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Mixed Weather But Great Results.


Well today was another mixed weather day sunshine wind, rain a good Welsh mix, today I had Chris with me a coarse angler wanting to learn the gentle art of fly fishing, to be fair Chris was a joy to teach picking everything up really quickly, roll cast, off both shoulders, overhead cast, shooting line and false casting it all came very easily to him, we spent a couple of hours at the casting, then a spot of lunch and onto the fishing I showed Chris a basic nymphing tactic and away we went a little bit of practise in a shallow run to get used to what he had to do the Chris moved down into slightly deeper water and the fish started to come first a couple of grayling, then a nice trout around three quarters of a pound, on the next cast a lovely grayling but it came off but luckily Chris got a good look at it, as we slowly moved down  the run it seemed fish after fish several trout around the pound mark so well worth putting up with the odd rain shower.

CA Trout

Were Never Happy !


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.

The Sun’s Out


I had the Hassel family come for a fish on the river with me, father and his two sons days like this are always special to me as I used to love the days I spent fishing with my farther and brothers, for a change it was quite a nice day a little breezy but warm sunshine and blue skies, one fly in the ointment is the river is supper low and clear but a lot nicer than the gales and freezing cold weather of late, so presentation would be key for success.

The day started of with a little casting practise so they could get back in the swing of things as they hadn’t fished in a while and then onto some fishing, I set them all up in a similar way but all slightly different, all on nymphs one on duo, one on just two nymphs and the last one on a French style of nymphing, to be fair everyone caught fish if some of them were a little small side, the best fish caught was a grayling in some really fast water which weighed around a pound.

Some clients who come and spend a day with me have some really nice toys, I think this was no exception.


Sad To See


Out today looking for a brown trout unfortunately not one wanted to come and play with me, but the grayling were thinking more about eating than breeding, nearly every run had a grayling in it, it was a real shame to come across the fish in the pictures, not sure if it was from a cormorant/goosander or possible an otter but she had had rather a hard time of it, with battle scars and a lot of it’s tail missing.


Mind I did see this furry little fella on the opposite bank a little further up stream, I quite like to see otters about just not so keen on the flying fish eating machines.



A Little Bit Chilly Today


Well to day started off a little on the chilly side, minus one with a bit of breeze blowing so what the actual temp was I have no idea, but it was safe to say it was cold.

Today I was showing Tony winter nymphing techniques, Tony told me how he was struggling with longer rods and when fishing weighted nymphs how they keep snaging the bottom all the time, as the river had now dropped to a summer level I thought we would use a French setup with a sliding braid indicator and three nymphs, showing Tony how to fish this technique by tossing the nymphs approx. forty five degrees up stream and keeping the nymphs moving at the pace of the water to give them good presentation and if the nymphs snagged the bottom how to help them through there drift by slightly leading them, which helps to stop the snagging every cast, so after a quick demo it was over to Tony ( I have taken Tony out fishing many times and he is a good fisherman and quick learner )his casting was spot on and the drift through was working well and with the slight leading of the flies Tony notices straight away the lack of snags/false bites from the bottom but after around ten minutes he did have a bite and not of a snag a lovely looking grayling which stayed on for around ten seconds and then it came off, but shortly afterward Tony was into another fish this time it stayed on and a nice fish around 2 lbs, then another this time a out of season brown trout and with in ten casts another trout, for a rather cold windy day Tony was having quite a good day I think six fish landed and two fish lost.

What Tony Thought Of His Lesson.

Had a great coaching session today on nymphing with a long French leader. Whilst I’ve fly fished for many years, Andrew has always been able to help me to both brush up my fishing techniques and learn new ones with his patience and good humour. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Andrew’s services to a newcomer to fly fishing or the more experienced angler who would like to improve their skills. Tony


Making The Most Of It !!


Another interesting day on the river no sunshine today just dull and cold, also the fishing seemed a little harder, mind it wasn’t made very easy by the amount of goosanders and cormorants that I saw. not a good sign at all, I really don’t know how our rivers can cope with all the predation pressure, the one good thing is that the fish I caught all seemed in good condition.


Slight predation mark on the back of this fish, lucky escape for this lady of the stream.

Perhaps Not This Season


Well the rain is back, non stop yesterday and still raining this morning, so the river is out again so I don’t think I will be finding a fish like the one above any time soon, the river has been fishable for four days in three months and just started to look good and then blown out again, must stop complaining and find something to do while I wait to go fishing again.