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What’s the best weather for fishing? Rain or shine, windy or overcast?

You’re itching to get out to your fave spot on the banks of the river, but what’s the best weather for fishing? It seems our scaly friends are highly attuned to changes in the weather, so whether you go angling in the rain or in the heat of the midday sun can affect your likelihood of bringing home the fish for supper. Here’s our quick guide to the best weather for fishing in.

Fishing when raining:

You might not be up for sitting in waterproofs on a soggy river bank, but during and just after the rain there are lots of flies flying around the surface of the water and this attracts the fish. Rain on the water can also literally stir things up, so fish move nearer to the surface to make the most of any organic matter that has run into the water during the rain.

Fishing when it’s hot:

Fish get hot and bothered just like the rest of us in the midday heat. When the sun is beating down on your favourite beat, the fish are more than likely retreating to lower depths to be in the cooler waters. Of course, it’s lovely weather for anglers to be out in, so see if you can find a peg that’s under the shade of an overhanging tree, as this is the best place for fishing in bright sunlight.

catching fish

Are you more likely to land a beauty like this if you fish when it’s hot or when it’s cold?

Fishing when it’s cold

One thing’s for certain; the cold winter months keep most anglers away, as conditions can be rather uncomfortable out there to say the least. If you’re hardy and determined with the right equipment, your efforts can be well-rewarded by fishing in winter – but it’s not easy. The fish are generally lazier when it comes to feeding and you’ll need to pick your spot and time of day carefully. The best time of day to go is between 10am and 4pm when the water is warming a little.

Fishing when it’s full moon:

Some anglers swear by fishing at full moon, other say catches are lessened during a full moon. Could it be that the brighter moonlight at full moon makes fish more active as it’s light like in daytime? Other fish (such as eels) that don’t like light will be even harder to fish at a full moon as they retreat even deeper. Of course, in many places fishing isn’t allowed at night anyway, so the question becomes hypothetical!

fish in dark water

Will fishing at full moon send the fish to hide in the depths or will you get a bite?

Fishing when overcast

Conversely to fishing on a sunny day, an overcast one can be ideal for anglers keen to reel in a few Bass, for example. They love gloomier conditions and so will come to the surface and swim further when it’s a cloudy day than when it’s bright sunshine.

Fishing when windy

Wind from the east, fish bite least
Wind from the west, fish bite best
Wind from the north, few sailors set forth
Wind from the south blows bait in their mouth

Is the old ‘Wind from the east, fish bite least’ fishing proverb true? Well, it’s not the wind itself that makes the fish bite or not, but more about the effect of the wind on the water. If it’s a cold biting wind from the east fish might be less active in cold, windblown waters. But let’s face it, whichever the direction the wind is coming from, it’s not the most agreeable of weather to go out fishing in is it?

So what IS the best weather to fish in?

Sun, cloud, rain and wind apart, fish are very sensitive to changes in pressure. The best advice for anglers wanting to know the best weather to fish in is to keep and eye on your barometer. The best time for fishing is just before a cold front/storm moves in – fish are very active in the period of low pressure that precedes such a weather front. Conversely they are very lethargic after!

But you can still go fishing in all sorts of weather. You just need to know what bait to use and where to fish. Whether you’re a beginner or an accomplished fisherman or woman, you can always learn from the experience of an expert angler. That’s why we’ve got fly fishing and sea fishing lessons and experiences at waters around the country to help you improve your chances of a good catch, whatever the weather.


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The 10 quirkiest questions people ask Google about beer

The 15th June 2018 is Beer Day Britain, so to toast this hop-tastic of days, we’ve come up with a list of the 10 quirkiest questions people ask Google about beer. And yes, hard as it is to believe, these are actual popular searches that actual people have actually tapped into Google. Who’d have thought it. Sit back, crack open a nice cool beer and marvel at how peoples’ brains work…

1. Will beer explode in checked luggage?

Taking beer on a plane is never going to be a great idea, especially when it’s in glass bottles. Of course, security rules mean it’s tricky to take beer with you on the plane in the cabin. As for putting beers in your checked in suitcase, it can be done and normally they won’t explode, as the hold is pressurised (but not usually heated), but we wouldn’t recommend it. And you’ll have to wrap them up well to avoid them being broken!

2. Will beer kills plants?

Some say yes, beer does kill plants as the yeast in it encourages fungi to grow. Other say no, pouring a bit of flat beer into your plant pot will actually help plants grow, as it kills pests and fungi. We can only say you’ll have to try it and see for yourself, but we’re not convinced either way.

beer pong

Is there any student in the world who hasn’t played Beer Pong? Google still doesn’t really know who invented it though!

3. Who invented beer pong?

The college and university students’ game of choice in halls and residences around the world. We have no idea who invented beer pong and neither does anyone else (even Google!). One thing we know is that, as long as beer exists, the tradition of drinking games will probably never go away.

4. Will beer help constipation?

Yes, in theory! Beer is made from things like barley, which is a source of fibre and it’s fibre that…erm…gets things moving in your digestive tract. In it’s soluble form, the fibre in beer might only be 0,75g per bottle, so you’re still better off drinking prune juice for your bowel movements. Sorry if you’re having your tea whilst reading this.

5. Can beer get you drunk?

Surely this is obvious? The more beer you drink, the more wobbly you’ll feel and that means you are drunk. It’s really not rocket science is it? Why would anyone need to Google if beer gets you drunk? Or are we missing something?

6. Why beer belly

‘Why beer belly’ what? What’s the thinking here? Typing this into Google sounds like the cry of frustrated guys with ‘Dad bods’ wanting to find magical solutions to the fact that the six-pack of their youth has tuned into the paunch of middle age. Unfortunately there isn’t one!

beer can

You asked Google if beer cans are lined with plastic…they are and here’s why.

