On Sunday Ben and I left Millbrook and headed for some wild fishing on Bodmin moor. Now the journey wasn’t without hiccups and two road closures meant that most of the morning was lost getting there. We stopped off at a supermarket for supplies before completing the last bit of the trip.
On arrival at the reservoir I was staggered at the sheer beauty of the place. The skies were grey and I was fairly sure we were in for rain but that aside it was an amazing place and so high. Looking around there were only a few tors higher than us.
We both opted for waders and waterproof jackets then setup as quick as we could. I have fished fair few new venues the past couple of months but that wave of excitement and anticipation still hits me every time. Once set up we made the short walk down to the edge of the resevoir and cast out together. As soon as we did so the heavens opened, I couldn’t get my hood up quick enough. This rain was something else so we quickly took shelter in the boat shed door way.
The rain soon eased and we were fishing again a couple of casts later and I was in. The rod bent in lovely to this fish and I was sure it was a PB. I would love to say this fish went mad tail walking and jumping but it didn’t, it made couple of small runs when in close but that was it, never the less I had a beautiful wild brownie on the bank and a new PB of 1lb 8oz.
Ben and I continued to fish the near bank but with nothing more than a few follows. Once we reached the limit of the near bank we slowely worked our way back for some grub and to meet Luke Fox. Luke arrived to find us sat in the car stuffing our faces. a quick sandwich, donut and drink later and the three of us were off to explore the far bank. We explored the full stretch of fish-able bank with not even a follow so we headed back to where Ben and I had follows earlier in the day.
A while later and heard a very clear “Yep!” from Ben. At last another fish and it looked to be a good size. I took a couple of photos whilst he landed it. We popped it on the scales and he had equalled mine from earlier also giving him a new PB of 1lb 8oz.
We then worked our way back towards the cars with Ben picking up one more fish and a very pretty one at that. Whilst packing down the kit Luke suggested checking out a stream he had seen on the way. We decided to give it a go and Luke led the way. After completing the rally stage, well at least that’s what it felt like following Luke. We arrived at a lovely looking stream and none of us would have guessed what would have unfolded. Check out luke’s blog for the remainder of the story, all I can say is what an evening.
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