A cold North West Wind and sunshine; I knew it would be challenging day. But who cares with such beautiful surroundings. It was Wistlandpound Fly-fishing clubs Edwards Cup; Floating Line Only. I started with a team of nymphs but after half an hour without a pull on went a goldhead tadpole; a long leader and a slow retrieve soon brought a response from a hard fighting rainbow of just over a pound. Slim and with a big head the fish fought like a fish twice its weight. After a couple of hours I had my five fish limit and could sit back and relax. After a bite for lunch I resumed and did a spot of catch and release; three more trout followed but by afternoon they had lost their appetite and takes became less frequent. Luck was certainly on my side though for on one occasion I paused to check the time on my phone when a sharp pull on the line indicated a fish had taken the sinking fly! I almost felt guilty as others struggled to fill their bags.

At the weigh I was third two four fish bags of obese trout beating my bag of five slimming trout!

About piscator2

An all-round angler I fish for fun and enjoy sharing my experiences and adventures at the waters edge. Each week I write a column for the North Devon Journal and occasional articles for various publications.
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