Ladies go fishing with Jim Fearn on the River Tyne
Myself and Sarah were lucky enough to be invited by Vicky Bell Marketing Director at Game Fishing Supplies to spend a day with Jim Fearn of Guide Fly Fishing, Rio pro guide and senior assessor for AAPGAI on a private stretch of water on the Tyne. The day started with greetings and a mug of hot coffee waiting for Jim to start his casting presentation. If anyone has seen Jim cast you will understand what i’m about to say “he engages an audience with effortless style, and makes his casts look so simple, encouraging words gives you the confidence to try the casts he demonstrates” and yes he has bad casting days too….!
He explained in easy language how to perform roll casts, single spey, snap t, circle and perry poke, going into detail about the benefits of a perry poke, bringing the audience right into close proximity as we became the trees on the bankside, again effortless explanation and selling us all the benefits of why we should try a perry poke. He even had fish rising to his hookless tube fly, this guy can cast with ease and place his fly in the right place.
Sarah had a one to one session with Jim, she is becomming a real casting queen, last time i was out with Sarah it was double speys, today it was single speys, snap T’s and such effortless spey casting with some v sexy loops.
Jim demonstrated with ease shooting heads and Skagit lines. Skagit are a popular line in the armoury of todays fly fisher’s tool kit, fishing heavy tungsten tips and line to get large tube flies into the “fish zone” quickly. I was lucky to spend a session with Jim casting a 15ft Vision Caterpult with 650g skagit, sinking tip and a serious pink tube fly that was like a bullet hitting the water. He explained where to place the line, how to bend it and then how to move the fly in such a manner that would increase your catch rate.
Vicky had a session with Paul Little, with another lady watching who was picking up useful tips of line presentation on the water, Vicky used the shooting heads on a 14ft Vision Caterpult rod with a beautiful Lamson Waterworks ULA Force Spey.
The day finished with Jim agreeing to come and spend a day with Ladies Fishing on the Tyne in March. We left with beaming smiles as we’d finally got him for a day, (last year he was too busy on the dates we suggested). Sarah was so taken with the Vision Caterpults that she has ordered a 14ft, great choice as this rod is an excellent choice for any lady taking up salmon fishing.