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The Vice

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

I can’t remember enjoying tying flies more than I am right now. There are some really interesting materials to try, and right now, grayling to test them out on.

Sometimes they work, sometimes not. To me, fly tying is the search for perfection when it comes to patterns and having a box of flies that work, not just on a perfect day on the river, but in a variety of situations.

This means I have my “must have” flies but with subtle changes that might suit a particular situation. Thoraxes on nymphs is a great example. I might be doing something completely unrelated to fishing but suddenly think “I wonder if I used this dubbing as a thorax?” and rush up and knock up a couple of prototypes ready to use next time I am out fishing.

Varying weight and size goes without saying. I guess I am sticking with nymphs as they are what I have been fishing a lot of.  Recently, I have made a mental note of how often I snip off a fly in favour of something either lighter or heavier depending on the water in front of me. It is a lot more than I thought it was; it must be something I do subconsciously.

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I tied a few up on a recent trip to fish a new stream that you be able to read about soon and they worked really well. It’s nice when that happens.

We got Issue 24 of Eat, Sleep, Fish out recently. I can’t believe we have been going two years now. If you haven’t seen it I hope you enjoy it!

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Eat, Sleep, Fish #21

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

We’re pleased to say that Issue 21 of Eat, Sleep, Fish is now out!

With fishing from Montana to the UK via Switzerland there is plenty to read.

http://eat-sleep-fish.co.uk/issues/2013/09/welcome-issue-21

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A river somewhere

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

Toby and I had been told about a stream that took some finding, involved a hike to get to but would be worth it if we got there.

We managed to find it and forged a path through overgrown scrub that included wading tearing brambles to where we eventually decided to get in and fish. I say eventually as we managed to fight our way through, take a look at what looked like a sweet pool only to look downstream and see what looked like an even sweeter water so we’d walk some more.

The other thing we noticed was the bow waves from the spooked fish that sensed we were about. The water was low, really low. I was starting to think my 2wt line was going to be too heavy.

At last we settled on a spot we both agreed would be good to fish from.

Toby was first up and expertly landed his fly where I would have chosen too. The fish bolted spooked by the fly alighting on the surface of the water.

We saw rising fish in the slower stretches of slighly deeper water but again they would spook at the fly landing on the water. We’d scaled everything down as much as we could but found fishing heads, seams and the water just below the heads of pools the most productive.

We were hidden under a dense canopy of trees that meant I fished without my sunnies. It was probably the longest I have done so but there was just no other way of seeing my flies on the water. Even tying on flies was difficult not just for me but for Toby’s younger eyes too.

Flies were changed when a settled fish refused them but we spent most of the time fishing small midge and caddis patterns and when we hooked fish we did our best to keep them out of the pools to try and avoid putting any other fish down.

We walked and fished a long distance and found the smaller pools and pots gave us a better chance of not spooking fish and when the heat rose some more and the sun hit the water we headed home.

It doesn’t matter what the name of the stream is or where it is. I wouldn’t tell anyway. It was just one of the magical fishing days.

Issue 19 of Eat, Sleep, Fish is now out so we hope you enjoy the read!

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New Water

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

I got a call from a farmer in our village. It sort of went along the lines of “you know that bit of stream that I have running through my land?, wanna fish it?”

You can probably guess the answer. We arranged to meet at 7pm as I didn’t have a spare day as work has been a little crazy.

The stream is small, overgrown and hasn’t been fished for quite sometime. The farmer is the only person who has fished it and he hasn’t done that for a while.

I asked him what he used when he last fished it expecting the reply to be a Mepps but I was really pleased to hear that he only fished it with a Tups dry fly.

I had my 7ft 10″ 2wt and on seeing the amount of branches cut my leader right back. This was proper jungle warfare stuff where bow and arrow casts and roll casts would rule.

I tied on a dry to my 5ft leader and followed John downstream. He showed me a few spots that he thought there might be a chance of making a cast, so I did. First cast I drifted a fly just a short distance downstream where a small trout hit it. I missed it.

We got into the spot where John originally wanted me to fish but nothing happened. Next pool though and I had a fish. John watched excitedly as I brought the first fish in followed by another.

This is how the evening went and we packed up when it was too dark to tie on another fly. We lost count of the fish caught but it wasn’t about that.

I can fish it when I like now and with a little bit of pruning it could be a great little bit of fishing.

Keep an eye out for the next issue of Eat, Sleep, Fish in the next few days.

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Road Trip

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

I have fished it a few times now and have to say I am smitten with the Ure, a river in North Yorkshire. Emma and I hit the road and travelled the 350 odd miles to our friends to have a day’s fishing on what is a great stream. I don’t know about day tickets etc. and am not sure that they are available so I am lucky our friends are members of a club that allows a guest ticket or two.

First of the day

We thought the weather was against us but it turned out to be pretty good and it was fun catching fish on dries and fishing the fast runs with nymphs.

Alan fishes a dry

As much as I love our streams in the Westcountry it is nice to fish some other streams from time to time.

So it was a day’s fishing and we travelled 700 miles for it but I think it was worth every second!

Hope you are enjoying the latest instalment of Eat, Sleep, Fish

 

Life is too short

Friday, May 10th, 2013

A few things have happened over the last few months that have made me look at things a little differently. Life is short and it is good to enjoy as much of it as possible.

Taw trout for James

I have been promising for years now that I will do some more fishing and so far this year I have stuck to it and have had some amazing times on the water, sometimes with only me for company but also with friends. I am going to make sure this continues and do some more fishing with my contemporaries too. I do a fair bit of this already but it is a good way to bounce ideas, have a good gossip and catch a few fish too.

