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Fly Fishing on Dartmoor

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

What do guides do when they’re not teaching? Go fishing of course! Dave and I decided to try out a small tributary of the Dart, high on Dartmoor. We picked the only wet and windy day we’d had for weeks. Typical, but I can’t moan as I was up there a few days earlier in shirtsleeves hoping we would have some rain as the rivers are desperately low.
Despite the conditions we stuck with the dry flies as this is our favourite technique. We worked upstream, fishing alternate pools. The fishing was hard compared to previous outings earlier in the week. But it’s not all about the fishing and we were lucky enough to see two cuckoos at close quarters. We did manage to catch a few fish each, pressing on up the river for about a mile. Running out of water and with the conditions worsening we decided to head lower down the Dart and off the open moor where we would be sheltered from the worst of the weather.
Wandering across the moor to our next location we heard a couple of bird calls neither of us recognised. On further investigation we came across a group of naked ladies (or should it be damsels?) singing and chanting at the water’s edge – how bizarre, and no we hadn’t been drinking! Not your average day on Dartmoor but like true pro’s we kept to the task and went on to catch a few more fish and even winkled a nice brownie of about 10″ out from the rocks.

Lee out guiding for the day!

Lee

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