By Beardy Neil

He's the younger, slightly less handsome one. I normally beat him on fishing trips. I hope he doesn't read this...

A day on the River Test

Beardy Bros on Tour 2022

After missing our usual May fishing trip for the last few years due to Covid, we were keen to get ba...

 In On the water

Draycote Reservoir – March 2022

Nymphing for grayling

Beardy Bros on Tour 2021

Fishing the River Frome – July 2021

I was lucky enough to win a day fishing a syndicate water on the River Frome through the Wild Trout ...

 In On the river

Mayfly time?

It’s been a cold, wet May so the first chance I got with a bit of warmth and the sun out, I de...

 In On the river

Blagdon Lake – April 2021

For the past few years I’ve tried to get in a couple of early wading sessions while the bank f...

 In On the water

Early season on the Avon

Successful river flies

Farmoor – June 2020

Three weeks after my last trip, I decided to have another day fishing at Farmoor. There had been lot...

 In On the water

Mayflies on the Avon

I’d joined the local angling club too late last year to hit mayfly season, or duffers fortnigh...

 In On the river

Farmoor Reservoir – May 2020

A couple of days after Coronavirus lockdown was relaxed and we could go fishing again, I booked a da...

 In On the water

Why I fish

Wychwood Bankman Bag

I’ve got a few Wychwood bits of gear now and I’ve been very pleased with them all, so wh...

 In Gear

Wychwood Rover Net

I got a few new bits of kit for Christmas and, although we are currently locked down, I managed to g...

 In Gear

Draycote – March 2020

Small water fly box

For Christmas this year, Beardy Paul and I decided that we would each tie the other 10 of our best f...

 In Fly Tying

Winter fishing at Farmoor

Bewl Reservoir – Nov19

Daddies on the river!

Wychwood Gear Trap Short Haul Chest Pack

I’ve been using a satchel-type fishing bag for my river fishing which was made by my talented wife...

 In Gear

Draycote – September 2019

Wading session brings success

After three non-existent evening rises, I decided to try something different for my next visit. I pi...

 In On the river

On the river – round 2

With so many beats available, I had decided relatively quickly that I’d try a different stretch ea...

 In On the river

On the river!

After a four year wait, I finally got the news I had been waiting for; I’d been accepted as a memb...

 In On the river