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.
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.
This father and son team had a productive day yesterday fishing the Dee for the first time. The Dee is low at the moment and it proved ideal for the youngster to get in the river and catch his first grayling. His father went on to catch another 11 rounding things up nicely to a dozen.
I really enjoy going fishing with a few mates but sometimes I really appreciate the solitude of fishing alone. Having time to switch off and enjoy the peace and quiet.
Simon had never fished the beat we visited over the weekend and was over the moon with the quality of the grayling fishing.
Wild brown trout are probably the fish I enjoy catching the most, very closely followed by grayling. For their weight brownies put up such a spirited struggle and they have the most beautiful markings. This one fell to the charms of a small dry caddis pattern.
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.