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Archive for April, 2012

Fining down and thinning down

Friday, April 27th, 2012

No great exciting news on the weather front other than the Taw shooting up and looking more angry than I have seen it in a while for this time of year.

It has meant I haven’t been able to work which has sucked a little but I have been sitting at the vice tying flies mainly for myself and once again trying to reignite my love affair with CDC flies. I’ve tied a bunch of them from F flies to just about everything inbetween. I have also for a while now been using CDC on nymphs with some pretty good success.

The plan to fish more than usual, although scuppered in the short term, has had me getting my lanyard out as I plan not to use the gear I use when working but have my flies ready on the back seat of the truck poised for action. 2012 I will be travelling light once more!

The bad weather has also meant that Issue 5 of Eat, Sleep, Fish is ahead of schedule and will be ready to go on May 1st. Being so far ahead has also given me a chance to get  Issue 6 under way as May is a manic one for guiding so it has been the one I have worried about little bit but articles are coming in and it is full steam ahead.

Pete with a Taw trout


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Monday, April 16th, 2012

The river has been fun, and at times challenging, but I like it that way. I have been amazed by the size of the LDO hatches we have had and am just home from guiding where Peter did a great job of fishing the river for the first time and some more LDOs had the fish rising.

Rods rigged for a corporate day

At the weekend I was over at the excellent Blakewell Fishery at their open day. I did some tuition and explained a bit about casting and fishing and thoroughly enjoyed myself. It is a really nice place and it was nice to help people enjoy their fishing a little bit more.

Glenn and a Taw trout

The highlight for me though was meeting a Dad and his two sons who are fishing mad. The lads were about 7 and 10 but had the fishing bug bad. I had a quiet spell where I was eating a burger and was going to walk over and offer to make a few casts for them to retrieve but there was no need for that at all. As I headed over I saw one of the lads strike and hook a rainbow. Dad stood well back as the youngest son picked up a net and waited to do netting duties. Everything was done perfectly and the fish was dispatched by the lads.

Rebecca gets one under a tree

I spoke to Dad who proudly told me that that week they had done sea fishing, coarse fishing and today they were having a go for trout. What I loved most though was that once he has shown them what to do he then lets them do it for themselves. This is not just down to tying their own rigs, knots etc but everything including gutting their fish at the end of the day. The even nicer thing was that they loved every sec0nd of it and he was telling me that the only time they sit in front of a computer screen is to find out about tide times, a new knot or a fly that is working well. It was an honour to meet them and I am really sad I didn’t get their names as I reckon we’ll be hearing a lot about them in the near future!

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Issue 4 of Eat, Sleep, Fish

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

I am pleased and just a little bit proud to say the latest edition of Eat, Sleep, Fish is now out. We have some great articles from the regular contributors but also some great fly fishing adventures from readers too. We really hope you enjoy it and if you do please pass it on to your fly fishing friends.