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Dry waders?….perhaps not!

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

I thought this week was going to be a slightly quieter one than of late. I sort of put it down to family holidays that meant aspiring trout bums have had to pop the rods away for a week or two and do some non fishing related stuff. Well, this is what I thought but it has turned out not to be the case and we have been hitting some great caddis hatches and getting guests into a fish or two.

Lyndsey had popped down with her Dad who is an excellent fisherman for a few days fishing and asked if I were able to help with some casting and fishing tips. Lyndsey was an excellent learner and I gave her a few secret tips that had her giving her dad a run for his money on the catching stakes. He has taken some photos which I hope to pop up shortly.

Lewis had only had a brief session of casting two years ago and wanted to try again so we spent some time on the casting lake where we covered the essential casts needed for fishing the river and then went down to the river and discussed watercraft and how to read a river. We put all of this into action and it all happened pretty quickly and effectively. There is nothing nicer than seeing someone catch their first fish and even better when it is one of our wild brown trout from the River Taw!


Bob was celebrating a major birthday and despite fishing the reservoirs of the Midlands he was keen to catch a bass. We were happy to oblige and I still smile when Bob and I spotted bass busting and ran like a couple of children so that he could cover them with a clouser. Pic below shows he did a great job and I quickly snapped the fish before he carefully released his first bass. I’m pleased to say it was the first of many!


I’ve just changed my wading boots as the last pair managed to last just over a season which I am pretty pleased with. I do abuse my gear a bit but at the end of each day I throw my stuff into the back of the truck so that I know I have it ready for the next day. This does mean it doesn’t get much of a chance to dry out. The new boots come with studs built in where as the old ones I had to screw in. Towards the end of their life the old boots wouldn’t hold studs which meant I was doing some pretty impressive down hill sking on the wet banks of the river. I am still proud to announce I haven’t fallen in yet but now that I’ve said this I have a bad feeling coming!

Sometimes you just have to roll your sleeves up!

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Being a fly fishing guide and instructor is a dream job, well, as far as I am concerned it is. I think people often think that you get to go fishing every day and you do but as long as you don’t mind holding the fly rod then it’s fine. If you feel that you need to be doing the casting or fishing then it might be some form of torture!

Anyway, I was on the river for a bit today but it was strictly fly fishing related in the sense going out there and catching fish. It was more of a case of preparing more than anything else.

There is a section at the very bottom of Beat 5 that is a really nice spot for migratory fish to hold and have a breather after they have  negotiated the top of Beat 6.                   



David at the top of Beat 6 on Sat

The only downside of this is that there are some nasty fly snagging branches just where you’d like to aim your spey cast and they’ve been bugging me a bit so I decided to give them a little trim with a saw. The saw I have is encased in a cardboard sleeve and being the great handy man I am it hasn’t seen a lot of action recently. I only realised this when I got to the river and took it out. It was a little bit blunt and a bit rusty. Oh well, I decided to wade across the river and have a go. I am glad the guys who were working on the bridge found it amusing as I hacked at the branches with the blunt saw as best I could and in the end did most of it by breaking the branches by hand. Despite everything I am really pleased and there is still some nice shade but enough room to get a cast and a nice drift.

I just hope I can hold a fly rod after all of this!