Pre opp! Post opp!

We’ll, less than a week to go before I have my PROSTRATE removed, and I’m a little apprehensive if I’m honest. You never know all the outcomes of what could happen, and I’m very happy with my life at the moment, apart from missing my fishing like crazy. I’ll have to have a least six weeks doing nothing, so a good time to sort all the gear out, and I may even have a sell off, of some of my tackle. My fly-fishing days are mostly over and I still have a dozen quality rods and reels about the place unused. I love the whip fishing and hope to do more of that come autumn after some decent Dace on the local river.

Fish takes Dry!!

A huge wild brown trout takes a dry fly late evening on a local reservoir. It was landed and returned none the worse for its capture. The image was a cover for a well known fly-fishing magazine some years ago.

In addition if I’m well enough at the start of the river season, I fancy some floating crust fishing for big Chub. The Trent in parts could be very good for this style, but my local small river is ideal, intimate with deep pools every hundred yards or so, with nice bends and undercut banks. I just hope the surgeon gets all of the bloody cancer and that’s the end of it. Thanks to all my Facebook and River Trent Angler followers for the wonderful support, and kind wishes.

Wish me luck and see you all on the other side.



So come the May 20th I’m in Leicester Hospital for my operation, the removal of the Prostrate. I’m told while its major surgery it will be done with the key-hole method, and I’ll be recovering for about six weeks. After then, all should be well apart form a few minor changes in my pee habits, up to a year?  But it’s better to be about than in a box in the ground, right?

I’ll keep you all updated thanks again for all the kind wishes.  Richard.


I so please more people are following me, and that’s keeping me going, so big thanks.

I have to go into hospital for an operation, they are going to cut the cancer out, and part of me along with it. I should be going in around May time (awaiting this special machine) and the recovery time is about 6 to 8 weeks. So I’m still looking forward to some Tench and Crucian fishing after then.



By the time February gets here the nights are getting shorter and the days longer, so I always think of Christmas time as around half way through winter. I know it can linger in March and April, but it won’t stop me fishing for Tench come April time.

So at this time in December I have a number of free days up to Christmas I can go fishing. Days around the family and friends, I’d dearly love another big Chub, but those commercial Carp water silvers and big Roach are also tempting me. It’s like the choice between another piece of Christmas cake or a mince pie, both are as good as the other.

I’ll fill you all in on the trips as they happen, but until then have a wonderful Christmas and happy New Year.


Tackle reviews.

We all have to use equipment to enjoy our sport, I for one have tried to buy the best in the hope it will improve my skills, high quality gear has always given me pleasure in its use.

I do a lot of float fishing and have a lot of rods I could review, but I’ll start with something that will be popular, Feeder Rods. There can never be just one ideal rod as I fish many different waters, from the river Trent, to small commercials. So this review will cover several rods.

My latest rod is a Drennan Ultra-Lite 9′-10′ feeder rod. Designed for main lines around 4lb, but like many rods it’s underrated and I’m comfortable with 6lb mainline for my small river Chub and Barbel fishing. Understandably it’s perfect for those swims you cannot get a normal 12′ rod in, or would damage the tip, striking upwards into tree canopies. I’ve teamed mine with a 2500 Abu Revo top line reel, it’s so light to carry and use, that I can honestly say it’s a joy. I’ve just landed that good Chub mentioned in the last post and it dealt with it with ease. It comes with two complete tops, on a fully fitted 3/4lb t/c quiver tip and the other is a 1lb t/c. It will make a cracking winter Roach rod both river and still-water.


The second rod is another Drennan, the Match-pro Medium Feeder at 12′. If I only fished medium size rivers for Chub and Barbel this would be my one rod. My own view is most people use rods far too heavy for Barbel, when an Avon style rod would land the biggest of fish, provided the line and reel are fit for the purpose. This rod has the normal slip in feeder quivers that attach to a shortened second part of the two section rod. The quivers start at 2oz through to 3oz. The rod curve is very Avon in style and not tippy at all, unlike its bigger brother. I find 6lb line ideal right through on this rod, but would happily use 8lb if fishing near snags.

The final rod is the one mentioned above, the Drennan Super-Feeder 12′. This is my big Trent feeder rod and is much more tippy than the smaller sister the Medium. It will cast 3oz feeders across the Trent or lob slightly bigger ones. Personally I don’t ever go heavier than 3oz on the Trent, as I find using a thinner main line allows the use of smaller leads. If you use 12/15/20 line on any rod, then want to hold the middle Trent in a normal flow you will need 4/5/6 oz of lead depending the place you fish, it’s that simple! Then you will need a rod capable of casting that weight, it’s a vicious circle. This rod is ideal, perfect for the specialist angler fishing for big Chub or Barbel. The 3oz tip is made for the Trent and it will pick put both Roach bites if set up correctly, and the nibbling Chub bites we seem to get a lot these days. I could use this rod on a little river if it was in flood. If I only fished the Trent or Wye this would be my one rod, again I love this rod and it’s tippy action.

Alan Scotthorne does a nice Trent review of this very rod, worth a look if your looking at buying one. You-Tube Alan Scotthorne fishing the Trent. 


Apart from the little new Ultra-light, I have used and abused these rods and they look as good as new. It seems Drennan don’t make a bad rod in truth, and they have been around a long time. Their rods are always well priced, but not crazy, worth the money I’d say?