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.
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.
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.
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.
Well the weather forecast was terrible for today, but when I meet Charles at the river it was rather cold but dry, Charles was happy to have a go and see what the fishing was going to be like and also for a very pleasant change we would be fishing with split cane, a Sharpes Scottie it would have been even better if we were on dries. but the sudden drop in temp meant nothing could be seen rising so nymphs it is.
I set Charles with a couple of small nymphs and we started working up a lovely looking run and within a handful of cast and lovely grayling had taken a little black caddis pattern, then a nice trout around 3/4 of a pound, the way the forecast was I thought the day wasn’t going to be as bad as I first thought, a short while later Charles missed a couple of fish and then lost what looked like a very nice fish, so now it was time for a move, we walked along the river and decided to fish a nice looking pool as Charles fished his way up the pool and hooked into the best fish of the day a trout around 1 3/4 Lbs + and certainly did make the old cane bend, by now I could see the odd fish moving on the surface but nothing in the air and nothing on the water surface, so we tried emergers, nothing looked at them but the odd fish would still rise, I looked and looked and still couldn’t see any insects, so as a last-ditch effort to get a fish on the dry I thought I would put a very small black gnat type fly on and bingo a grayling came up from the depths and the cane was bent over again, the only problem we had now was the wind and rain poor old Charles was freezing and had enough for one day.