Not been the nicest of weeks loads of stress, sitting and thinking, so today I thought I have to spend an hour or two to my self and chill out a bit, the sun was shinning, very little wind and quite warm, so off I went to have a little fish just for myself, to be fair someone was definitely on my side, first cast a lovely trout on a nymph, three cast later and bigger trout, in the next twenty casts another four small grayling and a very small trout so my mind was fixed on my fishing, as I moved down the run fish were starting to move on the top but I carried on with my nymphs and picked up a mix of grayling and trout, time for a change I put on a size 18 olive dry as there are small BWO fluttering about and worked my way back up the same run to see what I could pick off, this time it was all grayling and no out off season trout and to be fair better fish, not big but bigger than the fish I had caught on the nymphs.
Well pleased with my couple of hours and my head a little calmer and clearer so back home and back to the grind.
Another day of first, I took Andrew out for his first ever days fly fishing, yet again the weather was a little mixed wind, rain, and rather cool as it was a southerly, I went through the usual the law in fishing, safety, rods, reels, lines, leaders, tippet, knots, then on to the basic casts, roll and over head, Andrew picked up the roll cast instantly and off both shoulders which was brilliant and making my day very simple, so on to the overhead this took a little longer to get going but every thing fell into place.
After a break for lunch it was time for the fishing, the river had dropped dramatically from Sundays torrential rains it still had a slight tinge of colour but looking good, nothing was rising so on with a couple of nymphs quick demo and Andrew was off and running, within a handful of casts Andrew was into a fantastic grayling, unfortunately as he had never fly fished before he lowered the rod and pointed it straight at the fish and it was gone, never mind it was a good start to the day, Andrew missed a few more fish and then he had another good fish on, trying to explain how and what to do as calmly as I could ( when rather excited ) all went to plan and Andrew landed his first ever fly caught fish, a fantastic brown trout ( as you can tell from Andrew’s picture he was rather pleased ) As we carried on Andrew landed another two grayling and missed and lost several more fish but a great start to his fly fishing future.
Well today was a little bit of a shame as the rain on Sunday had brought the river up and coloured quite badly, but Steve and Joe said they would give it a go anyhow, by the time they turned up on Monday morning the river had dropped a lot, but still had some colour in it, so we pressed on with the casting and both Steve and Joe picked it quickly, Joe had to stop regularly as at 10 he found it a little tiring, but as time went by he got better and better, very nice to see a youngster taking up fly fishing.
After a spot of lunch and a little refresher on what we had done on the casting it was time for some proper fishing, Joe had a little grayling in around 10 minutes then Steve missed one, then caught a brown trout and then missed another fish then the heavens opened once again, so it was a dash for the car.
Steve practising his roll cast.
Today was one of those days I really enjoy, when you have three generations of a family out together on the river, it must be fantastic over time for them to look back at the day they had together, dad, son and grandson all out enjoying them selves and all having firsts Dad caught his first ever grayling and a nice fish of around a pound and half, son and grandson both catching there first ever fly caught fish.
One down side from me was I forgot to take any pictures !
What the Howe’s thought of there day out.
It was great, they both enjoyed it and so did I, but it came as a shock to find how unfit I am! Fishermen can lie with the best but I was knackered.
Beautiful countryside, superb river and an excellent teacher.
What a busy week guiding and doing casting instruction every day, it’s lovely to meet people from all walks of life, the weather has been a little mixed strong winds, cool days, warm days cloudy days and sunny days you name it we have had it.
Today I took out husband and Wife Dave and Susan, fair play to them both they picked basic casting very quickly, Susan getting to grips with roll casting the quickest and Dave sorting the overhead very quickly, so we moved onto some fishing, it was a little bit of a shame as the weather looked perfect, very little wind and overcast but the fishing seemed a little slow, I demonstrated what Dave had to do with his nymphs and I caught a trout 3rd cast which I really wished Dave had caught, but he worked his way through a couple of runs and after several bites was rewarded with a brown trout, well he did have two on at the same time but one came off, Susan wasn’t as lucky and had several fish come to her fly but nothing stayed on, in the last 10 minutes Susan had her best chance she hooked a nice grayling on but it came off yet again.
Mind I thought the last week was busy I haven’t got a single day free in August and September is looking rather busy as well.
Nigel came for casting lesson and he was a pleasure to teach as he picked things up so quickly, roll cast, overhead cast all of both shoulders, overhead cast basic pick up and put down, shooting line to around 18 yards, then false casting and shooting line all at the same time.
Today all day guiding with a perfect gentleman from Shrewsbury, Ian has come with me several times and every time it’s been a joy as he’s such good company and best of all it was a day for dries, Ian had never tried down stream dry so today was a good day to give it a go and work well it did.
This grayling was almost to quick for Ian and wanted to go back before it’s photo had been taken !!
I have to be honest I never knew that Chattanooga was a place until today, well that’s until I meet Valerie and Michael from Chattanooga Tennessee in the USA, a lovely couple who only get out fishing a handful of times a year, it was a slight shame that there one day here in Wales wasn’t the best weather we have ever had, rain showers, blowing quite hard making casting a little hard at times and a lot chillier than they are used to back home.
We started off nymphing with Valerie having the first fish of the day with in a few minutes and another with in 5 minutes of that, which was good news to me as the weather over night had completely changed, which did make me think it could spoil the fun today, as I walked to see how Michael was getting on I could hear someone whistling, I thought it was someone who knew me, but it was Valerie with another much bigger fish, well done Valerie, when I got to Michael he hadn’t caught anything as yet, but as he got into some deeper water the fish started to come both trout and grayling, we had a spot of lunch and a warm up for the people from warmer climes.
After lunch there was a very brief sunny warmer spell where a few flies started to hatch and Valerie and Michael had a spell on the dries, not sure how many fish were caught somewhere between 8-10 between them and Michael had 2 fish break him, but a fantastic short spell of action, with in the next hour the wind turned towards the north and increased in force making the rises dry up and also fish taking anything sub surface so we called it a day a had a steady stroll back down the river.
What Vallerie & Michael Thought Of There Day.
Mike and I enjoyed our day fishing with you on the Severn. Even with the low water, you were able to put us on the fish to make for a fun day. Your obvious knowledge of the Severn, along with your warm personality, made the day a real pleasure. Thanks so much for helping to make our holiday memorable!