Tuesday, 28 August 2007

Autumn Grayling

One thing I really love about my job is catching up with guests who have been fishing with us before. These people become far more like friends than clients and watching their skills develop over the seasons is really satisfying. Aubrey Prout is visiting again with his daughter Kate for 3 days of river fishing. After a morning working on casting and following an excellent lunch at our fantastic local bistro, Woods, it was down to the river to get stuck in. Kate picked up a couple of small Parr to open proceedings and is looking forward to bigger and better things to come. Meanwhile Aubrey and I stalked this superb River Exe Grayling using a leader down to 2 1/2lbs and a size 16 Adams. After initially refusing the fly, Aubrey made a perfect cast giving the fish plenty of time to spot and size up the offering. One gentle sip and the fight was on! These fish are stunning and as you can see Aubrey was more than a little pleased. His first ever Grayling taken on upstream dry fly. There is something very special about river fishing, you should try it sometime!

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