After almost a month of beautiful weather something had to give. April being famous for it’s ’showers’ decided to make a fool out of everyone by turning the rain up to eleven. I don’t mind the rain except when it makes the water of the upper Teign rise to an unfishable level. With a little re-adjustment and finger crossing my Easter plans to fish the Teign came to fruition.
Checking the upper Teign webcam (thanks Nick!) I loaded up the car and headed out. For those looking at the webcam, if you can see the boulder on the top right nearest the bridge, the vegetation on the left in the river, and the boulder in the bottom right then you are good to go.
I was using a goldhead / tungsten bead nymph suspended beneath a foamed top Klinkhammer. This always serves me well on the Teign especially when the fish are taking both off the surface and below. The Klink acting as both a fly and a bite indicator. The water was still a little on the high side so the fish were hard to the bottom. Getting the fly down quickly and efficiently was important. Degreasing the leader, putting a tungsten bead on the point and a goldhead at mid water helped. I found the Salmon Par almost immediately (awesome to see the river is so healthy) and with a few adjustments I managed to hook some small but perfectly formed wild brownies.
For those interested in learning more about the upper Teign check out the UTFA website http://www.upper-teign-fishing.org.uk/ – A tip, you can buy tickets from the Fingle Bridge Inn. The pub however does not open until 11am.