Weekend away in Devon

The weekend away, June 3rd-5th 2011

A healthy turnout and beautiful weather (at least at the start) ensured a great time was had by all at this year’s weekend away.  We were based in Bovey Tracey, at a hotel that bore more than a little resemblance to Fawlty Towers (‘sorry, we’re all out of waldorfs’).  Nevertheless it had the capacity to take us all, a manager tolerant of 17 wayward piscatorials who should know better, a steady flow of ale and a welcoming patio with a view of Dartmoor on which to drink it.

Some made an early start to fish the local rivers on Friday, including the Teign and the Dart that entertained despite low water levels.  Friday evening saw a rowdy congregation at the Cromwell Arms for dinner for most of us, and an excuse to celebrate Glyn’s birthday.  (I included some stories but he censored them…).

 Saturday morning allegedly saw an early rise on Kennick reservoir in the hills by Bovey Tracey, but we slept through it due to the excesses of the night before.  Eventually making it to Kennick via a tortuous route along Devon’s more remote lanes, we shared the 5 boats and the bank.  With the bright sun, a temperature of 25oC and an armada of float tubers, fishing was hard for some, though Glyn took the trophy for the most fish caught with 13.  Stuart came a close second.

Dinner at the hotel on Saturday evening was a far more sober affair than the previous night and we were then entertained by local guide Pete Tyjas (www.devonschoolofflyfishing.com).

 We each made our own arrangements on Sunday, which included fishing in some cases.  The temperature of 15oC at Kennick was a measure of the turn in the weather.

 A memorable weekend away indeed, including a birthday celebration that Glyn is unlikely to forget in a hurry.  Many thanks to John for organizing us all.

Dave Blackbourn

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