From pleasure fishing to guiding, waders have always been one of my biggest bug bears! All I personally ask of them is that they keep the water on the outside. I’ve had neoprene waders and nearly every make of breathable waders, some lasted just minutes, some lasted weeks and some lasted months, but my Orvis Sonic Seam waders have lasted the longest of any waders I have ever had, 3 years. To some of you 3 years might not seem that long, but, bear in mind I’m most probably in my waders around 250+ days a year with guiding and pleasure fishing, walking miles on guided days from one client to another and they have performed brilliantly. Unfortunately, today, I got that feeling in the crutch that every fisherman/fisherwoman has come to dread, they had finally started to leak. I must say a very big thank you to Orvis hope the next pair last as long.
Took a trip on the bike over to the Wye today as it had warmed up quite a lot, I have so much stuff to do at home I must admit I was in two minds, but it was really worth it, starting in the first run I fished for around ten minutes with not a touch and then it started it was almost a fish a cast, in two ish hours 30 + grayling and 7 trout, I fished new Zealand style with a KJ Olive nymph and my Orange and Violet nymph, I also had a fish come up to the dry but I didn’t hook it, I did see another 3 fish rise but I didn’t see any insect life in the air or on the water, most of the fish were under the pound mark, the biggest fish was an out of season brown trout around a pound and quarter.
Even managed to get home and get the decorating done before the wife got home from work.
Well the wind and rain are on the way so I went and fished a few stretches of the river that I usually don’t go to, the run in the picture is very shallow and I have fished it many times with little success but I never say never, as I worked my way down the run it was dead, I have had small fish here but nothing very big, but then not a monster but a bigger than usual which was very pleasing, then another and another, for a change I caught around six nice fish just goes to show you should never ignore any water.
Quick hour down the river, I must admit when I went out the house first thing this morning it was misty and really cold so I waited for the sun to come out before heading out, there was the odd fish rising but nothing dramatic so I thought I would try Trio, so on with a sliding stimi and two small bead head nymphs, the first area I tried was a slower, deeper bend in the river after a couple of cast and small trout had taken the point fly, then as I moved up the run around four feet something came up and smashed the stimi another trout I always find it quite funny when fish take such a large dry fly when there is nothing bigger than a tiny gnat to be seen in the air or on the water, as I slowly moved up the pool fish kept coming and now the grayling had woken up, by the time I had fished around twenty yards up the run I think I had caught around eight grayling and three trout.
Well it’s that time of year again, time to start chasing the ladies without getting in trouble with you other half, I’ve been out a few times this week for a fish on my own and the rivers are fishing very well indeed with good numbers of grayling and a few out of season brown trout being caught, lets hope the weather plays the game this winter and the rivers stay fishable.
So please get in touch if you want any help with finding that grayling of a life time.
Bill gave me a call asking if I could teach him nymphing techniques, Bill hadn’t fished with more that two flies before so we had to alter that, over the years I have developed a nymphing method that is super simple to pick up and usually always catches fish, so leader made three nymphs tied on and away we went with in ten minutes Bill had a small grayling, then another two grayling, things were looking as it might be a good day, as we moved down the run bill tossed the flies behind a over hanging bush and bang a cracker of a grayling but it came un buttoned, but as a consolation prize around ten casts latter a lovely out of season trout was leaping out of the water, Bill kept working his way down the run picking up fish and then the wind got up a little and the sun disappeared behind the clouds the temp dropped like a stone and the fish seemed to vanish so we decided to have some lunch and have a re think.
After lunch I took Bill further up stream to a shallower/faster run and a amazing run it was five large grayling hooked, few smaller ones and another cracking trout, the wind had dropped and the sun was back out the fish only seemed to switch on with the sunshine as soon as it clouded over then stopped feeding, so we tried one more run Bill caught a couple of quite small grayling and all went quiet so we called it a day, I asked Bill well how many fish have you caught today and in a good way he hadn’t got a clue as he had lost count.