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The Vice

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

I can’t remember enjoying tying flies more than I am right now. There are some really interesting materials to try, and right now, grayling to test them out on.

Sometimes they work, sometimes not. To me, fly tying is the search for perfection when it comes to patterns and having a box of flies that work, not just on a perfect day on the river, but in a variety of situations.

This means I have my “must have” flies but with subtle changes that might suit a particular situation. Thoraxes on nymphs is a great example. I might be doing something completely unrelated to fishing but suddenly think “I wonder if I used this dubbing as a thorax?” and rush up and knock up a couple of prototypes ready to use next time I am out fishing.

Varying weight and size goes without saying. I guess I am sticking with nymphs as they are what I have been fishing a lot of.  Recently, I have made a mental note of how often I snip off a fly in favour of something either lighter or heavier depending on the water in front of me. It is a lot more than I thought it was; it must be something I do subconsciously.


I tied a few up on a recent trip to fish a new stream that you be able to read about soon and they worked really well. It’s nice when that happens.

We got Issue 24 of Eat, Sleep, Fish out recently. I can’t believe we have been going two years now. If you haven’t seen it I hope you enjoy it!

Eat, Sleep, Fish




The End

Monday, October 1st, 2012

I make the same promise every year. It isn’t too hard and it is a nice one to try and stick to but up until now I haven’t stuck too. It’s simple – to fish some more. looing back as the river season is now over I think I have managed it.

This is despite the weather and mainly due to Eat, Sleep, Fish. I’ve been so lucky to fish new and differing water, meet some great people and to catch a few fish. I have been amazed by the genorosity of fellow anglers in showing me their Home Waters.

Like I said at the beginning weather has been a big factor and it affected my guiding work more so than in all the time I have been doing this but what it did do was give us good water for salmon. I can’t think of a time I have had a salmon rod in the truck and felt this might be a good time to swing a fly. It worked a couple of times for me and I really enjoyed my two salmon.

The last day of guiding was due to be bass but the high winds kept us off of the water. I opted to have a last go for salmon and watched a few run through. I really worked the water partly, I guess, because the clock was ticking down but I had a salmon on briefly that seemed like a good time to end the season.

Not being able to work the last day sucked a little but meant my last day of guiding on the 29th ended on a high. I was guiding first time salmon angler Josh for salmon.

When we met over coffee he told me he’d been awaiting the day for 6 months having booked it March and was awake at 3am with excitement. As a guide I’ll never say we’ll have some fish but on the way to the beat I told him I really did feel we were in with a chance as conditions were really good.

We fished a few pools but all was quiet. Heading to one of my favourite pools Josh was soon latched on to a salmon that we returned and headed for lunch. We were both over the moon!

I took Josh to another beat in the afternoon and showed him a way I like to fish the water. He did everything perfectly and salmon number two was on. This time a slightly smaller hen fish. After some photos Josh popped the fish back. It seemed the perfect way to end a season.

Fly Fishing Devon

Fly Fishing Devon

Friday, July 6th, 2012

We’ve had 2 days of dry weather which has meant the level of the Taw has dropped just a little bit and the colour has dropped a little. The river still being high means it has a push to it and means I have had to look at the river a little more differently than normal. I love to cast a dry fly to a rising trout. I am sure there aren’t many of us who don’t but it isn’t going to be a winning combo right now. The lack of rising fish have proved the point but sometimes in conditions like this casting a larger dry into a slow, sheltered spot can bring up a fish or two but a nymph or better still a couple of nymphs are going to pay bigger dividends so that’s how I’m fishing right now.

Casting off of the main flow and into areas where the trout don’t have to expend too much energy can catch you a few and casting tungsten bead head nymphs are better still. These areas especially under tree cover can also be the domain of a resting sea trout and sometimes you can get lucky if you combine these areas with quiet wading and a good first cast. It has worked pretty well for me recently and again today.

I’m pleased with Issue 7 of Eat, Sleep, Fish and hope if you haven’t seen it yet you’ll enjoy some reading over the weekend!


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