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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

First one of the season!

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

I met up with Mark, a pal from Plymouth for a bit of a pre season warm up. We just played around with some different line and rod combos and tinkered with some speys and as ever talked fishing. We were right beside the river and it was really nice just seeing everything come to life. After the lone large dark olive of yesterday it was nice to see a really healthy hatch get going. I wonder if the guy from yesterday managed to hang in there for todays action!p2200205

Try as we might though we didn’t see a lot of interest from the fish despite having a good walk along the river. We were walking downstream and I suspect this didn’t help our chances a great deal  although this is the first settled, slightly warmer weather we have had of late and it will probably take a little more of this to get them thinking about looking up a bit more. On the chalkstreams hatches of LDO’s have been a feature since Jan and the grayling and a few out of season browns have been paying more attention. I have to admit to having caught a few out of season browns but it has not been a function of targetting them just that they have put spawning behind them and are right back on the food again. All of them have been in great shape and have been fighting fit.


  As you can see from the photo on the left  it looked a wonderful spring day and while I am sitting writing this I can  feel just a tinge of where the sun has caught my face or perhaps this is wishful thinking. It certainly makes you feel a lot better! On this subject it reminded me of a corporate day Mark and I did in January this year. It was for a large company and the idea was that they would split into 3 teams, some of them would do indoor tasks and the others would do outdoor tasks. The outdoor ones consisted of sailing, rafting and fly fishing. As there was a competitive element to things I thought it would be an idea to teach the basic overhead cast with a shoot of line and then have time period to hit selected targets. As I had a load of caps we placed them down and gave each team a set time to hit as many as possible. It seemed to go down pretty well and we got some great feedback from people who had previously thought fly fishing was boring. Anyway we did the day on the 15th of Jan and I can assure you it wasn’t a nice day. There was that nasty persistent  rain and a bit of a breeze too. Thankfully we were wrapped up well but I can say the same for the guy trying rafting who placed one foot on the raft and the other on the pontoon and stood there as the raft drifted away. I didn’t get to see this happen but I did see a completely drenched soul who asked if this was the place for fly fishing. Depsite me assuring him he would get more than just a bit cold he was determined to start but there was no way I was going to teach him in that state! Ieventually took him inside as he at last realised it probably wasn’t a good idea.

It was great to see Mark and as ever he was a gentleman and turned up with my first packet of Hob Nobs for the season!