Trout fishing, Devon, UK

Bradley Rossi Griffiths

This photograph was sent to us by Bradley Rossi Griffiths of Barnstaple in Devon, SW England.
Bradley was fishing a stretch of his local river on light tackle and, by the sound of it, he was having a pretty good day. Quite against the usual run of play, the fish were really in the mood:

“I caught 26 fish down there in what seemed like 15 minutes. Most were less than 2lbs except for the big one, which was 5.5lbs”

Despite the flattened tail of the trout in the picture, Bradley tells us that the fish in this river are not stocked and any angler can fish there. There are no day tickets or season passes – one needs only a standard national fishing licence. Perhaps there’s a fish farm or stocked section nearby that these fish have escaped from (26 fish in one day is no mean feat!) but whatever the explanation, Bradley isn’t complaining.

To make the day even sweeter, he was using a light rod and a dry fly. Lovely. It was a frantic hour or so of action. However, he told us that as much as he loves trout fishing, Devon doesn’t always produce such great results – he and his friends fished for two consecutive days shortly afterwards without a single offer.

Has anyone else had one of those days where you simply can’t go wrong? We know we have!

Thanks for the photo Bradley – tight lines!

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James Green loves nothing more than casting a fly in pursuit of salmon, seatrout or, when the opportunity arises, a tailing bonefish, tarpon or permit.