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Nice weather we’re having?

Friday, March 20th, 2009

How nice has the weather been the last few days? It is stark contrast to the way the season started last year and it has been nice to be out on the water in just a t shirt and light fleece. From a fishing perspective it hasn’t been too bad at all. I feel like I have been suckered in to all this sunshine and my body feels a little like it should be summer already but I think this is wishful thinking. The hatches on the river have been kind of interesting so far in that they have been happening in two spells during the day (well, on the Taw system). I think it has been a case that the cold, clear nights have made the mornings a slow start affair on the rivers and the early riser bugs have shown a brief appearance later lunchtime and then as the sun has stayed out the has been a small second wave around 4 to 4.30pm.

It was like this yesterday. I was with Simon who wanted to do some fly casting tuition in the morning and then wanted to learn a bit about fly fishing rivers in the afternoon. After a sandwich and a pint ( a diet coke in my case!) we headed down to the Taw. We were fishing the home beat that is pretty well sheltered and hadn’t had a great deal of sun on it. We saw some odd large dark olives coming off but it just didn’t feel right. Simon got to grips with the river pretty quickly but the holes I thought might throw out a fish didn’t. It is times like this that you think that it might be worth a quick change of venue so we hopped in the truck. Part of my motivation was that I would hate to flog a piece of water for the sake of it when it is apprent there isn’t a great deal going on and having other options up the sleeve makes the decision process a whole lot easier. I don’t know if you ever get the feeling but it just didn’t feel “right”

Anyway, we jumped in the truck and hit the Bray which has a lot more exposure to the sun than the beat we had been fishing. The levels were still a little higher than I expected but Simon expertly threw his fly into the slacker spots looking for a taker. I certainly felt more confident and it felt a case of when, not if, he was going to get his first river fish. We’d started up the beat a little higher and it just hadn’t happened. I had spotted a few fish at the bottom of the beat as we walked up so we headed back down before heading off as Simon wanted a fish from our lake for his tea. It was just about 4 and the large dark olives were starting. Again it was only a modest hatch but it was enough to get Simon off the mark.

Simon gets to grips with double hauling

Simon gets to grips with double hauling

Support Your Local Tackle Shop!

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

It seems as the GB PLC is in a pretty bad state of affairs right now. Talk of  the “green shoots” of recovery have been a little premature to say the least. With doom and gloom seeming to be the buzz words I was really, really happy to go to a shop opening today. This wasn’t any old shop though, this was a new fly fishing tackle shop. The even better news is that they are just down from me in Crediton…


Fly Fishing Tackle is run by Howard, Helen and Kirsty. They already have a great online fly fishing tackle business but have decided that the opportunity of a new premises was too great and has allowed them to open their doors to the public. I often popped into their old place to have a quick cuppa, talk fishing and pick up some fishing gear but it didn’t lend itself as well to walk-in trade. Despite this there always seemed a steady stream of visitors and I guess this must have helped in the descision to have a proper retail premises. The new place is just a couple of seconds walk from Crediton High street and is large, airy and light it is packed with a very large variety of tackle to suit all pockets and all levels of experience. You are always assured a warm welcome and I think I overheard Howard mention sofas and coffee pots. I think they will find it hard for me to get out of there during the closed fishing season if this is the case!!

L to R   Kirsty, Howard and Helen

L to R Kirsty, Howard and Helen

The thing I noticed was the shop already has a really nice atmosphere. To me as a punter this is really important as you don’t want to walk into a place to spend some of your hard earned cash and you are made to feel like you are doing the shop owner a favour. There is little chance of that here and it is a real pleasure to visit. So it probably sounds like I am gushing about the place a bit and you know what, I am. The reason for this is that I have nothing but respect for a company that is bucking the current trend and trying to have a go and even better it is a fishing shop. With online auction sites offering a way to get a bargain some might argue there is no need for a tackle shop but when that bargain goes wrong or isn’t what you thought it was you’re stuck. You might end up paying a tiny bit more with a tackle shop but you also get advice, back up, the chance to handle or even better still try the equipment and if you are really lucky you might get a cup of tea! So in these hard times when you are considering a tackle purchase I really hope that you might consider popping into your car and supporting your local retailer. I’m signing off and wish the guys all the best of luck but I have a feeling they won’t need it!