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Back end fly fishing

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

It’s a funny old game. The leaves are falling, the tempertaures have fallen and there’s some colour in the water and you know what? The fish are biting pretty good.

I am out on the water just about every day and there have been a few mornings when I have peered out and thought mmmmm, this might be a toughie. It’s not like I don’t like the tough days. In fact I really like them. They are the days when you really think about fly selection, where you are going to fish and what might do the job for the day. I’ll carefully think about the beat we’ll be fishing and what will be the best for the conditions. Those I have guided will know I will have them leaping into the truck to try another beat if the one we are on isn’t fishing.

I was guiding Gavin at the weekend and it turned out to be one of those days where everything slotted into place just as I always hope they will. I took him to one of his favourite beats and we had a bunch of fish including a sea trout that we saw shoot out of his hidey hole and nail the Copper John we were fishing. It did his best to weed Gavin but some well executed side strain did the job and we netted the fish. We headed back for lunch at the hotel where the chefs always like to come up with something interesting to eat. Rob said he had come up with the ultimate fisherman’s lunch which he calls the Manwich. Tell you what, it is ideal fishing fodder.

We hit another beat after lunch and fish were soon on the dry. As the day went on the fishing went in pulses of activity but we took advantage of them. Just as we called it a day, the skies opened and the rain fell. It couldn’t have been better timing.

Just back from guiding on the chalk with the legend that is MFD. Report to follow shortly!

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Scotland and back on the river…

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

I had some time in Scotland chasing a few salmon and even managed to catch a couple. The river had borne the brunt of the floods that had ravaged Scotland and there were still signs of the damage that had been caused by a very angry Mother Nature.  I even managed to pack a trout rod which was great fun and I was amazed how hard the fish fought. I guess it must be the strength of the water that helps make them super tough. I was a week later this year but brought along a couple of good pals and our group was added to by Karl who was fishing 20 miles up the road. We made sure we left a few fish for him but I’m not sure that they got to him as the water was pretty low.

I was back Sunday night and had Faure on Monday who was back for some more fly fishing in Devon. Again he had got the overnight train and was at the station bright and early ready t0 tackle the small streams of Dartmoor. I was determined to show him as much as possible and I think we managed that. It was pretty cool up there but the fish were still keeping an eye upward and it was great to see Faure adjust to the lightening fast takes.  We walked a lot and covered a lot of water and having only had a few hours sleep Faure had a quick power nap on the way back to the station!


Well done dude!

Tuesday was with Richard. I have guided Richard a couple of times earlier in the year and he was back for some more fishing adventures. We decided to hit the Taw and again a cooler start meant it took a little time to get going. It was a case of hatches happening in small pulses and taking advantage of these when they occurred. As the water was low, rather than hanging a nymph under the caddis I hung a spider and you know what? It worked!

It is great when a little plan plays off and makes it great fun for me as the guide too! I had Richard in some pretty overgrown spots and he adapted his technique to meet each challenge. Sometimes fly fishing isn’t about elegant casts, it’s about getting your fly as efficiently to the fish as possible. I always say that if I have you making the nasty casts you must be doing well!