Friday at Twynersh

In the last seven years of coaching disadvantaged young people, I have become a little critical of our education system (not the teachers, although there are good, bad and indifferent ones, the same as in any profession) but it seems…

Another angler is reborn

Today I helped another lapsed angler, Jon DeCecco, to return to the fold. Like many of my students, Jon had fished a lot when he was younger but had not fished with any success for eight years. He has recently…

Second day with BBS

On Tuesday I was once again at Twynersh with two pupils from Slough and their teacher. This week we learned about waggler fishing but still used the five metre whips. I also introduced them to the uni knot but there…

Second week with BSS

Tuesday found me back in my favourite swim at Twynersh with two lads from Slough I had met last summer and a new teacher. These lads had already had the benefit of some coaching and after a brief assessment were…

ATP coaches day in Hampshire

Last Saturday I travelled down to Whinwhistle Fishery near Romsey in Hampshire for the second All Things Piscatorial Roadshow. I had arranged to stay in a hotel overnight to attend the social evening and discussion the night before the match…

Autumn term with BBS begins

On Thursday I picked up two lads in the 10-11 years age group from Slough, along with their teacher. I have worked with pupils from this school before and have long been an admirer of the great work the staff…

A bad day at Gilwell Park

On Saturday I drove round the top of the M25 to Gilwell Park, the Scouts Activity Centre, to do some taster sessions with my new NFA colleagues. I got there early and found the security overwhelming but no-one seemed to…

Two more families at Twynersh

Monday was the last day of the summer holidays for most kids and I was back at Twynersh with Nicola, her son Mathew and John and his son Nicholas. All had fished a little but their experience was so limited…

A day for me on the river Kennet

Tuesday was the first day off I have had for some time with no urgent preparation to do for the following day and I awoke that morning with a feeling that something was missing. I went to my bait storage…