Below is a short video clip of river Chew fly fishing during mayfly time last season.
Although not a big river, river Chew fly fishing outings can be very productive. The river holds grayling and coarse fish as well as a few rainbow trout alongside wild brown trout which can run to 2 lb plus fish!
It’s a tricky river to fish, with high muddy banks which makes access into the water difficult in a lot of places and then once in the river you are sometimes faced with deep pools that are just too deep to wade but if you persevere you can be well rewarded with some stunning fish.
I offer guided days on this river, with tuition if required, please get in touch if you would like any further information.
New for 2014…river Otter fly fishing days.
Fly fishing instruction and guided fly fishing days on the river Otter on the glorious Deer Park Hotel beats near Honiton, East Devon.
Situated just a couple of miles from the main A303 route, this fishery is easily accessible for travelling anglers and with an amazing onsite hotel, it is an ideal location for a fly fishing break should you wish to have an overnight stay.
With 3 miles of water to explore, the hotels beats have something for everyone, open waters ideal for the beginner along with some more challenging technical water to test the more experienced fly fisher. There are deep pools, shallow runs and deep glides providing ideal opportunities to employ different fly fishing methods from traditional upstream dry fly to more modern techniques such as the French leader.
With good quality water coupled with a healthy weed growth, the river harbours all manner of fly life and even a mayfly hatch, all this provides a good food source for the rivers free rising brown trout. There is even the possibility of hooking into a sea trout or a salmon given the right water conditions.
So whether you are a river novice or an experienced fly angler I can provide a memorable day for you. If required a picnic lunch on the bank can be arranged or you can head to the hotel for something a bit more substantial, just let me know when you are booking.
1 day’s tuition or guided fishing.
1 person £180.00
2 people £240.00
3 people £300.00
For larger group sizes please contact me for costs.
If you would like to book accommodation at the Deer Park Hotel please contact them here.
Really Wild River Days
Guided fly fishing days on over 3 miles of a truly wild small stream near Bath with brown trout running to over 2lb and chub to 4lb.
A lovely mix of shallow runs and deep pools, this small stream holds loads of surprises but is very overgrown so don’t expect to be using the overhead cast much, it will all be about roll casts, side casts and the bow and arrow cast. Short rods and short casts are the order of the day.
You will need to be reasonably fit as the banks are steep in places and access into the water can be a little tricky but well worth the effort.
This fishing is all about stealth and stalking the quarry so if you fancy river fishing with a challenge then this day is for you.
Given the right conditions there is also a reasonable Mayfly hatch through May and June.
All tackle for the day will be supplied or bring your own if you prefer. All you will need is a valid environment agency rod license and chest waders if you have them, although I can arrange for the supply of waders if required.
A guided day on this river with instruction will cost £130.00 for one person or £180.00 for 2 people or ½ day for one person at £80 and £110 for 2 people.
Wilderness Fly Fishing Weekend 16th – 18th May 2014
A weekend of camping and fly fishing on some of Exmoor’s wild rivers surrounded by stunning scenery.
Join myself and rivers expert Lewis Hendrie, a member the England European Rivers fly fishing team and local guide, for a weekend of guided fly fishing on some truly wild rivers and streams.
This course is suitable for a river novice or a more experienced fly angler wishing to learn some more skills and techniques. There will be an element of walking over the weekend (around 30 minutes to one of the beats) so you will need to be reasonably fit, although the walking is usually overshadowed by the stunning surrounding scenery!
The weekend will start by meeting up at the camp site around 3.00pm on the Friday, set up camp and then a meal around the camp fire with plenty of fishy banter!
After breakfast on the second day we depart for the water where you will spend the day catching some truly beautiful wild brown trout whilst learning some new river skills. At the end of day it’s back to camp for some food and an evening around the camp fire.
Breakfast on Sunday will be followed by packing up camp before making our way to a different river and fishing until 3.00 pm. We will all meet up after the fishing for a quick debrief and to say our goodbyes.
Cost for the weekend will be £225.00 per person.
All camping fees, fishing permits, food and guiding fees are included in the cost. All you need to do is to bring a tent, sleeping bag and a chair to sit around the fire on! Any tackle you need can be supplied along with waders although please feel free to bring your own if you have any.
To reserve a place a deposit of £75 is required, or you may pay the full amount if you wish at the time of booking. Any balance must be paid by 14 days before the course date.
As this is a river course, it will be subject to cancellation due to weather conditions, so please bear this in mind, although a full refund will be given in this event.