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Fly Fishing in Devon

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011
I’ve just finished a two day novice course with Geoff from Suffolk. Geoff had booked up some while ago, and had been eagerly looking forward to visiting the fly fishing school to start his new hobby.

We always try to exceed our client’s expectations here at the school so we had a good chat to start about what Geoff wanted to achieve and how we could set out about delivering.

Although Geoff had read and watched a lot of fishing related stuff he needed help in clarifying all the information in his mind. It can become really confusing when you have different commentators telling you the same thing but using differing descriptions and explanations.

Geoff is on the money!

Over the following days we had a string of firsts and grins, with Geoff making his first cast with his new rod, landing his first Taw wild Brown Trout caught on his own dry fly. It really doesn’t get any better then that and for those of us who can  remember landing our first fish, it is just the best feeling knowing that you put the mayfly on the money and the fish gladly rewards you.

Hope to see you again some day Geoff, still grinning I hope and enjoying all the wonderful things the River Taw has to offer.

Fly Fishing Devon

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011
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.

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.