While down in Derby for our friend’s lovely wedding, we opted to make a extra-long weekend of it and jam-pack the trip full of fun in the Peak District.
On the Sunday, we booked in at a caravan park with a fishing pond and camping pods (basically wooden tents). I found a website for a fisherman, Peter Lax, who would teach us how to fly fish and take us out on the lake to put our new-found skills into practice.
We spent the morning learning casting techniques, about the different types of flies to use, how to choose them, and when to use each type. He even had tiny vials with samples of real flies/larvae for us to look at!
We had some bacon & egg rolls and coffees in the cafe, then spent the afternoon fishing on the lake.
We tried with flies that floated on the top of the water (and were shaped like mosquitoes), and with some that sank under water (similar to fly larvae).
Within about 10 minutes, I managed to catch my very first fish ever – a brown trout! Beginners luck for sure!
Since we were fishing on a lake with brown and rainbow trout, wherein we could only keep the rainbows, we set the wee brown trout free. Peter had taught us how to bend the barbs down on the fishing hooks so that the fish won’t get snagged too badly, and taught us how to use surgical pliers to get the hook out without hurting the fish.
S managed to catch TWO brown trout, and ALMOST caught a rainbow but it wriggled away before we could net it.
Despite some intermittent rain, and ‘rods down’ at the first sight of lightning, I had a great fishing experience!
An amazing day, and a very nice way to enjoy the outdoors in Derbyshire, if I do say so myself!
(Peter also liked the idea of us catching some fish for our dinner – and thoughtfully bought us some rainbow trout just in case. We cooked them up on a portable fire outside of our camping pod. It was extra delicious after a day out fishing. Thanks Peter! Tight lines!)