Finally a day on the grayling

The conditions are great but the levels are not, the Taff has been holding its high level for weeks but it’s nice and clear and all you can do is fish the inside line in most pools with a fair bit of dodgy wading. Bit cold for swimming this time of year so much care is taken and with shore footing!

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I’ve been catching quite well and enjoying catching the small grayling in the shallower waters close to the banks but now and again you find a few fat pigs hiding in a hole :)  bloody Grayling are stuffed solid and I think a few that I have caught have been quite close to bursting haha  food must be plenty in there! Good news for all!

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I’m quite impressed on the condition of the grayling this year and its great to see them in good numbers in all sizes once again! Like everything it has it’s ups and down but the Taff hasn’t really had a good grayling year for a few years.

Tactics! I’ve been mostly working the inside of the fast runs due to the higher water levels, grayling like to just sit off the main flow darting in and out picking off food passing so less energy is used! Sp, target the slower water out of the main flow, this can prove deadly but don’t forget the fast water entirely. Everywhere is worth trying!. In the colder months of winter, grayling can be very picky on where they lay, they move around a lot. In the morning they can be right in the tails of pools and in the afternoon they can move right into the heads of the pool in a foot of water or less feeding hard. Some people can make the mistake of walking through this water and I have many of times thinking they are just not there, take the time to work the water’s and it will pay off in the end!

This fish below was caught in a tail end of a deep pool using the French leader with the two nymph setup. Tippet 1.80kg stroft. length around 4 half feet from the indicator to the point fly. dropper tied on around 20″ above point fly! Nymphs… Point fly 3.5m hotspot hairs ear jig and on the dropper a 3m copper olive caddis pattern, this was the fly that fooled the grayling below!

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DSCF1151All in all it was a cracking day and many fish fell to both of the flies shown above so get tying if you haven’t got them in your box! Not done much on here for sometime, sorry about that people but I will be back on track from now on! cheers for checking in guys and girls :)

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Trying the new camera out!

Bought a new toy a few weeks back, FinePix  XP 70 but god it’s not as easy to use as I thought it was going to be :S

It has got Video editing on the camera and after a lot of trail and error I come up with this below! Bear with me  guys, it’s a work in progress!  Got a few new posts under work and a load of fly patterns coming up soon so to :)

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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