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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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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

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