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Dry as a dry thing…

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

It’s been a bit like the Caribbean of late where we just get a short burst of rain and the weather picks up a bit afterwards. This has meant that the rivers are pretty low right now. This doesn’t seem to have hurt the trout fishing a great deal and the numbers of trout caught on the hotel’s waters are already 1/3 of the total of what they were last year. So if the quality of the fishing continues we should be in for a big year. We’ve had trout to 14 inches and plenty in the 10 to 12 inch range.

I heard of a 6lb salmon coming out just a few miles downstream and so they are not far off now. This is where some rain would come in handy and bring them to us!

We have had plenty of happy fishermen and women who have left some nice comments of late and have enjoyed what we are trying to do with our fly fishing school.

Hi Pete,

Thanks for the lesson on Sunday.

Trout was lovely for dinner. They cooked it really well.

Hope to be able to come out again and get some time on the river.



Hi Pete —

Thanks very much for a good day’s fishing; I greatly enjoyed it, and I
certainly will be back.



Hello Pete

Many thanks for the coaching yesterday – I feel I learnt lots of useful things and am greatly looking forward to getting to the water to try things out again.

With best wishes


Trout Fishing in Devon

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Don’t get me wrong, I love fly fishing stillwaters especially beautiful places like Kennick and rugged Colliford perched above Bodmin Moor. Most of all though I have to be honest and say it is the trout of our rivers that just keep amazing me. I have such respect for them and how they manage to survive in such tough conditions and in some cases how they go on to achieve, despite their surroundings, such great size. These guys have been to the school of hard knocks and play dirty when they are hooked. They have spent their whole lives trying to eek out a living. I often say to guests I am guiding that if you can hook one here then you can anywhere. I think I have written this on the main site somewhere but I really think it is the case. Sometimes it might even just be a rise followed by a refusal and the chance has gone but for me that is enough. I think it is one of the reasons I love fly fishing so much and still to this day find it mind blowing that we tie a fly out of fur and feather that we think might be a good representation of what we think the fish could be feeding on and then we make that perfect cast and the fish decides that looks right I’ll have it.

I guess this is why I fish mainly for the take, I love that moment when you see your line dip or a rise to the fly. There can sometimes be the case that there is something a little special on the end of the line size wise and then the fight is more so I can see a glimpse of what was living in the hole I just got a take from. I think if I ever get tired of this all then it is time to call it a day!

Michael and a Taw brown

Michael and a Taw brown

I had a great day on the river with Michael who was a newcomer to river fishing. We headed down to the bottom of Beat 7 as I knew it had been fishing well. I wanted us to fish a couple of nice runs and it turned out to be a good move. Michael was soon getting into fish and had lightening reactions meaning he connected with just about every take…I have a feeling he might be getting a thing for rivers and it was great to recieve such an enthusiastic email from him!

Thank you for guiding me through the perils of river fishing. I had an absolutely wonderful day and to have caught so many wild fish was delightful. I can say that I am now totally converted from lake to river, which won’t be great for the bank balance but stimulating for the mind.
Your expert advice and tuition really helped, from the adjustments to my casting (I now think I need to get another fly box stocked!) to reading rivers and finding the hot spots. It was obvious that you are totally passionate about your craft and the wildlife we all aim to catch and that really radiates and hopefully has rubbed off on me.
I thoroughly enjoyed spending the day with you, many thanks again


This is your last chance….

Friday, March 27th, 2009

It is often said that the back of my truck is a little bit of a mess. I have written before about the sorry state of the interior and I will hold my hands up to that one but the back is, as I see it, an area where everything is carefully filed away for when it will be next used. As I have been both teaching and guiding for both trout and salmon recently I want to make sure I have the appropriate gear ready just in case a client needs something and I don’t have one those “I left it at home moments”

As a result the rods have been stored either on the back seat of the truck broken up or inside the pick up part that is covered by a canopy again broken down. This isn’t one of my smartest moments and thankfully I haven’t come a cropper. What this did do though was make me dig out my rod loft again. The rod loft is an attachment that fits inside the canopy of my truck and allows me to store the rods off of the ground broken down and ready for action.

The Rod Loft

The Rod Loft

 The theory is great, what happens is that the arms have attachments that fit down into the rubber lining of the canopy. The downside is that in the past I have loaded my beloved Scott rods into the attachments and I have driven down the road only to go over a bump and the thing falls out of where I have attached it. There is that horrible moment where you pray that the rods are still in their regulation 4 pieces not 5! Hardly surprisingly the longest I have lasted with this is one day but I am determined to make it work. I epoxied the rubber seals so that they didn’t collapse (they have in the past) and it has held firm for me. I am almost into a week of hard use and it is working fine. I will report back progress in the next month or so.

I popped into Howards today and we got into a dirt kicking contest about who had spent the longest time without cleaning the outside of their car. We are both lucky that our cars are silver and don’t show the dirt up much and I felt pretty confident when I said to him mine was last cleaned in May last year. I was crest fallen to hear he beat me by 3 months.

Many congrats to my pal Jim Williams on passing his latest AAPGAI exam…good on you fella!