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...

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

World Bank Masters at Farmoor

2016. A year in review

Autumn fishing

Beardy Bros at Farmoor

Red hot at Farmoor – July 2016

Looking up. Farmoor July 2016

After a few rather uninspiring sessions at Farmoor Reservoir recently, I was determined to return an...

 In On the water

Gear review: Aquasure & Whizz Lube

I’ve bought some useless fishing gear in my time, the stuff that you only use once and then si...

 In Gear

Sedge Patterns

With sedges starting to hatch throughout June, its worth having a few patterns in the box just in ca...

 In Fly Tying

A perfect day? Farmoor June 2016

I’ve read a few posts recently on fly fishing forums talking about what makes a ‘successful’ d...

 In On the water

Beardy Bros on Tour 2016

The Beardy Bros annual tour this year saw us return to Eyebrook, where we enjoyed two fantastic half...

 In On the water

Farmoor Reservoir – April 2016

Back at Draycote – March 2016

Barrio Floating Line

Last year, after struggling with casting any sort of distance, I finally realised I was under-lining...

 In Gear

Opening day at Draycote Reservoir

Self-tied Leaders

Manningford Fishery – Jan 2016

Apps Worms

Winter nymphs

Snowbee Pedestal Vice

I’ve been tying flies for around a year now with mixed early success but I think I’m getting bet...

 In Gear

Manningford Fishery

Meon Springs – Dec 2015

Farmoor Reservoir – July 2015