WHAT OUR CONTRIBUTORS ARE DOING THIS MONTH
Bug of the month writer Craig is national coordinator of the Riverfly Recording Schemes. He is never happier than when turning stones in a Highland stream or searching for riverflies in remote hill lochs. This month he’s looking forward to sampling in the Cairngorms, researching the impacts of climate change.
Photographer Colin’s usual winter grayling fishing is on hold while he has physio on a shoulder injury brought about by casting. Thankfully, his photography of the local pheasant shoot is unaffected. The lay-off gives him the chance to dye materials and clear out his fly-boxes for a much-needed restocking.
Rob will be dyeing seal fur, deer hair and teal feathers this month and experimenting with new colours for next season. He puts his rods away for winter and concentrates on landscape photography in the Lakes, Dales and Scotland, but always has one eye on promising rivers, lakes and tarns.
Alex rarely finds himself far from water and he will be tempting grayling on his local rivers in the south of England this winter. The evenings are reserved for filling up his trout and salmon fly-boxes and also creating a few bigger offerings ahead of a return to the saltwater flats of Mexico in March.
Camera to hand, or drone overhead, videographer Craig is seeing in the New Year covering salmon and trout “good news” stories in Scotland, showcasing the work of the Forth Rivers Trust’s Riverlife Almond & Avon project, historical hatchery coverage for UCAPA and video profiles of Teith and Forth beats.
Having just returned from a big-game trip to Bali, Andy is already planning his next adventures. In addition to visits to his local river, the Leven, he plans a trip to the Drowes in Ireland this spring and is looking forward to refining his top-of-thewater salmon techniques in Norway in July.