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Archive for April, 2011

Fly Fishing the Upper Teign

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

I parked up at Fingle Bridge and wandered down for a quick look at the river to see if there was any activity. There were no rising fish and very few flies to be seen – hardly surprising given the drizzle. Still I decided to give it a go and opted for my 8’ 6” 4#  rod. I was trying a new fly which I’d tied the previous evening, an Adams with an Aerodry wing post. The Aerodry material is a very buoyant high viz yarn, ideal for the dark conditions and very easy to see on the water.

I lightly greased the post up, being careful not to get any on the body so that the fly sat with the wing out of the water and the body just below the surface. A few casts later I was into my first fish, not on the Adams but on the nymph below. I saw the bite instantly, using the high viz dry fly as a bite indicator.

I fished on for about an hour and a half, catching 12 fish altogether – 7 to the nymph and 5 to the dry, not bad for an evenings fishing. I was very happy with the Adams fly as I didn’t have to regrease at all, just a couple of quick casts and it was dry. I’d thoroughly recommend using this material which is available from the Crediton Fly Fishing shop.

Lee

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Fly Fishing Kennick Lake

Friday, April 15th, 2011
We are pleased to report that Kennick is fishing really well. This warm weather is just what we needed to get the fish up in the water and topping.
Floating line and Damsel patterns have been the order of the day, with a couple even hitting it on the drop. The odd brownie have also been showing.
The best areas are, without doubt, Clampitts & Arnolds Point. This is quite similar to last year during the same period, except the fishing dropped away last year with cold easterlys sending the fish deep and grumpy. No such problem this year and although it was a blusterly northerly today, I think that helped break up the bright sun and kept the fish brave when coming to the fly.

Fly Fishing Devon

Monday, April 4th, 2011
Spiderman weaves his magic!
Well what a great day we had over at our sister fly fishing school. Pete had his annual workshop with the Crediton Fly Fishing Club, a cheery bunch of chaps who all successfully navigated the changing of the clocks to role up at the Fox and Hounds hotel on time!
It is always interesting to hear the opinions of fellow brothers of the angle and to show them new fishing techniques and fly pattern variations, so thanks to all who contributed. As always I enjoyed doing my entomology bit and Lee did a great demo on the roll cast and its uses on the river.
And for those of you who were wondering what the spider thing is all about – it’s Pete’s new nickname for me! I was demonstrating how to fish spiders down and across  for the guys to have a look at and the fish were very keen to get involved as well.

Fly Fishing Kennick

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Well, what a lovely way to start the season at Kennick yesterday. We had the long awaited grand opening ceremony of the disabled walkway.

The new access to the wheelie boat will certainly be of huge benefit to those wheelchair anglers and anglers who have difficulty with walking.
I know from previous experience how hard it is to push a wheelchair angler  on rough terrain so now things should be a whole lot easier!
So many thanks to all those involved in making it happen and the cream tea was a proper job as we say down here in Devon.
I bumped into Kennick Regular, Jan who had 4 nice trout which was a good effort on the floater from boat bank, it seems, as expected, that the fish were down a little so a longer leader or a sinking line is a must if you want to winkle out one or two.
A couple of opening day rainbows for Jan