Bank holiday Monday and the weather is stunning. Hot, dry and a slight breeze. Perfect for hiking up to a mountain lake for a spot of fishing. These are some of the stunningly coloured and hard fighting little fish. Take a look at the size of their tails and the beautifully marked fins.
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Royston was not only blown away by the scenery and location but couldn't believe the battle the rainbows put up.
This once snatched an Ace of Spades of the top the moment it touched the water. Safely returned this one will live to fight another day.
Willem, a visitor to North Wales from Belgium, was delighted with his morning out in search of wild brown trout. After a wet, cold and windy start to the day the weather broke, temperatures rose and a few fish started to rise to the sporadic sedge hatch. Willem soon started bringing these spirited mini torpedos to the net. This was the first of Willem's treasure trove, a silver sedge proved irresistible to this stunning red speckled bar of gold.
Well done Willem.
A few weeks ago I had the good fortune to cast an A Jensen saltwater rod. So impressed was I that I immediately contacted the company to find out more.
As a result of a number of emails back and forth I decided to try their Trophy Specialist.
This is an 8wt, 8ft, 4 piece rod that was designed for marine sea trout fishing in Scandinavia but I want it for bass and pike. I was surprised at just how light and responsive the rod felt, I actually tried a 6wt line to start with as I struggled to believe this remarkable little rod would handle anything bigger, but it does and with gusto!
On my scales it weighed 115 grams, which is a little heavier that the advertised weight. It's a 4 piece that comes with alignment dots on each section. It has a very nice matt green finish (I like a matt finish) with a couple of stripper guides and large, sturdy twin legged snake guides. The full wells cork handle is a good quality with little filler and composite cork detail at the ends. The fighting butt is similarly finished and the reel seat is black aerospace aluminium and dark green carbon. The cordura rod tube is extremely sturdy and the rod sock is so bright you'll struggle to lose it.
The rods shouts simplicity and oozes quality.
In the hand the rod feels light and delicate, yet as soon as it's called upon to perform it does so, delivering high line speed, tight loops and long casts. This rod really is a beauty, and a beast!
At the time of writing Jensen rods are not available at UK retailers
I love fishing the upland lakes. The peace and solitude, stunning scenery and great fishing always reminds me how fortunate I am to live in such a beautiful region.
The quality and spirit of the wild brownies always brings a smile to my face and the joy of returning them is as great as the thrill of catching them.
My fly line preference is for a profile with a continuous front taper. There are a number of these on the market and some are better that others. I really like the Royal Wulff Triangle Taper Nymph (previously reviewed), The Rio Single Handed Spey and Barrio SLX. Each have their own combination of compound tapers but all fundamentally act in the same way. They have a fairly short, continuously tapered heavy head with the bulk of the weight at the back. This makes for a great line for roll and spey casting and gives the opportunity to shoot a considerable length of line when overhead casting.
The big difference is the price and quality. The SLX doesn't come with welded loops (I always cut these off anyway) and the duo colour isn't as good as it could be. The colours bleed into each other and don't clearly define the end of the head. But it's almost half the price of the competition and really good value.
The SLX features a head length of approx 33 ft with a series of compound tapers, a short belly and short rear taper . It's designed to be heavy on the scales, but feel light in the air. However be aware when overhead casting that this is a heavy line and compensate accordingly.
The SLX has two colour options, an orange head with tan running line and an olive head with cream running line.
This is a good line at a very reasonable price, I use it for fishing, instructing and casting demonstrations, and frequently recommend it to clients. I have found the service from Mike Barrio to be excellent and lines are usually delivered within a day or two of ordering.