I was lucky enough to be invited by Pete Tyjas from the Devon School of Fly Fishing to fish the Middle Taw. The Taw is a lovely river and I try to fish it at least a couple of times each season. As I had not managed to fish it in 2011 I was really pleased to be visiting this lovely river once again.
Arrangements were made to meet at the Fox and Hounds Hotel in Eggesford. The hotel has a variety of beats on the middle river and provides a good base for fishermen.
The middle river really is a back end spot and low water would not be very promising. I awoke at 5.30 in order to sort out my gear and copious amounts of strong black coffee. I put everything i needed in the car boot and was ready for the off. Upon shutting the car boot there was a click and the central locking engaged- oh dear! (censored text). As the car is a super secure thief proof vehicle i had that sinking feeling and the realisation of fact that i was not likely to be going fishing sunk in. It was my wife's car which doesn't have a spare key. After much ranting and pointing out what an idiot i was my wife went back to bed muttering obscenities. i waited 2 hrs for the breakdown company to arrive only be be told that there was no chance he could get in without causing damage. His mate, however, has a skeleton key that may work for this brand of car. His mate arrived and 10 minutes later - hey presto! I was on my way!
Upon arrival i was met by Pete and we tackled up and made our way up the beat. It really is lovely water with a variety of fishy looking pools and runs. The water looked like perfect Sea Trout territory and given water can give up a Salmon or two.