NEWS, VIEWS & REVIEWS FROM FLY FISHING SNOWDONIA
Looking back to this time last year the weather was very different. Not the dank, dreary, mild, wet stuff we've had recently, but dry, bright and cold, with low, gin clear rivers.
Kieran contacted me as he was keen to try his hand at fly fishing. We met on a bright but cold morning and spent a few hours on the river Dee. Quickly picking up the principles of fly casting and fishing Kieran was delighted to catch his first grayling.
Well done Kieran, a great result and an excellent morning, thanks for your company.
This father and son team had a productive day yesterday fishing the Dee for the first time. The Dee is low at the moment and it proved ideal for the youngster to get in the river and catch his first grayling. His father went on to catch another 11 rounding things up nicely to a dozen.
I really enjoy going fishing with a few mates but sometimes I really appreciate the solitude of fishing alone. Having time to switch off and enjoy the peace and quiet.
Simon had never fished the beat we visited over the weekend and was over the moon with the quality of the grayling fishing.
Wild brown trout are probably the fish I enjoy catching the most, very closely followed by grayling. For their weight brownies put up such a spirited struggle and they have the most beautiful markings. This one fell to the charms of a small dry caddis pattern.
I was fishing the middle section of the Dee yesterday near Bangor on Dee. It was raining heavily and the normally crystal clear water was well coloured.
I really didn't hold out much hope of catching and the first hour yielded no results. However as the morning progressed a few flies started coming off and there were sporadic rises to them. This provided a real confidence boost and shortly thereafter I'm netting my first fish. The weather improved a little after lunch and I continued to pick up the occasional fish. Then late afternoon the sun came out and the river came alive for about an hour with small hatches of mayfly and olives and a big hatch of caddis.
I ended the day having caught at least a dozen fish, I lose count quickly, mostly on a dry fly. The perfect end to a hard days fishing.
As the river Dee meanders it's 70 miles from Bala Lake (llyn Tegid in Welsh), in Snowdonia National Park, it changes its character several times. In places it's a raging boulder strewn freestone river, in others it has the appearance of a chalk stream with dense ranunculus beds and and yet other areas where the riverbed is silted offering habitat for the enigmatic mayfly (Ephemeroptera). The one constant on this ever changing river is the fly fishing opportunities for grayling, brown trout, sea trout (sewin) and salmon.
I spent a very pleasant day out on the river yesterday. My client had never fly fished a river before so has booked a few lessons to learn some basic river casting and fishing skills.
He did well and caught several fish, all on dry flies. I really good result considering the river is down on it's bones.
It's always good to get a photo of lamprey when you see a couple. These were at the top end of the Dee
A stunning river Dee brown trout caught on a size 20 Pale Watery pattern and returned to fight another day.
A client fishing the tail of a pool on the river Dee on the 1st day of December. Unseasonably cold, dry, still sunny days have led to low river levels and some good fishing, long may it continue.
This time last year the river and surrounding areas had been in flood for weeks.