Popped out for a morning looking for grayling or so I thought, started of bright and still quite a nice day for October, as the river is so low and clear I thought I would go with trio on quite fine tippet of around 3lb and two size 16 nymphs, after around 10 minutes and nice little trout came to hand, not what I was looking for but a fish, as I worked my way up the run the grayling started to come and a few nice fish.
After around an hour the wind started to get up and it was amazing how the leaves were just clinging on to the trees the wind was just enough to dislodge them and down they came on mass, now usually after one hour of my own fishing and this happened I wouldn’t be happy, catching leaf after leaf, tried a dry and half the time it would be sitting on top of a leaf, but after the last couple of weeks visiting my farther in ICU having your fishing spoiled doesn’t seem that important, mind this week he is talking a little so I’m a lot happier and there will plenty of other fishing days.
Took Mike out today the day started of calm but raining quite hard and yet again rather cold, Mike hadn’t fly fished before so I went over the usual safety, the rod reel and line and then the casts, we started off with the roll cast off both shoulders and to be fair Mike picked it up very quickly, then to the over head cast, we started with basic pic up and put down, just as Mike was going to have a go we had a little surprise visitor, Mr otter fishing for his breakfast, nice to see but I really hoped he would leave us a few, any how back to the casting yet again Mike picked it all up very quickly, then shooting line, false casting Mike could do it all, so after a break for lunch it was time for some fishing and even the sun made an appearance, the only problem then was as soon as the sun came out the wind got up and got stronger and stronger, there wasn’t anything rising so on with a couple of nymphs, quick demo to show Mike what to do and he was away after around 10 minutes Mike was into a small grayling, then another 10 casts later a little brown trout things were going well in the near gale force winds, then another grayling with a rather ugly stab wound in the back of it’s head, by now Mike was feeling cold and fancied a cuppa so we stopped for around 20 minutes as we walked back to the water we were rather surprised the river was coming up/ colouring very quickly, Mike didn’t fancy going much over his knees in the river so he fished along the margins to be honest I thought the fishing was totally ruined but perseverance prevailed and Mike caught another small trout but the river was getting higher and higher so the weather and river stopped play.
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!
I seem to spend my life dressed up in chest waders, but when doing casting lessons they look a little extreme if you’re at a casting pool and not getting in the water, so a good pair of waterproofs is essential. While keeping you dry and also looking presentable, on those less than perfect days, of course another factor that comes into play is cost. I had looked at some other nice looking waterproof clothing and one really took my fancy untill I noticed it cost £165 for a fleece, nice but not that nice.
I saw that Fishtec had an offer on the Airflo Delta 3/4 jacket, trouser and a fleece for £79, three items for under £80 can’t be bad , also took some advice from someone who had been using them for nine months and they were still going strong and still keeping the water out so I thought I would give them a go.
When they turned up I was very impressed, good fit, very comfortable and the fleece is a soft shell, which is even better. I have only had them a couple of weeks but been out in two horrible downpours and one evening when the temperature had gone right down off the scale, and all was good nice and warm and dry. They even dried very quickly which is good when you’re having to use them day after day.
So far so good, mind it will most probably be a really dry year now I have bought them.