Happy New Year! I'm back on Islay after having been down South for a bit of grayling fishing and a catch up with pals on the river bank. The wind is howling outside but the fire is in and a warming peaty dram will be to hand shortly. I was lucky enough to fish a stretch of the Churnet down stream from my usual beat, where the last time I'd fished was with my Grandad more than 35 years ago, when the river was running all the colours of the rainbow with the dye from the dye works in Leek.
I'm hoping to blog a little more in 2015, the season will certainly be longer as I intend to be back on the Staffordshire and Derbyshire rivers a little more this year as well as fishing the lochs of Islay for brownies and the sea for my favourite fish of all, the sea trout.
The pic above was taken after a session on Loch Drolsay in May 2014. Glen and Woz were walking back through the heather discussing the fishing, in particular the very large brown trout that Glen had dropped in the margins.
I have no pictures to post of the lovely grayling that were being caught last week as I've managed to lose my camera in the back of Glen's van, but watch this space as I hope it'll be full of fish in the months to come!