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Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

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Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Over the last few years there have been many improvements on the river Taw to help migratory fish make their way upstream to spawn. There is little doubt that we are starting to see the fruits of this and salmon are being spotted on the higher reaches of the Taw in spring. This is great news for the fish but equally so for anglers and so if you are heading down to fish with us in Devon be sure to pack your salmon gear, you never know!

 

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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

 

The name isn’t important

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

I seem to have a really bad case of the fly fishing bug right now. I wake up just as it is getting light and start thinking about the day ahead on the river.

I was due to meet my pal Toby to fish a small stream at 10am. The reason for this was that up until a few days ago it had still been a little chilly early on and getting on the water early didn’t make a lot of sense. Like I say, that was until we had some sun and warm temps too.

I’d been up and at my computer getting the last bits of Eat, Sleep, Fish ready since 6.30am and decided I’d wait until 8ish before I called. It turned out to be 7.45 or 7.47 to be exact. I got his voicemail and left a message. A few minutes later my phone ran and I was soon in my car.

Toby was there just a few minutes before me and we were soon putting our waders on. He said he thought we should just fish dries and I was happy to follow suit.

We walked to the first pool and he gallantly let me have first crack. The water was clear and we both watched the first trout of the day take a look at my fly and eat it.

Tobys ‘glass rod was bent soon after as he had hooked a good fish.

We strolled up the river taking it in turns to have a go at either rising fish or working likely looking water.

We were briefly joined by a pal of Tobys, Mike, who knows the river well. I had met him once before and while we chatted we watched Toby pull out 3 or maybe 4 fish from a run.

The rises were all confident ones that meant some of those early season mistimed strikes were not going to happen. Seeing the fish in crystal clear water helped too.

I’ve no idea how many fish we caught but I think we caught our fair share.

As we got into our cars to leave I have a feeling he may well of headed off to try somewhere else. I hope he did.

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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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Man Pile

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

Before you think this is some sort of condition that us fishing guides get from standing in a river all day you needn’t worry. So please feel free to read on.

I can’t work this weekend for obvious weather related reasons. I’m not going to bitch about it, it is early season and these things happen and after the tragic events that have taken place in Looe, a missed day’s fishing seems hardly relevant.

So I have been doing one of my other favourite activities. Sorting out the wood pile. A wood pile is an area that only men really like to frequent, sort of like a lit barbecue.

I’d love to say that I strode out this morning in a flannel shirt, axed down a tree and then split the logs. I didn’t.

We had a delivery of logs from a local farmer and we carefully stacked them for what we thought would be a good season of drying but given how cold it is it looks more likely they might get thrown on the log burner a little sooner.

You’ll see I mentioned “we” when I said stacked. I did the last lot a short time ago and was pretty pleased with my efforts. Emma helped me today and I have to say I was a little nervous as I had already planned how and where I was going to place them but after a little bit of time at The Devon School of Log Stacking she had it sussed.

In case the weather continues in a similar vein as last season it might just be a nice little sideline to the guiding business!

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Devon Fly Fishing Guide – Pete Tyjas

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Thursday, March 21st, 2013

The season is underway and it has been great to get on the water with people again. There has been rain and a fair bit of it at times but I’m not going to whine. It is March after all and things can be a little erratic. this time last year I was guiding in shirt sleeves. They say variety is good and I’m not going to argue.

I have been keeping a eye out for large dark olives and yesterday (Tuesday) I saw my first one. I am hoping this continues along with some good settled weather.

Philip makes a circle spey with his switch rod

I got a nice email from Philip after some tuition this week.

Thank you for all the information Pete it will be very useful it was brilliant.
 Your enthusiasm must be infectious , I am looking forward even more
to some great sport this year.  Many thanks Phil

My fly boxes are full and my waders are only leaking a little. I am hoping that a new pair arrives soonish and I plan to rotate to see if I can get a little longer out of them.

Barry nymphing in a rapidly rising Taw!

It was great to see The Wild Trout Trust auction raise over £52,000. I put an auction lot in with the hotel every year and was pleased to learn the person who won it last year won it again this year. I’m looking forward to seeing him on the Taw in May.

In the meantime I am getting Issue 16 of Eat, Sleep, Fish ready and it looks like there will be some nice stuff in it that we hope you’ll enjoy.

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Fly Fishing in Devon

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

1st March marks the start of the salmon season on the river Taw down here in Devon. Because where I work and fish is a fair way up the system the chances of connecting with a fish is, at best, a long shot. That having been said I am a firm believer in the fact the fish don’t read the books or anything else. They just do what they do and if they can make their way up river they will.

Rob makes the first cast of the season

I met up with Rob to mark the occassion and he was great company and an excellent fisherman. We fished long and hard and without success but it was just good being there after what has felt like a really long winter.

The Taw

The anchors on my speys looked OK and I really felt like I had covered the water, mixed my angles and approaches and think I couldn’t have done any more.

Wild Garlic

I like to fish what appears a long, slow pool in an unconventional manner. We gave it a go and I have to admit that I almost screamed with excitement when I saw the flash of what I first thought was a salmon attacking the fly I was stripping through the pool. It turned out to be a really nice trout that I am pleased to say didn’t connect. The takes in this pool are very visual and we have seen both salmon and some large sea trout come out after a fly. It might make the purists shudder a little but it seems to work pretty well and I always try and fish with “there are no rules” when it comes to fishing.

It doesn’t matter if it is written in a book. If you have a hunch and it is a little different, Go for it! Sometimes these things pay off and you have learnt something new that helps you enjoy the sport we love so much even more.

Issue 15 of Eat, Sleep, Fish will be out next week

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Fly Fishing, pure and simple

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

I have needed to get outside for a variety of reasons of late to shake off some cobwebs, clear the head and just to get out there.

Nice hat Graham!

The river was almost where I hoped it would be. Just the wrong side of OK but I wasn’t going to complain. I had almost bullied my friend Graham into coming along as I wanted some company. He dropped his plans after my call and we were soon chatting in the car on our way to the river.

The plan was to share a rod, fish, talk and to see what happened and thatt was exactly what we did. The river was still a little out of sorts and the grayling weren’t as obliging as they can often be.

Fish on!

It didn’t really matter. It was just good to go fishing.

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Here’s to 2013

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

Today, to clear the head a little, Emma and I decided a walk along my beloved Taw was in order. It was a perfect idea and a nice walk.

I love to see the river at times when I can’t fish it and as I walk along it I wonder how some of the features may be just a little different to the previous season. Spots where I know there will be a fish or at least hope there will be a fish may have just changed.

Where we walked is a spot I love to guide but also to fish myself. There is a nice little mix of water that lends itself well to both dry fly and nymph fishing and there are a couple of pools that are good holding spots for both salmon and sea trout too.

As we walked along the beat there was some wind, there always is there, but it would have been on the anglers back. I could imagine a nice little hatch of Large Darks trickling off.

It will be good to get out on the Taw again; I will have to wait a bit though, I don’t mind.

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