Fishing guide David Pilkington of the Arundell Arms hotel took us to the beats 7a and 7b on the River Tamar, where we could fish the wet fly for brown trout and grayling.
By Rudy van Duijnhoven
There was also a good chance to hook a seatrout, according to David, even if the sunny, warm weather was against us. The river was a little brown in colour, which improved our chances of hooking a seatrout.
Cora was soon into a nice fat, wild brown trout in the first pool she fished. The fish took a small dark wet fly fished on 15/00 fluorocarbon tippet. We used nine foot #5 fly-rods as recommended by David in combination with floating lines. The 5 lb tippet material was heavy enough according to David.
David stayed with us all morning, instructing Cora how to search the water with the wet fly and he showed us a number of promising looking pools.
As an AAPGAI instructor, David is perfectly capable to improve ones casting. The fly-casting instruction is still very much in demand at the Arundell Arms hotel.
We worked through different pools, whereby the switch cast came in handy to reach the opposite side of the River Tamar. These sections of the River Tamar, upstream of where the River Lyd joins the river, are probably some twenty to twenty-five meters wide, with deep pools and sometimes quite difficult wading.
We picked up small brown trout and grayling in the different stretches, we saw a good number of fish rise, and missed a good number of pulls as well.
My best trout came from the last pool I fished.
The seatrout remained out of sight, unfortunately; largely due to the bright weather, I am sure.
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