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Archive for July, 2012

Fishing with friends

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

Spending time on the water with good friends is something I really enjoy. These sorts of days aren’t heavy on fishing, well, not always but are about good company. Sometimes good food, more often than not unhealthy and of course a few fish.

I met someone at the hotel the other day who had been staying and doing some fishing. I’d been washed off the river (again) for a day’s guiding but thought I’d rig up a rod for salmon just in case. I asked David what he had planned and he was heading off home at lunchtime so I asked if he fancied tagging along. He did and we hit where I thought we might have our best chance. When we got to the river we both knew it was against us as the fish would struggle to see our fly but we didn’t care. We had a great few hours that was interspersed with sharing fishing stories. I really enjoyed it.

I also recently met up with Jim for a fish. The weather couldn’t be more different with no clouds and bright sunshine. The river we were fishing still had some height and was pushing a little and Jim opted (correctly so) to fish nymphs. I hadn’t seen much by way of rising fish on the Taw due to the weather but I just wanted to catch a fish on a dry so stuck with it. We strolled up the river together with me fishing any slower spots that might have a chance of a riser. This plan worked and I managed to have a few and missed a few while the nymph reigned supreme. It was a great day I thoroughly enjoyed.

Keep an eye out for Eat, Sleep, Fish next week. We’ll be publishing it then and hope you’ll enjoy it. As ever, if you do, please pass it on to your fishing friends!

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Near and not so far

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

It is great to head out on a fly fishing adventure but sometimes, when the conditions are far from ideal, planning a fishing trip around the weather and finding some fishable river can be great fun. I was planning in a day with Toby. We were on the phone every few hours planning where we might head to after yet more heavy rain. The plan was hatched to head as high as we possibly could to fish this particular river.

We met a few miles below where we were going to fish and the river was pushing (quite a lot) but there was visibility in the water and I saw a mayfly spinner that I took as a good omen.

We set up our gear and it seemed that nymphs were going to be the only real option but the river where we were fishing is really small and overgrown and my usual 9ft 2wt rod was going to be too long so I used my 8ft 4″ 2wt instead. Toby gallantly offered me first shot and we were both pleased when a trout took my fly first cast.

This pattern continued and by fishing just off of the main flow we were able to have a really good day, when at the start of it we were just pleased to be out on the water.

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Friday, July 6th, 2012

We’ve had 2 days of dry weather which has meant the level of the Taw has dropped just a little bit and the colour has dropped a little. The river still being high means it has a push to it and means I have had to look at the river a little more differently than normal. I love to cast a dry fly to a rising trout. I am sure there aren’t many of us who don’t but it isn’t going to be a winning combo right now. The lack of rising fish have proved the point but sometimes in conditions like this casting a larger dry into a slow, sheltered spot can bring up a fish or two but a nymph or better still a couple of nymphs are going to pay bigger dividends so that’s how I’m fishing right now.

Casting off of the main flow and into areas where the trout don’t have to expend too much energy can catch you a few and casting tungsten bead head nymphs are better still. These areas especially under tree cover can also be the domain of a resting sea trout and sometimes you can get lucky if you combine these areas with quiet wading and a good first cast. It has worked pretty well for me recently and again today.

I’m pleased with Issue 7 of Eat, Sleep, Fish and hope if you haven’t seen it yet you’ll enjoy some reading over the weekend!


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