Fishing News from the Friendly Fisherman

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #34 - 8 December 2017

Andy has added his latest article FRESHWATER INFORMER LURE BLOG #34...

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #33 - 7 November 2017

Andy has added his latest article FRESHWATER INFORMER LURE BLOG #33...

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #32 - 27 October 2017

Andy has added his latest article FRESHWATER INFORMER LURE BLOG #32...

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #31 - 6 September 2017

Andy has added his latest article FRESHWATER INFORMER LURE BLOG #31...

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #30 - 11 August 2017

Andy has added his latest article FRESHWATER INFORMER LURE BLOG #30...

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #29 - 7 July 2017

Andy has added his latest article FRESHWATER INFORMER LURE BLOG #29...

Arlington Reservoir 2017 - 7 July 2017

Andy has added his latest article ARLINGTON RESERVOIR 2017...

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #28 - 15 May 2017

Andy has added his latest article FRESHWATER INFORMER LURE BLOG #28...

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #27 - 12 May 2017

Andy has added his latest article FRESHWATER INFORMER LURE BLOG #27...

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #26 - 10 April 2017

Andy has added his latest article FRESHWATER INFORMER LURE BLOG #26...

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #25 - 6 March 2017

Andy has added his latest article FRESHWATER INFORMER LURE BLOG #25...

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #24 - 7 February 2017

Andy has added his latest article FRESHWATER INFORMER LURE BLOG #24...

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #23 - 9 January 2017

Andy has added his latest article FRESHWATER INFORMER LURE BLOG #23...

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #22 - 13 December 2016

Andy has added his latest article FRESHWATER INFORMER LURE BLOG #22...

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #21 - 14 November 2016

Andy has added his latest article FRESHWATER INFORMER LURE BLOG #21...

Lure magazine - 9 November 2016

On-line ‘Lure’ magazine has kindly given us links to Andy’s features on Bewl Water for Trout, Rutland Water for Zander and Weirwood for Perch... Go to links...

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #20 - 13 October 2016

Andy has added his latest article FRESHWATER INFORMER LURE BLOG #20...

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #19 - 1 September 2016

Andy has added his latest article FRESHWATER INFORMER LURE BLOG #19...

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #18 - 9 August 2016

Andy has added his latest article FRESHWATER INFORMER LURE BLOG #18...

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #17 - 7 July 2016

Andy has added his latest article FRESHWATER INFORMER LURE BLOG #17...

More Adventures Fly Fishing - 9 June 2016

Andy has added his latest blog post – Read the blog...

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #16 - 9 June 2016

Andy has added his latest article FRESHWATER INFORMER LURE BLOG #16...

The Lure of the Fly - 19 May 2016

Andy has added his latest blog post – Read the blog...

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #15 - 12 May 2016

Andy has added his latest article FRESHWATER INFORMER LURE BLOG #15...

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #14 - 15 April 2016

Andy has added his latest article FRESHWATER INFORMER LURE BLOG #14...

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #13 - 21 March 2016

Andy has added his latest article FRESHWATER INFORMER LURE BLOG #13...

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #12 - 16 February 2016

Andy has added his latest article FRESHWATER INFORMER LURE BLOG #12...

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #11 - 8 January 2016

Andy has added his latest article FRESHWATER INFORMER LURE BLOG #11...

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #10 - 18 December 2015

Andy has added his latest article FRESHWATER INFORMER LURE BLOG #10...

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #7 - 2 September 2015

Andy has added his latest article FRESHWATER INFORMER LURE BLOG #7...

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #5 - 24 June 2015

Andy has added his latest article FRESHWATER INFORMER LURE BLOG #5...

STOCK TAKING SALE - 24 May 2015

We are currently "stock taking" and I'm in the mood to clear some "old friends" off our shelves.

If like me you can't resist a bargain check out our 'SPECIALS & SALE' section. Lots of new items have been added and extra discounts on existing Sale items too....

Freshwater Informer Lure Blog #2 - 21 April 2015

Andy has added his latest article FRESHWATER INFORMER LURE BLOG #2...

