Wednesday, 14 December 2011

December 2011

Our local reservoirs Wimbleball and Wistlandpound have now closed for the winter. Fishing is still available on local stocked stillwaters and good brown trout fishing is available at Bratton Water near Barnstaple.

If you are stuck for a Christmas present, why not give a day or half day fly fishing voucher. This can be for stillwater fishing for rainbow and stocked brown trout or fishing for wild brown trout, salmon or sea trout on rivers. Saltwater fly fishng for bass is also available. Phone or email me for details, contact information on my website, link below.

If you are interested in an overseas fishing trip in 2012 then look at my website for details of our Atlantic Salmon fly fishing trip with spey casting tuition in Eastern Canada. Numbers on this trip are limited and we already have bookings for 2012 so if you are interested in this, don't delay.

Best wishes to all, have a good Christmas and successful fishing in 2012.

Bryan Martin

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

November 2011

The salmon season finished end of September with a good number of fish seen travelling upstream. Now that Head Weir has been removed, Clapworthy Weir repaired and a new fish pass installed, fish will have reached the spawning gravels with fewer obstructions to their passage. This should show increased numbers of fish returning in future years. Other weir improvements and removals have also been carried out recently. See the current news page on the River Taw Fisheries Association website for further information.

We have now set the dates for our 2012 visit to the famous Miramichi river in New Brunswick, Canada. See my website for further details Get in touch with me to register your interest.

Although river fishing has now finished for this year, Wistlandpound and Wimbleball remain open for fishing until the end of November and we have several trout fisheries open all year, so for guided fishing with casting tuition call me to arrange a session.

Bryan Martin

Thursday, 6 October 2011

September 2011

As predicted, conditions on the rivers improved greatly while I was away. The Taw produced good fishing with one rod reporting he was catching salmon every time he went out. The Mole also fished well with plenty of fish in the system, access now greatly improved after Head Weir was replaced with a rock ramp. Other weir improvements planned should get more fish up to the spawning gravels.

I have just returned from a week's fishing on the Miramichi in New Brunswick, Eastern Canada. The fishing this week was tougher than normal and our group of 9 caught 23 fish for the week. We would normally expect to roughly double that. Every year is different though and hopefully conditions will be back to normal next year.

The rivers close at the end of September but South West Lakes Trust waters, Wistlandpound and Wimbleball remain open for fishing until the end of November and we have several trout fisheries open all year, so for guided fishing with casting tuition call me to arrange a session.

Bryan Martin

Sunday, 18 September 2011

July and August 2011

Well, I've been abroad for a lot of the time these two months. The fishing has predictably been poor when the rivers were low and much improved when the rivers were beginning to drop after rain in mid August. As I write this in mid September we have just had heavy rain and the rivers are high and dirty. This should give good conditions in a few days time if the rain holds off so get here if you can.

Once again, my travels take me away when the conditions are likely to become favourable. I am off to Canada for a week's Atlantic salmon fishing on the Miramichi, one of the most prolific Atlantic salmon rivers in North America. Look out for reports of this year's visit, and consider coming with our group in 2012. Let me know if you would like more information.

South West Lakes Trust waters, Wistlandpound and Wimbleball remain open for fishing until the end of November and we have several trout fisheries open all year so for guided fishing with casting tuition call me to arrange a session.

Bryan Martin

Saturday, 2 July 2011

June 2011

River fishing improved in June with several salmon and sea trout landed and more seen on the Taw and Mole. Several salmon have been caught up to around ten pounds and grilse are also beginning to show. A sea trout of around 15 pounds was caught and returned on the middle Taw and others of a couple of pounds up to six pounds have also been caught.  A good run of sea trout has entered the river and fish can be found throughout the system as they make their way upstream.

The river levels are still a bit low but improved on May.  Prospects now are better particularly for evening fishing.  Stillwaters are fishing well and good sport is available with our smaller waters and larger lakes offering rainbow and brown trout.

Salltwater fly fishing for bass improves as the water warms.  We catch these fish from the beach and estuary mouth on a rising tide. Suitable conditions are usually bright sunny days with light winds.  Contact me to arrange a session.

Bryan Martin

Sunday, 12 June 2011

May 2011

The dry weather continues and the river levels continue to fall.  It's now almost mid June and at last the weather is showing some signs of much needed rain.  Salmon and sea trout are in the river and a lift in water levels should bring more fish in and get the fishing going again.

I plan to visit the estuary and beaches in search of bass and mullet over the next months.  These fish give good sport on a fly rod. Get in touch if you want to join me on a saltwater fishing outing.


Sunday, 1 May 2011

APRIL 2011

Well, what can you say.  April has been mostly tropical with river levels dropping throughout the month. As expected, these conditions have not produced much in the way of sport although some fish were caught before the levels dropped too far.  There are fish showing occasionally but proving difficult to catch in the low water.

Still waters have been challenging at times but rewarding when there were some clouds to shield the sun, but mostly in the evenings when the sun had dropped below the trees.

Hopefully the warm weather will result in our trips to the beach and estuary in search of bass starting a bit earlier this year.  The hot weather seems to be abating now and with a bit of luck we will get enough rain to lift the rivers before long.  Then we should start to see fish coming in and catches of salmon and sea trout being reported.

Keep an eye on the weather reports and get down to enjoy the fabulous scenery and fishing that Devon offers.


Friday, 1 April 2011

March 2011 Fishing

March has now come and gone.  We started with plenty of water and finished with not a lot.  However around a dozen springers have been caught and I was lucky enough to catch a 12 to 14 pound fish from the lower Taw. Around 40 well mended kelts have also been caught indicating a good spawning season last winter and maybe the return of these as bigger fish next season.  Quite a few good sized sea trout have also been seen and one or two caught.  The weather forecast promises some rain this weekend (April 2nd/3rd) which should give the river a bit of a lift.   With spring tides this weekend as well there should be a good number of fish entering the river during the coming week.  Get here if you can!!


Friday, 4 March 2011

Start of a new season

Well, a new season has begun and we are optimistic that our fly fishing activities in Devon, Somerset and Eastern Canada this year will be great.  Keep in touch with us here to find out the latest on our fishing and state of the rivers, stillwaters and salt waters we fish.  You will also be able to see what forthcoming activities are available.

Keep in touch,