The dries were in and the bugs were out!

Over night rains put the local rivers out of action but there is always one or two cheeky fish that will rise in places so don’t let it beat you get out there and look for them spots! sometimes in can be very rewarding as you can see below! :)

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The river Taff below the house was up and brown due to the over night rains but this didn’t stop me and my mate Tony  from getting down there and seeing if we could winkey a few out in the conditions! The water clarity was very poor and there was debate on just saying bugger it and go home, but we kept at it looking and checking out the slack spots in the shallower runs. In this time we walked around a fair bit and as we were doing this a good steady hatch of blue wing olives started to hatch with a good number of august duns putting in appearance.  finally we found a few fish rising and i stuck 2 the dries and my mate stuck 2 the heavy metal bugging everything as he does ;)  check this  greedy stone loach out trying to eat my mates huge bug haha classic eyes way to big for its belly!SONY DSC

 

As i was saying i found fish rising so my setup was a 12ft tapperd leader going down to a 4lb point and at the end i tied on around 2ft of 1.40 stroft, ..love the stuff!. The dry that i tied on was a size 16 bwo pattern i tie, works well nothing to perfect but it works! didn’t take long and i was into the first fish and then the second and so on! was all good fun on the light tackle the 3wt took a beating because of the flow of the water, even the small fish put a hell of a bend in the rod that made things quite interesting until you had the fish under the tip i couldn’t tell how big they were really!

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I was surprised how many fish we both managed to catch in the rubbish conditions but was worth sticking it out for sure!. It was a tough few hours but well worth it!  Ill leave with a few photos below , hope you enjoy!

fishing the river Taff here is south Wales!

I didn’t have any plans to get out today due to having my son but my lovely wife finished work early and wanted peace and quiet so she sent me out with my fishing gear :) Result!!!

I know u live in there so just play ball please!

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I didn’t really go far i just went down below the house a few hundred yards and targeted the deeper and faster runs where the water is much more oxygenated because of the lower water conditions! it was quite hot out but the flies didn’t seem to mind and the trout and grayling we making the most of it! It was a lovely few hours out and quite succesful  too! trout and grayling fell to dries and nymphs so was quite fun changing over and playing around! Didnt get any photos of the graying due to the buggers flipping around so much as they do! but here are a few photos of the lovely trout of the river Taff here in south Wales! Can’t get much better than this surely!

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A new line: Cortland Fairplay

I called up to my local shop, Harvey Angling, a few week back in search of a new fly line. My line had just about given up the ghost and I had the first round of the Welsh Trials coming up. I have tried may different brands in both weight forward and double taper. There are so many different lines to choose from these days, all claiming to be the best. Where do you start in even trying to decide on a line?

For me, it’s important that a floating line lies straight and retains it’s straitness. There’s nothing more frustrating than buying a line that developed coils.

Looking through the selection of Rio, Airflo, Greys and many more, I decided on the Cortland Fairplay. Gareth the shop owner claimed he has had one of these on his reel for 7 years and it is as good as new. This is the first Fairplay I have bought

Back home, I putting the line on my reel, I felt my decision was the right one. The line felt smooth, and seemed to have no memory. What I also liked was the fact that the line has a very small amount of stretch. This is great as if the line ever sits on the spool for any length of time, you can easily give it a small stretch to remove any coils.

So off I went to the river to give it a go. I was surprised at how well the line cast. It felt slick and well balanced on my rod. My usual lines have been weight forward’s, this being a double taper naturally felt better on presentation. I also love the cream colour of the line as many others are very bright.

A few hours fishing dries and I can see why Gareth at Harvey Angling recommended this. I am sure I will have many, many trips with this line before considering a replacement.

Finally, the best bit about this line: It was only £20.00

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Cortland Fairplay double taper fly line

Don’t let the heat stop you fishing!

Well iv’e just become a Harvey Angling pro Team Member and its a great pleasure to be working with such a great local family business. Cheers Gar :)

I managed to get out for a few hours yesterday in this hot weather and try a few different methods to catch these sharp little buggers in this crazy weather we been having!  Hope the little bit of info helps you out on hot and bright days!

Below is a link to what i was up to and what method worked best for me!. check it out guys and girls :)

https://www.cliff-harvey-angling.co.uk/newsletter/fnewsletter.asp

I’ve been playing around tying small nymphs up on the new rang of  Gareth’s  new Hair and fur!

These are what ive come up with below :)

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Browns and Brook duns.

Well the Brook duns are out in force and about time to!

I manged to get out on the river for a few hours in the week after a bonkers morning so rang the boss and had the day off and after sorting a load of stuff out i hit the river for a few hours.

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I knew one of my mates was on the river that day so i made a quick call and met up with him and his butty. when i met them up around 11.30 the flies started to hatch and the day looked quit promising. Finally we caught sight of the brook duns taking off on the stones as we walked the river. In the  night  we had a fair amount of rain making the river quit cloudy but we knew it would clear over time and i always love fishing the river with a slight colour to it, it can be the best time to look for the larger fish on the move around and with good amounts of brook duns coming down the chances were in are favour :).

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As the hatch was well under way the trout started to go nuts and even the grayling got in on the action. Rob and Adrian were having a right ball taking fish left right and centre in a long pool. I held back just watching and spotting fish but my eye was set on something else. I just knew it would’nt be long and i would here that noise that makes the heart jump and the hand shake. GULP!!! :) took me a bit of time to pin point the bugger because there were a few fish rising on the far bank tight. i waited and watched and then i seen the bugger, i watched a brook dun come down and then that spotty nose pocket through the film of the water and that gulp noise and it was the end of the brook dun. I got myself into a good casting position and made the cast. as the fly went down it went all in slow motion and bang fish on,, cracking fight and what a lovely fish to catch.  It was a lovely 4lb 8oz brown :)

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As the fishing was going nuts i sat there just watching Rob and Adrian catching fish and having  great time, we headed up river just using the dries, was plenty of  bugging water but bit sick of chucking tungsten and with so many fish rising it was just pointless anyway!. Rob and Adrian took many fish  around the 2lb mark.. I didn’t have much time left after that so i had 2 head home to pick my son up from school so the boys followed and all in all it was a wild few hours fishing and was great to see a cracking Brook duns hatch for ones :) Rob below with some of the lovely browns he had!

 

 

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Hide and seek!

Last week i bought myself a video camera planning to make a few short videos on fish rising and hopefully a few other catching fish on the dries and nymphs.

For the last few days ive been walking the banks looking for big fish rising and i finally found what i was looking :) check out the video below and see this beast taking brookduns one after anther

After taking the video above watching this fine large brown trout feeding i turned the camera off and made my way to the spot where the fish was. The rod wasnt even set up so that was done in no time still watching the trout rising, but when it came to leader and tipped extra care was taken with trying the knots! didn’t want to hook it and have  knot slip or anything so it was ll down to me to get the cast right and to land the fish,, Well i manged to get the right cast and the trout took the fly sweet as a nut and what a ride it took me on.  after a while the trout come to the net  i made anther short video just before release,, cracking fish and what a lovely wild fish it was :)

video of the fish landed just before release :) Hog!