Welcome, fellow adventurers. A decade on, I’m still blogging. With luck, this 2019 season, more than ever, from Scotland, Norway and Canada.

Also, I’ve written a book on, guess what? Salmon fishing. How To Catch More Salmon came out in May 2019 and is available here, or via pen-and-sword.co.uk.

I’ve got an article coming out in the next issue of Fallon’s Angler so hope you can catch up with me there. The article is about my formative years at an all-boys boarding school called Christ’s Hospital, in deeply rural (well it was then) West Sussex, which was luckily blessed with a nice fishing lake. This led to a fishing trip in Scotland aged 14, when I tied a home-tied Blue Charm on to a stubby length of leader on an old Hardy floating line, and the rest, AS THEY SAY [why does everyone put that?!] is history.

A dark but firm seven-pounder, Moors pool, Cains River, September 2016

Anyway here’s my original, first-ever HSA post:

Congratulations, you have found your way to the blog of a salmon fishing obsessive. I’m sure you feel the same otherwise you are 1) my wife helping me set up my blog or 2) a less than 100 per cent fishing friend (but 100 per cent friend) whom I’ve co-erced into looking at this.

Writing about fishing is far more than writing about catching fish.

“The ancient commission of the writer has not changed. He is charged with exposing our many grievous faults and failures, with dredging up to the light of our dark and dangerous dreams for the purpose of improvement. Furthermore, the writer is delegated to declare and to celebrate man’s proven capacity for greatness of heart and spirit – for 200520112071-1gallantry in defeat – for courage, compassion and love.” John Steinbeck, on accepting his Nobel Prize for literature in 1962.

I’ve met some great fishermen and they are always great company. Even in ‘defeat’ – a dream tarnished, an argument among friends, a salmon lost at the net – they enhance life with their humanity, wisdom and friendship.  It’s there too in times of success and celebration, and let’s just say that fishermen know how to celebrate!

So here’s to tight lines, good fishing conversation, cameraderie … and adventure.

7 thoughts on “About

  1. You seem to of got this blogging thing down, will check in from time to time, but if you fancy WP help anytime you know you are welcome to call on me.

  2. Hey Henry,
    Good on ya for keeping on the fishing path. Looks like you couldn’t help it.
    Hope to see you on the Findhorn in June.
    Love and best wishes

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