A Multi Cultural Week.

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Well firstly it’s been a while but I have been very busy with one thing and another, but the guiding and casting instruction has been in full swing, the rivers of Wales are super low making the fishing a little harder than normal in May, it’s been quite interesting for me as no two days have been the same, one day good hatches and the next nothing.

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But both the Wye and the Severn have fished well considering the low water conditions, the main tactics are long light leaders and being quite stealthy in our approach, nymphs worked well on the Wye and strangely considering there weren’t many rises for this time of year dries worked the best on the Severn.

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Over the past week I have taken out gentlemen from America, Canada, Holland and Wales, very multi cultural and almost like the start of one of those old jokes,  a man from America, Canada, Holland and Wales walked into a pub !!

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Quick Walk In The Sunshine

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Quick walk in the sunshine with the rod, to start with the fish really seemed thin on the ground, mind that might have been something to do with the cormorants that were about, I think I fished two runs before I started to find a few fish and the best bit the new nymph caught the lions share of the fish.


Bloody Technology !!

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Well out for a play and about time really ( seem to be a full time downhill mountain mechanic rather than fishing guide the joys of being a parent) I had knocked up a couple of new patterns last night so I thought I would give them a swim and boy did they work well, better than my crazy mobile phone especially when I wonted to take a pic of the better fish it went all to cock and wouldn’t do a thing.

Mind had a good morning catching around 20+ grayling a single fantastically marked brown trout all in around three hours, but the best bit was being out in the fresh air enjoying a spot of fishing.


Low Clear Water

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One super short outing fished one run before I was summoned home to sort child problems out, but it went well in a short slow clear run (lets hope it stays like that to )  seven grayling and two small trout, shame it all ended to soon.


Merry Christmas

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At last

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I went out quite early today around 8am, the river yesterday was chocolate brown but had dropped and cleared really quickly over night so all looked good, there was a gale force wind blowing down the river making bite detection a lot harder than normal so I most probably missed a few fish, but I did manage to catch two nice grayling one at 47cm and another of 44cm loads in the 35cm bracket and a shed load of trout.

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The Best So Far.

5h5el5sf_lg                                                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.