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Few Hours With Tony

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Few hours on the Wye with Tony sun is out with a bit of an up stream wind, but quite a lot of fish rising so it would be rude not to, couldn’t see anything on the water surface so tried with a good old sedge to start and the fish seemed to love it for around 4-5 fish and then they switched off but with still the odd fish coming up here and there, it seemed as if they had switched off to my fly so I changed to an olive emerger and a fish came up straight away and nailed it so I thought I was onto something, but no another 3-4 fish and they started to ignore it which seemed strange, so back on with a sedge but a slightly larger one and absolutely nothing at all but the fish still were rising on and off, I stopped and really studied the water surface but I couldn’t see anything, so as a last ditched effort I thought I would try a beetle pattern and bingo they really seemed to like it and take it very confidently with another 4 fish being caught, not a bad few hour on the Wye.


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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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.

 


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.


One Of The Best Days In A Long Time

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As the title says today was one of the best days on the river I have had in a very long time, it’s been blisteringly hot weather so I asked Ben if would like to meet up a little earlier than we said, he was up for it so we meet on the river at 6am and it was a lovely morning,  in around 15 minutes it was getting even better as fish were being caught and after the first run an amazing amount of fish were hooked I would guess around 30+, it’s not often I’m amazed when it comes to fishing but this little short shallow run was amazing they must have been sitting on each others shoulders, trout and grayling of all sizes.

The sun was now starting to burn through and I thought I would get Ben on dries as the odd fish was moving on the top, Ben was catching and missing quite a few fish but as the warmth started to build the fishing seemed to slow up, we tried a few deep pools with a couple of bigger trout, but by mid day it was starting to get un comfortable in waders so it was time to make a retreat for home, but an amazing morning was had and the time flew by.


Were Never Happy !

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Another day on the rivers of Wales the high water has gone and now we have next to no water, as has been said before were never happy are we the main thing is lovely sunshine hatching insects and loads of fish, the river is 1cm from being the lowest it’s been on the EA’s web site gauge, so the river is really low and super clear so presentation is key, fishing at a little more range super fine tippet and of course good casting, the set up is going to be trio  dwo/ldo klink and two size 18 nymphs and 3lb tippet which worked exceptionally well for Drew with a mix of 15 trout and grayling coming to the net a few low impact catch and releases ( came off ) as well.


More Guiding More Bad Weather

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Day out with Bob fishing was good weather was poor, at the start of the day  thought it was going to be a very poor day as the river was coming up loads of debris coming down and very little fly life, it was a slow start till lunch time then things picked up fish on both dries and nymphs to be fair neither Bob or my self had any idea on how many fish he caught but grayling to just over a pound and trout to a pound and a half, with one trout a bit of a lump that unfortunately snapped Bobs leader.