To celebrate the new season on the water, the Deer Park fishery on the river Otter is holding a FREE bankside open day which is open to all, whether you are a fly fisher or someone who is looking to get into the sport.
Join us on the hotels 3 miles of the river Otter to see what the fishery has to offer, walk the bank or bring your kit and have a complimentary fish.
Our fishing school instructor Neil Keep will be on hand to talk all things fly fishing and show you around. Get a free casting tune up with Neil who will be happy to pass on any tips and techniques for fishing the river. There will also be some on the water demonstrations in modern nymph fishing techniques and river fly casting.
Along with all this there will be the latest range of Marryat river rods for you to try out and maybe even some bankside fly tying if the elements permit.
A short walk from the river bank will see you at the splendid Deer Park Hotel which will be open for lunch and refreshments throughout the day and if the weather permits there will be an afternoon barbeque on the bank.
On arrival please park in the hotel car park and walk down to the river where you will find us set up on the river bank, if you are unsure please pop into the hotel reception and they will point you in the right direction.
If you would like any more information about the day please get in touch with Neil Keep –
Popped down the local stream on Sunday for a couple of hours and had a quick cast at some very spooky fish.
The stream is really down to it’s bare bones now, down by a couple of feet I reckon, this made wading the deeper holes really tough as you only had to twitch and you were sending shock waves across the pool.
Presentation had to be spot on too as the flow found earlier in the season has all but disappeared now giving the fish what seemed to be an eternity to inspect your offering.
Only managed a handful of fish, mostly small stuff but managed to capture the best fish on video below, although lost before I deployed the net!
I had a great days fly fishing on the river Wylye on Saturday after a very kind invitation and feel privileged to have cast a line on a section of the river with so much history.
We caught a good number of fish on both dries and nymphs, mostly grayling but with a few brownies thrown in. It’s really nice to fish an unstocked stretch of the river where you had to work a bit harder for your fish, made it just that bit more rewarding.
Short video below of one of the days better brownies. Best viewed in HD.