NEWS, VIEWS & REVIEWS FROM FLY FISHING SNOWDONIA
There are many arguments within the angling community about otters. Love them or hate them they are here to stay and we need to live with them.
Cards on table, I really like the little critters. and feel privileged when I see one and feel they have a greater right than I to catch fish, I do it for sport they do it to live.
On Saturday I had the pleasure to watch one feeding for several minutes unbothered by my presence. A few minutes later I entered the river and was rewarded with a large grayling. The Welsh Dee is a very productive river and there's room for anglers and the resident otters.
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Well the 2018 - 19 got off to a great start. Whilst it was a wet day it was most definitely not a damp squib. The river levels are still low but the water temperature has dropped bringing the fish out of their stupor. In amongst the profusion of salmon parr and small brownies were some large 'ladies of the stream' with a hunger that needed to be satisfied.
Simon had never fished the beat we visited over the weekend and was over the moon with the quality of the grayling fishing.
A beautifully marked winter grayling caught on the river Dove. The weather was dry with a cooling wind and the water though very clear was bitter cold. The fishing was tough going and served as a reminder that summer grayling fishing is a whole lot more enjoyable!
Fly fishing for grayling can produce great results. This wonderful fish was caught on a size 20 dry fly.
I love fishing the Dee, I use the river a lot when guiding with clients, but always enjoy it when I'm on the business end of the rod!
I was out yesterday with a friend; the weather was perfect, cool, sunny and very little wind. There were some serious hatches of very small flies but few fish were rising. Fishing with spider patterns returned poor results so I switched to a small dry fly.
The pattern is one of my own making and is proving to be highly effective. I'm not aware of this fly having a name so I call it the Nifty Gnat (see post above for details).
Well I exaggerate not, the fly was awesome, having tried a couple of others that proved lacklustre I tied on a single 'Nifty Gnat' and the takes came fast and furious. My friend, fishing a black parachute pattern with little success, was looking decidedly sick at my change of future. When we moved to a different beat I handed him my rod (I built this on an Epic fibreglass blank and fish with little else on the river) complete with fly and low and behold he too started catching on it.
Out fishing with Deepak last week and he so wanted to catch a grayling. Well we did better than that. His final tally was 5, with a couple of sizable fish, and a few that got away.
He was so excited on catching his first ever grayling he insisted on taking me to the local pub for lunch to celebrate!
I had a good day out on the Dee with Willem, from Belgium. He'd not fished the river before but soon got into catching grayling on a dry fly, his final total was in excess of 10 caught and as many misses.
I've promised him a day on a remote mountain lake chasing wild brownies the next time he's over.
Kai, from Germany, was visiting Snowdonia and had never been fly fishing before so thought he'd have a go. After catching a few smaller fish, and missing a few move, he successfully brought a cracking grayling to the net. Kai tells me he's definitely taking up fly fishing when he returns home.
Apologies to clients that were hoping to fish the last couple of months. November and December 2015 saw unprecedented rainfall in this region with some rivers exceeding their previous record high levels.
In the 10 years I've lived here I've not seen rainfall and river levels consistently so high. It was the wettest December on record for Wales, and don't I know it!
However the long range forecast suggests the rain may diminish giving way to drier colder weather next week so I very much hope that grayling fishing will resume shortly.