Matt Harris' Fly Fishing Year - July
Home: Chub on dry flies
(Photograph: Simon Kidd)
Sneaking out at 4.30am on a summer’s morning, I have the banks of my local River Cam all to myself. The big chub are lazily sunning themselves in the early morning sunshine, and they can sometimes be tempted to snaffle a tiny ant pattern, artfully presented with a 3wt rod and gossamer tippet. The fishing is as engrossing as anything I’ve ever done, and it’s a 200-yard walk from my front door.
Away: Norwegian giants
Some years, if I’m feeling flush, I accept my dear old friend Antti’s invitation to fish Norway’s mighty Alta. Most years, I do the right thing, save (most of) my money, and fish the neighbouring Reisa, where I have a slimmer but still realistic chance of a monster at a fraction of the cost. While I’m still waiting for a leviathan from the Reisa’s stunningly beautiful pools, my pals Truls Bergmo, Morten Berglund, Trond Isaakson and Jens Olaf Flekke have all pulled out fish north of 50lb in the last five years.
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