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Fishing on the Frontier Part 55 - Duo for Purpose

This month Jeremy lucas takes an in-depth look at fishing the duo, or nymph under dry, and offers some timely advice on how to get the best from the method. ... Full story

Fishing on the Frontier Part 54 - Taking on Wild Waters

This month Jeremy is looking at the recent performances of Team England (Fly Fishing) and pondering just what has gone wrong... ... Full story

Fishing on the Frontier Part 53 - The Development of River Technique

Jeremy Lucas begins to develop his thoughts on specific river techniques in the latest in his ‘Frontier’ series. ... Full story

Fishing on the Frontier Part 52 - Sumava

Jeremy Lucas continues his exploration of fishing in the Czech Rebublic ... Full story

Fishing on the Frontier Part 51 - Where is the Frontier Now?

Jeremy Lucas has just returned from an ‘overwhelming’ two weeks in Czechoslovakia and Poland and opens his account here with, amongst other things, some lessons learned on the nature of water that fish will occupy. ... Full story

Fishing on the Frontier Part 50 - Coming Full Circle

In a landmark part 50 of his ‘Fishing on the Frontier’ series Jeremy Lucas looks at the efficacy of the ‘gentle touch’ when it comes to lines and leaders and the pursuit of wild fish in undamaged rivers. ... Full story

Fishing on the Frontier - Part 49 - The Conservation Frontier

I have long been fascinated and driven by what I perceive as the frontier in fly fishing. But there are numerous frontiers out there. Most obviously, they are the new places where we seek trout, or any fly-caught species, with fly. ... Full story

Fishing on the Frontier - Part 48 - Euro-Style; A New Boundary State

The modern river fly fisher exists at a boundary state, right on the cusp of control. There is a vast difference between the angler who is just that tiny bit out of control, fishing over-range or without a ‘tight’ line, say, and the one who achieves the optimum in all the possible variables. ... Full story

Fishing on the Frontier - part 47 - The Bridge

"What an extraordinary year with a fly rod it has been! While much of the autumn has been spoiled because of the flooded rivers, when we have had a window in the weather the fishing has been magnificent." Jeremy Lucas continues his Fishing on the Frontier series. ... Full story

Fishing on the Frontier - Part 46 - The Leader

The interest and development in leader-only techniques are accelerating rapidly. It has been the influence of the European river masters, stemming from the French, or Euro, leader nymph approach, as well as tenkara and the Italian pesca alla Valsesiana - both fixed line fly fishing styles – that have been responsible for extending our understanding of the key of presentation. ... Full story

Fishing on the Frontier - Part 45 – Western-style Goes East

I never really agree with the cliché that there is nothing new in the sport. That would be to deny originality. There is always development, even if this is merely extension from what has gone before; and to be in denial of this is plain bigotry. ... Full story

Fishing on the Frontier - Part 44 – The Changing River

Following on with the theme of presentation this month, which is so visible on the river angling agenda nowadays, one cannot help but notice the considerable debate and discussion on the subject. Entirely healthy this, in my view, and it so refreshing to see an ever increasing number of fly fishers forging ahead with all manner of presentation possibilities, with and without fly line. ... Full story

Fishing on the Frontier - Part 43 - Casting Leader-to-Hand

The concept and development of the leader to hand technique that Jeremy Lucas has been explaining over his past few columns has certainly stirred some debate both here on our forums and in the fly fishing magazines and social media. This month Jeremy explains further the casting style necessary with this new innovation. ... Full story

Fishing on the Frontier – Part 42 – First Steps Towards Better Presentation

Top fly fishing guide and instructor Jeremy Lucas continues his series on presentation this month. "I am writing this Frontier contribution to try to help those many anglers who are baffled by what is going on in a 'Euro-led' movement towards a better presentation of the fly, particularly on rivers." ... Full story

Fishing on the Frontier – Part 41 – Low River Winter Grayling

What a strange winter it has so far been; mild and stormy with many of our rivers unfishable for very long periods. Eden has been fishable only for about seven days in the last two months, even fairly high upstream, and this has been the pattern in most rivers in the north and west. ... Full story

Fishing on the Frontier - Part 40 - The Changing Paradigm

Right now, there is huge excitement about what is happening in this sport we love so much, particularly the single-handed fly rod discipline, with trout and grayling, and let's be fair, any species - salt water or fresh - that can be caught on fly. ... Full story

Fishing on the Frontier - Part 39: The Frontier Opens

"There are many frontiers in our sport, and there always will be, I suspect." Former England International Fly Fishing team member and now coach to the Australian National Fly Fishing team, Jeremy Lucas continues his look at the leading edge of fly fishing development. ... Full story

Fishing on the Frontier – Part 38: The New Frontier

Throughout this series, I have tried to bring a glimpse of what is going on at the frontier of fly fishing for trout & grayling, though have not really explored other developments, such as fly fishing for other species and, notably, salt water. I do very little of the latter and there are far more experienced fly fishers in these areas to broadcast what is going on. ... Full story

Fishing on the Frontier – Part 37: Leader to Hand

Regular readers know that I have been fishing a lot with what I term 'leader-to-hand' in recent years. Indeed, other than on small rivers, I very seldom use fly line at all any more. ... Full story

Fishing on the Frontier - Part 36 - An Invitation!

This is your chance to join author, qualified fly fishing instructor and guide Jeremy Lucas on his beloved San River in Poland this year for a magical weeks fly fishing and learn about 'fishing on the frontier' yourself. ... Full story

Fishing on the Frontier - Part 35: The New Frontier

Fly Fishing guide, instructor and author Jeremy Lucas notes the continued rise in interest in fishing for grayling this winter and adds his own distinct thoughts to the mix. ... Full story

Fishing on the Frontier – Part 34: A winter approach

On a trout and grayling river, from November through to the rawness of late winter, you never quite know what to expect. ... Full story

Fishing on the Frontier – Part 33: Leader-to-hand

Jeremy Lucas reports on more cutting-edge developments bred from the world of competitive flyfishing. The French Leader technique involves no fly line coming off the reel at all! ... Full story

Fishing on the Frontier - Part 32 - Observations from the World Championship

It was immensely edifying this year to be able to observe the World Championship, on such a magnificent river as the San. ... Full story

Fishing on the Frontier – Part 31: World Championship

Jeremy Lucas returns with his popular series about the leading edge of fly fishing development and what we can all learn from it. ... Full story

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