NEWS, VIEWS & REVIEWS FROM FLY FISHING SNOWDONIA
Now I freely admit that Euro/Czech/French (call it what you will) nymphing isn't my favourite way to catch grayling, but it can be effective.
Personally I like to cast a fly line when I'm fishing and get as much pleasure casting as I do catching fish, and tossing a team of nymphs just doesn't do it for me, I find nymphing boring (there I said it)!
But it is a very useful tool to have in your angling armoury and when the fish are in deep fast water it's a technique I employ to great effect.
Had a few hours on the river Dee yesterday, for most of the time it was lashing down with rain and a biting cold wind was blowing but the colder weather encouraged the fish to feed. Most were smaller grayling and 'spotties' but all were lively and good sport
Grayling are a surprisingly delicate fish, they fight hard but it takes a lot out of them.
Please handle them with care, respect and minimise their time out of water, give them time to recover whilst supporting them and allow them to swim away under their own steam. Do not pull them backwards as this forces water through their gills the wrong way and can lead to foreign bodies entering their gill covers.
I now use a chest mounted GoPro that allows me to take pictures or videos without having to mess about with a hand held camera.
Well the weather up here is changing and getting a little cooler.
On Sunday I was fishing around Bangor on Dee with a mate, the sky was overcast and there was a definite nip in the air when we started fishing. We were quickly off to a good start with grayling and 'spotties' keen to take a fly. I was fishing a team of spiders and Craig fishing a single dry.
By lunchtime we'd both caught into double figures and after a well deserved break we were off for round two. Unfortunately during lunch the cloud burnt off, the sun came out, temperature soared and the fish quickly lost their appetite.
There are many arguments within the angling community about otters. Love them or hate them they are here to stay and we need to live with them.
Cards on table, I really like the little critters. and feel privileged when I see one and feel they have a greater right than I to catch fish, I do it for sport they do it to live.
On Saturday I had the pleasure to watch one feeding for several minutes unbothered by my presence. A few minutes later I entered the river and was rewarded with a large grayling. The Welsh Dee is a very productive river and there's room for anglers and the resident otters.
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Well the 2018 - 19 got off to a great start. Whilst it was a wet day it was most definitely not a damp squib. The river levels are still low but the water temperature has dropped bringing the fish out of their stupor. In amongst the profusion of salmon parr and small brownies were some large 'ladies of the stream' with a hunger that needed to be satisfied.
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.
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!
A beautifully marked winter grayling caught on the river Dove. The weather was dry with a cooling wind and the water though very clear was bitter cold. The fishing was tough going and served as a reminder that summer grayling fishing is a whole lot more enjoyable!
Fly fishing for grayling can produce great results. This wonderful fish was caught on a size 20 dry fly.
I've been tying a few dry flies that I've found to be exceptionally good for grayling, but also wild brown trout. I don't know if this fly has a name, I call it the NG (Nifty Gnat), apologies if anyone out there has already put a name to this pattern. If you have let me know and I'll credit you.
It's dead easy to tie and and very effective, it's a variant of a Shipman's buzzer and Griffith's gnat all rolled into one:
Hook size: I tie them on sizes 16 down to 20
Thread: Claret with diameter to suit hook size
Breathers: Poly yarn (I've also used foam)
Hackle: Purple (or grizzle) cape top
I love fishing the Dee, I use the river a lot when guiding with clients, but always enjoy it when I'm on the business end of the rod!
I was out yesterday with a friend; the weather was perfect, cool, sunny and very little wind. There were some serious hatches of very small flies but few fish were rising. Fishing with spider patterns returned poor results so I switched to a small dry fly.
The pattern is one of my own making and is proving to be highly effective. I'm not aware of this fly having a name so I call it the Nifty Gnat (see post above for details).
Well I exaggerate not, the fly was awesome, having tried a couple of others that proved lacklustre I tied on a single 'Nifty Gnat' and the takes came fast and furious. My friend, fishing a black parachute pattern with little success, was looking decidedly sick at my change of future. When we moved to a different beat I handed him my rod (I built this on an Epic fibreglass blank and fish with little else on the river) complete with fly and low and behold he too started catching on it.
Well, the weather today was cooler, very windy, but bright and sunny.
I caught a bucket load of salmon parr, it's great to see so many in the river, and in between their splashy little rises to the sporadic hatches and wind blow terrestrials there were bigger fish gently sipping flies from the surface. It amazes me how fish see bugs in among the masses of dead and dying leaves that are blanketing the surface.
I cast a dry fly across one of these rises and a fish takes it, a big fish, it's a grayling and after a tussle it sheds the hook. I carry on down stream and continue to catch parr and smaller grayling. At the bottom of the beat I walk back upstream and gently enter the water again. I wait, and see the big fella is back on station and feeding again. Not wanting to spook it I tie on a small emerger and after a couple of casts it takes it and this time I bring it to the net, and it's a cracking fish!
Guided fly fishing trips on rivers and upland lakes of Snowdonia. and surrounding areas of North Wales.
Fishing for grayling and wild brown trout.in the spectacular, tranquil countryside that is Snowdonia National Park.
Fly fishing and casting lessons for beginners. Casting fault analysis, single handed spey, slack line and presentation casting tuition for more experienced fly fishers.
Develop your watercraft skills on freestone rivers and upland lakes.