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Brian and I both learned in one day, (which passed almost in a blur), the methods and techniques needed to fish the pools and glides of this torrent. When a sea-trout (or possibly a fresh run salmon) splashed in the little pool I was fishing I was immediately advised to try fishing ‘down and across’ with a beefed-up cast, and in no time became competent in fishing ‘the swing’, using upstream and downstream mends to control depth and speed, feeding line for greater reach, the skills of hanging ‘on the dangle’ before making a couple of pulls, then a pace or two down the pool and casting again. Wonderful stuff, magical fishery, nice guys.
I even learned ‘Devon magic’, a technique for getting your flies back (most of the time) when those pesky, unseen trees have snuck up to grab them; I can’t give you the details here, else I’ll have to kill you! I also learned that the #3 weight rod I was using really needed a #4 line so it could load properly for this close-up work. Oh yes, I also found out that I ought to learn how to ‘roll’ cast properly.
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