Jigging Article Part 2 - 10 March 2015

In Part 1 I covered the technique of deep water jigging and its benefits, now in Part 2 I’ll detail the tackle we use. Read Part 2 Now...

Jigging Article Part 1 - 26 January 2015

Lure fishing for Zander has been the “hot topic” this Autumn. Here’s your chance to read how it’s done in the first of a two part series by Andy Lush. ...

Important announcement - 15 January 2015

Due to the sudden closure of “City Link” our “Courier” delivery charges have had to be increased.
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ZANDER TALK AT GRAFHAM - 5 November 2014

Grafham Water Fly Fishers next meeting on November 11th 2014 - Andy Lush & Dr. James Gardner...

Powdermill Reservoir 2014 - 2 September 2014

New Powdermill Reservoir 2014 review has just been added......

THE BEWL WATER LURE EVENT - 31 July 2014

COMING SOON............

IMPORTANT NOTICE - 20 March 2014

When placing orders on our web site please make sure that you insert the correct "Address and Post Code", as registered to your Credit or Debit Card. We have had to install "stricter security" measures to our order system, this will decline orders if the details to not match exactly.
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LAS LURE FAIR 2014 - 19 March 2014

Andy Lush owner of The Friendly Fisherman will be one of the guest speakers at the L.A.S. Lurefair, see poster for details....

NORTHERN SPECIALS - 17 September 2013

October sees the start of another Predator season, so to kick things off "The Friendly Fisherman" in Tunbridge Wells [TN1 2PS] is having 2 special open days with 2 very special guests coming to whet our appetites for the coming season....

MAKE A DATE IN YOUR DIARY, SUNDAY 18TH AUGUST! - 2 August 2013

LAS - Lure Anglers Society EVENT...

COME AND MEET DARREL PECK SATURDAY JULY 13TH - 3 July 2013

Korda Open Day with Darrel Peck & Paul Harris at The Friendly Fisherman in Tunbridge Wells [TN1 2PS]...

Hazel Copse Trout Fishery - 5 June 2013

New trout fishery review has just been added on Hazel Copse Trout Fishery in Surrey...

Visit our Facebook Page - 20 March 2013

For regular reports on the "local angling scene", news of current and future fishing events. Plus Adam"s weekly fishing weather report and Andy's fishing blogs. All these features are on our Facebook page which is regularly updated to keep you "in touch" with what’s happening. Hear it here first!...

We have added a new Pike article - 19 March 2013

We have added a new Pike article by my good friend James Gardner, the Doc....

Happy New Year - 7 January 2013

We would like to wish all our customers a Happy New Year and Tight Lines in the future....

Chigborough Trout Fishery - 19 December 2012

New trout fishery review on Chigborough Trout Fishery in Essex....

Last Posting Dates for UK Deliveries for Christmas. - 18 December 2012

Last Posting Dates for UK Deliveries for Christmas....

Just Arrived! - 13 December 2012

The long awaited larger Fox Rage 'Replicant Wobble' in 18cm/90g and 23cm/165g. ...

Arriving This Week - 12 December 2012

New spoons from Kuusamo - Finland....

St Croix Rods - They've Arrived! - 6 November 2012

Oh my my I've just been checking in our new St Croix rod order in....

Reservoir Piking - 6 November 2012

I've put a short list of essential pike lures for those of you who are new to the reservoir "boat scene"....

Facebook - 6 November 2012

Our FACEBOOK page is up-dated daily with news and events...

St Croix News - 26 September 2012

We are awaiting our first consignment of new rods from St Croix USA....

Facebook - 10 September 2012

We now have a Facebook page which we aim to use as an information centre. We will post topical news of what's happening on the local Carp, Predator and Trout scene. We will also use this page to make announcements of "Special Events"....

Two new fishery reviews - 11 July 2012

Two new fishery reviews in which Andy focuses on fly fishing at 'Thornwood Springs' and 'Yew Tree Fishery'....

