Monday, 8 September 2008

Wilderness Fishing

There was a lot to do in the office today prior to 3 days out on the water with previous guest of Nick Hart Fly Fishing, Phillip Bradney. However a message from fellow River Mole syndicate member, Chris Marwood, inviting me to fish his water on the Barle was not to be missed! Best of all we were to try for the Salmon which make their way far up this beautiful river.

But although we tried a few of Chris's favourite areas the river had dropped very quickly and lost its colour. When fishing these headwaters it is imperative to have some colour, which just two days ago was too strong due to the deluge experienced over the weekend! While waiting for Chris at Simonsbath Bridge I could not believe the amount of flattened grass by the river, the water was a full 4 or 5 feet higher just a couple of days back! The lack of fish was of no consequence as this place is sublime and I am already salivating at the thought of returning with my Trout rod in the not too distant future!

Meanwhile Hugh Caslake has arrived back in London after three days getting very wet but catching fish with us. As always it was a pleasure to guide Hugh and his mates Martin and Jim who got amongst fish like this on Fernworthy.

"A fantastic time as always. It says something for West Country fly fishing that we still had options to catch decent fish in beautiful surroundings in the middle of that deluge! Already looking forward to next year mate." Hugh Caslake, London, 2008

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