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Amazing !!

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I had Charlie and his son George for their first days fly casting/fishing day and they absolutely amazed me how they both picked up the casting, usually if two people come on person will learn a little quicker than the other but both of them picked up basic roll and overhead casting straight away, which made my life nice and easy.

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After a short break we thought we would have a bit of fun and do a spot of fishing, which looked a lot better prospect than the last few weeks, Llyn Clywedog had started releasing water and now the water height was spot on, I set George up with a dry with a nymph underneath it and Charlie with two nymphs, a quick demo and they were away George hooked into a nice grayling almost straight away but with the lack of experience it came off which was a real shame, then Charlie shouted he had a fish on a nice trout and his very first fish on the fly and no sooner I had un hooked it George had a small grayling, so things were looking up, after around an hour they landed a few more fish and several lost ones so we decided to have some lunch and a move to a new run.

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When we walked to the new run it had a nice bit of pace to it with the extra dam water pushing the levels up, in this run Charlie was came into his own with catching several fish, I think George was feeling a little tired by know he hooked a couple of nice fish but lost them which he was a little disappointed with but it’s all a learning process and as he was tired we called it a day, which wasn’t a bad decision as it started to rain quite hard jut after they left.

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Quick Learner

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A day of casting with Tim today, Tim not only had never had a go at fly fishing, but never fished at all, so for me it was quite nice, a fresh canvas with not bad habits to work through, I ran through the legal side of fishing, then the safety side and then moved onto the two basic casts, the roll and over head and to fair to Tim after a few practise casts it all fell into place, the roll cast came very easily and off both shoulders, the over head was slightly more complicated but a few pointers here and there and Tim was putting out a nice straight line with some half decent loops.


Not Long Now

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It’s been a very busy 2016 so not too much time for posting on my blog but things should start to get a little quieter as the weather alters, mind I really do hope we have a good winter this year not all the rain making the rivers un fishable ( fingers crossed for good river levels )

Lots of very nice people learning how to cast, river fishing techniques and generally learning how to enjoy the outdoors, loads of trout and grayling were caught and carefully released to fight another day, also amazing on many of the days the amount of wild life we saw, otters, kingfishers, buzzards, red kites and the amazing swimming squirrel that swam from one side of the river straight at us on the other bank, even making us move out of his way before he climbed up the bank and was on his way.

When I hve a spare few minutes I will put on my blog a few flies that have worked really well over the past few seasons.

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Seeing Double

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Oli came for a days fishing on the rivers of Wales, it was a bit of a deja vu moment as the week before I had Toby Oli’s identical twin fishing with me, also with Oli was his wife Joanie who had never picked up a fly rod, so the day started off going through the basics of casting while Oli fished on his own, which for the first part of the day wasn’t going to well, once Joanie started fishing I could give Oli some attention there was next to nothing moving on the surface so I thought my choice of nymph fishing was the way to go but watching Oli fish there wasn’t anything I could see he was really doing wrong, so I thought it was time for a change so we tried a dry caddis I wasn’t really 100% sure if it would work but they certainly didn’t want a nymph, three cast later a fish came up and smashed the caddis, then another and the grayling wanted to play as well, nothing really rising but the good old caddis never seems to fail.

Toby Oli’s Twin

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Day Two

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Day two with Toby and Gabe went well, a lot more fish caught and the fish caught were bigger to, again fish taking dries were few and far between but they really were getting there fill on nymphs.

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Toby caught this lean browny but with a spade of a tail, he caught this fish in a lovely spot right underneath an over hanging tree, drifted the nymph in and bang straight away the fiish took the nymph as always it’s all about presentation.

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The grayling were also loving the nymphs as well, I’m not sure how many fish came to the net as I lost count but another good day was had by all.

 


No Golden Gates !!

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Toby and Gabe from San Francisco out on the river today, not quite the weather they are used to but not bad for Wales ( only a tiny bit of rain today )but the fishing was better than the weather with fish coming to both of them Toby was top rod with double figures to the net a quite a lot more long distance catch and release !

They are both back out tomorrow for another go so more to come.

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Interesting Afternoon.

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Quite an interesting afternoon guiding Rae Borras of the Compleat Angler series that was on Discovery a few years ago. It was down to me to guide him on the upper Severn for Fishing TV, always a little daunting when there are two film cameras on you, it usually spells the kiss of death to the catching side of fishing. After nearly a two hour delay with a puncture we had rather a late start to the day which just added to my stress levels!

As we walked up the river there weren’t any fish moving, so I thought that was it! The first run we tried was a little slow, even though it is usually a bit of a banker for catching a few fish, so on to the next one and Rae caught a small brown right under the grass on the river bank. As the run got deeper I saw a fish move to take his nymph but Rae was just lifting off the water, so close but no cigar. Three or four more casts and it was fish on, it was a nice brown, around three quarters to a pound in weight.  The cream on the cake was the film crew was flying a drone over us for  a different angle of shot and bingo, a better fish came up and took the dry and the whole fight was caught on the drones camera.  I think that will be something to watch hopefully when the filming is all edited and put together.