Bewl Water allows "any method fishing" this includes:- spoons, spinners and plugs! - 11 July 2012

Click here to read the rules....

Another new delivery from C.C. Moore - 9 May 2012

Just arrived an extensive range of Stick mixes, Bag Mixes, Liquid Foods, Halibut 'Stix' and 'Special Hook' baits from C.C. Moore. Quality baits for the discerning Carp and Specialist angler.

Click here to read more

Just arrived... - 25 April 2012

Just arrived an exciting range of Pastes, Pellets, "Flavour Shakers", Floaters, Pop-ups, "Booster Cloud", Method mixes and ground baits for Carp and Specialist anglers....

Another new delivery from 'Delalande' of France - 25 April 2012

We have just received some exciting new "Soft Plastics" and "Spinnerbaits"...

Carp Anglers - 19 March 2012

What's new for this spring? Among the exciting new arrivals is the 'Avid' range of Carp tackle. ...

Bass Anglers! - 5 March 2012

Great news we've just received our first delivery of 'SEBILE' lures, including the Magic Swimmers & Ghost Walkers to name but two, there are many other models designed by Patrick Sebile that are "saltwater proven"....

Bewl Water - 6 January 2012

New fishery feature in which Andy focuses on fly fishing at Bewl Water.

Click here to read the article.....

PRESS RELEASE - 7 November 2011

E.T. Predator Tackle are pleased to announce that the new 'Ultimate Backbiter' Mk2 bite alarms have arrived. Available at the introductory price of £39.99

Click here for more details ...

‘Trigger X’ Walleye/Zander baits have arrived in the UK - 31 October 2011

‘Trigger X’ Walleye/Zander baits have arrived in the UK, exclusive to The Friendly Fisherman, beware these baits could seriously effect your Zander fishing! Click here to see ‘Trigger X’ in action......

P.A.C Pike Conference. - 13 September 2011

This years pike conference will be held on Saturday 1st October at the Kettering Convention Centre. Click here for more details....

Hanningfield Reservoir - 26 August 2011

New fishery feature in which Andy focuses on a days fly fishing at Hanningfield Reservoir. Click here to read the article....

C.C. Moore Carp Baits. - 12 August 2011

All boiles back in stock including the awesome ‘Live System’. New additions to our range which including:- Boosted Hook Baits, Prepared Particles and Liquid Compounds. Click here to read more......

Exciting new ranges of soft plastic lures from Delalande of France have just arrived. - 29 July 2011

Exciting new ranges of soft plastic lures from Delalande of France have just arrived. We have added many new products to our range as well as extending the selection of the fantastic Picol’eau ready rigged Bass baits. Click here to view the lures....

Two new fly fishery features - 6 July 2011

Two new fly fishery features, on Eastwell Park & Weirwood Reservoir, written by Andy for the ‘Freshwater Informer’ have been added to our already large Fly Fishing Venues section........ Read more...

Spanish Barbel Article - 2 February 2011

During 2010 Andy did an article for Fly Fishing & Fly Tying magazine on Spanish barbel, they have kindly given us permission to link to the the article on their website, click here to read this article....

Pike Fishing Articles - 25 January 2011

We have added a couple of article to the site on pike fishing, these are aimed mainly at beginners but have some useful information that could help bank an extra fish or two. The first article is "How to catch Pike in Winter" and the second is "How to succeed with deadbaits"....

Neil Wayte - Barbel Article - 23 December 2010

We are really grateful to Neil for allowing us to use an article he wrote on barbel fishing. Please click here to read this article....

IT’S HERE!!!! - 15 December 2010

Well after a slightly longer delay in customs than originally planned we have received our stock order from our US suppliers! What does this mean? Well for us it’s like Xmas has come early with so many great new products, not only that but we also have some old favourites back in stock too!...

Christmas & New Year Opening Times + Postage Information - 13 December 2010

Our opening times for the festive period are as follows......

