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At Last


Well it’s been 3 months of continuous rain and the river has finally dropped to a fishable level, I had a full day planned but as always something came up and I had to go at lunch time and guess what it started raining as I walking down to the river.

Well the way it’s been going if it rains the river will come back up so make hay while the sus shines and all that, on with a French style leader and 3 nymphs working my way down the first run it was a little quiet, then 2 trout one after another under a over hanging tree, not what I was after but nice after such a long lay off, onto the next run which was around waist deep and had a good flow, so off with the point fly and on with something a little heavier, second cast the braid leader stopped and yes I had a grayling on, in the fast flow it gave a good account of it’s self not big but in lovely condition, a couple more casts and another grayling looked almost the double of the first, by the time I had finished working my way down the run several more grayling came to the net, the one strange thing as soon as every fish was netted the fish never moved, made my life easy when un hooking and taking a quick picture.


A Big Thank You To Big Scrim

A very big thank you to Tony for a very special day on the Dee, the forecast was very poor after the last week of lovely sunshine, but to be fair it wasn’t as bad as they said a little rain and strong winds, the first run looked amazing for nymphs but to both our surprises next to nothing, I had two touches and one fish on and almost straight back off, the run was quite fast and the odd fish rising here and there, so  as they say “I went back to the beginning” the odd blue winged olive fluttered in the air but as the water was so fast and broken I thought a small bwo pattern would keep sinking to quickly, so I tried a size 16 sedge pattern and bingo straight away a nice grayling, couple of cast and another and another if you spotted a rise in the fast water and placed the sedge three or four foot above it you were into a fish, quite amazing how you could run three nymphs through the run and next to nothing the fish only had eyes for the surface.

Things seemed a little quieter so time for a move, this time a long quite shallow glide with the odd fish moving, I still had the sedge on so why not try it again and the same result but still all grayling and no trout, it still kept going through my head that there should be some big fish sitting deeper in  the pools, so back to nymphs and see what I could do and to be honest not a lot three trout and nothing of size, try as I might the only way today was on the top, not a bad way to spend a day mainly fishing dries in October.

More Firsts

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.

Starting Early

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.

Three Generations

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.
Many thanks
Keith Howe

A Very Busy August

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 !!

The Future

Well it was a pleasure to teach a young man at the ripe old age of 10 the basics of fly fishing, it’s a real shame that there doesn’t seem to be that many youngsters who want to learn, most of our fishing clubs have member 40+ theses days.

Sorry to anyone who looks at my blog regularly as I’ve so busy I haven’t had time for up dates.