Tom Fort

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Member since
3rd May 2007

Tom Fort started fishing with his two older brothers when he was a lad growing up near Reading. He has since managed to fish through most of Europe, Russia, Scandinavia, Africa and South America.
Between fishing trips Tom spent 22 years working for the BBC in Radio news. He has since left to pursue his other interests, namely writing several books, spending time with his wife and five children and going fishing.
Tom's books include:
The Far From Compleat Angler, published by Merlin Unwin Books (Ludlow, Shropshire) 1995.
The Grass is Greener: Our Love Affair With The Lawn - published by HarperCollins 2000.
The Book of Eels, published by HarperCollins 2003.
Under The Weather: Us And The Elements, published by Century 2006.

Tom's next book, DOWNSTREAM - about punting down the Trent and our relationship with rivers - is due out next year from Century.

Tom Fort's activity

  1. January 2008
  2. Tom Fort rated Fishing on the Suir River

  3. August 2007
  4. Tom Fort rated Etna

  5. Tom Fort rated Yasur

  6. Tom Fort rated Stromboli

  7. June 2007
  8. Tom Fort rated Trout Fishing in County Meath

  9. Tom Fort rated Salmon fishing in Scotland

  10. Tom Fort rated Trout Fishing in Scotland

  11. Tom Fort rated Cumbria Fly Fishing

  12. Tom Fort rated Fishing the Thames

  13. Tom Fort rated Chalkstreams trout fishing

  14. Tom Fort rated Moorland trout-fishing

  15. May 2007
  16. Tom Fort reviewed Trout Fishing in County Meath in East Coast Ireland, Ireland

    Ireland has some superb dry-fly fishing for trout, and some of the best of it is to be found an hour or so’s drive from Dublin, in the green fields of County Meath. Rivers such as the Boyne, the Deel, the Enfield Blackwaterand the Stoneyford offer fishi…"

  17. Tom Fort reviewed Bass fishing in the UK in Bournemouth, United Kingdom

    Salt-water fly-fishing has seen explosive growth in the UK over the past few years – with bass as the prime target. These fish, lovers of crashing swell and rough, rocky, remote parts of the sea-shore, are fierce predators which take fly, lures and bait…"

  18. Tom Fort reviewed Wye and Usk River Fishing in Sheffield, United Kingdom

    These both used to be fabulous salmon rivers, and consequently hard to get access too. The salmon are now fewer and further between than they used to be, and much more focus – particularly on the Wye – is on the fishing for trout, grayling and coarse fi…"

  19. Tom Fort reviewed Chalkstreams trout fishing in Southampton, United Kingdom

    Rivers like the Test, the Itchen, and the Kennet have traditionally been regarded as providing the cream of English trout fishing. The rivers are crystal clear, full of green weed waving over golden gravel, and the trout run big. But – and it’s a big b…"

  20. Tom Fort reviewed Moorland trout-fishing in Exeter, United Kingdom

    Fishing is not all about the size of the fish. The trout of rivers like the Barle and the Exe, which rise on Exmoor, and the East Dart, which runs across Dartmoor, are generally small. But they are wild, game, and are to be found in some of the lovelie…"

  21. Tom Fort reviewed Fishing on the Suir River in East Coast Ireland, Ireland

    The Suir is simply one of the great trout rivers of the world. It flows more than 100 miles south from the Devil’s Bit Mountain in County Tipperary into the sea at Waterford. It has a phenomenal head of trout and still boasts marvellous hatches of fly.…"

  22. Tom Fort reviewed Salmon fishing in Scotland in North East England, United Kingdom

    One of the myths about salmon-fishing is that it is impossibly expensive and exclusive. Many river owners in Scotland have woken up to the need to make access more affordable and easier, and this development has coincided with an improvement in the salm…"

  23. Tom Fort reviewed Fishing the Thames in Reading, United Kingdom

    Not all freshwater fishing is about trout and salmon. Fifty years ago the Thames was severely polluted; now it has been reborn as one of the finest rivers in the country. Pike abound in the weirpools and mill-pools and can give fantastic sport on big f…"

  24. Tom Fort reviewed Trout Fishing in Scotland in Scotland, United Kingdom

    A big place and a big subject. The main point is that there are literally thousands of lochs spread from the south to Orkney and Shetland, most of which have trout in them, some of which have good trout in them, and almost of which can be fished by the …"

  25. Tom Fort reviewed Cumbria Fly Fishing in Carlisle, United Kingdom

    The far-north west, north of the Lake District, is one of the least spoiled, least crowded and most beautiful parts of England, and offers some wonderful fly-fishing. The Eden is the prime river, and is full of trout up to three pounds and more, as well…"