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  1. Lewis.Chessman

    Swedish Small Water Sea Trouting Video

    I saw this on the Classic Fly Rod Forum posted by 'Bassman' and thought I'd share it here. I suspect the fisherman is a Vision rep judging by the gear used. Regardless, it's a pleasant way to spend 30 minutes of lockdown: FLY TV - Sight Fishing Big Sea Trout in a Small River - YouTube
  2. Lewis.Chessman

    Morse Taps Out.

    It is with regret that I learned yesterday of the death of our fellow member Morse who departed this world last Monday. I met Gordon on a few occasions on the River Spey and always found him there as I did here on the forum, a kindly, modest gentleman, giving with good advice, who loved his...
  3. Lewis.Chessman

    Sea Trout/Grilse Loch-Style Rods - What Do You Use? What Would You Like?

    I've been having a think about 11 ft+ boat rods for lough/loch boat fishing for sea trout and grilse. I have three long s-h rods but all are over 20 years old and blank technology has moved on a long way in that time, getting lighter - but often stiffer, too. It got me wondering what rods, say...
  4. Lewis.Chessman

    The 2019 Salmon Farm Incident Thread

    What problems will the salmon farms experience in 2019? I thought it might be useful to note any issues relating to UK salmon farms in one place this year to provide an at-a-glance record. If you hear of something - fish escapes/disease/mortalities/pollution/workers' injuries/etc. - please list...
  5. Lewis.Chessman

    At Last - A Fish!

    I had a few hours on a local river this afternoon. It's not one I know well and I hadn't fished so far upstream before but the walk was well worth it. No strong winds today, just a gentle southerly and the odd shower .... and the river at a beautiful height for the pools I reached. I was out...
  6. Lewis.Chessman

    Fifty Years of Carbon Fibre Rods.

    Back in February I started researching the origins of carbon fibre rods. After initiating a thread on the UK Fly Fishing Forum I was asked by the Angling Heritage Museum of Torrington, Devon, the curators of an early Hardy prototype graphite rod (now on view to the public), to write an article...
  7. Lewis.Chessman

    What's the Percentage of Returning Fish are Rod Caught?

    What's the Percentage of Returning Fish are Rod Caught? I'm sorry if this has been covered before ad-nauseum. The most recent thread I've found is from 2009 and new information may be available since then. I'm curious to know what members think on the matter? I'm happy to hear anecdotal...
  8. Lewis.Chessman

    Hebridean Home Movies from Way Back When ....

    Twenty-odd years ago I got a job looking after a small Lewesian sporting estate called Morsgail. During my year there I was kindly given two VHS videos of home movies first filmed in the 1930s and '40s. Some years back I transposed the tape to digital format and I've finally got around to...
  9. Lewis.Chessman

    The Lost World of Mr. Hardy

    I happened upon this documentary about Hardy's via an American forum today. It's been discussed here before in this thread from 2013 but is now freely available to watch on line on the film maker's site. Along with old footage and photos there are interviews with former staff members. 'The Lost...
  10. Lewis.Chessman

    Sorry I'm Late ....

    .... I've missed this thread until now. Hello, everyone. I am, of course, a passionate fly fisherman. The hook was set on a wee hill loch above Morar in '74 when a 4" brownie took my butcher. I've been captive ever since. A love of the north-west coast and fishing brought me to the Isle of...
  11. Lewis.Chessman

    A Bird in the Hand ...

    I heared this last season, though at second hand .... A chap was up before the magistrate accused of shoplifting; ''You stand accused of stealing two frozen chickens from ***** supermarket. How do you plead?" said the J.P. "Not guilty, Your Honour." "But you were apprehended outside with two...
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