed to the Blackwater, scene of a pike grabbing a customer’s chub a few weeks before and second cast on a sink-and-draw dead roach saw a jack grab the bait, which fortunately saved me from another pike blank.
12/01/17 – 14/01/17 – With the freezing conditions and the howling wind everything planned has had to be rescheduled so have spent the time writing features and getting on top of things such as sorting the kit out for next week and tidying the tackle shed.
15/01/17 – TRD.
17/01/17 – TRD.
18/01/17 to 26/01/17 – Due to the really cold conditions decided to spend a few days in the office sorting words and images for an AM Carp Crew article, drumming up some new work and still trying to get some sort of organisation in the fishing shed.
27/01/17 – Met brother at my parents at 7am and headed to the Frome in the hope that the milder weather would bring rod bending action. With anglers around we headed downstream but soon after starting we knew that things weren’t quite right as bites were hard to come by. In brief Kevin ended the day with a 3lb sea trout and two grayling to 1lb 11oz after switching to the feeder and all I had was a 3lb sea trout and a net grayling on the float. Proves we know little about fishing.
29/01/17 – TRD.
30/01/17 – TRD.
31/07/17 – A guided trip to Mill Farm Fishery for silver bream last year was ruined by a major algae bloom and although we did catch the odd fish the silvers were definitely not playing ball. Today was meant to be a return for Neil but with the venue closed till Easter, and knowing how much Neil loves his float fishing mentioned a small lake that was worth trying for its roach. Well after a very slow start he managed to start catching and come the end of the session had put together a double figured bag of roach to around a pound.
01/02/17 – Tench image. Maybe my fortunes are changing.

TRD – All will be revealed soon.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Nash Scope 1.75lb cork rod review

Nash Scope 1.75lb cork rod review

Ever since Nash bought out the Scope rods I have to say that I have been well and truly hooked. They pretty much come everywhere with me nowadays be it when I’m targeting species such as specimen rudd and roach with small hooks to the powerful hard fighting barbel.

Some may say that I was mad using such Scope 10ft 1.75lb T/C rods for barbel, especially when bites were at a premium and the chance of a fish of a lifetime was at stake, but did they let me down, absolutely not. Yes, I still recall finding myself on my knees in the middle of the night on a chilly November night, half asleep playing a fish that I knew was something special. In fact I had the rod, reel and my arms submerged in water praying that she would succumb to the constant pressure. I also had 15lb NXT Bullet braid running through the eyes, something you would have thought would have been brutal but no, everything went to plan and probably the hardest earnt  fish, one I will never forget finally graced my net.

So why did I decide on these rods during such an important campaign? Well balanced tackle has always been a major part of my angling. Yes I could have gone the 3lb T/C carp rod route, but frankly where’s the fun in this! Complete faith when the odds are so high is paramount and these rods are exceptional, reliable and a pure joy to use and when long walks to the river are standard, the smaller compact set-up mean that if two rods do need to be employed then the additional weight is kept to a minimum.

The compact nature of the rods also was a reason that I decided to use these on a tench campaign on Larkfield last spring as the tackle could be kept out of sight whilst the car was parked up and I was doing my rounds around the lake. Fortunately I don’t have to commute into the city, or park the car in crowded areas but for any angler that does I can see a massive reason for having a set of Scopes as being out of sight an angler can now go fishing directly after work as opposed to returning home. Narrow, overgrown paths round lakes, such as Larkfield, also mean that longer rods in holdalls become problematic but the compact nature of the Scope set-up mean that barrows aren’t over-loaded and transportation to and from a swim becomes a doddle. Gravel pit tench are also suckers for the margins and rarely is it needed to distance fish for them. Most of my spots were anything from under the rod tip to a maximum of 40yards so the need for longer more powerful rods wasn’t needed.  
Gravel pit tench fight hard and the weedy nature of such a venue mean that on occasions a big tench has to be coaxed slowly from within. Small hooks, just to get a few more bites, on pressured venues mean full confidence is needed in every part of my tackle and once again did the 1.75lb Scope’s let me down, absolutely not.

This season I’ve had 2lb roach, 4lb crucians and golden orfe to over 6lb all taken on 1.75lb Scopes but probably the best example of just how versatile these rods are is when rudd fishing at Frensham Great Pond. Rudd only have a very thin layer of skin within their mouth’s so you would have thought that a micro-barbed size 16 hook would often pull when carefully playing a specimen back from sometimes upwards of 80yards, and often in the dark, but you would be wrong as the forgiving tip absorbs every sudden head shake so common with them.

Price – 9ft 1.75lb cork Scope’s £153.99. 10ft 1.75lb cork Scope’s £164.99.
Also available 2.25lb cork Scopes, 9ft £164.99, 10ft £175.99.

So there you have it, the reason why I and you too should be using them! They’re simply brilliant.

