Month: October 2016


Beat the WEED!

Fishing guide and Exe Valley manager Nick Hart meets your flyfishing problems head on

Helping people to get more out of their fly fishing has been my life for the last 18 years. What I love about fly fishing is the problem solving aspect and, when we get it right, it’s very satisfying.

To get started I’d like to talk about weed, particularly on small stillwaters. As a fishery manager I’ve endured many sleepless nights trying to figure out the best ways to combat unwanted aquatic vegetation. Every watercourse needs some weed, it literally breathes life into the water and offers habitat for all sorts of trout food, but just a little too much can spell disaster.

Every fishery owner is obliged to stay on top of the problem so that their customers receive value for money, but nonetheless, Mother Nature will often have her way so fishing in completely weed-free conditions during the warm summer months may not be possible.