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Fly Fishing Devon

I came close to the perfect day today, you know those days when everything you try works out, and you feel that the gods are on your side.
I had a Kennick boat day booked guiding with Craig who had a birthday treat arranged for him.
I got to Kennick at 8.15 to set up the boat and get the rods ready for action. Craig was on time and we set about talking tactics as we threaded up the last of the rods.
The sun was quite bright even at 9 am, but we had a light southerly and conditions were looking okay. I got Craig started on the slow sinking line with my “special” Damsel pattern and within 10 minutes we were in to a
lively rainbow which cartwheeled and flung itself around before coming to the net.

Craig and his first trout on a dry fly!

The fishing then went a little quiet so it was time to change. I opted for a buzzer rig which would allow us to fish a lot deeper. Second cast and Craig was in again and this time the fish kept deep and fought really hard. On spooning it had been gorging on caseless caddis in deep water so the buzzer was the perfect fly to get down.
We were then on a mission, one on a nymph, one on a buzzer. What next? Lets try a dry. Craig’s face lit up “love to, I’ve never hooked a fish on a dry”.  We then set up to drift and worked all the likely spots. It was not long before Craig rose a brownie after a good cast under the trees that came unstuck.
We moved up the lake to find more breeze and although the wind could not make up its mind, the fishing improved during the day with Craig landing his first fish on a small dry fly, then followed by 3 more and a few  others missed.
It was a great day to be out fly fishing Kennick at its best; the tranquility and the fishing made it a very special day!
We were thrilled to receive a message from Craig almost as soon as he got home:
Hi Dave,

Thanks for the guided fishing day, it has to be the best days fly
fishing I have ever had.

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