Monday, 14 April 2014

First Tamar salmon landed!

We have just heard that the first salmon of the 2014 season has been landed on the River Tamar. The bright silver springer was caught on fly on a private fishery on the lower river. 
With the Tamar still running high, it might not be too long before we are announcing the first Arundell fish of the year!

Monday, 7 April 2014

Start of the season report

River levels were fairly high for the opening of the trout season, and are still holding at a good level into April. 20 wild brownies, up to 9 inches, and 3 grayling up to 13 inches, have been caught so far from the Arundell Arms beats on the Lyd, Tamar and Carey. There are also some sea trout smolts starting to shoal in the Lyd, the salmon smolts will also appear soon, and this fact has not gone unnoticed by the cormorants and goosanders. Not much fly has been hatching this early in the season, but in a month's time we should be in the thick of the trout season with olives, black gnats and plenty of rising fish.

Migratory fish are so far pretty scarce, with nothing as yet reported on the Tamar. With such consistently high flows there is every chance of sea trout or salmon pushing well up into the middle reaches in the next few weeks. May will see a real chance of salmon or peal here at Lifton, with the best of the fishing expected a little later on. Sea trout sport peaks in July, with chances of a salmon always dependant on the right water conditions. All the springs and small streams are still flowing at full volume, and although the ground is slowly drying out, it has a very long way to go before we start worrying about flow levels.
David Pilkington

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

The miracle of Tinhay

The ability to perform miracles can often be a useful asset for a fishing instructor. Here 'Dynamo' Dave Pilkington can be seen walking on water at Tinhay Lake (and even catching a fish). 
With a slight easing in the stormy weather, water levels should soon start to recede, and with the lengthening days signs of spring are everywhere. Last Sunday, a rare and beautiful day of sunshine and calm airs, honey bees were busy in the snowdrops. On the cliffs at Crackington, a skylark was singing his heart out. The trout season beckons. 

Monday, 17 February 2014

Danielsson Reels Back In Stock

With a new season around the corner, it could be time to treat yourself to a new fly reel. We are proud to be one of only a handful of British retailers of these fantastic Swedish-made reels. We have used many premium fly reels over the years and have settled on Danielsson as offering flawless performance at a sensible price. Made by a small family firm in Sweden, these are hard to get hold of and tend to fly off the shelves... so be quick!

The reels are priced from £145, and details can be found here: DANIELSSON REELS
Contact us via or on 01566 784666 to order.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Water, water, everywhere

This was the Tamar at mid-morning today. The reading on the gauge, about 2.75 metres, speaks for itself. A good height for salmon would be 0.6 metres, for trout fishing a mere 0.3 is fine.

The debris on the fence shows the height of the last flood, another metre on the present height.

This is the view from Polson Bridge looking upstream on Beat 9A. We normally walk through the metal gate, beside which is a stile where you can climb down a good 8 feet to access the pool under the bridge

At least the beat notice board is still visible!

Monday, 3 February 2014

Fly Dressers' Guild - Fly Tying Weekends

A unique opportunity to learn how to tie flies or brush up your skills at one of the finest hotels and leading fly fishing schools in Devon:

22nd & 23rd Feb for absolute beginners

15th & 16th March for improvers

The fly tying sessions - led by instructors from the Fly Dressers Guild - will take place on Saturday morning and afternoon and Sunday morning, with the opportunity to fish the catch and release lake on Sunday afternoon.

All materials will be provided; fly tying tools can be provided too if notified in advance.

Please contact Adam at the Arundell Arms directly for further details on the package and or to make a booking or +44 (0) 1566 784666.