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Archive for January, 2013

All a matter of words

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

A blog is an interesting thing. Once you commit to it you either do it religiously, make a post now and again or start one and leave it at that after a couple of posts. Either way it doesn’t really matter. They are fun things to do and a great way of keeping people up to date with what you are doing and the added bonus of pictures helps portray what you are trying to get across.

Blogs are sort of like those Japanese toys that kids played with a while back – The Tamagotchi. OK, I had to look that one up but I remember the hysteria they caused and the helplines they had to set up for distraught owners who had failed to keep these electronic devices alive.

If I don’t keep my blog up to date then it feels like I am in danger of it curling up and dying in a similar fashion so I make sure I keep it ticking over helped a gentle nudge here and there by a few of the readers, notably you Paul!

Fishing has again taken a back seat although I headed up to the most excellent Burton Springs for some stillwater trouting only to find it 3/4 frozen. I had a great day though and you’ll be able to read about it in next month’s Eat, Sleep, Fish which should be out in the next few days.

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Fly Fishing News

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

We have been working hard on Issue 14 of Eat, Sleep, Fish. Latest news below!

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Devon Fly Fishing

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

One of the main reasons (there are others!) I live in Devon is because of the huge variety of fly fishing on offer. Rivers are mainly my thing and when we were house hunting I busily looked at maps and settled on Mid Devon so that we sat between Dartmoor and Exmoor. It meant there were plenty of rivers on my doorstep, so where we live isn’t just a lucky coincidence.

The Taw is where I work and love to fish and I don’t think I would have it any other way. The river is interesting, not easy and so it makes fishing a challenge, that once you crack, will have you hooked forever.

There are also lots of little undiscovered, and perhaps unfished, streams. I have been lucky enough to fish a few too. There is one that is probably just about a 7 minute walk away from my doorstep that despite a few tentative, offers I haven’t got to fish in theĀ  10 years I’ve been here. I’ve fished it about a mile upstream but not this bit.

We had some sun this morning and Emma and I went for a stroll that took us on a higher route along this stretch and although I couldn’t get a really good shot of the river from there it is one that I will do my best to tick off the list this year.


If you don’t see a blog about it remind me and I’ll do my best to wet a line!

Issue 13 of Eat, Sleep, Fish is now out and if you haven’t read it yet I hope you enjoy it.

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Eat, Sleep, Fish 13 now out!

Monday, January 7th, 2013

I am pleased to announce that we have published Issue 13 of Eat, Sleep, Fish ezine that as ever has a great little mix of articles from around the world.

We were lucky enough to catch up with guide Hank Patterson too. It was an experience I won’t forget in a hurry!

Here’s to 2013

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

Today, to clear the head a little, Emma and I decided a walk along my beloved Taw was in order. It was a perfect idea and a nice walk.

I love to see the river at times when I can’t fish it and as I walk along it I wonder how some of the features may be just a little different to the previous season. Spots where I know there will be a fish or at least hope there will be a fish may have just changed.

Where we walked is a spot I love to guide but also to fish myself. There is a nice little mix of water that lends itself well to both dry fly and nymph fishing and there are a couple of pools that are good holding spots for both salmon and sea trout too.

As we walked along the beat there was some wind, there always is there, but it would have been on the anglers back. I could imagine a nice little hatch of Large Darks trickling off.

It will be good to get out on the Taw again; I will have to wait a bit though, I don’t mind.

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