Kennick Reservoir opened it’s 2010 season on March the 27th. Being one of my favorite still water fly fishing venues in Devon it was great to be back on the bank. Fishing was slower than I expected, even the mighty Sunburst Blob struggled to find the fish. After trying a number of spots, depths and flies I resorted to dragging a booby along the bottom attached to a Hi-D line. On the second cast while varying the retrieve (they liked it slow) I hooked into a spirited Kennick Rainbow. I had forgotten how lean and fit the fish are, even with a 7WT rod it is hard to keep the trout under control while making those initial lunges. In 4 hours fishing I landed 6 and lost 3, a great days sport. The weather took a turn for the worst so called it a day when my hands became blocks of ice. My camera got soaked too so sorry for the lack of photo’s.
Today was also a chance to try my new Hardy Demon 9′6 7WT rod. Nothing to report other than it is worth every penny. It is hard to describe how much of a difference a rod of this caliber can have on your casting (even someone as terrible as me), it is pretty amazing really. Ideally I would of liked a Demon Reel but my Wychwood SLA is an amazing piece of kit and it really doesn’t look out of place. Another purchase was a Cortland 444 sinking line. A very slick (also incredibly thin) easy to cast line. Casting a sinking line all day can become tiresome (scary in some instances), the Cortland 444 however is a pleasure to use. I cannot emphasise how important it is to spend as much as you can on Fly lines, that extra £10-15 makes an enormous difference.
I am aware that the Wychwood Truefly SLA reel has been a victim of it’s own success. Demand exceeding supply. Fear not, Nick Hart quite literally has a tower of Wychwood SLA reels in the Hart Fly Shop available NOW – Buy one, you know you want one. Check out the new Wychwood Quest range of travel fly rods too, they look and feel great.
(p.s. I am in no way affiliated with the Hart Fly Shop, I just do it for the love)