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Spey Casting: On encountering the two-hand fly rod

Filed in The Sporting Angler by on October 27, 2016 0 Comments
Spey Casting:  On encountering the two-hand fly rod

Spey casting is an art both ancient and new.  I learned a lot about it this last weekend and for those of you who find the term unfamiliar I’ll tell you about it sort of the way I learned. When I still lived in Southern California I took fly-casting lessons from the Long Beach Casting […]

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Tumblr: other counties in the Cyber-Shire

Filed in Places to Go, The Gallery by on May 28, 2016 0 Comments
Tumblr: other counties in the Cyber-Shire

Tumblr, for those who may not know, is a website of photos.  Here, anyone can post whatever they want and comment on it.  For the cyber-squire I really must recommend a few of my favorites.  If I’ve left any tumblr sites out that you recommend, do please send them to me in comments.  You might […]

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Soup is Good Food . . . and it’s traditional!

Filed in The Gentrys Pantry by on May 8, 2016 0 Comments
Soup is Good Food . . . and it’s traditional!

As the Campbell’s company has been insisting for ages, soup is good food.  Indeed it is, though preferably not from a can!  Soup has a number of advantages that go back to the dawn of humanity.  Even before the advent of ceramic cooking vessels, we can readily surmise that hunting and gathering bands made soup […]

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Old Guns Revisited

Filed in The Gun Room by on February 28, 2016 0 Comments
Old Guns Revisited

Old guns, as I commented before, are the guns I like best.  As Jay Gardner wrote, “It’s a question of soul.”  New, latest technology guns have their place, it’s true.  My Beretta A400 Explor is definitely my weapon of choice when it comes to throwing heavy charges of steel shot.  These aging bones and joints just […]

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Fish Philadelphia

Filed in The Gentrys Pantry, The Sporting Angler by on February 17, 2016 0 Comments
Fish Philadelphia

Fish Philadelphia came to my attention during a period in my life when I was attempting to overcome a medium grade phobia about deep water.  I had always been a poor swimmer due to a natural tendency to sink like a stone so taking my delight in field sports as a entry to a ‘cure’ […]

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In Praise of Smallmouth Bass

Filed in The Sporting Angler by on February 9, 2016 0 Comments
In Praise of Smallmouth Bass

Whether it was the smallmouth bass or its largemouth cousin I’m not sure. But in 1881 Dr. James Henshall declared black bass “Inch for inch and pound for pound, the gamest fish that swims”, and I can do nothing but utter a heartfelt, “Amen!”  If we in the cyber-shire were unabashed Anglophiles we would possibly discount this notion […]

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Stock Fit & The Importance of Getting It Right

Filed in Our Shooting Coach by on January 31, 2016 0 Comments
Stock Fit & The Importance of Getting It Right

  Stock Fit Part 1. Stock fit means nothing without the shooter. If you cannot mount a gun consistently in the same place, time after time, no one on earth can make a stock to fit you. I cannot count the number of times I have been asked to look at a stock fit only to […]

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Waterfowl Cookery: Reviewing Duck, Duck, Goose

Filed in The Gentrys Pantry by on December 1, 2015 0 Comments
Waterfowl Cookery:  Reviewing Duck, Duck, Goose

Have you noticed that the shooting parties on Downton Abbey never shoot waterfowl?  The reason seems to be that the great estates used game as a crop to be managed and sold and waterfowl are notoriously uncooperative with the gamekeeper.  Grouse to a degree and pheasants very much so are quite manageable.  You can modify […]

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Longthorne Guns: A New British Best

Filed in The Gun Room by on November 16, 2015 0 Comments
Longthorne Guns:  A New British Best

British Best shotguns call to mind the finest in shooting traditions. What is often forgotten that among those traditions is a long history of technical innovation.  It may come as a shock to some but Purdy, Boss and Holland & Holland all employ the newest in computer controlled machinery.  This quickly brings their product to […]

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Legumes and the Cyber-Squire

Filed in The Gentrys Pantry by on October 13, 2015 1 Comment
Legumes and the Cyber-Squire

With the exception of Heinz Beans on toast, legumes don’t seem to have been part of the traditional countryside cuisine.  Even my copy of Irish Countryhouse Cooking, which is chock full of ways to cook the fish and game of the British Isles, has only a couple of recipes and those are for those odd […]

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