Monday, 25 August 2008

Busy Bank Holiday

The weather is slightly better ... just slightly. In fact as you will see from some of the photos below the sky is in fact blue; not grey! It has been a busy time for us with plenty of anglers on the fishery enjoying the now weed free conditions plus faces old and new returning to brush up their casting or learn how to fly fish from scratch.

As always it was a pleasure to welcome Ian and Sam Langer back to the shores of Exe Valley Fishery for their yearly casting and fishing tune up. A father myself, I know how important a bit of time to yourself is and so Ian and Sam relish a day out fishing with a brief rest in our top class local restaurant, Woods, for a glass of wine and some lunch of course! Here they are with a couple of decent fish. One taken on a dry, the other on a Diawl Bach. The oxygen content of the water is high for the time of year due to the low temperatures and the fish are feeding well so try imitative tactics if you are in the area.

From two anglers I know very well to a chance outing with some people from Germany who have now taken up residence in the UK. Ludwig was desperate to sort some Trout fishing for himself and we were happy to assist. He attended along with Mia, pictured here with her son Jacob who manned the net through the morning. They could only manage a couple of hours due to family commitments but 3 fish were caught and a couple lost. Not bad as Mia has never cast a fly! I believe the fish were consumed last night with new potatoes, salad and of course a bottle of decent white wine. Ummm, lovely! It sounds like Ludwig is fired up for the Sea Trout so lets hope the 2009 season comes with enough water but not too much.

My own fishing has been a little infrequent, mainly due to the river conditions and volume of work here to be done. But I am eyeing up a slot this week for a crack at the Salmon. There are plenty of fish through the system now due to the constant high water, but you just need to be there at the right time. One person who managed this was Andrew Maund who hooked a staggering 11 fish while out for a session on the Mole last week. He landed 6 comprising 3 Salmon and 3 Sea Trout. Top angling! He also returned the next day to take another Salmon and a 9lb Sea Trout! And then again the next day to land another couple of Grilse and a 4lb Sea Trout. Of course I am not jealous in the slightest! I did give the river a good going over for a few hours one night last week but it was after the pools had been fished and once again the heavens opened. The water coloured and that was that. There was also another fisherman present, an Otter that spent an hour playing hide and seek with me in Sandmartin pool!

I may have not had much fishing this week but it sounds like Henry Gilbey has been having a ball in Jersey. This guy is seriously addicted to Bass and the new modern light tackle phenomenon. Check out more on Henrys Blog.

There is a lot more news for me to catch up on but this week we are preparing for our Open Day on Saturday 30th August so I am needed in the shop. We are very excited about the launch of our new club and look forward to seeing Charlotte and Peter from Aardvark McLeod who are supporting the event. We also have several new products lines so come and check it out! More info this week.

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