Im so glad that the weather made improvement from raining hard most of the weekend and giving me the chance to wet a fly before I had to back to work on Monday.
Waking up this morning and seeing the weather had broken I was relieved to say the least. It felt like the rain was never going to stop and i was thinking no fishing this weekend for me.. After a quick coffee and putting the gear on i was on my way to the Rhondda around 7 am. Before i entered the Rhondda i give the Taff a quick look to see how the old girl was running. She was still pushing a fair bit of flood water and a fair bit of colour also. Unfishable really. The Rhondda was in much better shape but still running with a good force but clear. I know after a good flood and dropping water it can be unbelievable fishing on times. As usual i had my both rods with me, My greys 10ft 3wt and the greys 8ft 4wt. Im known as two rod Terry around these parts:) I feel naked with only one so even if i don’t use its always with me. French leader set on the 10ft and the dry on the other. With so much water i put a 3.5m gold head hairs ear on the point and on the dropper a 2.8m P.TN vereant
Starting off with the french leader i picked my way up river very gingerly fishing all the slack water i could find and placing my feet as careful as i could, i didn’t want a wetting and didn’t fancy taking a swim either. I come to a very fast deep run and made my way across the river so i could fish the slack part behind a few submerged boulders where if i was a trout ide be hiding. I set my video cam on and thought ide show you a few videos using the french leader with good success.
After making these short videos i made my way up river a little further to the slower water hoping that there might be a fish or two on the fin, at this time there were a few B.W.O on the water so i was betting there was. But before i got to the slower waters i see a lovely rise on the far side of a fast run, just beside a huge rock. I had a size 14 olive pattern on well hackled for the fast water so you can pick it out easily. Getting myself into a good position i mad a few casts to judge the distance and flow. Atter getting it right after a few casts,well more than a few cast i managed to fool him. Here he is below
Well the way it was going i thought it just couldnt get better. (WELL THATS WHAT I THOUGHT) Trout started to rise in good numbers all down to the better hatch of olives on the water and i was steadily making good numbers. This is why i like to use two rods because you can change over with no bother at all. As i was making my way just watching the bank for the really slow and small rises, hoping for a better size trout to be feeding i seen a small little splash under a tree branch just touching the water, well not a splash it was more like a little jet of water, nothing really i just thought minnows, but something just told me to check it out. I made my way to a spot over looking the water and to my SURPRISE!!! i seen this large trout just mopping up the olives just under an over hanging bush. I got the camera out and shot this video 🙂 I was just fascinated watching him taking the flies. I think im really lucky to see this and catch this on camera on are river.
The adrenaline started to pump and i knew that i had to go into stalker mode as i call it:). To get to the spot where he was feeding i had to walk about 100 yards back up river and make my ways down to where he was feeding.. As i as walking back down i was wishing he was still there and still feeding. As i got closer i could see him just coming up under the bush. I moved down past him trying not to make much noise in the water and not to send any ripples across the water. I greased the fly up and put mud on the tippet and dipped both in the water before casting. I knew that i had one chance and one chance only. I made the cast and the fly just drifted bang on-line where he was feeding and the drift was perfect but he didn’t even move. So i sat back and watched for a few moment and i seen that he was started to take one out of every few olives that pasts. He rose and i left it for a moment and i made the cast. It all kind of went in slow motion and he just sucked it in and i made the strike . He just sat there for a second and then he started to shake his head and straight away he was fully out of the water tail waking down river. There was no way i was going to stop him so off i went. After a wild few runs and jumps i managed to get him to hand. Cracking fish and im still smiling writing this 🙂 after a few quick photos i slipped him back to fight anther day. Here he is
What more can i say after catching this fine trout. After releasing him i just sat there just taking everything in and after that i headed off home with a hell of a smile on my face just thinking it just don’t get better than that…
well done terry old boy that’s a cracker with beautiful markings. you sure know how to catch them don’t you. keep up the good work buddy. i’m loving this
Given up catching anything under 2lb then have we LOL ?
Thanks very Much guys.
Burhan when you out next mate? Be great to fish the lower waters again with you.
Splash ive been doing my best mate lol I did think about just walking past the one above and looking for a bigger one;)
WOW!!!! What a brilliant blog entry and my god I am jealous of that fish. The video is fascinating, it’s so large I thought it was a carp at first! Brilliant bit of angling to first spot it, take the time to film it and then catch it, fantastic. Two questions:
How did you get so close to the fish when filming and not spook it?
What size do you reckon?!
Thanks very much Nicholas 🙂
To get where i was to film him i had to walk up river and cross over onto a narrow ledge with bushes sticking out and a few trees. Hard work but well worth it in the end. When i finally got close to the bush that he was feeding under i just got on my knees and crept forward very slowly and kept as low as i could. The video looks very close but i would say i was around 8ft away on a 45 degree angle to him.
The bugger would go back into the bush then move back out feeding. Great fun watching and the heart rate was flat out 🙂 Great feeling ai.
For the size i would say just under 4lb if not 4. Nice fish for a small river 🙂
Nic your always very welcome to join me on the river anytime..
Yep it’s a cracker buddy, well done again! Next potential trip up your way way will be the 9/10 July. Already mentioned it to Toby but let me know if you’re free, would be great to hook up again.
awesome,simply awesome.what a beauty.well done
Thanks very much Niel,appreciated.
It was a great day for sure.
Thanks for checking out my blog Niel