Exe Valley Fishery in the Autumn

0, October 22, 2009
Posted by james

Fishing in Autumn is magnificent. The unpredictable weather and glorious shades of the British countryside act as a dramatic backdrop. Sitting behind the wheel en-route to Exe valley fishery the mist rising from the lush green fields I had feeling today was going to be a good one.

In the car park handling fly fishing tackle felt somewhat alien. I focused on sea fishing towards the end of the summer and become accustomed to using 100lb mono and size 8/0 hooks. The 4lb fluorocarbon leader was as fine as spiders silk while the rod had been fashioned from air filled will helium. What was this witch craft? I wasn’t sure, but I like it, I like it a lot.

The lake was calm, almost too calm. Casting my fly through the rising mist and onto the smooth water created what seemed like tidal waves. Within a few minutes I managed to spook the lakes residents, newts and all. This was going to require ninja like stealth and a seriously gentle approach.

I fined up as much as I dare and flicked a size 16 green buzzer into the shallows and made a gentle figure of eight retrieve. Something plucked the fly, before hitting it like a freight train. After lifting into the fish it decided to jump 3ft into the air. Kaboooooom, I let out a little chuckle as the fish landed broadside shattering the silence. The 3lb fish made some powerful lunges, using light tackle in these situations is like riding a bucking bronco, uncontrollably exciting.

Although it was flat calm and bright sunshine the fish were switched on. Taking pretty much anything I presented them with. Excellent fun but soon I had landed 4 fish and decided it was time to make things a little more difficult for myself. I began trying some of the more unlikely flies, the weirder the better. The 5th and final fish had a soft spot for a water boatman imitation fly retrieved rapidly, the take was brutal.

Fast and furious fishing at Exe Valley fishery. An excellent way to ease myself back into fly fishing after the heavy duty world of wreck and rough ground sea fishing. For more information regarding Exe Valley Fishery take a look at my previous post or visit http://www.exevalleyfishery.co.uk/

Exe Valley Fishery - Autumn morning

Exe Valley Fishery - Autumn morning

Exe Valley Fishery - Autumn morning

Exe Valley Fishery - Rainbow Trout

Exe Valley Fishery - Autumn morning

Exe Valley Fishery - Rainbow Trout

Exe Valley Fishery - Autumn morning

Exe Valley Fishery - Rainbow Trout

Exe Valley Fishery - Autumn morning

Exe Valley Fishery - Rainbow Trout

Exe Valley Fishery - Autumn morning

Exe Valley Fishery - Rainbow Trout

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