KOPPER LURES - 6 December 2010

We are pleased to announce that we have just taken delivery of an exciting range of lures from Candadien lure manufacturer, Koppers. The "Live Target" series are ultra-realistic and cover all the common prey fish for freshwater Predators. Bass anglers should pay special attention to the Rainbow Smelt and Blueback Herring models. Please click here to visit our "NEW PRODUCTS" section to view these exciting lures....

LOVEC LURES - 12 November 2010

We are pleased to announce that we have secured the UK dealership for Lovec-rapy lures. These are hand crafted lures from Poland, with a huge range of sizes and colours there is definitely something to excite all lure anglers whatever your target species.

Please click here to visit our "NEW PRODUCTS" section to view these exciting lures....

THE RAINYS ORDER IS NOW IN - 16 September 2010

After a small delay (in customs) we have now received our Rainy's stock order, so we have all the colours of craft fur back in stock plus the pike and saltwater flies. We also have some new flies available, check the "New Products" section for more information....

NEW DELALANDE PRODUCTS NOW IN STOCK - 14 September 2010

We have just taken delivery of some very interesting Delalande products, please check through our "New Products" section for more information...

Lakedown Trout Fishery - 6 September 2010

Continuing with our series of fly fishing venue articles, this month we have the famous Lakedown trout fishery created by Roger Daltry, just outside of Heathfield in East Sussex. Please click here to read this article....

P.A.C. PIKE CONFERENCE 2010 - 13 August 2010

This years pike conference will be held on Saturday 25th September at the Kettering Convention Centre. Once again The Friendly Fisherman will be supporting this event. Click here for more details. We look forward to seeing you there....

Return to Eastwell Park - 11 August 2010

After a long winter spent sat indoors waiting for the thaw, Andy finally manages to get out on the banks and even catch a few fish. Click here to read the latest article on this exciting new venue. Click here to read this article....

Chalk Springs Fly Fishing article - 12 July 2010

In a change from our normal reviews, this time out Andy follows Chalk Springs regular and big fish catcher, Colin Beddoe as he lets us in on some of his secrets that have enabled him to regularly land the big rainbow and brown trout this venue is known for. Please click here to read this article....

ACE/Fishing Pool Lures NO MORE! - 12 July 2010

We are sad to announce that ACE baits are closing down, they have been making high quality lures for a number of years now but have decided that in the current market its time to call it a day! We have managed to get a few more lures from them however, supplies are extremely limited. Have a look through our lure section to see the remaining stock....

Autumn Pike Fishing at Bewl Water - 11 July 2010

The annual pike fishing event at Bewl Water will open this year on Monday the 11th October, this is three weeks earlier than in any previous year, for those who wish to start early on the day boats will be available from 8.00am, an hour earlier than previously....

Bass fishing for beginners - 25 June 2010

With the Summer finally hotting up, we have something for the saltwater lure anglers to get their teeth into. Iestyn Jones and Keith White have done a Q&A for us on starting out lure fishing for Bass. Whether you are a complete novice or more accomplished their will be something in this article for you. Click here to read the article....

DOM NAILS IT!!! - 24 June 2010

Hot off the press from North of the border is our good friend, Dominic Moore, who just landed a 32lb pike on an E.T. Flipper jig and spin rod! The Flipper is rated 10-30gr so to land such a monster pike on light tackle is top angling....

STARTING STILLWATER FLYFISHING - 28 May 2010

Now its time for part 2 of this article. We got a lot of really positive feedback from part 1 so we hope you enjoy this installment as much. Click here to read this article....

E.T./LAS Pike Match - 10 May 2010

This Sunday, 16th May, sees E.T. once again sponsoring the LAS lure fishing match at Ardingly reservoir. Fishing will be from 10am-4pm. Please click here for more information and directions....

STARTING STILLWATER FLYFISHING - 20 April 2010

If you’re new to fly fishing then this article is perfect for you, just to get you started and understanding the basic elements of fly fishing. Its a 2 part article and the 2nd part will follow in May so check back son for the next installment. Click here to read this article....

