Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Can you believe it?

I cannot believe that already we have arrived in April. close to 3 weeks have zipped past since I returned from Los Roques. But the memories of that trip will live on forever and another is already organised with Aardvark McLeod. If the reports on Los Roques ... see here (Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4 , Day 5, Day 6 .. Photo Essay 1 and Essay 2) .... have sent you over the edge and you just have to catch a Bonefish for yourself please drop me a line or contact Pete/Charlotte at Aardvark McLeod on .... 01980 847389 The dates are from 13th to 21st Feb 2010.

But much more unbelievable and not so upbeat is that show ... you know the one ... Extreme Fishing with that aging Z list celeb, Robson Green. My advice to Mr Green is to stick to acting and making crap pop songs. Appearing on breakfast TV to promo a show that features some of the worst fish handling I have ever seen was bad enough, to then state that "9 out of 10 fish die when released" was just the icing on the cake. In fact his entire quote was "I don't see the point in coarse fishing myself, reeling in a fish beyond recovery, just to take a picture then throw it back, as nine out of ten fish will die when thrown back."

(Above) Robson Green ... "what was the man thinking of?"

This is what happens when people such as Mr Green are given the opportunity to present a programme on a subject they obviously know so very little about. What next "Extreme Anti Angling" with Robson Green? The mind boggles! Lack of knowledge aside his presenting style is also cringe worthy. My mate Henry Gilbey gets very excited in front of the camera at catching just about any fish going and his ratings do the talking, viewers love it. But Henry really is passionate and enthusiastic, this is how he is .... camera or no camera. Mr Greens "mans" and "get ins" sound staged, ridiculous and far from extreme. So Robson, do us all a favour and try for a number one single again just make sure its not a cover of "Gone Fishing". For more on this story check here on the Angling Trust site and if you have been lucky enough to miss the programme so far but can't resist a look click here.

Rant over there has been a great deal on this last few weeks including our preparation for the open day on Saturday 2nd May 2009. So far we have Double Silver European medalist Iain Barr booked to provide both river and stillwater masterclass sessions, demonstrations that are not to be missed as Iain will be travelling all the way from the Midlands to be with us in between practicing for the 2009 World Championships. Meanwhile Peter and Charlotte from Aardvark McLeod will be on hand in our marquee to provide their expertise on International fishing venues and I am also hoping Pete will provide a presentation or two, possibly alongside Pete Gibson of Hardy Greys who is also part of the Latin American Fishing company who have recently joined forces with Aardvark McLeod. There will be food on site, I will provide a casting demonstration aimed at ironing out faults quickly and gaining extra distance while here in the shop we are taking in stock of some fantastic 2009 tackle ranges including products by Hardy, Greys, Fishpond, Vision, Rio and Loop to name just a few. Come and test a rod, ask about a reel ... anything, the doors will be open all day and of course there is no admission charge. A big fish competition will also run throughout the duration of the day, so pack some tackle! That date again ... Saturday 2nd May 2009 ... don't miss it!

(Above) Don't miss Iain Barr at Hart Flyshop on Sat 2nd May 2009

More news soon, including details of my most recent fishing programme soon to be aired, catch reports, club dates, fishing matches, tackle reviews and of course some more adventures with our guests attending fly fishing courses.


  1. That's exactly what crossed my mind when watching the show. Green's excitement seems so staged, almost forced (and chav like at the best of times). Forget Extreme Fishing, Wild Fishing's what we want.

  2. agree totally with you Nick.... he really isnt doing angling any good what so ever! as you said its totally the wrong image we need! as you know im friends with Henry as well and yes he really is just a awsome guy with a cracking attitude to all types of fishing, these types of TV guys such as Henry etc need to be picked carefully.....

    p.s check my new catch on henrys blog ;)