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A pinch and a punch for this being the first day of March, St David’s Day where daffodils and leeks abound and the Mad March Hare boxes on a distant field.

My first thoughts are with a hare mask that lay in a tin of fly tying material and that well-known early season nymph, the gold rib hares ear a stalwart of a fly. Others that have proven invaluable in the early days of the trout fishing season is a small pheasant tail nymph.

A couple of weeks ago I was given a hare to cook by Winterbourne Game of Dorset. This I cooked down into a rich ragu and served with pappardelle pasta, this recipe is a signature winter dish of Tuscany know as(pappardelle sulla leepre) and served with a vintage glass full of Cotes du Rhone, Chiantis or Vino Nobile di Montalcino.

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