The Arundell Arms Hotel in Lifton has some twenty miles of fishing rights on creeks and small rivers like the Wolf, Thrushel and Lyd, plus on larger rivers like the Tamar and the lower part of the Lyd, where salmon and seatrout are the main quarry. Tinhay Lake is a ginclear, deep lake the shores of which are used for fly-casting tuition, but is a nice extra when the rivers are high and dirty after heavy rain fall.
We fished the Beat 6a yesterday of the Arundell Arms rivers, which consists of the last part of the River Wolf, down to where it runs into the River Thrushel, plus the first few hundred meters below that junction pool.
As these rivers are small and often heavily overgrown, we used seven foot long fly-rods for the line-classes #4 and 5 (some older rods built by Orvis and Hardy).
One of the fly-rods was equipped with a new RIO Creek fly-line which is especially designed for small rivers like those we fished on, the other held a regular WF5F fly-line made by Scientific Anglers.
We fished hard from ten until four o’clock, with upstream nymphs and dry flies, but the rewards were rather small in size and numbers. The rivers must have had a heavy beating from last and this years extreme temperatures and drought. The brown trout and grayling we did catch looked like they were wild fish at least.
The last two hours before dinner at the Arundell Arms superb restaurant was spend at Tinhay Lake.
Numerous trout could be seen patrolling the margins, but we caught our fish further out on black buzzers fished almost static.
I tried different methods as well (while Cora hooked and landed several fish), but the only takes came to a small black buzzer fished some 1,50 meter down below a bung.
Am looking forward to Friday when David Pilkington will show us different stretches during the day.
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