Interestingly May (at
Ardleigh Reservoir) was an OK sort of month this
year. Nothing special (although there was the odd
moment) and nothing too catastophic. It could have
been better, but it could have been a damn sight
worse. But in a jolt of optomism I am anticipating
great things for this coming month.
June always is good of
course; evening rise, morning rise - given favorable
weather. The sedges have begun to appear in
quantities and buzzer hatches are impressive. Try
deer hair caddis, Shipman's and suspenders.
According to my book,
'The beginners guide to stillwater trout angling
(including some advanced thinking)':
is the boat fishers paradise. If you cover the
water and are prepared fly wise then there should
be no problem in securing first class sport.
Freak weather conditions can disrupt sport about
once every ten years, and when this happens you
had either better treat the month like August or
get back to the banks.
there you go then.
know it's nice to have a little book like this from
which you can extract small pearls of wisdom. If you
haven't already done so I recommend rushing out right
now and buying a copy, or better still get one via
email - sent one to Norway last week and expect a
little spiral of sales as a result.
anyway, there is a NEW ITEM appearing this month.
Guided float tubing at Ardleigh Resevoir. A very
exciting addition to the Paul Arden Fly Fishing
Experience. Basically we fish the evening rise
together from float tubes. I provide the tubes,
neoprene chest waders, an inflatable life jacket,
fins, and myself. You turn up with a flyrod, a sense
of adventure and £80 cash (all inclusive). This is a
one-to-one deal. I can cater for more, but need (a)
some time to arrange tube/wader loans and (b) more
in this NEWS item is an article which appeared in
last years Fly Fishing and Fly Tying magazine, called
'the early bird' (not my choice), which has since had
a few comments, namely about a picture of some guy
(who everyone naturally assumed was me) wading off
into the distance, when in the text I dismiss wading
as a particularly bad idea. A letter was even
pubished on the matter:
wonderful wading - it isn't so bad!
Arden's article "The Early Bird"
criticises people who wade, yet it also includes
a photograph of him knee deep in the water and
the bank is not in sight. Yes, that's right - he
which I replied (an as yet unpublished letter):
reply: Thanks - you raise some interesting
points, and its true - nobody likes a bit of a
splash more than I. In fact often (in warmer
climates) I have been known to celebrate some
particularly dramatic catch with a long victory
the point I was making is that thoughtless wading
achieves nothing positive and at 4am at Ardleigh
(to be specific) everything negative.
regards to the attached photo to the piece; it
looks all wrong to me: wading, waistcoats, 10ft
rod. I'll bet it's not even a morning shot, no
idea who that guy is - it's certainly not me!
the reply is published remains to be seen...
NOW that I've captured your total attention, here is