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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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About Time Really

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After sorting a few things out this morning I thought I would go and have a fish for a couple of hours, when I arrived down the river the water level had risen slightly as Llyn Clywedog is releasing water, there was a couple of guys worming and had next to no luck so they told me.

I set up with a dry sedge and a size 18 black nymph and quietly worked my way up stream, with in around 10 casts the dry dipped under and a grayling had taken the nymph, in the first run I hooked and landed 5 grayling but no trout, I had to turn round and go to another run as one of the wormers had set up camp at the top of my run, but never mind loads of water to fish, in the next run only 2 small grayling, but as I walked to the next run I noticed 4-5 fish just below an overhanging bush I put a longer cast up stream and let it drift down under the bush and dingo 4 fish in all and yet again all grayling, so I moved to a fast run to see if the trout were hanging about in the faster water but no just grayling again, so it was time to head for home.


A Multi Cultural Week.

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Well firstly it’s been a while but I have been very busy with one thing and another, but the guiding and casting instruction has been in full swing, the rivers of Wales are super low making the fishing a little harder than normal in May, it’s been quite interesting for me as no two days have been the same, one day good hatches and the next nothing.

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But both the Wye and the Severn have fished well considering the low water conditions, the main tactics are long light leaders and being quite stealthy in our approach, nymphs worked well on the Wye and strangely considering there weren’t many rises for this time of year dries worked the best on the Severn.

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Over the past week I have taken out gentlemen from America, Canada, Holland and Wales, very multi cultural and almost like the start of one of those old jokes,  a man from America, Canada, Holland and Wales walked into a pub !!


Before The Wind & Rain

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Well the wind and rain are on the way so I went and fished a few stretches of the river that I usually don’t go to, the run in the picture is very shallow and I have fished it many times with little success but I never say never, as I worked my way down the run it was dead, I have had small fish here but nothing very big, but then not a monster but a bigger than usual which was very pleasing, then another and another, for a change I caught around six nice fish just goes to show you should never ignore any water.

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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.


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.

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End Of Another Busy Week.

What a busy week guiding and doing casting instruction every day, it’s lovely to meet people from all walks of life, the weather has been a little mixed strong winds, cool days, warm days cloudy days and sunny days you name it we have had it.

Today I took out husband and Wife Dave and Susan, fair play to them both they picked basic casting  very quickly, Susan getting to grips with roll casting the quickest and Dave sorting the overhead very quickly, so we moved onto some fishing, it was a little bit of a shame as the weather looked perfect, very little wind and overcast but the fishing seemed a little slow, I demonstrated what Dave had to do with his nymphs and I caught a trout 3rd cast which I really wished Dave had caught, but he worked his way through a couple of runs and after several bites was rewarded with a brown trout, well he did have two on at the same time but one came off, Susan wasn’t as lucky and had several fish come to her fly but nothing stayed on, in the last 10 minutes Susan had her best chance she hooked a nice grayling on but it came off yet again.

Mind I thought the last week was busy I haven’t got a single day free in August and September is looking rather busy as well.