Hanningfield Reservoir - 25 March 2010

With the start of the trout season upon us, we have added another article to our fly venues section, this time on Hanningfield reservoir. Whilst this article was originally written a few years ago alot of the info and techniques mentioned are still relevant today. Click here to read the article....

Stalking for carp - 15 February 2010

Despite the weather being well below freezing at the moment, we've added an article to get you yearning for the warmer months when the fish are cruising around on the surface. Click here to read this fantastic article written by ET Consultant, Jay Jones....

BY POPULAR DEMAND - 4 February 2010

After a number of requests we have expanded the article on "Lure Fishing Tips and Techniques", by doing this we have split it into two seperate articles, one on the technqiues for getting the best from your lures and the second on traces and mainlines. Click here for the lure technique article, click here for the article on traces and mainlines....

Photography article - 29 January 2010

We have another article for you, this time looking at a different aspect of fishing that is all too often overlooked until its too late. So in this photography article we are going to avoid going too high tech and just concentrate on getting the best from the camera you have. Click here to read this article by Stef Knowles....

Carp R Us 50% off - 11 January 2010

Due to the recent closure of Carp R Us we have reduced a large selection of our Carp R Us products by 50%. Click here and see what offers we have....

Carp Fishing Article - 10 January 2010

We have a great article written by our own Adam Lush on the basics or feature finding, now whether you carp fish or not the methods in here will definitely help you in locating fish. Click here to read this article....

AND STILL THE ARTICLES KEEP COMING - 14 December 2009

Well we are truly on a roll at the moment in getting these articles added to the website. This week though we have digressed from the recent Lure only articles. We have now added a great article from Bill Palmer on bait fishing for pike, a slightly older, yet still relevant, article from Luke Moffat on cat fishing and just to keep the "lure heads" among you happy an article from Andy Lush on Lure selection

Click here to go to the Lure section of our articles page
Click here to go to the Travel section of our articles page
Click here to go to the Bait Fishing section of our articles page
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MORE LURE ARTICLES - 27 November 2009

With the lure fishing season well upon us now we have 5 more articles to whet your appetite, this weeks additions are from Gord Burton, Derek MacDonald and our own Andy Lush.

Click here to go to the lure section of our articles page ...

LURE ARTICLES - 23 November 2009

We have added some more articles on Lure fishing to our articles section, kindly written by Mick Brown and Gord Burton.
Click here to go to the Lure section of our articles page. ...

PRODUCT VIDEOS - 31 July 2009

Whilst we try to give as much info to our customers on our website there is only so much that can be written! As the old saying goes "a picture speaks a thousand words". So we have produced some videos on products to try and show you how good these products are! The Swamp Donkee, E.T. Titanium Solid Trace and E.T. Titanium Flexible Trace all now have videos showing you how versatile they are....

DELKIM BITE ALARMS - 31 July 2009

After a long wait for a dealer slot to become available we are pleased to announce our first stock order from DELKIM has now arrived! Click here to see our initial range of high quality products. Should there be a DELKIM product we are not currently stocking that you are interested in purchasing then please either drop us an e-mail or call the shop on 01892 528677....

ARTICLES SECTION - 28 July 2009

We have revamped the articles section on the site and added some new articles to the Pike fishing and Travel sections. Click here to go to the articles section....

Essential Baits, C.C. Moore & Edge Baits added - 26 June 2009

In our continuing expansion of the product range on our website we are pleased to announce that we have added the Essential Baits, C.C. Moore and Edge Baits products to the Carp Fishing section on our website....

DRY FLY FISHING ARTICLE - 24 June 2009

We have added another fly fishing article, this time on dries! Click here to read about Andy's exploits fishing wth mayflies recently at Powdermill reservoir....

Matrix & Esp Products Added - 8 May 2009

The full range of products from two of carp fishing's top manufactuers have now been added...

NEW FLY FISHING ARTICLES - 30 April 2009

We've added three new fly fishing articles to the website, a recent session to Arington reservoir, Chalybeate Springs and Eastwell Park trout fishery......

KORDA CARP BITS ADDED - 7 April 2009

Over the last couple of days we have added the Korda range of products to our website, please check out the Carp section of the site to see all the products we now have live...

