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    Starting a South West thread, I imagine all rivers are suffering the same malaise at the moment so until we get a bit more rain things may be quiet.

    I fished Butterwell last weekend with my father. I lost one good sea trout at the net (around the 4lb mark), and landed a small one of about a lb soon after. Conditions were generally poor, clear skies, full moon, low water and no real push even near the pool heads. These fish were active during a very small window on the first night when storm cloud rolled in and the atmosphere noticeably changed. 2 hours or so later clear skies and dead water did for that night and the following night.

    During this window my dad did manage to pull out an 18lb salmon. It was absolutely ridiculous, the camel is a small river at the best if time but when the water is this low it just seems extraordinary that this fish was there. I landed it with a small trout net, not a good idea. I will be investing in something that can handle the unexpected.

    This is our second time at Butterwell since Sam and Rachel took the reins. What a great job they're doing, the new cabin is seriously comfortable and everything is really well maintained. Sam put me on to the fish and is obviously learning the river quickly.

    We're now waiting for the conditions to change before fishing somewhere new, perhaps the Teign (we're very open to suggestions).

    Tight lines

    Tom
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    Quote Originally Posted by tom_o_m View Post
    Starting a South West thread, I imagine all rivers are suffering the same malaise at the moment so until we get a bit more rain things may be quiet.

    I fished Butterwell last weekend with my father. I lost one good sea trout at the net (around the 4lb mark), and landed a small one of about a lb soon after. Conditions were generally poor, clear skies, full moon, low water and no real push even near the pool heads. These fish were active during a very small window on the first night when storm cloud rolled in and the atmosphere notably changed. 2 hours or so later clear skies and dead water did for that night and the following night.

    During this window my dad did manage to pull out an 18lb salmon. It was absolutely ridiculous, the camel is a small river at the best if time but when the water is this low it just seems extraordinary that this fish was there. I landed it with a small trout net, not a good idea. I will be investing in something that can handle the unexpected.

    This is our second time at Butterwell since Sam and Rachel took the reins. What a great job they're doing, the new cabin is seriously comfortable and everything is really well maintained. Sam put me on to the fish and is obviously learning the river quickly.

    We're now waiting for the conditions to change before fishing somewhere new, perhaps the Teign (we're very open to suggestions).

    Tight lines

    Tom
    Nice report Tom
    Thanks for taking the time to opening the South river thread.
    Unlucky on the sea trout that got off at the net, better luck next time pal

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    Nice report Tom
    Thanks for taking the time to opening the South river thread.
    Unlucky on the sea trout that got off at the net, better luck next time pal
    It would have been my first large sea trout, I swore, a lot!

    It was beaten and heading into the net but my dad missed it in the dark and it was off. Painful.

    Once we have some rain I'll be back in the area trying to make amends.

    Tom

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    Quote Originally Posted by tom_o_m View Post
    It would have been my first large sea trout, I swore, a lot!

    It was beaten and heading into the net but my dad missed it in the dark and it was off. Painful.

    Once we have some rain I'll be back in the area trying to make amends.

    Tom
    We've all been there Tom
    It's what keeps us going back for more, keep at it & you'll land a few believe me.
    I've only hooked one myself this year & it was a very good fish too, but it broke my dropper knot.
    Shit happens.

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    Yes exactly, and it was a great experience anyway. It was airborne a lot and when it wasn't it was pushing hard for the tree roots. Exhilarating stuff.

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    We're thinking about fishing the Teign next week, conditions look marginally better.

    Does anyone have any advice on which beat, and ideally which pools, we should focus on that are open to day ticket anglers? Given the low water i was thinking the lower Teign, but there isn't much in the way of guidance on their website.

    Many thanks,

    Tom

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