Back to England….

Family matters have called your fearless editor back to the UK for a brief visit….

Rod is, as always, never far from hand and whilst the good lady of the partnership is having her teeth set, replaced and generally mended, you will find me somewhere on some river bank somewhere in Sussex.

Other than that, things have been quiet here at From The Waters Edge, as we prepare for various projects, from DVD’s to books, to magazines and other odds and sods.

We have various articles which should see the light of day shortly.

Pictures of the trip will be up here in a month, when I get back.

Tight lines!

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Okanagan

Taken by Mark Evans, BC, Canada

A cold winter morning, taken looking south east across Lake Okanagan, from the Gellatly Nut Farm, in Westbank.

Gellatly Nut Farm

We are going to be stocking a number of Mark’s photographs for sale soon, as signed prints in various sizes, as calenders and as a book. More news when we have a date.

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Welcome To The Beach Party

Note And Photo From:- The Kelowna Trout Angler, Canada.

Welcome to the Beach Party.

Come on guys the beach is empty. the tourists have all gone and the Canadian Geese have moved so there’s no goose droppings. Messy creatures.

That water looks good but it sure is cold on the "bum",  we can sit on the warm sand.

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Right whose got the food and beers.

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An Unexpected Landing

Note And Photo From:- Kelowna Trout Angler, Canada.

Carp fishing in the Okanagan.

The lilies in the background had been a magnet for the Carp and I had taken full advantage of the opportunity. Sitting on the shingle had been a pleasure as the evening sun went down.

Each tree had been used as a vantage point for an Osprey as it systematically checked every spot for an easy meal. Coots and various ducks had fought their  way across the weed beds in attempts to gain the best places to rest up and sample the free offerings from the weed.

A Coyote could be seen up in the vineyards and occasionally a Muskrat would raise it’s head to surprise the ducks.

But the surprised widlife was nothing compared to mine, when in the early morning I returned to find this strange bird of prey sitting in the very swim I had vacated only a few hours earlier.

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It seems the propeller had snapped and the plane came down. Everyone was ok.

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Fishing the Wye Valley

 Note From:- T.J. from the UK

Fishing the Wye Valley

  
Having fished various waters in Wales for a number of years, I was introduced early in 2007 to the River Wye by my good friend, Fred.  Within a few hours I became intoxicated not only by the river, but by the magnificent scenery and abundance of wildlife from butterflies, Kingfishers, Buzzards and the Red Kite, to rabbits and deer.  It is all there for you to see. 
 
The area that Fred and I have explored and fished is from Hay-on-Wye upstream to Rhayader. Miles of river that changes its mood around every bend and along its straights, from fast water tumbling over huge slabs of bedrock to long glides over gravel. Pool after pool holding Salmon, Brown Trout and Grayling. To me, a flyfisher, it is a tremendous experience to which I intend to return at every opportunity.
 
Recently, much more of the river has opened its doors to the coarse angler. Barbel into double figures, huge Chub and shoals of Dace and Rudd are there to be caught.  I was lucky in taking a 6lb Chub on a # 12 Pheasent Tail nymph whilst fishing for trout.  Most of this area is open to day ticket anglers thanks to organised associations like the Wye and Usk Foundation.  A more helpful group of people I have yet to meet. Call into their office in Builth Wells – they will put you right.
 
A visit to the Elan Valley, the headwaters of the Wye, is a must.  A wonderful place and so are the Trout in the many feeder streams.  Fish to a 1 1/2lb are not uncommon.  A great day out for £3 to £5 to the elderly angler. Tickets are available from the confectionery shop in the Main street in Rhayader.
 
If you should have the chance to fish the Wye do so,  it is worth the journey. There are many pubs and eating houses along the Wye’s route, great places to relax and talk after an enjoyable days fishing and a chance to meet the local Welsh people.

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A Barbel From East Maskells

Note And Photos From:- Fred, Brighton, UK

Fishing the River Ouse in Sussex.

I had fished a number of swims all to no avail. I tried every bait in the book and just about every method I could think of.  For the last hour or so I decided to fish the notoriously difficult weir pool – not a bite.

I decided enough was enough and started to pack my gear leaving the rod until last. All packed, I went to pick up the rod when it hooped over. Another ten seconds and I would have missed the only bite of the day!

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A new PB Barbel at 12 lb 12 oz. A new Haywards Heath Club Record and a new Ouse Record.

Ouse Barbel 2

Caught 14th February 2008.

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