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Devon School of Fly Fishing Team blog

Trout Fishing in Devon

Don’t get me wrong, I love fly fishing stillwaters especially beautiful places like Kennick and rugged Colliford perched above Bodmin Moor. Most of all though I have to be honest and say it is the trout of our rivers that just keep amazing me. I have such respect for them and how they manage to survive in such tough conditions and in some cases how they go on to achieve, despite their surroundings, such great size. These guys have been to the school of hard knocks and play dirty when they are hooked. They have spent their whole lives trying to eek out a living. I often say to guests I am guiding that if you can hook one here then you can anywhere. I think I have written this on the main site somewhere but I really think it is the case. Sometimes it might even just be a rise followed by a refusal and the chance has gone but for me that is enough. I think it is one of the reasons I love fly fishing so much and still to this day find it mind blowing that we tie a fly out of fur and feather that we think might be a good representation of what we think the fish could be feeding on and then we make that perfect cast and the fish decides that looks right I’ll have it.

I guess this is why I fish mainly for the take, I love that moment when you see your line dip or a rise to the fly. There can sometimes be the case that there is something a little special on the end of the line size wise and then the fight is more so I can see a glimpse of what was living in the hole I just got a take from. I think if I ever get tired of this all then it is time to call it a day!

Michael and a Taw brown

Michael and a Taw brown

I had a great day on the river with Michael who was a newcomer to river fishing. We headed down to the bottom of Beat 7 as I knew it had been fishing well. I wanted us to fish a couple of nice runs and it turned out to be a good move. Michael was soon getting into fish and had lightening reactions meaning he connected with just about every take…I have a feeling he might be getting a thing for rivers and it was great to recieve such an enthusiastic email from him!

Thank you for guiding me through the perils of river fishing. I had an absolutely wonderful day and to have caught so many wild fish was delightful. I can say that I am now totally converted from lake to river, which won’t be great for the bank balance but stimulating for the mind.
Your expert advice and tuition really helped, from the adjustments to my casting (I now think I need to get another fly box stocked!) to reading rivers and finding the hot spots. It was obvious that you are totally passionate about your craft and the wildlife we all aim to catch and that really radiates and hopefully has rubbed off on me.
I thoroughly enjoyed spending the day with you, many thanks again


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