 For a complete specification breakdown go to – 

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Product Review Nash Slap Head Indicators

Product Review
Nash Slap Head Indicators

In old skool white or cult black the PTFE Slap Head offers the simplest and most reliable line connection yet, using an enclosed ball bearing, magnet and spring mechanism that clicks the mainline securely into the gate of the head but disengages the instant a rod is picked up.
Available from 6 to 40 grams (I use 10gram heads for the majority of my fishing but add a 5gram drag weight on occasions) to cover every tactical approach and any condition from slack lining to extreme range work. As the size and weight of the Slap Head increases the unique line retention system strengthens correspondingly to prevent premature line release when using larger drag weights or on violent takes.
Slap Heads have a durable brass female thread in the base and can be used with the smart black anodised stainless Linx chains (8cm – 20cm) or as swing arm indicators by attaching them to the dedicated black stainless Slap Arms. Additional isotopes in five wicked colours, drag weights and options for attachment make Slap Heads as versatile, interchangeable and easy to use as they are stylish.
The Slap Head system offers cutting edge indication in the most practical format yet. No external fittings, clips or features to break or shatter when moving swim, no adjustment required, just instant, ever ready indication.
Prepare to have your butt slapped.

Cost £7.49 to £12.99

Its time for chub.

Chub Time.....
The next few weeks are always difficuly. The lakes seem to freeze over on a regulat basis and when they are fishable, the water temperature is so low that getting many fish to feed is very unlikely.
The rivers also have been very difficult due to their low clear state, however over the last week, and after a couple days of heavy rain all will have had a good flush through, albeit of greesy muddy and very cold snow melt water, yet now they are ready to fish and the species that will be obliging are chub.

If you fancy a day roving around two rivers, firstly the Loddon in hope of a specimen chub then dropping to its smaller neighbour the Blackwater where bites are almost guaranteed alternating between two baits, bread and cheesepaste then why not email me or call me 07928 617006 and book a days fishing?

Lower Itchen Fishery 10/01/2017

Lower Itchen Fishery 10/01/2017

Neither of my customers had ever caught a grayling before yet come the end of the day they were sick of the sight of them, well not quite.
Arriving at the fishery at opening time, 8am, we headed up river, parked the car before slowly making up our rods. Fortunately the weather was idea, mild but more importantly wind free, well that was until I had finished of my spagetti bolognaise at lunchtime! After a quick run through on tactics and feeding they were fishing and first cast the float sailed away and Jonh M was into his first fish. John G wasn’t far behind and soon had his target fish for the day in his net, a pound plus grayling.
The action continued with neither having to move swims, probably due to the slight colour within the river. Soon both had lost count of the amount of grayling and trout they had caught and were well in the grove with feeding, trotting and landing fish. Heading upstream in search of a bigger fish the two leap-frogged each other taking fish from every swim visited before lunch was taken.
In the afternoon we decided to head downstream to the slower deeper section in search of a big roach or grayling but although grayling still graced thier nets the specimen two-pounder proved elusive. With dusk falling we decided to call time having all enjoyed a really productive day.

Here are a few words received from both anglers –

Hi Duncan,
Just a quick note to thank you for yet another excellent day out fishing, this time for grayling on The Lower Itchen Fishery. It was the first time my friend John and I had visited the fishery and the first time we had both fished for grayling. Having now used your guiding services several times I’m going to nickname you the “Impatient Angler”.  You always expect a bite first cast and within seconds of your bait reaching the bottom – but, as anglers we all know that rarely happens. However, on this occasion you’re guiding skills put us straight on to the fish. First cast, we were both instantly into hard fighting grayling to around 1.25lb quickly followed by another. This continued for most of the day mixed up with brown trout to around 2.5lb. Both John and I had about 20 grayling and 20 brown trout each, a real red letter day for both of us. Having now been shown the tactics and the hot spots we will definitely visit the fishery again.
Just to let you know we are talking to each other about arranging another guiding day with you but this time for barbel on the River Wye…..roll on next Summer.
Speak soon,
Take care

Dear Duncan.
I would like to say a big thank you for your guiding on the River Itchen with myself and John on 10th Jan. The day was excellent, I have not caught as many fish in a long time and you opened my eyes to a number of aspects of angling. Having been stuck in a bit of a rut fishing the same venues that are not producing many fish for some time now I am going to look at some alternative venues, as I think my fishing time will be more productive. Had a great day and I still can’t believe that our paths have crossed after over 30 years!

Catch up soon, John.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Nash Winter 16-17 E-Zine magazine, now available to view.

 Nash Winter 16-17 E-Zine magazine, now available to view.

To all those anglers, especially the carpers who haven't checked out the brilliant Nash E-Zine, you need to do it now!
Edited by well respected carper Colin Davidson you can expect loads of fantastic instructional features that are sure to put more fish on the bank and if you are thinking of heading south to fish a carp lake in Europe, like I am later this year, then there is plenty of information to be getting you thinking.

Features include –
Alan Blair’s brilliant guide to Winter Zigging
Euro carping – France
Essential Guide to better hook holds
In action with Jed Kent
A&Q with Julian Cundiff
Essential guide to PVA
Life at Nash
Best cold water baits by Gary Bayes
Globetrotter Steve Briggs discusses winter baiting
Day ticket download – whats happening at Royston

Plus information on new products, baits plus embedded video tips for you. Find it on the Nash Tackle website – and official Nash Tackle Facebook under the E-Zine tab.

Enjoy the read.......