A Mixed Bag – Opening Day

27 June 2013 // A Mixed Bag

Jon Berry with his first report of the new season: Wild carp are a totem fish for traditional anglers, a physical and incongruous reminder of angling’s past, but their scarcity is the stuff of legend. When Les and I decided that we wanted to catch one, and to do so on Opening Day, we knew […]

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A Mixed Bag

1 March 2013 // A Mixed Bag

Winter on the Thames. Words and pictures by Jon Berry. The final days of last year ended with rain. I wouldn’t normally have cast my lines for anything, preferring to hunker down in front of raging fires with memories of a golden summer for company, but the summer was not a golden one and since […]

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A Mixed Bag

28 May 2012 // A Mixed Bag

by Jon Berry. It is summer now – or at least, a late-Spring impression of one, a heatwave to break the relentless rain – and we are back from London Town, simultaneously refreshed and exhausted from last night’s Variety Show. Outside the cottage window all is light and heat and optimism and, for the first […]

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A Mixed Bag

12 October 2011 // A Mixed Bag

by Jon Berry. Autumn, in a conventional year, arrives softly. There are no dramatic moments, no definitive climatic changes, just an increasing awareness that the days are growing shorter, the mornings cooler, the canopy overhead more browns than greens. It is a subtle shift in time and atmosphere – as imperceptible as the bite of […]

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A Mixed Bag – New Season

13 July 2011 // A Mixed Bag

by Jon Berry It is dawn and July is two days old. I am on a tench lake and the mist is unfurling slowly as the surface of the water warms. The lake, which is really little more than a pretty farm pond with ambitions above its stature, is taking shape in front of me. […]

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