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Beautiful richly coloured and spotted, well muscled and fighting fit.
These fell to the charms of a slowly retrieved CDC brown sedge.
At last some rain!
I've been out on the river the last couple of days and the levels have been as low as I've ever seen them. The client I was with yesterday couldn't believe how warm the water felt.
There were a few sea trout visible in the deep pools but they've been there for some time and were in a fugue. The small wild browns were still up for some sport though!
I've been expecting rain all day and there have been a few drops but nothing more, but finally, at last, some serious rain. It started about an hour ago with an orchestra of thunder and a lightning spectacular, it's now settled to just good heavy rain that will soon be finding its way into lakes and tributaries and from there into the rivers.
I can visualise the local anglers getting their gear ready to get out onto the water tomorrow, and I'll be there too! If this keeps up the migratories will start to move again.
It's forecast to be dry tomorrow and Tuesday and then more rain on Wednesday and Thursday, here's hoping it's enough to fill the lakes and rivers!
The Vipu 8' 4wt is an understated, yet nicely finished rod. Vision have not gone for glitz but simplicity.
This 4 piece rod (nice to see it in a 4 piece) is finished with double leg snake guides and a dark brown finish. The reel seat is black with a dark brown, striped tigerwood inset. It comes with a very substantial round rod tube. The cork does have filler in it but if there is going to be a compromise then this is one I can live with. The action is medium fast making it a nice all rounder. This little rod casts a short delicate line with ease but has the backbone to cast a line in excess of 70ft too. This is a lot of rod for the money (around £95) and I often use on smaller rivers and mountain lakes. It's also travelled with me a few times as it easily fits in my luggage and is not too expensive if it gets bust or lost. I've tried the 9' 6wt but was not so impressed with that. It felt dull and lifeless and I was glad to give it back.
If you are looking for a small 4 wt I'd snap one of these up before Vision realise how good they are and put the price up.
I said in my original post, below, that this was a 'timeless classic'. Well it looks like it's time is up!
Such a shame this reel has been discontinued, it was one of my favourite reels and if Vision had any vision they would bring it back.
The Vision GT reel is a timeless classic combining quality, elegance and functionality. It not only looks good but has features only found on much more expensive reels.
The disc drag will not only stop a rampant mule but has a waterproof seal, this combined with the triple anodised bronze finish makes the reel salt water resistant. The GT is machined from a single chunk of bar stock high grade aluminium and is very sturdy. The silent retrieve is complimented by a subdued, comforting click when line is pulled from the reel and the soft polyurethane handle is comfortable when fishing in cold climes. The reel comes with a neoprene case and spare spools won't break the bank. All in all a superb reel and great value for money.
Personally I really like these reels. I have more expensive reels but still turn to my trusty Vision GT; small, light but sturdy, well made, attractive and nice to hold
From July 2012:
Now this is a cracking rod! The 9' 6wt is stunning. The rod is a mid tip action but with a fast recovery. Casting is effortless whether it's a delicate short cast or a haul into the distance, this is definitely a rod that will do all the work.
Its simple and understated dark green colour and burl wood reel seat if finished with Pacific Bay gold coloured guides. The cork handle has no discernible filler and fits the hand nicely.
It's a shame it's a 3 piece rod (wonder why it's called GT4!), I prefer 4 piece rods as they are easier to transport, but that's not a big enough concern to stop me recommending it.
The retail price is very keen and this rod will compete with others twice the price. If you want an all round rod that looks good and will compete with more expensive brands look no further.
2015 - This rod is now discontinued, a real shame as it was one of the best rods I've owned.
When I was introduced to the Triangle Taper Nymph line in about 2011 getting hold of them in this country wasn't easy and in desperation I phoned Royal Wulff and had a couple sent from the States.
It was well worth the hassle as they are a stunning line to use. The head section is heavy and with the help of the superslick J3 coating the line zings through the guides to sit memory free high on the water. The line is a bright, but not fluorescent, yellow and easily seen on a dull day.
