With poor weather, poor health and an even unhealthier bank balance, I have been considering my fishing options, especially for when the weather is grim. Now it seems we have been stuck with easterly or heavy rain all year with the exception of a few days. Other than the odd retreat inland to a commercial fishery to spank some carp on the fly my fishing has been pretty dire.
Now big fat puddle pigs on the fly is about as much fun as you can have with a fly rod here in the UK but lets face it, it's hardly a challenge. Throw out some dog biscuits wait 5 mins and a carefully placed cast usually results in a fish. With the possibility of literally dozens of fish it is awesome fun but not only is it fun it is great practice for playing fish, landing fish and handling fish.
Any way I digress. What I have been looking for is some in land fishing for when the easterly wind will not let up. What I wanted was wild fishing in beautiful surroundings, also it needed to be with half hour or so of work for when i'm on call. Ben was in agreement with me on this one and it wasn't long before I got a message from Ben to check out Liskeard and District Angling Club.
OK so joining the club isn't going to help my bank balance but it sure will help my mental health. With six rivers to choose from all of which stuffed with brown trout and each having the possibility of throwing up a sea trout and salmon I think the £100 for your first year a reasonable fee. Knowing I can pop down for an hour or two, or spend the whole day on the river without the need of sourcing and buying day tickets.
Just before anyone decides to point out, yes you do need a salmon and sea trout licence and yes I do own one.
With all this new fishing ahead of me I have been considering my kit. An excuse to buy more kit, maybe? Either way I wanted to remain mobile but the biggest thing for me was to be able to carry a fly rod and a lure rod. Now when I'm walking the length of the river I do not want to be carrying two rods made up. They just get in the way and prevent that quick cast in a tempting swim.
My solution to this was quite simple even if more expensive than I had hoped. The majority of the time I will be targeting the larger fish with lures and spinners, the fly will be for those evenings during a hatch that the trout are smashing bugs off the surface. With that in mind I will be carrying one rod made up and one rod broken down. With that being the case I have been looking for a medium weight travel lure rod in a hard tube. I think I may have found the perfect rod but more on that once I have had a play with it.
My fly rod on the other hand already is a four piece, 6 foot, 3 weight rod in a tube so that will be perfect but what will be the best way to carry these and all the bits and pieces I need for spinning and fly fishing with enough space for a drink and pasty. I think I have found the perfect solution with this little gem from Scierra.
Above is the Scierra Destination 26L Backpack/Fly vest. At 26 liter it's not the biggest backpack but more than adequate for some soft plastics, a few spinners, a box of flies and the obligatory pasty. The thing that attracted me to this bag was not only the easy access pouches on the straps (which can be removed) but the two rod tube holders on each side. This should give me hands free fishing with the bonus of carrying a spare rod, perfect.
Once I'm able to get out again I will bring you more on the fishing side of things. I also have a few more items to review including some nice affordable waders that look the dogs danglies.
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