Sunday 28 May saw a group of Grayling Society members meet up for a day's fly fishing for wild brown trout on the river Dee.
The guys had a great day with over 90 fish caught and safely returned.
Thanks to Bala Angling for allowing us to use their waters and the Bryntirion Inn for their hospitality.
It was a pleasure to organise and host the day and will organise another later this year.
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.
Well I've been using the Redington Prowler boots for some weeks now and my first impressions are very favourable. They are well made, have a nice wide fit, are light and comfortable when worn all day and give good support and stability. They also dry fairly quickly which is important when using them in different catchments. I bought them one size bigger than my normal shoe size and they fit well. They retail at around £160, so not the cheapest out there but reasonably priced.
I enjoy wearing them and there is nothing I can be critical of. Great wading boots at a good price.
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.