About this Website

The River Beat has evolved over time to purely record my fishing trips - a diary rather than a blog - and is updated in the trout season. The entries now predominantly focus on the beautiful and unique chalkstreams of Southern England. 

Whilst stored in a public place it is a personal diary and nothing more. My motivations are simply to preserve my fishing memories, enshrining for posterity the highlights of glory and failure and everything in between. On the occasions I read about my past fishing exploits, usually in the cold winter months, it never ceases to amaze me the details I would otherwise have forgotten had I not written about them. Keeping a diary has also awakened me to extrinsic things like flora, fauna, history, hydrology, geology, geography and literature - things that may have gone unnoticed if I did not write about my fishing adventures. To write, one must first observe.

Rivers are fundamentally alike yet endlessly variable. I am drawn to their variety and rarely tend to fish the same river twice. I like to think of it as collecting rivers. I find great pleasure in travelling (generally) and also in catching a trout from a new river, or in a new county or country. By happy coincidence the places where trout flourish are usually places of pristine beauty, because trout are the litmus test of a healthy environment.

In essence, this website is intended to be a record of my encounters with rivers, and of fly fishing, discovery and trout.

The Ahuriri River, New Zealand (2010).