Kieran contacted me as he was keen to try his hand at fly fishing. We met on a bright but cold morning and spent a few hours on the river Dee. Quickly picking up the principles of fly casting and fishing Kieran was delighted to catch his first grayling.
Well done Kieran, a great result and an excellent morning, thanks for your company.
Fly fishing for coarse species is great sport when game fish are out of season.
This lovely perch, one of a few that took a teal and blue pattern.
The Tactical Pro 9' #5/6 has an anodised aluminium up locking reel seat, AAA cork reverse half wells grip and is built on a matt black blank, with Fuji SIC and REC Recoil TM titanium/nickel guides. Black whipping with a turn of red thread and white alignment dots pick out the joints and make for a no nonsense, professional finish.
I wanted a new rod to use when giving lessons and casting demonstrations and the Marryat Tactical Pro fits the bill nicely. The rod is light and responsive with a fast recovery but a smooth progressive action that allows for nice loops at low speed and elegant presentation casts. When a long line is aerialised the rod bends into the butt and delivers distance with ease.
Historically I've tended to give demonstrations with a 'casting tool' not a rod I'd fish with, however I enjoy fishing with the Tactical Pro too. It's non reflective finish and progressive action is perfect for rivers and stillwaters delivering a fly with delicate precision at close range and having enough grunt to effortlessly cast a whole flyline (if that's your thing).
I have only two negative points: 1) The grip is a little too thick for my liking, but 30 minutes with a fine sandpaper sorted that out. 2) The rod tube is square with a zipped flap, square tubes are more easily crushed and the zipped flap offers little protection at the end (but my rods are probably more susceptible to damage than a recreational anglers).
These are small niggles and it certainly wouldn't stop me from recommending this rod, it's really very good, it fact it's excellent.
Retail price at time of writing £500
Available from www.flytyingcompany.co.uk
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The weather has been wet and windy, the rivers full to the brim, and full of dead leaves. As autumn moves towards winter the grayling begin to shoal and hunker down so finding them can be more challenging. But when they are finally located the sport is excellent.
Well the brown trout season is over for another year and here's a couple from my last day caught on a mini streamer pattern.
A really enjoyable afternoon fishing off the coast of Anglesey. It was hard work and we covered a lot of water but the effort was worth it catching mackerel, bass and wrasse.
Dulas Island, approx. 1.5 miles off the coast of Anglesey, a haven for seals and sea birds. The tower was built in 1821 as a shelter and food store for shipwrecked seamen.
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!