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...

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

Mini Tour – July 2019

After years of thinking and talking about river fishing, Beardy Paul and I finally decided to bite t...

 In On the water

Beardy Bros on Tour 2019

For our tour to the Midlands Reservoirs this year we decided to mix things up and fish Eyebrook, Rut...

 In On the water

Blagdon – April 2019

After years of reading about Blagdon, I finally decided to treat myself to a day on this historic wa...

 In On the water

Farmoor has awoken! April 2019

World Bank Masters – Elinor

Beardy Paul and I have entered the pairs World Bank Masters at Farmoor for the last few years. It to...

 In On the water

Airflo Airweld Waders

I’ve had my eye on getting some proper waders for a while. I don’t often fish waters tha...

 In Gear

Eyebrook March 2019

Beardy Paul and I have fished the World Bank Masters competition at Farmoor for the last few years. ...

 In On the water

Airflo Super Stik Competition Special

I fish a lot at Farmoor as its my nearest reservoir. For most of the season my Greys rod is perfect ...

 In Gear

Draycote – March 2019

Winter Reservoir fishing 2019

Farmoor – October 2018

Draycote – October 2018

Beardy Bros on tour 2018

Farmoor Reservoir – June 2018

Often, in fishing, things conspire against you (or seem to anyway); maybe the conditions are not ide...

 In On the water

Winter Reservoir Fishing

Fry time?

Fish, at last!

Summer fishing

Summer fishing, particularly from the bank, seems to be a bit hit and miss most years but with the l...

 In On the water

Sedge time! Farmoor May 2017

After a busy few weeks, I managed to get an afternoon pass on the last May bank holiday for an after...

 In On the water

iFlies – The Monthly Fly Fishing Box

iFlies are a relatively new operation, established in 2015, offering something of a unique propositi...

 In Gear

Early season reservoir fishing

Early season flies

After tying frantically last year, my boxes are all pretty full of flies I’m relatively confident ...

 In Fly Tying

Leader nirvana

I have Beardy Paul to thank for these tips (as well as for the headline!). Since learning to tie my ...

 In Gear