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Archive for August, 2012

If your fly is in the water

Friday, August 31st, 2012

I was heading down to fish for some trout. The river was still pushing and had some colour to it but I could see my feet in a foot or so of water so though I’d stick with the plan. As I walked downstream I thought that I’d probably need a 3mm tungsten bead on the point and perhaps another on the dropper too or a 2.5mm with a coloured bead that might attract the fish.

It doesn’t really matter what I tied on but for the purpose of the blog it was a pheasant tailed nymph tied on a jig hook with a 3mm bead and a pheasant tail/hares ear combo. Like I say it didn’t really matter as the river was just, only just the wrong side of being fishable to nymphs but I gave it a go anyway.

It felt like it wasn’t going to happen so I decided to head downstream a bit in search of a salmon instead. I fished my favourite pool and nothing but my next favourite pool and things started to happen.

This year it has really felt like I’ve been getting a shot at the fish so perhaps the wettest summer in 100 years does have an upside!

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Feeling it…

Monday, August 20th, 2012

The river has been out of sorts again and after tying flies over Saturday I was hitting the Taw on Sunday. As the river still had a tinge of colour and some height, bugs were the choice and my trusty PTNs were the flies of choice. I did pretty well and had some nice fish, infact they were biting really well and I had a good number before I headed back home for lunch.

Emma suggested I hit another river in the afternoon and so I did just that. This one takes a little longer to clear and had just a little morre height than I normally like. My flies were getting down but it didn’t feel right so I made a decision to head off back to the Taw and a different beat. The one I chose is fed by a trib of the Taw and that was still pushing a little and by fishing just off of the flow I hit a few trout.

I walked upstream a little to a spot that I like to guide for daytime sea trout. Just below it is one of my favourite salmon pools. As I was fishing for the trout I kept a eye on the salmon pool as it is a place where they will often show. I realised I was getting that niggling feeling, the water was good it was really humid, it’ll only take a me 10 mins to walk back to the truck and get the salmon gear out and ready. “Sod it”. I did just that and was soon back making a few casts. It felt right.

About 4 casts later the line went tight and I lifted into a salmon. It was a strong fish that I could already tell had been in the river a little. I played the fish just the right side of a little hard as I wanted to make sure it got back.

You have to excuse the photo as I netted the salmon, took a quick snap and made sure it got back quickly.

It’s funny how often your gut tells you something and more often than not it is quite correct!

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Distant Sound of Thunder

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Choosing the perfect fishing buddy isn’t always a quick process. You have to go through many things together to see how each of you react and if it will affect either the fishing or the balance of the friendship. It is good to experience the highs as well as the lows just so you know how the land lies.

If you know that they will get all moody if you hook the big one of the day then you need to make a note. It is going to be a long day if it was just after you started fishing. What about if they hook the big one, how will you feel?

A lot of us, I am sure, will take great delight and those I fish with certainly do as do I. For me though the real test is when there is a big one you have both spotted that is begging to be caught and you have both seen it. Perhaps even the most polite would quietly edge themselves in to position and have a go.

I don’t, and the friends I fish with don’t. Partly because these sorts of shots even themselves out over a fishing trip and there is always the banter that will accompany a stuffed cast that put the big one down.

Dude nymphing

I have just come back from an amazing trip to Derbyshire fishing with my fishing buddy Ray (The Dude). We have fished many places together and caught many fish together and he is the perfect company on the river.

The Dude and I generally stay in B & Bs which will do just fine, but for one night we decided to splash out on a swanky hotel that had some nice fishing. The budget didn’t allow for 2 single rooms so we shared. Now I have to admit I snore a little. Just a little but we had been fishing hard for 3 days when we hit the room and I was bushed. The alarm bells started to ring when The Dude got his ear plugs out and I spent a sleepless night worrying about the volume of the snores.

Dude and Dove trout

This might be a tester for many fishing buddies but, like I say, we have fished together a lot and he knew the score. The really interesting thing is that while I was thinking about the river we would be fishing the following day and what flies I might use, I found out is that The Dude is a snorer too but I did as any good fishing buddy would do – I didn’t say a word!

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