Ten years in the past at this time, on 27th Could 2006, the store opened its doorways. As this post explains that didn’t really go to plan however the date nonetheless has some significance as Exe Valley Fishery grew to become the Nick Hart Fly Fishing HQ.
To have a good time I had thought of a giant open day and maybe a celebration however ultimately it felt proper to overlook all that, take the day without work and go fishing as a substitute. A plan was fashioned with a few guys a couple of nights in the past within the native pub and the deal was completed, particularly as one in every of them provided a slap up breakfast to get the day began.
It was a prime breakfast to and so filling our waders with the windy remnants of black pudding and native sausage we set off for the moors and shared a rod, taking it in turns to have a pop with a dry fly at some scrumptious trying swimming pools.
The fish weren’t huge, however that didn’t matter. We watched a herd of deer on the horizon. Noticed an enormous Raven and listened to the Cuckoo offering a background soundtrack all through. In the meantime Buzzards mewed above; track birds supplied a refrain for the cuckoo whereas the soothing sound of water added percussion.
We yomped over the moors, talked fishing and each every so often took our turns to satisfy a couple of of the rivers inhabitants. The blokes needed to set off at lunch time, however these few hours have been simply excellent. These moments really feel like being a child once more, out within the open with not a care on the planet. That is what fly fishing is all about. No scratch that; it’s what life must be all about.
Returning again to HQ I sat out within the solar with lunch and seemed throughout the lakes framed by the luscious inexperienced of spring. Sure the final 10 years hasn’t precisely been a mattress of roses I believed however that’s a fairly rattling high quality workplace!
And simply as I used to be about to go fishing once more my cellular sprang into life and an excellent good friend who I’ve not seen in years appeared at lakes. Cue tea and a two hour compensate for all of the fishing we used to do and the inevitable conversations about how issues have modified.
Fish & chips subsequent, almost certainly just a little extra wader wind and I will probably be heading off to a different river someplace however this time with simply my ideas and hopefully a couple of extra finned mates for firm. The 27th Could 2016 will probably be a day I keep in mind for a very long time to come back.