Eating salmon, particularly smoked salmon, was, historically, a treat for special occasions. Back then it would have been wild salmon – before the great decline in populations, prompting the phasing out of the netting industry and the necessity for conservation measures. Wild Atlantic salmon no longer feature in fishmongers or…

There are just a few iconic sporting moments to which we all aspire but rarely achieve. The red-letter day when you catch a trout on the mayfly, or jump that hedge, or shoot a serious January pheasant, is the one that stays with you. And they live in our communal…

The classic salmon fly. Traherne flies tied by the writer

With more than 200 years of history behind it and still evolving, the development of the classic salmon fly is a truly fascinating subject. Michael Radencich traces the history of the classic salmon fly, through both literature and lithography. The beautiful, hand-coloured plates illustrating the classic salmon fly are a…

Catching a salmon on your own fly? Definitely on the fishing bucket list.

Megan Boyd became famous in her lifetime as a tyer of the most beautiful and effective salmon flies. She died at a nursing home in Golspie in 2001 but was born again recently in the film Kiss the Water, a documentary about her life and the bewitching flies she tied…

Fly Fishing

A true celebration of fly fishing, RISE is in it’s 8th year and brings gripping footage from Australia, New Zealand, Iceland, Costa Rica, Argentina, Tahiti, USA and Bolivia to screens across Europe in high definition. The Courthouse Hotel cinema in London will host the festival on Wednesday 14th May. Find…

Salmon fishing and the odds of landing a springer have improved dramatically in the last decade. Some of the best salmon fishing is now on our doorstep.