There are not many firsts in fly fishing - but this, we believe, is one of them. Essentially it is a journal to accompany you throughout your fly fishing year. Something you can annotate and make notes in, allowing you to refer back to in years to come - helping you ‘crack the code’ on those difficult days.
We’ve called it an Almanac as it takes its inspiration from a few different sources, think of it as a cross over between:
- Old Moore’s Almanac - An annual publication which prophecies what will happen throughout the year - only this one is fly fishing related.
- The Fly Fishers Entomology - A seminal publication from 1836 by Alfred Ronalds, the first to detail river fly life from the angler's point of view.
- A Moleskine Diary - As used by Van Gogh, Picasso & Ernest Hemingway
For each month in the fly fishing year - covering Trout and Grayling - there are pages detailing hatch charts, fly imitation info and catch return/notes.
Here's an example of the page for March, this shows a calendar, a note on what to expect fishing wise, a hatch chart and some hints and tips for insects which should hatch in March and how best to imitate them: