French Carp Session

So, You Are Going For a Carp Session in France…

I wrote this piece around 3 years ago and it was published Carp Talk and is still very relevant now. So, if you are new to travelling across the water there may be a couple of useful snippets for you here… So You are Going to France? I only ever did it the once and […]

French Fete Alder Carp Lake

Tempting Fêtes

  June, July and August are the months for fêtes in France. Pretty much every little village with have one at some point, often tying in with its ‘saint patronale’ (patron saint). Nouzerines is connected with Saint Clair, whose day is 1st June. So the weekend closest to that is when the Nouzerines fête takes […]

HOW TO AVOID BEING HUNGRY IN FRANCE

How to avoid being hungry in France!

French Bank Holidays and supermarket opening – does it affect you? Just a quick post to advise that most supermarkets in France are still closed on Sundays and those that are open only stay open until Noon. What’s more if the holiday date is say a Thursday the French have their own option of ‘Faire […]

CARP FISHING WITH SLACK LINES – A TIME AND A PLACE

What’s the best time to go carp fishing in France?

Hiya mate, I’m a reasonably experienced Carp angler based in essex and was just wondering what time of year you thought was best to book a trip to france? We are considering booking Gigantica after watchin ur carp cup shows on TT, but havent made our minds up as it did seem a bit ‘swimmy’? […]

French croissants

10 Things You Must Do And Try In France

Many holidaymakers coming to France bring a lot of British groceries and toiletries with them. Whilst this is very resourceful, I would strongly encourage you to dive into French culture as much as you can while you’re on your fishing holiday here. Take a break from Tesco’s and sample French food and goods for the […]

9 FRENCH DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

9 French Dates for your Diary

Steph & Chris Dagg run Notaires & Alder lakes. Through this personal Blog, Steph is going to describe her experiences of moving to France and living the dream of many UK carp anglers. Easter Monday was the second public holiday – jour ferié – of 2011 in France. (January 1 was the first one.) It’s worth being […]

A MAGICAL FIRST CARP TRIP TO FRANCE AT VILLEFOND

A magical first carp trip to France at Villefond

Can you remember the first time you fished abroad? Maybe you haven’t been yet. Maybe you are thinking about going. Well my first time was just recently, the week of March 19-26th 2011. The fact that we had never been abroad before was of slight concern. I say we as both me and my dad, […]

Carp fishing in France warnings

Your carp trip to France – Some things you should know

We’ve published information like this before but as the season approaches we thought it would be a good idea to do so again. So… some general information for travelling in France. If you breakdown or have a traffic accident: Immediate action Turn on your hazard lights and, if possible, pull over to the side of […]

Carp fishing Luxury

10 tips to make your French carp trip a success

I’ve been travelling to France to fish for carp and catfish for over twenty years.  One thing that I have learned to my cost is that you cannot do too much preparation. When you visit France, you are often trying to achieve in a week what you would not do in a season, or perhaps […]

Tom Tom Sat Nav

11 things a carper should not go to France without

1.  A map – Sat Navs like Tom Tom are great but they are not infallible. Sometimes you need to check they are going to the right place! 2.  Passport – obvious really!  But remember to check in good time if it’s still going to be current when you go.  New anti-terrorist rules make the […]

WHY I CARP FISH IN FRANCE

Why I carp fish in France

I was sat thinking the other night after bemoaning about the seemingly never ending winter and the lack of any good programmes on the TV. when my mind turned to my forthcoming fishing trips this year to France, and within a few moments I found myself smiling at the thought that spring isn’t too far […]

WHAT EVERY CARP ANGLER NEEDS TO KNOW – THE WINES OF FRANCE!

What every carp angler needs to know – the wines of France!

We all know that one of the true joys of France is being able to sample the wines.. and bring a few back!  However, if you’re like me you stand looking at the umpteen varities on the supermarket shelf & haven’t got a clue where to start!  Here’s a beginners guide;   Alsace-1   Beaujolais-2 […]

Ferry-Crossing-for-French-Carp-Trips

Which ferry would suit me best?

Which Cross Channel Ferry would suit me best? – a question we get asked often.  Bridget Keep gives the Pros & Cons; There are so many options now for crossing to France so here is a comprehensive guide to the Pros and Cons of the various options; Dover to Calais ferries By far the cheapest […]

lillypool french carp fishing

First time fishing in France…

Question from Steve Sayers; Looking forward to fishing Boux in April 2010.  It will be my 1st French trip… so not sure what to expect.  Any advice on rigs or presentations would be really helpful for a virgin French carper! Hi Steve, Simply fish in exactly the same way as you do here in the UK. […]

PREPARING FOR A CARP FISHING SESSION IN FRANCE

Preparing for a Carp Fishing Session in France

Some of you may remember this film that we gave away in 2007 as bonus footage on the Angling Lines DVD. Well I came across the clips on a hard drive this week and thought that it might be useful to post them on the blog here for all to see and enjoy… The film […]

Large French Mirror Carp

French fish don’t count!

  There was recently a long ongoing thread on the Carpforum about the subject of non “English” fish ‘Not’ counting! My first question would have to be “don’t count for what or for whom?” It is a subject which as a resident in France, a holiday provider and a fishery owner strikes a chord. The […]

Boux Carp Fishing in France

French carping – what should I expect to catch?

I often hear anglers who have booked onto a commercial venue in France complain about the difficulties they face catching carp. “It’s outrageous, I’ve paid X amount and I still haven’t have a touch!!” Some anglers even doubt the presence of the fish in the lake!! It is almost as if having paid to be […]

CARP FISHING HOLIDAYS ABROAD – WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?

Carp fishing holidays abroad – what are my options?

As carp fishing gets ever more popular each year so more anglers look to Europe for their fishing and in particular – France. Most of the waters in the UK which hold fish over 35lb are either exclusive syndicate waters or cost a small fortune to fish. France then, can offer the chance of large […]