With Thanks

I have enjoyed a most memorable trip to the UK and much of that wouldn’t have been possible without the assistance and good graces of a number of people and organizations. Many people gave of their time and expertise to assist me and organizations which now make accessing river beats on a day ticket basis proved to be a huge plus in arranging a wonderfully diverse angling trip.
All in all I traveled over 1800 miles, fished nine different rivers in Wales, Cornwall, Wiltshire and Devon. I was granted the best of hospitality almost everywhere I went and the cooperation of fellow anglers significantly added to the value of the trip. I am most grateful to everyone who provided me with assistance.

 

In no particular order I would like to thank:

 

The Wye Usk Foundation.

Thanks to Allyson Williams and her team at The Wye Usk Foundation. This remarkable organization makes it not only possible but very easy to arrange fishing for trout, grayling, sea trout and salmon on waters of the Wye and Usk and tributaries. You can get further details from their website and even book water in advance all on-line. This scheme allows for forward booking on beats for specific days and the website indicates availability as well as a host of other information, Newsletters, fishing reports and more..  https://www.wyeuskfoundation.org/

Link to the Fishing Passport Scheme for Wales and the Marches https://www.fishingpassport.co.uk

 

Jane and Richard at Pwllgwilym Holiday Cottages

 

Pwllgwilym Cottages

Pwllgwilym Holiday Cottages proved to be an ideal place to base myself during my time in Wales. I heartily recommend it to anyone wishing to explore this part of the world. Offering both Bed and Breakfast and Self-Catering options it is the perfect spot from which to explore Mid-Wales.
If you are not an angler there is still much to do and see and Richard runs tours exploring many the local places of interest. Wake to the sounds of Red Kites calling to their young; enjoy an amazing breakfast and true Welsh hospitality.
Link to the Pwllgwilym Cottages Web Site http://www.pwllgwilym-cottages.co.uk/

 

Paul Kenyon and Geoff Stephens of Fly Fishing Devon.

Paul Kenyon

Geoff Stephens

Paul and Geoff were generous with their time and hospitality, they know these rivers and the fish that inhabit them better than anyone and if you wish to fish this area you are well advised to be in touch with them for some hands on advice and guiding. There website also hosts a plethora of useful information on flies and fishing, Video clips of trout and sea trout, and downloadable information sheets… a great resource. Link to Fly Fishing Devon Website http://www.flyfishingdevon.co.uk/

 

Peter Hayes author of “Fly Fishing Outside the Box”.

Peter Hayes

Peter was a generous host, with no real reason to be, and yet he took the time to meet up with me and arrange for me to fish parts of the Wylye as a guest . I am most appreciative of your efforts Peter, thank you. And those mayflies will be remembered always. As will the discussions on tactics, flies and more. If you have yet to read his book you really should. You can order it from Amazon on the following link. https://www.amazon.com/Fly-Fishing-Outside-Box-Emerging/dp/1904784569

The Westcountry Passport Scheme.

The Westcountry Passport Scheme offers fishing on a varietyof waters throughout the South West

The Westcountry Passport Scheme provides day ticket angling on a variety of waters in the South West. Offering visiting anglers a wide choice of water at modest expense.. This scheme operates on a token basis, with a different number of tokens required depending on the beat fished. Link to West Country Passport Scheme https://westcountryangling.com/?v=68caa8201064

 

The Dartmoor Fishery

Access to a number of sections of river, particularly the East and West Dart, Cherrybrook, Cowsick and Blackabrook streams. Permits are available from a variety of outlets including the Postbridge Post Office, Exeter Angling Centre, Arundel Arms, Two Bridges Hotel, Princetown Stoes and Post Office as well as others.

Paul and Rosie Joynson at the East Dart Hotel.

The East Dart Hotel Postbridge

The second time I have stayed at the East Dart Hotel, a wonderfully central venue to fish the Duchy of Cornwall waters on Dartmoor. I just love the remoteness of this small town and the fact that the river is but a few yards down the road. It was again a pleasure to be there. A great spot if you wish to do some angling or walking on the moor.A lovely pub and great pub grub.

 

My Family:

Of course none of this would have been possible without the assistance and hospitality of my family in both Truro and Bude. It was great catching up with you all and for once enjoying some real summer weather down there in the South of England.

 

You:

The readers and followers of this blog, who have encouraged me to write up the various goings on and adventures during my trip. It is always encouraging to receive positive feedback and I am glad that so many people took the trouble to mention that they had enjoyed the journey with me..  I hope this will encourage you to make plans for your own trip. Either in the UK or elsewhere, because even a weekend away can be good for the soul, particularly a weekend away fishing..

It is probably time to get back to more serious writing about fish and fishing, but it has been a fun journey and I have memories which will last a lifetime.

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5 Responses to “With Thanks”

  1. Andrew Pieterse Says:

    Thanks Tim; following your blog has been a true pleasure.

    It must be nearly 20 years ago that Korrie Broos first taught me how to tie a whip-finish at your fly shop in Mowbray. I remember those evenings being packed out with people keen to learn to tie flies; with no other resource available everyone congregated to those sessions. To this day I am still overly sparing with my hackles; in those days materials were gold dust, but you developed some truly innovative techniques.

    Your contribution to fly-fishing in South Africa should not be understated.

    So, it’s been a real pleasure for me to follow how you’ve put your tactics to use on so many of the waters I now call home.

    All the best and I’m sure you are going to enjoy returning to Cape Town to rivers that are once again flowing strong.

  2. paracaddis Says:

    Thanks Andrew, I greatly appreciate your taking the trouble to comment. I heard only good things about you from Paul and Geoff..

  3. William Neel Says:

    DO YOU KNOW WHAT KIND OF VEST PETER HAYES HAS ON. MY CURRENT FLY FISHING VEST KILLS MY NECK AND BACK. AND NO, I WON’T GIVE UP MY NYMPH BOX. I APPRECIATE YOUR EMAILS VERY MUCH AND REALLY ENJOYED THE PARTS ABOUT WALES SINCE MY GRANDPARENTS CAME FROM THERE. I FISHED THE RIVER DEE THERE ONCE, OUTSIDE OF LLANGOLLEN, LET ME SEE YOU PRONOUNCE THAT ONE, AND THE LOCAL FLY FISHING CLUB WAS EXTREMELY HELPFUL AND EVEN PROVIDED ME A GUIDE. INTERESTING FELLOW, EVACUATED FROM LONDON DURING THE BLITZ TO WALES AND FELL IN LOVE WITH THE WELSH AND WALES AND RETIRED THEREI HOPE YOU WON’T MIND MY INQUIRY. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. THANKS, MAYSON NEEL

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    • paracaddis Says:

      Hi William, I don’t know about the vest but I will enquire of Peter and get back to you. But yes I can pronounce Llangollen, I captained the SA fly fishing team there during a commonwealth championships.. 🙂 Regards

    • paracaddis Says:

      William , word back from Peter Hayes. The pack is a Umpqua Overlook. He tells me he has moved on and now uses a Simms vertical pocket vest. He was also kind enough to add a link to the product on line and suggested he would be willing to part with it for a pretty nominal sum plus postage if you were interested. If you are contact me via email and I can pass on Peter’s details to you.. Regards Tim

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