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Wildlife springs to life in North Devon

Spring has well and truly arrived, and so far the weather in North Devon has been dry and a lot cooler than normal. The primroses are just spectacular lining roadside banks and many woods have beautiful scatterings of wood anemones, wild garlic and a hint of blue where the bluebells are just emerging. This weekend saw […]

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Lady Luck smiles down on the Kimbridge beat

There are few writers who can align fishing with gambling, but Theo Pike’s talents don’t just lie on the riverbank. Having penned a number of successful books on fly-fishing and the environment, including Trout in Dirty Places: 50 rivers to fly-fish for trout and grayling in the UK’s town and city centres and Pocket Guide to Balsam Bashing – and […]

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Come Rain or Shine

Standing under the thatched roof of the Orvis fishing hut, we watched as the heavens opened and the biblical rain poured. Down on the Kimbridge beat on the River Test, we stood there wondering if our guests would take one look out of their window and climb back into the safety of bed or, worse, […]

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Spring ascends to Highbullen

I will take a risk and say that spring has arrived! The easterly breezes are very welcome here in North Devon, as it means dry and warm weather, and has been over a week since the last rain fall. Although wall to wall sunshine is predicted for the next ten days, winter never seems to […]

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Graceful Grayling on the River Test

Tucked away in Hampshire lies Orvis’ pristine Kimbridge beat. From April onwards, this stretch of the River Test is abundant with keen fishermen and women, ready with their rods to snare a prized trout from the renowned chalkstream. However, back in December it was an entirely different scene.  On a somewhat mild winter morning all […]

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A winter that feels like spring

We hear the latest from Chris Taylor down at Highbullen Hotel in North Devon With the start of the New Year, it’s time to recap over the past couple of months down in Devon. One of the triggers that stimulate spawning is cold weather, and by the beginning of November we had still not had […]

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Nature’s Mischief

After many dry weeks, the heavens opened at the end of October, soaking 20 odd technicians connecting a new underground High Voltage power line across the Estate. Nature playing havoc with mankind in more ways than one, as this small army of men was mobilised, due to a greater spotted woodpecker making its home in a High […]

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