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It has been a hard day on the set of CHALK at Wherwell Priory .... Chris took time out to catch a fish. Ed took a script meeting on the bridge; namely pointing to the fish Chris subsequently caught. Noel bought his fishing hat with flies we frowned at. But it didn't stop his rather strange fish dance. That is him with arms outstretched. No, I don't fully understand either. Suspect it will be lost forever on the cutting room floor, or at least I hope so. Have a good weekend. #chalkstreamfly #chalkthemovie #rivertest #costasunglasses
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21/07/2017
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This may look at first to be an earthworm but it is in fact an eel. A year ago this European eel would have been 3,500 miles way in the Sargasso Sea. In a remarkable journey for something so small (it would have been one eighth the size when it set out) it has traversed the Atlantic, come up the English Channel, turned left north of the Isle of Wight into Southampton Water, negotiated the many weirs and obstacles up the River Test until at Bossington it took another left into the Wallop Brook. Nine miles later it has found a muddy home here in the mill pond at Nether Wallop. Today it fits in the palm on my hand. In 10-20 years it will be the length of my arm ready to make the return journey to the place of its birth to complete the circle of life. This is the best example (along with a bunch of similar size elvers I found yesterday) of an eel population a slowly reviving after decades of decline thanks to great efforts by a great many people. The otters will be happy! #wessexrivers #wildtrouttrust #envagency #anglingtrust #hantsiwwildlife
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I fulfill a lifetime ambition. Latest news from the set of CHALK - The Movie. The prettiest English village you have probably never visited. And the fiendish quiz. My latest blog/newsletter is out now.
http://conta.cc/2udr85R
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14/07/2017
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One of the great side benefits of being part of CHALK The Movie is that I get to meet wonderful people - Wednesday one such day when I visited the Sawyer water on the River Avon. Pictured (l-r) is Tim Sawyer, Frank's only son who gave the most touching insights to the Sawyer family life; it will be one of the centrepieces of the film. Martin Browne, 15 years keeper for the Services Dry Fly Fishing Association (SDFFA) more than fills the Sawyer boots and was so helpful to us. Tony Wells, recently retired Vice President of the SDFFA, so the 'boss', bought along his framed selection of Pheasant Tail Nymphs tied by Sawyer himself. Interesting to note that they are not as precise as modern day equivalents, with a much chubbier thorax. #sdffa #flytying #ptn @fdg_updates #chalkthemovie #chalkstreams @chalkstreamfly

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08/07/2017
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Cool drone shot from film guys Chris and Leo from the 'set' of CHALK at Ilsington on the River Frome. For those of you who might recall my fly vs. maggot challenge with John Bailey back in February that pale patch is where I caught my monster grayling. #riverfrome #dryfly #grayling #browntrout
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Read how I got on at the Wainwright Book Prize Shortlist party and more news on the Grand Tour. http://conta.cc/2untDPo
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Dateline: Covent Garden
Nether Wallop Mill, Hampshire Friday June 30th 2017 So, it was
off to London, more specifically Covent Garden, on Tuesday evening for the
announcement of the shortlist of the Wainwright Book Prize which was hosted at
the famous Stanfords bookshop on Long Ac...

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The Otters' Tale is a Best Seller! I am worried the otters might start asking for appearance fees .... more fish maybe? In Otter News #lifeofachalkstream Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust #otters
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The Lambourn looking tempting in the shade this morning. The coldest chalkstream on the planet! #chalkstream #dryfly #browntrout #grayling
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Hard to disagree with this sentiment ...... on sale at Broughton Crafts on Stockbridge High Street #flyfishing #dryfly #browntrout #chalkstream
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