Wednesday, 26 September 2007

Varied Fishing ... and weather!

It has been another busy week on the bank. I have recently completed courses with experienced and novice anglers. First up on Thurs 20th Sept was Tony Woods. Tony rocked up earlier in September but found me suffering with a dose of flu (thanks Chester ... my 10 month old little boy, picture soon to be posted!) so we postponed to a day when I was a little more coherent!

What a great day it turned out to be. Tony is already an accomplished angler of 4 years standing so we worked on all manner of techniques including gaining greater distance when casting and improving presentation. It was not all just theory and so I helped Tony out with the finer points of dry fly, showing him how to float the fly with Gink and sink the leader with Ledasink. A few good fish came to the bank, we talked fishing all day and broke it up with a fantastic lunch at Woods, a local bar, come wine bar come bistro. Fantastic food that any angler, in fact anyone in the Dulverton area should sample.

Just a quick line of thanks for all your help and good advice yesterday. I had a great time and picked so much useful and practical information as well as feeling I have taken a major step forward with my casting (as long as I practise!). Tony Woods, September 2007

No sooner had I digested my duck from the previous day, it was time to get back out there, this time opening up a 3 day course with Peter Harlow and Simon Cooper from Kent. These guys are both long time mates and had received a gift voucher to try fly fishing for the first time. Keen coarse fishermen and into their sports, it was not long before their hand & eye coordination started to show and by lunch we were ready to fish. Over the next few days we caught plenty of Trout and ended with a day by the river catching several nice Brown Trout. Pete and Simon left vowing to take up the sport and will be looking forward to their catch arriving on their doorstep shortly after we have smoked and delivered it to them.

Today I have just finished the 2nd of 2 very enjoyable days in the company of Jim Parrot. Jim has visited us before and is now an experienced angler. However he usually frequents small stillwaters and so after a casting tune up and tactical lesson, we headed to the banks of Wimbleball Lake. The fishing was tough and so I picked our location carefully hoping to find some nice depth for Jim to fish over and also out of the cold wind that had blown up. I spent time showing Jim how to find the correct depth, speed of retrieve and fly. It came together and a Slime Line coupled to a Rio Fluorocarbon Leader and 2 Black Flies (Cormorants by Iain Barr) accounted for this fine silvered Rainbow. Jim was chuffed with his first ever reservoir Trout but even happier today when we nailed a decent Grayling in tough conditions on the Exe. The cold wind and rain showers looked like they may spoil the day but once Jim had got into a nice casting rhythm it looked like the many presentations he was making would be rewarded at some point. Fishing a variety of tactics he went on to take another Grayling and several Trout in varied sections of water flow. However the revelation after lunch was the brilliant Greys Streamflex 10'0" Rod coupled to a Rio Fly Line. This kit allowed us to fish very controlled flies at close range and constantly caused the Trout aggro who lay on the meeting of fast/slow water that I like to call a seam.

Back in the office tomorrow but only after working on articles for Trout Fisherman tonight and then its time for another course starting Friday. Plus don't forget, Sunday is the last day of the official open season on many West Country rivers so get out there and wet a line. The air temp is cold but any sun is inspiring good hatches and the fish are often free rising, ready to accept a well presented Klinkhammer or similar. I myself have booked the day off and will report on how I get on! Good Fishing ....

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