The future!

So I’m sitting in bed recovering from my cancer operation. All being well in the coming months I’ll get some fishing in, and I have a kernel of a plan forming. Whatever I do must be quick and simple, so I’ll start off on the local River  fishing for Chub on floating crust. Mixed with a spot of Rudd fishing with the small whip on the local canal. All within a few minutes from home, and little gear to carry. If the river is too low with no flow, then the canal will come in, and visa versa.

I’d also like to try for some decent Roach in a carp lake beside the River Trent near Newark. By big I mean I’ve seen some fish over a pound in weight. But you never see all the fish in any lake when you visit, do you? I’ll only use the whips and maybe light bomb and match rod in reserve, I simply want fun and a few fish.

Game fair 6 (Small)

In the coming week I’ll get a few bit and bobs together ready, in a small rucksack. A loaf of bread, pint of hemp and maggots is all I’ll need come next trip. I may even get to the “Game Fair” again?


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.