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The weather today started warm, sunny and calm and visibility through the water was perfect with polarised glasses on. I started off on the afon (river) Tryweryn watching a small shoal of grayling ignore every fly I put across, over, under and in front of them. Dries, wets and nymphs in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours were either ignored or followed and rejected. Finally the wind picked up and the ensuing ripple prevented me from seeing my prey. In the ripple a solitary sedge was taken from the surface, a chance! After tying on a G&H sedge a cracking grayling took it on my second cast, success I'd got my first fish of the day.
In the afternoon I decided to try the Dee. There were occasional rise forms indicating that fish were feeding in spite of the low water (we really do need some rain). I decided on a two fly cast with a tungsten nymph on the point and a waterhen bloa on a short dropper. Within a few minutes a sea trout took off from the water vertically having taken the dropper and was not happy about it! I on the other hand I went home happy after a challenging but enjoyable day.
Wet flies and nymphs.
These patterns have been great for wild brownies, sewin and grayling.
*grayling nymphs tied by Karl Humphries
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
At last some rain!
I've been out on the river the last couple of days and the levels have been as low as I've ever seen them. The client I was with yesterday couldn't believe how warm the water felt.
There were a few sea trout visible in the deep pools but they've been there for some time and were in a fugue. The small wild browns were still up for some sport though!
I've been expecting rain all day and there have been a few drops but nothing more, but finally, at last, some serious rain. It started about an hour ago with an orchestra of thunder and a lightning spectacular, it's now settled to just good heavy rain that will soon be finding its way into lakes and tributaries and from there into the rivers.
I can visualise the local anglers getting their gear ready to get out onto the water tomorrow, and I'll be there too! If this keeps up the migratories will start to move again.
It's forecast to be dry tomorrow and Tuesday and then more rain on Wednesday and Thursday, here's hoping it's enough to fill the lakes and rivers!
I've had these waders for some time and really put them through some tough treatment both in the UK and abroad.
The verdict so far is very favourable, they have performed brilliantly in very hot conditions and some biting cold weather. They have stood up well to bramble, blackthorn, heat, cold and travel.
The Ikon Waders come with and without a zip front. I choose to use the ones without, but often roll the top down and use the shoulder straps as an additional waist belt. They have a good sized front chest pocket with waterproof zip on the outside and a inner zipped net pouch pocket. They are comfortable with plenty of room in them, robust and durable and good value.
What a difference a day makes! Yesterday I spent a very pleasant afternoon at Fort Belan helping a client with saltwater casts (and could he put a bend in a rod!). It was a sunny day with a slight onshore wind, a very nice day.
Today the weather was shocking. The temperature barely got into double figures, it's been lashing down (but the rivers needed the water) and the wind could knock a bulldozer over!
The small amount of rain we had a couple of days ago has passed through the system and the water levels have dropped back. Not great for the sea trout fishing but good for the wild brownies.
Tides are low with the neap in a couple of days time.
Today's forecast is for a dry but cool, breezy day. Personally I think we could see a little rain on the mountains.
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Slack Lines is a new blog to keep readers updated on fly fishing in and around North Wales.
News, views and reviews, weather, tides and river reports and my informal take on what's going on in and around the region.
I hope you'll find something of interest in the coming posts but please let me know what you think too.
A well know fly fishing guide and instructor John can often be found fishing or guiding on the Welsh Dee or passing his knowledge to others at game fairs and country shows.
Guided fly fishing trips on rivers, streams and upland lakes in Snowdonia. and surrounding areas of North Wales.
Fishing for summer & winter 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.