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Archive for June, 2012

Fly Fishing in Devon

Friday, June 29th, 2012

I’ve tried to keep the blog more related to my fishing adventures and the weather has played a part on my ability to work but also to grab some fishing too. I got out on the 18th June with my good friend Toby. We headed a little further than normal and found the river in good shape with a few rising fish to spice things up a bit. We did the old share the rod routine and I really enjoy this way of fishing and as the fish were coming at pretty regular intervals it worked out well. We both had our first grayling of the season too which was cool.

Today I had the day off and the river was still pushing with some colour too it. I decided to go nymphing for trout and see if I could find some sea trout too. I really like to go for sea trout during the day as it is a little different and good fun. I don’t believe that a rising, colouring river is the only time to catch day time sea trout. I have taken people out during the day specifically to catch them even in the brightest of conditions. Spending a lot of time on the river makes the process a lot easier as I know where the fish hold and if they are in or not. If you know the answer or can work it out then you are in with a shout.

I did have a couple of sea trout. the first was 2lb and the second just a touch smaller. I also lost a smaller one too but I had a great time and would recommend day time sea trout!

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Fly Fishing Devon

Saturday, June 9th, 2012

On the river where I work, other than those late dusk times when I have finished work for the day, it is unusual to come across a pool that is alive with feeding trout. I don’t mean a few risers here and there. I mean a full on fish frenzy with a pool of fish rising like mad. It happens from time to time and happened the other day. The guest I was guiding and I were heading up the river a bit. The reason for this was the river was just dropping back and the fish were holding right off of the main flow and we were finding slower pools were providing the best chance of a fish.

I told him that there always seem to be rising fish in the pool we were heading to and when we got there it was exactly the case. I don’t mean this to sound all prophet like, it just always seems to have a few risers in it. This was also against a background where he had placed a superb cast into where I thought there would be a fish and I was saying “this is so going to be a fish” that proved to be wrong just about every time, but I often say it just so that my guest is primed ready to hit one of our super fast fish. Well, thats my excuse anyway!

So the fish are rising like crazy. It looks like they are on the emerger stage of a real small trickle of olives. We’d been fishing tungsten beaded nymph to get us down a bit but we lightened up to just a copper bead to get us into the strike zone. First cast the dry dipped and we were in. So the set up worked and we looked up towards the head of the pool where it was clear the bigger boys were moving.

These guys were feeding agressively and we had a couple of them on but we were in an enclosed spot with snags a plenty and they knew exactly what the drill was. Wrap the leader on whatever you can find. I don’t think my guest could do any more than he did they were just big bully fish and got the better of us.

I had to admit that my life flashed in front of me when one of the bigger fish headed towards me so I quickly closed my legs and hopped behind my guest as I was terrified that the dry would snag on my legs.

It is for moments like this that I love fly fishing so much. OK a few got away but it was a great feat of fishing and it would have been nice to see them but my guest was thrilled to have done what he did and to see what we did. It was pretty neat!

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Eat ,Sleep, Fish Issue 6

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Well, I’m pleased to say Issue 6 of ESF is now out. I hope you find the mix of articles interesting and as ever please give us any feedback as we are always looking at ways to make each issue better and better.

So here it is Eat, Sleep, Fish Issue 6


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Fly Fishing Devon

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

Right then, best I hold my hands up and apologise for the late post. We have all been run off of our feet but too much wind has stopped me from taking people out bassing today so I can hopefully get things a little more up to date.

Work has meant that I haven’t got to go fishing myself but the river has been in great shape and we’re catching fish. I was up on Dartmoor guiding Jason last weekend in some interesting wind. I think at one stage we had shortened the leader to 4ft or so but the fish didn’t seem to mind that too much and using a few of Jason’s beetle patterns we had a great day.

The lower river has been fishing its whatsits off although we have been getting all sorts of hatches that have made fly selection interesting but fun. It feels to me that caddis (sedges) are a little earlier than normal and the huge midge hatches have been awesome.

It has been fun seeing the big sea trout show themselves and I am determined to get out one night next week to have a go.

Eat, Sleep, Fish should be out on Monday. We decided to hold fire a few days as a lot of people will be away celebrating the jubilee but I am thrilled that we have got, thanks to Jim’s skill, a subscription section that will ensure that you will receive the ezine in your inbox if you sign up. There will be no spam or offers just an email once a month letting you know ESF is out.

Enjoy your fishing!

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