7. Are beer cans lined with plastic?

Now this is a actually a very valid question. When we looked into whether beer cans were lined with plastic, it seems they are. Using tins rather than bottles better protects the beer from sunlight and being smashed, as well as being lighter. Problem is, a polymer coating called Bisphenol A (BPA) is used to line the cans in order to avoid a ’tinny’ taste to the beer. And many believe this material is pretty toxic, despite assurances by both the UK and European Food Standards agencies.

8. Why beer is better than wine

When it comes to deciding if beer is better than wine, it’s six of one and half a dozen of the other, as our Mum would say. Are you talking about taste, price, tipsiness or hangover? So many variables, so let’s just live and let live with both wine and beer!

9. How beer goggles work

This one made us laugh out loud. It’s pretty easy to get your very own pair of beer goggles and contrary to popular belief there are both men’s and women’s models available. Simply consume excess beer and suddenly they’ll appear. At this moment it’s best to hop in a taxi (or your Shandy Scooter) and make your way home before there’s trouble.

10. Why beer is better than men

Cue lots of quips about it being a whole lot easier to find a good beer than a good man, the fact that beer doesn’t leave the toilet seat up or snore and you get the idea of what Google thinks about this question!

So there you have it. The 10 quirkiest questions Google has been asked about beer. We think it’s time to stop typing odd stuff about beer into your search engine and learn something useful about beer instead. How about a visit to a brewery? We’re sure they won’t mind if you ask whether plants like their beer…

beer questions on a brewery visit

Book yourself in for a brewery visit and you can ask an expert brewer all your beer questions!


celebrating fathers day

Now THIS is why we love celebrating Father’s Day!

It’s worth celebrating Father’s Day when you’ve got gifts this good to give him! We’ve put together a list of our eight favourite Father’s Day experiences. It includes perennial best sellers, activities that are new to the books and even one that makes an old gift favourite cool again. Read on to see how you can celebrate Father’s Day with IntotheBlue.

iFLY Father’s Day offer

You love a bargain as much as we do, so when the team at iFLY told us we could do a 2 for 1 offer for Father’s Day, we jumped at it! Take Dad for a spot of indoor skydiving and you get to go with him. Both of you have two 60 second flights in the vertical wind tunnel, which is the equivalent of three tandem skydives’ worth of freefall. Hair raising fun for Dads and kids from just three years old. £54 for two.

Twickenham Stadium tour and museum visit

If your Daddy loves his rugby, he’ll love this. He gets to tour the home of English rugby at Twickenham. An expert guide will show Dad all the behind the scenes stuff, from the Royal Box to the dressing rooms and he’ll even be have his moment running down the player’s tunnel towards the pitch! Access to the World Rugby Museum, which is packed full of rugby history and memorabilia, is included too. Just £20 per person.

fishing Dad

Send Dad off to catch supper on a deep sea fishing day for Father’s Day!

Norfolk sea fishing day

Send Dad out on to the open seas for a fantastic day of deep sea fishing. All aboard the 32ft offshore fast fisher ‘Off the Hook’ to catch your tea off the coast of Lowestoft or Brancaster. With any luck, Dad will be bringing back some nice skate or cod for the freshest fish supper ever! All you need to do is make the chips. All the gear is included and it’s £70 per person for the whole day.

VIP Spitfire tour

Everyone loves the Spitfire plane – fact. The Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar is a working hangar that houses a priceless collection of warbirds. A VIP tour gives you an insight into the painstaking work the dedicated team carries out to restore and maintain these beauties in full airworthy condition. It’s utterly fascinating and a highly recommended day out for all the family, not just Dad! From £39 per person.

trucking dad

Keep on trucking’ Dad! Celebrate Father’s Day by driving not one, but two huge articulated lorries!

Ultimate trucker experience

Keep Daddy truckin’ with this fabulous lorry driving experience that’s new this year. Dad gets to drive both a huge long-nosed American rig and a modern articulated truck, the likes of which you see pounding the motorways of Europe every day. There’s something quite cool about sitting high up in the cab of your HGV with 16 (yes,16!) gears to choose from! Weekday truck driving was £129, now £109 per person.

National Brewery Centre guided tour

Take Dad to the epicentre of beer for a brilliant Father’s Day outing. Head to Burton-upon-Trent and explore the National Brewery Centre that also happens to incorporate the Bass museum and the William Worthington Micro Brewery. Learn about the history of brewing, see Shire horses and steam trains at the brewery’s own station, before visiting the Brewery Tap Bar for a beer tasting. Tours for two £49.

dad in a tank

Now that’s one cool Dad celebrating Father’s Day in a tank!

Dads and lads or lasses tank driving

Without doubt a perennial favourite, this experience will see you and Dad sharing tank driving time on a crazy, mud-filled off road circuit. And if you needed any more convincing that this is a fun thing to do, just take a look at the photo. That’s someone’s Dad having an absolute ball in a tank. ‘Nuff said! Buy it for just £105 for the two of you.

And finally…celebrating Father’s Day with socks!

You know how we always say socks are the most boring of Father’s Day gift? Well, we’re having to eat our words here at ITB HQ thanks to this funky sock club that we’ve just signed up. Every month your Dad will receive a pair of high quality socks in beautiful packaging delivered to his door. The designs are brilliant and will turn your dull Dad into a very stylish Dad! £30 for a three-month subscription.

sock wearing dad

Your Daddy could look just as dapper with a sock club subscription for Father’s Day!

If that little lot still hasn’t inspired you with ideas for celebrating Father’s Day this year, take a look at our more in-depth selection of Father’s Day activities and gifts on our main website.