Another old phrase that comes easily to the lips is “I want to give something back…..” Well, I want to do this to fly fishing too. It gives me such pleasure on pretty much a daily basis and so it feels only right to try and repay that.

Taw trout for me from Monday

Eat, Sleep, Fish has allowed me to do this. As we often say, there is no hidden agenda with it. I don’t make a penny from it or ever want to. I just think the internet is a great tool for sharing information and ESF is our little way of doing so. I have been so pleased that so many people are enjoying it and something I thought might get 100 readers has amazed us to find that the readership is now well into five figures. To be honest if it were 100 people and they liked it I’d still be as happy.

James fishes the Little Dart on Monday

So the plan is – to continue to love fly fishing, do more of it, spread the fly fishing word and enjoy the company of family and friends. Looking at that last sentance you could pretty much replace fly fishing with anything else and it might still be a good plan!

Fly Fishing Instrucor and Guide Pete Tyjas

 

Obsessive?

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

I don’t think I am an obsessive person, not even mildly although I worry I show signs of it when fishing. I don’t know if you are the same but when I fish a pool and I either know there is a fish in there, or I can see one I need to work out how to catch and it and can’t leave until I have either got a response from the fish or better still caught it. This can sometimes take some time and friends I fish with often shake their heads and walk off as I pursue my quest.

The pool

It happened the other day when I was fishing a stream with a couple of friends Peter and Vince. They had invited me up to fish with them on a tiny, overgrown stream.

Fish 1

The clarity of the water was pretty good and when the sun shone you could see right into the pool. I saw two trout sitting there picking up passing nymph from time to time.

I cast out expecting to catch them. I got a half hearted look from one of the fish but that was it. I changed the way I presented the fly, the pattern, the colour of the bead and a few other things too.

Fish 2

Peter walked up and probably heard me curse a few times as I made what I thought was the perfect drift only for the fly to be ignored. He smiled and walked upstream as I carried on. I wasn’t machine gunning the pool with casts or anything and I made sure I gave the fish a good long rest between casts. They also stayed on station which told me they were perfectly happy.

I had been fishing a 3mm tungsten bead on my nymphs and I felt it had been OK depth wise as the fish had looked at them more than once. I decided as the water had a hint of push to it that I’d go all out for some heavy gear and tied on a caddis pattern that had two, 3mm tungsten beads on.

Vince brings one in

I winced slightly when the fly landed at the head of the pool but it didn’t bother the fish and as it passed the two fish I was targetting a small trout came out of nowhere and took the fly. I carefully got it out of the way, released it and cast out again. This time I lifted the heavy nymph as it came to the fish on the left. It took straight away as did the second fish using the same induced method.

I don’t know how long it took but I don’t really care. In hindsight it probably wasn’t obsessive; perhaps I have an inquisitive nature that makes me want to see what makes the trout tick!

Issue 17 of Eat, Sleep, Fish is underway and should be out early May

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Warming up

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

I had been dying to tie on a dry fly and cast it to a rising trout. I did so the other day when I fished the Usk during what was a pretty cool Large Dark Olive hatch.

Baden on a days guided fishing on Tues

One of the first things I asked my host Lee when I tied on my dry was how quickly the fish took. I am used to lightening fast fish on the Taw and have gone from that extreme to the other when fishing for NZ brown trout that seem to take an eternity before you have to strike.

Neil on a days guided fishing on Sat

I was pleased that I didn’t stuff any of them but when fishing with a fishing pal James the other day we came across a couple of rising fish. I hit one of them too slow (Usk speed strike?!) and the other too quick. Thankfully James had one of them and hit it like lightening. Good work fella!

You’ll be able to read about the Usk trip in the next issue of Eat, Sleep, Fish

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Things turning?

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

I had an amazing weekend in Denmark with my good friend Ray (the Dude), fishing for sea trout. We also fished with Alexander and his son, both stalwarts of Danish sea trouting.

The weather wasn’t the friendliest and having just looked over the pictures Ray and I look more like reanimated corpses that weren’t that happy at being reanimated. That having been said, the worse the weather got the better the fishing got and so we just butched it out and fished on.

It was a real test of our friendship that we were wading in some pretty cold water and the waders Ray had leant me (I thought it might keep me under my baggage limit to borrow some) leaked. There was no way we were going to pack it in though and it was a memorable trip for many reasons.

You’ll be able to read about it in the next issue of Eat, Sleep, Fish in early May.

I got back Monday and was back on the river for the day with Baden who is new to river fishing. It was the first time in a while that I didn’t rig up for nymphs outright and we even saw a fish rise towards the end of the day.

Perhaps things are turning for the better?

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Almost there….

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

The waders only have a small leak and I have some new ones on order. I have checked the fishing vest and I have everything I need. There is a new leader on my fly line and I have tied to motherlode of flies over winter. Looks like I am ready to go and hit the river. Friday I shall be doing just that in the company of some like minded people I am lucky enough to call friends.

What more do I need? Not a lot really. The weather might suck but I don’t really care. I am just looking forward to fishing the river I love so much and if I am lucky enough I might even catch a fish.

We gather bright and early, have a coffee, swap stories and do some fishing. It is more of a social event more than anything else but I really enjoy it and we all have a few drinks afterwards as well.

If you are out I hope you have a great one and enjoy the day!

Fly Fishing in Devon – Pete Tyjas Fly Fishing Guide

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