FLY FISHING ARTICLES - 31 March 2009

We have made some changes to the fly fishing venue articles for Arlington, Powdermill and Bewl Water. Click here to view these articles...

L.A.S. Lure Match 2009 - 25 March 2009

The Friendly Fisherman is proud to once again sponsor this years Lure Anglers Society match. This years event will be taking place on Sunday 17th May at Weirwood reservoir. For more information visit the L.A.S. website by clicking here....

ST CROIX ROD PRICE REDUCTIONS - 18 February 2009

With all the recent price increase on fishing tackle at last some brilliant news for pike anglers...

TITE LOK PRODUCTS ARRIVED - 16 February 2009

Finally after delays stateside and in customs the Tite Lok range of products are back in stock. We are checking the order in as we speak and we will allow ordering of these products shortly....

LOOMIS PRICE INCREASES - 23 January 2009

BEAT THE PRICE INCREASE BUY NOW! All Loomis rods will be increasing by 10 - 15% to reflect the devaluation of the £ against the $. We can supply most models listed at the 'old' pre-increase price....

Carp Fishing Tackle - 6 January 2009

Over the next couple of months we will be rolling out our carp fishing tackle to the site for online ordering....

Christmas Opening Hours - 22 December 2008

In case you are planning on visiting the shop over the Christmas and New Year period here are our opening times....

U.S. Stock Order Now Here - 19 December 2008

Yesterday afternoon saw the arrival of our stock order from our U.S. suppliers! This means that we have a number of existing products back in stock and some excellent new products available to buy!...

Fishing kit range expanded - 18 December 2008

Following on from the huge success of our fishing kits we have expanded our fishing kits to give you a greater range of choice in your setup...

Christmas Postage Dates - 10 December 2008

Please note the following latest suggested postage times to guarantee your order in time for Christmas. ...

VAT DOWN TO 15% - 26 November 2008

The Friendly Fisherman is pleased to announce that all orders placed after 5pm on Friday 28th November will be at the new VAT rate!...

REGION 70 WELCOMES JAMES GARDNER - 11 November 2008

For our first guest speaker of the season, PAC region 70 are pleased to welcome Doc James Gardener to once again give the region one if his excellent and informative talks, this will take place on Tuesday 11th November and will kick off at around 8pm – His talk and slide show will include trolling the large open trout waters, to his more local fishing, this really is one not to be missed. ...

Monday 20th October - Shop Closed - 10 October 2008

The shop will be closed on Monday 20th October as we are visiting a trade show. All orders placed after 3:30pm on Friday 17th October will be processed and despatched on Tuesday 21st October. Sorry for any inconvenience....

PAC Pike Conference - 12 September 2008

We will be displaying at the PAC pike conference at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire on Saturday 27th September. ...

Musky Innovations Bulldawg price slash! - 19 August 2008

We have just negotiated some excellent new prices for all Bulldawgs, both the regular and Uptown Dawgs.Some of the prices have been reduced by 30% from their previous selling prices....

Hardy Demon fly reel new sizes! - 15 August 2008

We are pleased to announce that Hardy have just released two new sizes of their extremely popular Demon reel...

New Articles Added - 12 August 2008

After a few re-writes and adding of diagrams/photo's we have finally got the boat articles finished...

New E.T. Predator Tackle rods available - 10 August 2008

E.T. predator tackle are proud to announce the release of their new travel spin series and Pitmaster 'C' carp series of rods....

Fly tying section regularly updated - 10 August 2008

We have spent the early part of this year revamping our fly tying department....

New partnership with Donegal flies - 1 August 2008

The most frustrating thing about ordering online is stock availability, and whilst we have always tried to be as accurate as possible with only having products available for order on our website, the fly section was always one that we struggled to maintain. ...

New Postage Costs

Due to an increasing number of issues with our existing courier company which we feel is unacceptable, we are pleased to announce have changed our service provider to DHL. At this time we have also reviewed our price structure for all our services....