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Cape Verde and back

Last week we had a fantastic family holiday on the island Sal, one of the Cape Verde islands just off the west coast of Africa.
Fine warm weather, fabulous sea food, fab beach (Libs said fab pizza) lots of walking, and a tiny bit of fishing, grand total of bites……0…….
Most days we walked into the town of Santa Maria and on to the pier to watch the fish being sorted, large Yellowfin Tuna and huge Wahoo, a few big game boats on their morings a stones throw away on aqua marine water, tempting, I would love to catch a Wahoo.
One afternoon by chance and great expense, I found myself and crew trolling offshore for a drempt of Wahoo or Yellowfin, followed by a little inshore fly fishing for Bonito, on returning to port having seen a dozen flying fish, my quest as a big game angler continues……..
A nice place not to catch fish


And another nice place


On our return in the early hours of friday morning I opened my diary to find that I was Grayling fishing for the day on saturday, but in the name of science, see DFC blog for John Grindles detailed account of the day.

The weather was superb almost spring like, so much so I saw a MAYFLY hatch, I could not believe my eyes but there it was caught in the surface film, just emerging in JAN….

I love trotting

January

Winter, January etc….. One or two salmon moving, hatchery boxes flooded, Frome valley flooded.

Managed to go fishing last night, one 5lb mirror during the night, a 5lb Common in the morning and a rather fine steak supper,and two glasses of wine, and then two more and so on…. rain and gale force winds!!!!

Somehow off to Cape verde this week with my family, I hope to manage a spot of fishing, according to various web sites the fishing looks pretty good, fingers crossed for something a little special on the old fly rod, and if any of you have fished out that way perhaps you could share a little info with me.

Trying to find the rods…

Redd counting

Boxing day, and most of Dorchester would head to louds mill, to walk off Xmas, and watch the Atlantic Salmon trying to leap the weir, fifteen years ago you struggled to find a space to watch, for the last few years its just been me!
We are in the middle of our annual redd count, we have surveyed a good number of redds so far, seen a fair number of Salmon, Sea Trout and Brown Trout, all good news.

But… and there is a but, we all need to continue our quest to preserve the silver tourist.

As you know the weather is a little un settled, in fact it is pouring as I write this, I just hope the river is clear for us to continue our work in the morning, despite a forecast of nearly an inch or rain in the next hour, I leave you with a short clip of a Frome Salmon.

You might need your Polaroids.