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.
As we approach the winter solstice I'm beginning to look forward to early March, with longer days and the start of the trout season. I always enjoy getting back onto the upland lakes to chase a few wild brownies.
Snowdonia, a great place to fish for grayling. No special tackle is needed, if you fly fish for trout you probably have all you need to fish for grayling. If you've never done it give it a try, it's addictive!
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.
What a stonking days fishing today! There is evidence that fishing during new moon and full moon cycles (even during the day) can be more productive than other times. Well I've got to tell you I believe it!
There was a full moon last night and the fishing today was amazing. Granted it was a slow start but at lunch time the fish started a feeding frenzy.
as usual I had the river to myself and In less than 3 hours I caught at least 15 grayling, I lost count after that. Most of these were smaller fish around 250mm, one measured over 300mm and the biggest was a monster (I couldn't get the whole fish in the photo)!
A fantastic day's sport and one I'll remember for a long time.
The grayling fishing in Snowdonia is stunning and as good as you'll find anywhere. The smile on this clients face says it all!