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!
All anglers know that your fishing clothing is probably the biggest factor between having an enjoyable day or a disaster whilst on the water.Layering and dressing to the conditions is only the first part in keeping warm and comfortable, retaining the heat is a different matter. Heat can be lost easily from open chest zips or loose fit collars. Your face is the most sensitive part of your body whilst out on the water, attracting harmful UV rays which are in effect doubled from most UV rays being deflected from the surface mass.
Buffs have been popular among outdoor enthusiasts for years and this simple yet clever tubular designed garment is now targeting fishermen with their properties blocking 95% of harmful UV rays. This seamless piece of clothing is designed to be worn a variety of ways and offers protection from UV radiation as well as a number of other uses. Fishtec have now taken stock of both Original and Anglers BUFFs. Available in some great textured patterns and some favourite fish scale pattern, the Original and Anglers series really stand out from the crowd. Original BUFF Headwear – ORIGINAL BUFF® is a multifunctional tubular accessory ideal for many activities. Designed to keep you warm in the cold, Original Buff® will also wick moisture (sweat) away from your skin to keep you cool when it’s hot.
Anglers BUFF Headwear – The Angler Series High UV Protection Buff® made with Coolmax Extreme fabric; a four-channel fibre that forms a transport system to pull moisture away from the skin to outer layers of the fabric. It dries faster than any other fabric, thermoregulating the body.
Post written by Kieron Jenkins of fishing tackle retailer, Fishtec.
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.