A great couple of days on the latest Deer Park Fishery residential fly fishing course.
Great company, plenty of laughs mixed in with some nice fish and of course the usual great hospitality and amazing food at the Deer Park Hotel.
After breakfast on day one we made our way down to the river to be met with blazing sunshine so we got stuck in with tuning up the guests casting on the bank followed by looking at setting up for some different techniques. By lunch time the heavens opened and the fish disappeared to the river bed so we cracked on with some deep nymph fishing with various jig patterns and by the end of the day everyone had banked some fish up to a couple of pounds. There was a brief window in the weather and I managed to get one of the guests onto a sipper who eagerly snaffled a BWO pattern…twice….and the fish was missed both times!
We retired to the hotel for the evening for for a few beverages and an amazing meal. If you don’t fish, just visit the hotel for the food alone, it’s worth the trip!
Day two was the complete opposite, a big sun and soaring temperatures. We tried some lightly fished water, managed one fish but it was tough. After lunch we went in search of some shaded runs with some decent flow and managed a few more. Pleased to say that the guys all managed fish on both days in far from ideal conditions. The river is very low now so I’m off to do a rain dance but in reality I think we need a good weeks worth of the wet stuff to make much difference now. On a positive note we did spot a bright silver bar of about 5lb leap clear of the water on the second day which must of made it’s way up on a brief spate a couple of days earlier.