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I've spent countless hours staring into my wildlife pond. Aquatic life is brutal! Yesterday I watched as the frog tadpoles found the toad spawn that had yet to hatch and ate most of it, I won't be seeing many baby toads this year. Today it was the tadpoles turn to suffer as the Odonata (dragonfly and damsel fly) and Coleoptera (beetle) larvae and Notonectidae (backswimmers) took their revenge. I feel sorry for the poor tadpoles that are caught by these remorseless predators and have their insides liquified and sucked out! It was a reminder that even though I have to tolerate the temporary inconvenience of the lockdown, life is good, and I have plenty to be thankful for.
We are coming to the end of week 3 of CORVID-19 lockdown. I've tied a million flies, not literally but more than enough to last me and my clients (when I eventually see them again) a good long time. I've sorted the veg patch, replaced loads of fence posts around our fields and spent hours practising my casting with a variety of rods and lines. I've now resorted to staring into my wildlife pond. With a mild winter and very warm spring it's been a good year for the amphibians, invertebrates and plants.
Today This beauty was found on my wife's van. The great diving beetle is a formidable creature, big and with armour plated wing covers and abdomen, hairy back legs which act as oars and at the business end mouthparts that look something off a horror movie. They eat other insects, crustaceans, tadpoles, snails, small fish and carrion. Tarsal claws capture prey and chewing mouthparts are used to tear pieces off any creature it captures.
A well known fly fishing guide and instructor John can often be found fishing or guiding on the Welsh Dee or passing his knowledge to others at game fairs and country shows.
guided fly fishing in North Wales
Guided fly fishing trips on rivers, streams and upland lakes in Snowdonia. and surrounding areas of North Wales.
Fishing for summer & winter grayling and wild brown trout.in the spectacular, tranquil countryside that is Snowdonia National Park.
Fly fishing lessons in North Wales
Fly fishing and casting lessons for beginners. Casting fault analysis, single handed spey, slack line and presentation casting tuition for more experienced fly fishers.
Develop your watercraft skills on freestone rivers and upland lakes.