I bought these to use, primarily, when spey casting a single handed rod, and it fits the bill perfectly. I've tried several lines but the TTNF (Triangle Taper Nymph Floating) is the best line I've found for this application. Now this is a heavy line with a short head and the weight and its distribution is ideal for roll casts and spey casts. However when overhead casting there is a need to compensate accordingly. Be aware of the head weight and short rear taper or else you could find the line dropping too low in the back cast . This lines can be found more easily in the UK now and are finding a devoted following. I've had my original lines for over 6 years, I still use them regularly and they have stood up well to some rough handling . I really like these lines and recommend them.
I occasionally get asked what's the difference between fly lines. There are so many different lines on the market the choice can be bewildering.
The Barrio GT range (GT 90 and GT125) may help those scratching their heads about what line to choose. These lines have a fairly conventional front taper and belly but a very long rear taper. This offers a good deal of casting versatility from short to long distance casting and everything in between. I use the 4wt and 6wt and am impressed with their lack of memory and shooting ability and the extended rear taper allows a good deal of line to be aerialised. GT90 comes in a stealthy green colour and the GT125 in orange or cream.
If you want an all purpose line one of these should fit the bill.
The lines are very reasonably priced and are posted out very promptly, I've never had to wait more that 2 days for delivery.
To sum up; good lines, great prices and excellent service.
The last couple of pairs of wading boots I've had have been heavy, more suited to deep sea diving than wading! The Vision Hopper boots are a very different proposition. They are light and very bright, you may forget you have them on but you won't loose them in a hurry!
I've walked miles in these - both in and out of water - and can say without doubt they are comfortable and easy to wear. They come with Vibram soles and studs or felt ( I prefer the Vibram). Even though the drain holes are small they do not retain water and dry quickly. A nice, no nonsense pair of boots.
I've had these waders for some time and really put them through some tough treatment both in the UK and abroad.
The verdict so far is very favourable, they have performed brilliantly in very hot conditions and some biting cold weather. They have stood up well to bramble, blackthorn, heat, cold and travel.
The Ikon Waders come with and without a zip front. I choose to use the ones without, but often roll the top down and use the shoulder straps as an additional waist belt. They have a good sized front chest pocket with waterproof zip on the outside and a inner zipped net pouch pocket. They are comfortable with plenty of room in them, robust and durable and good value.
Another good day on the river today. The water is barely a few inches deep in places but that is not stopping the fish taking full advantage of the plentiful food, clouds of sedge, gnat and the ubiquitous Caenis before retreating to the deeper pools.
I had fears earlier in the year that the rivers would struggle to recover from the dreadful winter and spring which saw extended periods of freezing conditions and frequent floods that moved physical structures and gravel beds. I'm pleased to say my fears were unfounded. The rivers are looking really good, crystal clear with plenty of Ranunculus offering all important cover.
Just a few weeks ago I was whinging about the weather. Well we've had 2 weeks of unending clear skies and temperatures in the mid to high 20s, brilliant! The great thing about this region is that there is almost always a breeze so we don't get the stuffy, energy sapping humidity that is often found elsewhere.
The river levels are at the bottom end of their normal range, but that and the heat has not stopped the fish from feeding. There is plenty, veritable clouds, of insect life, both aquatic and terrestrial and the fish have not been slow in mopping up as they can.
I had a few hours on the river this afternoon and caught a couple of stunning wild brownies, and missed a few more.
So all in all I'm enjoying myself at the moment. Long may it continue!
A cracking day at Dwarchen for this client as he bends his rod into yet another wild brownie bring the total to 4 fish in 3 hours, and obviously another one or two got away!
What a difference a day makes! Yesterday I spent a very pleasant afternoon at Fort Belan helping a client with saltwater casts (and could he put a bend in a rod!). It was a sunny day with a slight onshore wind, a very nice day.
Today the weather was shocking. The temperature barely got into double figures, it's been lashing down (but the rivers needed the water) and the wind could knock a bulldozer over!
A well know 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 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.
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