The season started with a gathering of good friends and finished in the company of family.
I always keep the last day of the season for myself so that I can go fishing. Make a few casts in spots I’d liked the look of when I was working or just some pools I didn’t get a chance to fish this year.
It is at this time that it would be easy to sign off but there is still lots of fishing to be done and when the weather isn’t so good tie some flies but this a while off yet.
I started yesterday with my trout rod and a few tried and trusted nymphs. I could have said “what the hell” and stuck with a dry but I fancied nymph fishing. I caught some fish and the last one was the nicest I caught and so it felt right to stop right there. We are so lucky in Devon to be able to catch wild fish from our rivers.
I met Emma and Charlie for lunch at the hotel. They had been running an afternoon tea deal throughout the season that I really fancied the look of but sadly it had just been taken off. We were lucky that Al, the head chef, said he’d do it for us and we were treated to sandwiches with home baked bread, home made scones and a selection of mini lemon tarts, eclairs, strawberry tarts and finished off with chocolate truffles.
Charlie left us and Em and I as we got into our waders and headed to the river in search of salmon. I caught a small sea trout and Emma was briefly attached to something sizeable that we didn’t get a look at but that was it.
We fished hard and long and left the river at 7pm where we went back to the hotel for a well earned chip butty.
So, the season on the Taw has ended but there is still plenty of fishing to look forward to and plans for the next trips are already underway!
Next issue of Eat, Sleep, Fish will be out in the next week or so. I have written another piece of Montana and our trip to Scotland.