I found myself planning a trip to the clydach with a bunch of friends this weekend,Ceri Sweeny, Toby Jefferies and Nicholas Steedman. Due to the weather we been having here in south wales it was the only chance to wet a line in the stream, all the rivers in the area where all in flood and just unfishable. I blame Toby, Storm bringer as i call him, every time he even thinks of coming over into wales the clouds open up and all hell breaks loose ;).
The day started out outside my home where we all met at 9am and after a chat we made a move to the clydach, It wasnt the best of mornings with heavy cloud cover and the threat of rain looming. After a short drive ,we arrived at the clydach and me and Nicholas went down the bank to see how it was running, but before we even got there we could hear the stream raging in the valley. It must have been the highest ive ever seen it and was running with heavy colour but it didn’t stop us giving it a going over. Due to the condition with high colour and raging water it was all down to the klink and dink. High bright pink post klink and a Hares ear red tag . As there was four of us we split up, me and Ceri headed up river a few hundred yards away from the other boys so it wasnt so crowded. Ceri was the first to step in and in no time at all he was into his first fish of the morning.
Ceri Sweeney quickly bringing a wild browny to hand in no time at all below.
As we moved on up stream fishing the back ends of the runs and pools going fish for fish we were quickly getting into good numbers and some lovely looking wild trout. With the water pushing it made the fight so much better and on a few occasions we had to give chase down river a few yards when hooking into a better size fish. After a while, i gave Nicholas a ring to see how things were going down stream and after a quick chat ,Nic was on his way up and from there we all stuck together and all took turns fishing each run and pool we come across. I have to say it was Nicholas’s first visit to the stream and fair play he was doing really well with a good number of trout to hand and some really fine looking trout too. It was a pleasure fishing with him again and by the looks on his face i think he really enjoyed the day.
Nicholas below with a fine stream trout.
As the day went on the rain decided to put an appearance in giving us all a good dowsing but it didnt dampen the spirts.We took this opportunity to have a break in the cover of the trees and have a bite to eat and a chat. After just a short time the rain stopped and we commenced fishing. Immeadiatly, we were all back in the zone as i call it, catching trout in the back end of the runs and along side the fast water. I don’t think it could have got any better the fishing or the company. We come up on one run and Nicholas was kind enough to take a short video of me using the klink and dink with a little success.
As we all moved up stream we started to fish water i have never fished and i have to say it was just perfect. It was a little tighter than the lower waters but made good fishing and tested the casting skills. By this time the stream started to drop and clear up a little so Toby and myself set up the dry and give it a whirl. We did have a few fast takes but nothing really was interested for some reason. Maybe they were just hooked on the nymphs because of the flood water, i don’t know. So back on the nymphs and back into the fish straight away. We all had many more fish to hand but time was flying at this point and due to the long walk back and the drive back for Toby and Nicholas it was that time to leave. It was a cracking day out and i enjoyed the company and the fishing was just outstanding. What more can you want.
I’ll leave you with a few more photos of the fine fish we caught
Toby below with a fine trout.
I just love looking at these colours on these wild stream trout, just beautiful.
Great write up Terry! Really enjoyed watching the vids. Still can’t get over the numbers of fish that we caught. Great day!
Nice one FS, tell that hippy looking bloke he needs a haircut!